PETRONAS subsidiary, PETRONAS Carigali Brunei Ltd (PCBL) recently launched its latest corporate social responsibility initiative, the “PETRONAS School of Life” aimed at equipping youths in Brunei with essential life skills training to prepare them for future employability.

The educational programme is sponsored by PCBL and will be conducted by Curious Minds, a local platform that aims to connect thought leaders and change-makers from around the world with youths from Brunei to inspire growth through digital media and conferences.

The School of Life programme will run for five months from 4 June until 22 October and will consist of 20 topics that are divided into five key modules which include; Mindset, Career, Entrepreneurship, Communications and Success.

Through Curious Minds’ vast network, each session will feature an interview with an industry expert, locally or abroad who will share their knowledge, skills and experience to empower the participants with greater self-esteem and social-emotional skills.

Speaking during the launch event, PCBL Country Head Mohamad Othman expressed hopes that the programme would be able help shift and cultivate the mindset of youths towards measuring their success by their ability to navigate the various challenges thrown at them, and not just their qualifications.

“Our youth today are the bedrocks of the future, thus it is critical for us to invest in them and provide them with skills,” he said.

“I believe that we need to prepare them for success as much as we need to prepare them for setbacks, disappointments and failures, because the road to success is not always going to be smooth,” he added.

Sharing the same sentiment, Curious Minds Founder Shaun Hoon, who is also the main speaker for most of the programme, believed that there are certain necessary skills that just cannot be obtained “within the four corners of the classroom”.

“One of the biggest issues that employers have with young graduates today, even though they are much more intelligent and knowledgable than their previous generations, is their inability to take the heat, to persevere through pressure and remain loyal within an organisation,” he explained.

“Beyond getting an A in Math and Chemistry, what the young people need is an entirely different set of skills to navigate in the workforce and their careers (and) that is exactly what the PETRONAS School of Life sets out to provide,” he added.

“(The programme) returns back to basics, focussing on the small things, the trivials and the fundamentals. The seemingly insignificant details so very often neglected by even the brightest students, which cumulatively makes up the difference between one’s success or failure in their life’s trajectory,” Hoon went on to say.

The PETRONAS School of Life was launched in an event held at the Radisson Hotel in the capital and was officiated by the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Hamzah Hj Sulaiman.

To learn more about the programme, you can the Curious Minds’ website at



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