50 join career discovery workshop

Progresif, in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE), held career discovery workshop Progresif for Schools at Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam Secondary School yesterday.

Fifty students attended the workshop led by local learning platform startup Mavens Hive.

The workshop introduced learners to possible future careers by exposing them to real-life models from several professions and taking part in interactive exercises to prompt self-discovery.

The programme was conceptualised through intensive planning and creative problem solving between the MoE’s Career Education Unit (CEU), Department of Schools as the champion for the project, Progresif’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team as the main organisers, and Maven’s Hive as the workshop facilitators.

Mavens Hive’s founder and lead educator Goh Chai Li said the three-hour workshop comprised multiple components.

It guided the students through self-discovery to unearth their unique values, strengths and passions to gain a greater understanding of what career talents may guide the students towards.

Workshop in session. PHOTO: PROGRESIF

It allowed them to hear from working professionals from traditional and non-traditional career paths.

Lauded as a successful pilot, Progresif Head of Brand Strategy Hafiza Mohamad said she was proud that “the multidimensional ‘Progresif for Schools’ initiative with the MoE was off to a good start and hopes to maintain the momentum throughout the year”.

The workshops will continue monthly at nine more secondary schools across the country, with the intention of giving as many learners as possible a foundation to begin planning their subject choices and life plans towards specific and attainable careers.

The next workshop will take place at Tanjong Maya Secondary School next month.

Progresif for Schools was officially greenlit on the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Progresif and the MoE on September 29, 2020.

It is a multidimensional collaborative programme designed to meet the common goal of ensuring the success of Brunei’s youth at meeting the educational demands of the 21st Century.

The partnership comprises multiple engagements in educational institutions around the country, and includes a plan to allow the public to contribute by providing Internet access to local students through donating a data quota to a school of their choice.