Alumni Information

ALUMNI INFORMATION

Alumni are one of the most important stakeholders of the university. Even after you have graduated with a degree or completed a short course, you continue to be a part of the UBD family/community as it is a lifelong membership. It remains to be one of UBD’s priorities to maintain an on-going relationship with its alumni as well as seek their participation in achieving excellence.

If you feel like you have lost the connection with the university, it is never too late to reconnect with us! Join our social media networks for frequent updates on all alumni-related matters.

Facebook : UBD Alumni

Instagram: ubdalumni

All UBD alumni are encouraged to update with us via e-mail (office.alumni@ubd.edu.bn) with your latest personal and contact details namely:

  • Title
  • Name
  • Mobile Phone No.
  • Phone No. (land line)
  • Email Address
  • Home Address
  • Year of Graduation
  • Programme (e.g. B.A in Sociology)
  • Current Profession

i. What can you do with your degree

There are many option you can do with your degree, whether you are continuing your studies or looking for employment. The type of employment you look for does not need to be related to your subject, in fact many employers recruit employees based on their aptitude and personal skills that they have learnt throughout their degree course.

For information on how you can use your degree subject, take a look at What can I do with my degree in our industry insight section

If you are interested in pursuing a relevant field and need more academic experience, you can choose further your education level through a Master or PhD. Take a look at our further study section for more information on this.

ii. Find work outside of Brunei

To find a job and get hired outside of your home country can be difficult, but not impossible. Here are some tips that can help you what to do:

  • a. Identify companies/organisations which are well-known to hire internationally via your own online research or through advice from CoNECT The connections that you have in your arsenal will help you to get some information about current on demand industries in different countries and find out if it matches your area and skills of interests.

  • b. Keep yourself updated with international news and media. Keeping up to date with current affairs and major issues around the globe can help you stay informed for when you get the opportunity to be interviewed for a post.

  • c. Build and expand your professional and social networks to an international level.

    You can start with UBD as the university have good networks with other organisations and institutions locally and internationally. Another good way would be to develop a proper professional profile on LinkedIn and be an active member.

  • d. Find out information about visa and work permit requirements.

    Research and ask around to the relevant persons on the important documents needed in order to work overseas as well as understand the country’s requirements since each country have different immigration laws.

Here is a useful link to a UK career site Prospects which gives tips and tricks on working in different foreign countries. Click Here

iii. Taking time out

You have the option to take a gap period to do something you want before settling into a career. Many employers would favour you more as a candidate to be hired when they know of all the valuable experiences you have gained within this period of either traveling, working abroad, volunteering or temporary work.

Taking a gap year can help broaden your horizons and open you up to different avenues. You will gain an insight into different career paths and working cultures, develop soft skills and independence and the opportunity to live abroad, earn money and try new experiences

Before you decide to take some time out, it is worth considering what you will do at the end of it and whether you will need to consider application dates for jobs or further studies after your return.

Here are some tips to help you get the most of your time out or reflect on what you've done.

  • a. Write a list or think of things you really love doing and plan when to do it.

    List the things that interest you such as travelling and start planning your time out, such as learning more about what different countries can offer you and understanding the country. Seeing the world is a good way to improve language skills and become more independent. It is advisable to combine travel and work. You may be lucky enough to get career-related work abroad.

  • b. Think of something totally different to what you are used to.

    You may join a volunteer team to do some activities like helping poor people. Voluntary work can be a superb way to gain valuable experience and at the same time give something back to the community. Take a look at out volunteering section for more information.

Here is a useful link to a UK career site Prospects which gives various ideas on how to spend your gap year. Click Here

Tips to help increase your employability after graduation

  • 1. Networking

    Networking is important as it is one of the essential ways for you to increase your professional contacts and your employability and help you enhance your communication skills. You can do so by joining professional associations, meet alumni/individuals who are relevant to your field of interest.

  • 2. Keep yourself updated on the different job listings platforms.

    Identify the commonly used and updated job listings such as newspapers, APTK’s & SPA’s websites, CoNECT’s social media accounts, and others. To see out latest opportunities please visit MyCoNECT Career Vacancies

  • 3. Participate in career fairs.

