| James Kon |
SOME 200 job openings from 50 exhibitors are being showcased at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Career Fair 2019 being held until July 20 at the university’s Chancellor Hall.
Acting Permanent Secretary (Manpower) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab was the guest of honour.
Acting UBD Vice Chancellor Hajah Rubiah binti Haji Yacub and other officials were also present.
Hajah Tutiaty said Bruneians should be grateful to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Government for providing an education system “that offers seamless pathways for students to pursue higher education”.
“This can be seen from the development of public higher education institutions in the country with each having their own niche,” she said. “This is also apparent in private education institutions which offer various programmes and provide the public with wider opportunities to further their studies.”
She noted that this year’s career fair will feature employers from private and government sectors, which she said is a sign of their strong support for the socio-economic development of Brunei Darussalam.
“As most of us have seen, there has been a significant rise in both local and international businesses in our country,” she added.
“This shows the serious commitment of the Government of His Majesty towards creating a pro-business environment that would enable further diversification of the country’s economy.”
Hajah Tutiaty also urged companies and the public who are seeking employment to register on the JobCentre Brunei web portal. “Employers are also advised to regularly update the required information on the portal to provide a more accurate picture of the job market in Brunei Darussalam,” she said.
She highlighted that the fair is beneficial for UBD’s current students, future graduates and alumni to get to know future employers and obtain information on the current employment opportunities and understand the scope of the job sectors, to help them make more informed decisions when choosing their career paths.
Now in its fifth year, the annual UBD Career Fair is organised by the Centre of Networking, Employment and Career Training (CoNECT) and supported by the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA). The event will see a rise in the number of exhibitors and increased participation from local start-ups and alumni this year.
The main goal of the fair is to continue supporting UBD students in their career development journey through enhancing their soft skills and helping them gain as much industry exposure from the participating exhibitors.
The event also aims to offer more job opportunities and internships for students to enhance their employability in today’s competitive job market.
The UBD Career Fair is open to the public from 8.30am to 5pm, with a break from noon to 2pm for Friday prayer.
In 2018, the fair drew almost 3,000 visitors and featured more than 40 exhibitors.