Graduates urged not to focus only on local market

Izah Azahari

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) graduates should no longer limit themselves to Brunei, as UTB’s faculty strives to provide its students internationally accredited curriculum, UTB Acting Vice-Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib said yesterday.

He was speaking at the ‘Work Abroad Career Talk 2019’ held at UTB, organised by the UTB Career Guidance Unit of the Student Affairs Office.

These include exposing UTB graduates to extensive communication skills training, having them engage in leadership opportunities and spending time overseas for internship during their studies, he said.

“With such excellent opportunities, I believe our graduates can definitely be ready to try opportunities abroad,” said the acting vice-chancellor.

The acting vice-chancellor highlighted that graduate employability is a topic of importance to the university, as are the topics of economic challenges and job availability.

UTB Acting Vice-Chancellor Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib and British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay at the event. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
A section of the attendees.

“As an institution, the UTB faculty and staff are always ready to prepare our graduates for this challenging situation,” said the acting vice-chancellor.

A total of 77 graduates attended the talk, held in conjunction with the 6th UTB Convocation Festival 2019.

The event saw a multimedia presentation by the UTB alumni who underwent their internship programme at Piper Aircraft in Florida under the UTB Experience PLUS, in collaboration with Piper Aircraft Inc.

There was also a talk by British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay titled ‘Working with a Global Mindset.’

Also speaking during the event were Public Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Daniel Lee and Senior Assistant Professor from the Centre for Communication, Teaching and Learning (CCTL) of UTB Dr Anil Pathak who discussed ‘Some Die-Hard Career Goals.’

The speakers focussed on the need for students to be open-minded in their considerations of career prospects and to not only focus on local job markets; sharing job opportunities available outside the country; international internships and placements; possibilities of expanding students’ professional networks worldwide, and sharing tips to equip students facing job-seeking challenges.

Seven organisations gave talks at the event, namely, Radio Television Brunei (RTB); Deloitte & Touche; Schlum-berger; InTurn; Kemuda Institute; Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS); and Nextacloud Technologies Sdn Bhd.