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The rising rate of unemployment in Brunei year by year is causing great concern for the youths. Are all desired job positions filled by the boomer and millennial generation leaving none for the current jobseekers? 

Grominda, a local firm that fosters human capital development, finds that this may not be the case as there are vacancies that are yet to be filled. 

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Unemployment may be due to the lack of working experience required among the youths, the increasing rate of mismatch of skills taught during their study years and, most students and graduates lack the training and work skills required to transition from studying to a workplace, among others. 

In this modern age where most of the Bruneian population have access to higher education, companies and organisations seek those who have more of an advantage and can start the ground running when they are hired.

 This means that work experience is an added advantage to a job seeker.

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So how can you start having work experiences when you are still studying or when no one is hiring you yet? Perhaps one should go for an internship.

An internship is a short period of time between three and six months of adapting yourselves into a working environment and building your work ethics to increase your worth.

Other work experiences that you can do include freelancing, volunteering or part-time. There are many opportunities out there that you can do while carving out your career paths. 

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It is best to remember that companies and organisations prefer someone who is proactive and those who do not wait for the chance to come but rather make opportunities for themselves. 

Hence, Plus EXP, an online platform www.plus-exp.com by Grominda was created to make searching for work experience opportunities easier. 

You can enhance your employability and professional skills by attending training such as professional e-mail writing, presentation skills, and work ethics skills. 

We, at Grominda, believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enhance their skills alongside their education thus align with Brunei’s Vision 2035 of being widely recognised for the accomplishment of its educated and highly skilled people. 

Also, in line with this year’s National Day theme of “Menjayakan Wawasan Negara”, we would like to encourage everyone to play their part in making it a success for our future sustainability. 

This article was first published on February 23, 2020 in our National Day Supplement

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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