UBD Empowers Jobseekers at Job Fair
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In line with the Brunei Job Fair 2016 launched yesterday at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition Centre (BRIDEX), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is answering the call to the theme "Realising employment excellence through capacity building, competency and performance" by sharing various expertise with visiting jobseekers. 

For the three days, representatives from UBD will be providing career counselling sessions, workshops on writing CVs and valuable tips on how to perform well during interviews in an effort to arm them with the adequate skills to succeed. 

At the UBD booth in Hall 1, the Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L) is promoting its Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Digital Business programmed which will begin in January next year. In addition, it is encouraging interested parties to apply for its 14-week courses for those looking to upgrade their knowledge in four trans disciplinary areas, namely Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Digital Technology or Financial Literacy. Accumulating modular credits from these courses over time, applicants can then obtain a diploma or degree qualification. 

The 14-week courses  run on “Blended Learning”, an online and offline approach that is flexible, adaptable and sustainable which allows users to study at their own pace without having to abandon their current careers. 

Whether looking for a job or hoping to create one, the Entrepreneurship Village (E Village) can aid in providing the right support. With the goal of inculcating the “entrepreneurship mindset”, which taps into one’s ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to existing situations and problems, interested parties can find themselves immersed in training and workshops that helps to develop their thinking. This can then transform them into independent, resilient and resourceful individuals who can succeed in an ever-evolving world. 

Also present are representatives from the Centre of Networking, Employment and Career Training (CoNECT), who are on hand to provide support to UBD alumni and students who may not be aware of the services they offer. 

“We want to use the opportunity to inform them of our career skills clinics, counselling sessions, employer talks and employment opportunities on campus,” Gavin Crewe CoNECT Manager said. “And that we are there to support them on their career journey during their time at university and after graduation.” 

He adds, “We encourage any previous UBD graduates to register their up to date details with our office of alumni relations and advancement so we can keep in touch regarding our career fairs, events and opportunities.” 

Other participants at the Job Fair sharing their experience and knowledge include government ministries, Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) and a number of successful local entrepreneurs. 

The main highlight of this year's Job Fair is the emphasis on upskilling through the Digital Literacy Programme. With the objective of better educating local jobseekers on IT devices, Internet Etiquette and Social Network e-Safety, the sessions aim to help them be more savvy, including how to be more successful in presentations, spreadsheets and how to be more efficient and effective with word processing and email communications. 

The Brunei Job Fair 2016 is organised by the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister's Office (EIDPMO) and will continue until 29 November 2016. The fair will be offering job opportunities for a wide range of skills and qualification levels from multiple sectors such as Construction, Food and Beverage, Tourism and Hospitality, Manufacturing, Health, Transportation and Logistics, Education, Banking and Finance, Publishing, IT and Creative Industries, Retail, Services and Telecommunications. 

Also present during the Job Fair is the Industry Competency Framework (ICF) programme, which is a collaboration between the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister's Office (EIDPMO), Institute Technical Education Brunei (IBTE) under the Ministry of Education (MOE) and various industries and agencies which aims to increase industry-ready and competent Bruneians. This is in line with one of the strategic goals under Wawasan 2035, which is the accomplishment of its well-educated and highly skilled people. 

Jobseekers are encouraged to take advantage of over 200 companies participating and register ahead at www.jobcentrebrunei.gov.bn.

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