    Whether it is one organised by us or the relevant government agencies, make a point to always attend these fairs as it is not only a good way to know about vacancies, but also a good opportunity to network with employers from different industries. Bring along your resume/CV or if you want to go the extra mile, print out your own name cards to make yourself more accessible.

  • 4. Visit the websites of the companies you are interested in often.

    Make a list of the companies that you are interested to work in and make frequent visits to their websites to check whether they have job vacancies and for news and development updates.

  • 5. Invest time (and if you have, money) on LinkedIn

    Linkedln is the largest professional network where you can find out more about different vacancies around the world, updated career news and get connected with people from different backgrounds. You can explore more at www.linkedin.com .

GRADUATE SCHEMES

The National Energy Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme (NEGAS), EIDPMO

“NEGAS is one of the flagship schemes under the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) targeting unemployed degree and HND graduates. NEGAS provides a conducive environment whereby employed and inexperience graduates can learn and acquire new knowledge and skills in the petroleum sector through a real world working environment.

The scheme will provide opportunity for graduates to demonstrate their capabilities with the right attitude, where at the end of the scheme they will be assessed for full time employment with prospective employers.”

For more information on NEGAS and how to apply,Click Here

BSP & BLNG Graduate Recruitment

“Graduate recruitment is a yearly process which is normally done early in the year and middle of the year. Each year the requirement for graduates with the appropriate degree qualifications, qualities and potentials will vary according to the business needs.

Publicity: We regularly participate or organise Career exhibitions/talks at local institutions or other locations. We would normally advertise for our Graduate recruitment via local media and on this website. This is the time where we invite Graduates to apply to us.

Application: When advertisement for Graduate recruitment is released, we invite candidates to apply to us by several options available that is most convenient for you. Graduates need to fill in an online application form which takes them through a series of questions.

Pre-Selection: What we are looking for are Bruneian citizens who have obtained a relevant Honours degree with preferably 2nd Class Lower (2:ii) or above accredited by the Ministry of Education of Negara Brunei Darussalam.”

For more information on BSP & BLNG Graduate Recruitment and how to apply,Click Here

Graduate Apprenticeship Program (GAPS), JPKE

“GAPS, Graduate Apprenticeship Program, is a scheme funded under Dana Sumber Manusia, Government of Brunei Darussalam, which aims to provide graduates (of HND & Above qualifications) relevant hands on work experience making them more competent and marketable in the future.”

For more information on GAPS and how to apply,Click Here

FURTHER STUDY

Deciding whether to pursue a Masters, PhD or other post-grad course can be a important decision. You need to decide if a post-grad qualification will enhance your personal career prospects. Gener-ally speaking graduates earn more from undertaking a post graduate course.

Many students believe that undertaking a post graduate course will automatically improve their ca-reer prospects but this will only apply if it directly enhances your specific field of interest. In other words you need to make sure that the area you study is the area that you want to work in to receive the full benefit. Tethering your Masters with work experience will give your CV the strongest ad-vantage.

Some of the reasons you may choose to continue education can include:

  • You have an interest in a particular subject and want to improve your career prospects
  • You want to change your career direction
  • It’s required for a particular discipline such as medicine, law or teaching
  • You are interested in working in an academic career

You should not decide to continue with further study based on the below reasons:

  • To continue enjoying university life
  • Your parents or tutor have recommended you to
  • You feel unready for a job

Types of further study

There are two types of study modes applicants can choose from for graduate studies; full-time or part-time, and there are also two types of graduate studies for the Master’s Degree levels; research or coursework. There are two intakes per year for most courses, January and August.

To find out more about the latest graduate courses available please visit the graduates section of the UBD website.

Applying for further study

Interested candidates are required to apply online through the new Online Admissions Application System (OASys)

Here are some tips below to help you when making an application:

  • Check early on for the deadline for applications
  • Research the course
  • Make a list of the reasons you are interested in pursuing the course
  • Make sure you follow instructions carefully on an application and submit all requested in-formation
  • Request for an academic to act as your referee
  • For PGCE applications, provide evidence to show your experience, motivation and ability to work with a young audience.
  • For Masters and PhD applications, provide evidence to show your experience, motivation and ability to work in your chosen area.
  • Proofread your application and ask a friend to check it over