BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SOME Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) graduates who received their Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates yesterday have already secured full-time employment, attributing their success to the attachments they carried out as part of their HND programmes.
Andrew Lau Ming Sheng, 22, who received a HND in Mechanical Engineering, told The Brunei Times that he has been working with oil-and-gas company Aker Solutions in Kuala Belait since August this year.
Lau shared that he did not plan to continue his studies, as he felt satisfied and secure about having a full-time job.
“I have always planned to go into the oil-and-gas industry since I was in high school. I initially wanted to do a (relevant) degree but when my A level results turned out to be not that good, I had to an HND instead and ITB was my first choice,” he explained.
The graduate says studying at ITB has worked out for the best, as the attachment he carried out during his studies “really helped to secure” his current job.
Similar sentiments were echoed by 24-year-old Koh Chien Wen, who received her HND in Business Finance yesterday.
“I feel so excited and happy. I have already started working at Baiduri Bank since March, and I currently deal with loans under the Credit Risk Department,” Koh said.
She shared that she had worked at the same bank as part of her previous attachment for her HND.
“I wasn’t working in the same department during my attachment but I learnt plenty, and the attachment and experience has definitely helped me a lot in getting the job I have now,” she added.
Meanwhile, new graduate Mohammad Aslin Pg Hj Jainal said that he had obtained a HND in Communications and Computer Systems Engineering as a way of climbing up the career ladder at his current workplace, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).
“We have to be educated in engineering to improve our positions within the RBAF and to get promoted to higher posts.
“I’m an electronic technician and I repair communication equipment. As I’m now holding a HND, I will be a technical supervisor, InsyaAllah,” Md Aslin said, smiling. Md Aslin added that he felt very happy about his achievement, as it had involved “a lot of hard work and ups and downs”.
Another engineering graduate, Amal Zafirah Hj Md Jefri, said she has not secured a job yet, but she has applied to a few places and attended a few job interviews.
“I would like to start working first to get the experience, and then I will continue my studies after that as I think a degree would provide me with further opportunities,” she said.
The 23-year-old said she completed her HND attachment at the Department of Electrical Services (DES), and found the experience to be useful. When asked, Amal said that she would like to work for the government, but she would not mind working in the private sector first.
The Brunei Times