UBD Holds 9th Career Fair

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) officially opened its doors to graduates and job seekers for the UBD Career Fair 2024 at the Chancellor Hall, UBD on 28th June 2024.

Organised by the Centre of Networking, Employment, and Career Training (UBD CoNECT) with support from the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (UBD OARA), the UBD Career Fair 2024 was officiated by Dr Haji Azman Ahmad, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education.

The event, which runs from 28th June 2024 to 30th June 2024, is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm, with a break for Friday prayers from 12 pm to 2 pm.

This year’s theme, “Your Next Quest Awaits”, reflects the event’s dedication to guiding students on their career development journey. By enhancing soft skills and offering extensive exposure to participating exhibitors, the fair aims to empower attendees to step outside their comfort zones, broaden their knowledge base, and explore career opportunities. This theme is embodied through the various opportunities and activities available at the fair, which can further support one’s professional growth and employability.

The fair features over 40 exhibitors offering more than 300 full-time, part-time, and internship roles across various sectors. These organisations provide a wealth of exciting prospects for higher education students and graduates as they explore job openings, gain valuable insights into diverse organisations, and enhance their networking skills. One of the highlights of the Career Fair is the walk-in interviews of available vacancies conducted by exhibitors, for the students, graduates, and job seekers. UBD CoNECT also offers its support by providing CV evaluations and interview tips to help potential employees prepare effectively.

In his speech, Dr Haji Azman highlighted the CareerBN app – an online job portal powered by Artificial Intelligence and developed by UBD School of Digital Science, which features unique job matching services and filters for graduates and recruiters. Jobseekers and employers are all invited to register for CareerBN during the three-day event. The app is currently available for free on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Further information can be obtained at CareerBN’s booth No 4 or by browsing the official website www.careerbn.com.

In the lead-up to the UBD Career Fair 2024, two pre-events were held: “UBD Career Talks” on 20th June 2024 and “UBD Career Forum” on 27th June 2024. The UBD Career Talks featured business leaders, entrepreneurs, and experienced human resource personnel discussing topics focused on developing and sharing the highly-demanded skills required for contemporary careers. These talks were conducted in parallel sessions in one day to maximise participation and engagement. UBD CoNECT remains committed to enhancing UBD students’ marketability through career talks, clinics, guides, and collaborative events with companies.

To further enrich the Career Fair experience, a blood donation drive will also be held concurrently at the basement of Chancellor Hall, UBD. The blood donation sessions are scheduled from 8:30am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm on 28th June 2024, and from 10am to 3pm on 29th June 2024. This initiative provides attendees the opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause while attending the fair.

Beyond career exploration, the UBD Career Fair 2024 also offers participating exhibitors unique opportunities to experience Brunei’s natural environment and research excellence. Exhibitors have the option to join a mini-excursion to tour the UBD Botanical Research Centre (UBD BRC), Brunei’s first botanical garden. The UBD BRC tour showcases UBD’s research on biodiversity and conservation, while offering a taste of the unique Kelulut (stingless bee) honey. This excursion provides a refreshing break and highlights UBD’s commitment to environmental research, potentially sparking new connections between the exhibitors and UBD’s research endeavours.

This year’s annual Career Fair is made possible with D’Sunlit and Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) as Event Partners, Pahaytc Sdn Bhd and Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) as Corporate Partners as well as Friends of UBD comprising of AEWON and DST.

For the latest updates on the UBD Career Fair 2024, follow UBD CoNECT on Instagram at @ubd.conect. Inquiries may be directed to the Career Fair Secretariat at ubdcareerfair@ubd.edu.bn or the UBD CoNECT office at office.conect@ubd.edu.bn. Alternatively, the UBD Career Fair WhatsApp Hotline (+673 827 8118) can be reached during operating hours.

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