Polytechnic students to do business for a day

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ASPIRING entrepreneurs from the Politeknik Brunei School of Business are selling goods and services starting tomorrow in conjunction with their “Business For A Day” project, which kicked off yesterday.

Some 420 students taking a compulsory Entrepreneurship module are operating stalls and booths, selling a wide range of goods, from m obile phone covers to food items as part of their assessment in the module.

Students are divided into about 60 groups, with a dozen or so different groups taking turns to set up their stalls in an open market environment, and demonstrate their understanding of business operations by selling goods or offering services to the public.

Each group is graded on a number of criteria by observing lecturers, from preparation to customer service.

The assessment of their business project will account for 30 per cent of their module score, while an additional 10 per cent will come from a presentation after completing their one-day project.

The Entrepreneurship module is compulsory for every programme at the polytechnic institution, said the acting director, Denis Ho Mun Tai, in his opening remarks during the kick-off.

This module, Ho added, was a platform for students to familiarise themselves with the field of entrepreneurship as it will help them to not solely rely on the job market, be it within the government or private sector.

Mohd Nashiruddin Hj Ramle, 20, is one of the first year students undertaking the module. He and his team of four had set up a store selling fries with various dips.

“We wanted to concentrate on one product,” he said while describing the experience as fun and creative, and that their goal at the end of the day was to leave customers satisfied.

Nurul Fajrina Dahllen, 20, and her team were selling comfort food ranging from spaghetti to chicken rice. The team decided on the food business because the canteen at the polytechnic was closed for an unknown reason, and as such were hopeful for many visitors.

“We distributed fliers in Gadong,” she said. Meanwhile, another group took a different take on the project. Nurul Fajrina Mahidi and her group had organised a mini-fun fair, with coconut bowling, mini-golf and nerf guns as activities. “We wanted to be unique,” she said, and adding they were planning on hosting a mini Amazing Race that afternoon.

The projects will be open to the public from October 28 until November 3 (except Friday).

The Brunei Times