Benjamin Lim

Double Degrees, Infinite Possibilities


Left: Jin Wei Krishnan | Right: Lim Xin Yi

A double degree may require much more academic effort but to these two NTU students, developing oneself, meeting new people, and spending time in school fruitfully are just as important.

By Benjamin Lim

One would be surprised to learn that Jin Wei Krishnan, a Nanyang Scholarship recipient at NTU once envisioned a different educational path.

The 21-year-old initially wanted to study in an overseas university but on the advice of his family, Jin Wei decided that studying in a local institute would be more beneficial instead.

“When I was deciding on a university course after receiving my ‘A’ level results, it seemed natural for me to choose business and accountancy because both my parents are working in the industry,” says the ex-Innova Junior College student.

With all three universities in Singapore offering business degrees it was a tough decision to make, but after doing some research Jin Wei was ultimately won over by the Nanyang Business School (NBS) of NTU.

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On Track to Greater Heights

Public transport is an everyday affair which many people take for granted. Meet an LTA scholar who is determined to bring change to both the industry as well as people’s mindsets.

By Benjamin Lim

When the time came for Zheng Wenxiang to apply for a scholarship, he had one goal in mind: To make an impact on Singaporeans’ lives.

To the former Victoria Junior College student, there was no better industry to serve in than transport.

“Public transport is ingrained in everyone’s lives and there have been a lot of grouses from the public in recent years, so I thought I would give myself a challenge too and see how I would be able to contribute to this area of national development,” the 24-year-old says with conviction.

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Where Lifelong Learning Begins

In this dynamic business world of today, a single degree is not enough to stay versatile and maintain visibility to employers. We speak with Ivy Pon about her decision to take up an MBA at MDIS.

By Benjamin Lim

Armed with a degree in Mass Communications, most people would be contented with climbing the corporate ladder in the marketing or public relations field.

But Ivy Pon has set bigger goals for herself.

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Abundant Opportunities for Future Business Leaders

In today’s globally competitive market, SMEs play an important role in bringing innovation and raising excellence in products and services. SPRING is the enterprise development agency responsible for helping these companies build their capabilities and raise their competitiveness.

By Benjamin Lim

Despite only being 24, the capable duo of Soh Sin En and Kang Aik Meng are ready to tackle the different challenges in Singapore’s business landscape. We sat down with them to find out more about SPRING Singapore (SPRING).

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Set Sail For A Distinguished Career

Safeguarding of sea lines is critical especially for a maritime nation like Singapore. We speak to two Navy scholars who share with us their responsibilities as part of Singapore’s defence.

By Benjamin Lim

Major (MAJ) Woon Junyang’s interest in a naval career can be traced back to his childhood.

Living in close proximity to the sea, he frequently visited the beach because it filled him with a sense of tranquillity. