“Steeling” the Spotlight

At NSH, simply being awarded a scholarship is not the extent of your achievements. Instead, scholars are given opportunities to propel themselves to success.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

When NatSteel Scholar Chong Pek Hoong joined NatSteel Holdings (NSH) as a fresh graduate nine years ago, he had straightforward aspirations.

“My aspirations before joining NatSteel were to be a good engineer, and learn about the business,” he says. “Of course, I was hoping that I would be able to handle management responsibilities and have an opportunity to be a business leader in the organisation.”

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Making Waves in MPA

The large selection of vocations in MPA guarantees a fulfilling career for every professional, from fleet managers to maritime policy-makers. Two employees share more about their journeys in the organisation.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

With the maritime industry being one of the economic pillars of Singapore’s growth, it is only natural for employees working in this sector to hold their jobs in the highest regard. The large selection of vocations available at the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) guarantees a fulfilling career for professionals such as Shen Wanling and Farrah Mohammad Fadil.

Both Wanling and Farrah expressed great satisfaction with their respective lengths of stay in MPA. Wanling joined MPA in 2009 as a Policy Analyst in the Policy Division after graduating with First-class honours from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Farrah has already worked in several departments within MPA since joining the organisation in 2005.

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Journey Of A Lifetime

Working for the Keppel Group has given scholar Lu Qimin the opportunity of a lifetime to build lasting relationships and play a part in Singapore’s maritime industry.

By Eugene Lim

“The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.” For 26-year-old Lu Qimin, this adage certainly holds much truth. “My dad is an electrician and my brother is an electrical engineer. So, I would say it runs in my family,” explains Qimin of his decision to read Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University.

Having studied Electrical Engineering at Ngee Ann Polytechnic earlier, he graduated with a diploma with merit and was presented the Singapore Power Award in recognition of his overall second placing in his cohort. In addition, he was also a recipient of the LKY-STEP Award presented to outstanding polytechnic graduates.

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The Blueprint for Success

The DSTA Scholarship can lead to enriching academic and career opportunities. We speak to an undergraduate and an engineer to find out how the scholarship has changed their lives for the better.

By Kevin Lim

Jevon Tan and Ho Cheeng Tse are two extraordinary individuals. Jevon is ranked second in his cohort. This achievement is even more remarkable given the fact that lessons and examinations are conducted in French. Cheeng Tse, on the other hand, was awarded University Honours for graduating within the top 3 percent of her faculty, also known informally as the “Bronze Tablet”, as her name has been cast in bronze and is now proudly displayed alongside her alma mater’s top alumni.

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A Place to Grow

Since young, Catherine Teo and Chen Zhen Zhen knew that they wanted to work as healthcare professionals. Upon completing their ‘A’ Levels, both successfully applied for scholarships offered by the National Healthcare Group, and were posted to the National University Hospital (NUH) after their graduation.

By Joyce Lin

NUH has a staff strength of more than 5,000 healthcare professionals and offers a diverse range of career paths in hospital administration, health sciences, nursing and other healthcare services. The organisation’s effort in developing its staff potential has not gone unnoticed, having garnered the People Excellence Award in 2004 as a tribute to the professionalism and commitment of its healthcare professionals.

The accolades gained by the hospital are kudos to the hard work of healthcare professionals like Catherine, a 36-year-old advanced practice nurse and Chen Zhen Zhen, 24, an occupational therapist.

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Healing People, Improving Lives

While doctors and nurses man the medical frontlines, the allied health professionals provide the necessary support and ensure that the road to recovery is well paved.

By Azhar Jalil

With the treatment of symptoms and diseases becoming increasingly complex, the allied health professionals play an important role in complementing doctors and nurses in the continuum of care delivery.

As medical specialists, physiotherapist Cheryl Poon and aspiring speech pathologist Heng Qi Wen perform vital roles in ensuring that patients receive holistic and comprehensive treatment. Allied healthcare refers to healthcare disciplines which complement the traditional care given by doctors, dentists and nurses.

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SPRINGing into life on a SPRING-FIREfly Scholarship

Nabbing a scholarship with SPRING Singapore is not something everyone can boast about. Yvette shares more about her journey through the thick and thin of her scholarship adventure.

By Kevin Lim

Job searches are funny events. When we’re studying, most of us seemingly already know which organisation we’ll be working for, two, three or even five years down the road. The same “most of us” usually end up somewhere totally unexpected, our bolted mindsets swayed by the most innocuous of circumstances.

Yvette Chua, a strong-willed and independent 22-year-old FIREfly scholar, is no different.

Yvette admitted to not knowing much about SPRING Singapore when she first considered a FIREfly scholarship. Nonetheless, during a FIREfly scholarship talk, a representative scholar of SPRING shared earnestly about his journey in the organisation. This left her so impressed with SPRING, and intrigued with its work in the SMEs sector, that she set her sights on it as an organisation to work for.

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Hearts of Gold

If your calling lies in caring for others, the NHG scholarship can help you realise your mission and benefit many people along the way.

By Lim Yan Wen

If you’re meeting her for the first time, one of the first things you would notice about Audrey Tan is her serene demeanour. But once this 22-year-old opens up about her passion for nursing, her heart of gold and soft-spoken determination quickly shine through.

Audrey’s interest in nursing developed in her secondary school days, when she was a member of St John Ambulance Brigade. “Apart from my involvement in St John Ambulance Brigade, I also wanted to take care of my parents and grandparents and not feel helpless when they're sick,” Audrey explains.

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Pursuing a PhD

Most university graduates here choose to enter the workforce after obtaining their degrees, but some go on to pursue a PhD. What exactly does a PhD education involve?

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

“It is a common joke that with a PhD education, you may end up being called a doctor, but not the kind that can help people,” shares Dr Jonathan Loh Yuin-Han, a research fellow with the Children’s Hospital Boston at Harvard Medical School.

PhD – an abbreviated form of ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ – is the highest possible academic qualification one can attain in most English-speaking countries. While it is true that you may end up being called a doctor, a PhD education can provide you with much more, including an array of professional opportunities that could lead to a fulfilling career in the research industry for instance.

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Going Native: The Pros and Cons of Studying Overseas

Some students relish in the idea of ‘breaking free’ from the supposed confines of local education at university level, while others prefer the comforts and familiarity of the Singaporean lifestyle and academia. We find out exactly what appeals to both groups, and why.

By Tan Yan Shuo

An overseas university education in Australia, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (US) can easily set you back by several hundred thousand dollars. In comparison, the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) all charge an annual tuition fee of less than S$10,000. Yet, every year, thousands of Singaporean students flock to universities in these countries.

You may be considering studying overseas too. However, before you jump on the bandwagon, it is important to examine your motivations for wanting to do so, and to ask yourself if they are justified. And most of all, to make a better, informed decision, you need to be elucidated on the major differences between studying overseas and locally.

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