It was a memorable day for hundreds of Politeknik Brunei’s (PB) graduates during the institution’s 5th Convocation Ceremony yesterday.
The Bulletin met with several of the graduates who shared their experience and advices for the students who are still studying.
Mohammad Jalilul Rahman bin Haji Sulaiman, a graduate with Diploma Level 5 in Telecommunications and System Engineering and a recipient of the Best Student Award shared that time management was one of the challenges he had to go through as an in-service student, a husband and a father.
“It is important for me to give 100 per cent of my time for my family and another 100 per cent into studying. Alhamdulillah, my wife and children supported me and understand my situation,” he said.
Working as an engineer in telecommunication at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) at Bolkiah Workshop, he said, “The knowledge I gained will be utilised in my daily task and duties. It is also one of the milestones of my career.”
He advised students to instil a sense of determination, respect especially to parents, family, and lecturers.
Nurajilla binti Haji Abdullah, a graduate of Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing) and a recipient of Academic Excellence Award also said that time management was one of her challenges.
“When it comes to theory and school, students agree that it is important to manage our time well, and for me to tackle that is by having a planner to keep things organised,” she said.
The nursing programme has a clinical placement and she said it was challenging when she was assigned to an emergency department.
“It was hectic and I had to adapt to that situation,” she added.
Nurajilla who is studying at Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is undertaking Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She plans to be a lecturer at PAPRSB IHS.
She advised students to set a goal at the beginning of the semester and focus on achieving.
Meanwhile, Mohd Syamsul Bazli Bashreen bin Mohd Syamsul Bahreen, a Level 5 Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management) and a recipient of Academic Excellence Award, Enrichment Excellence Award and Innovation Award said that as an active student council members, managing his time between his studies and activities was challenging.
He said he overcame the challenges with support from his parents, lecturers and friends.
He is currently studying in UBD under School of Business and Economics – Major in Business Administration.
He advised students to focus on studies and make time to participate in other activities.
Nur ‘Aisyah binti Mohd Jarali, a graduate with Level 5 Diploma in Library Informatics Computing and a recipient of Enrichment Excellence Award said she was an active student volunteer.
“I am still active in volunteering activities while looking for a job. I advise students to study hard and even though they have activities, they must know how to manage their time, and always seek advice and talk to their lecturers,” she said.
Another nursing graduate, Dayangku Nurul Fatin Azimah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yussof with a Level 4 Diploma in Health Sciences said as a nursing student, a clinical placement for every semester was a challenge.
She said that she wants to look for a job and plans to further her study.
Rabiatul Adawiyah binti Haji Mohd Roslie Khoo, a Level 5 Diploma in Business Accounting and Finance, said she enjoyed her course and hoped to be an accountant or an auditor in the private or government sector.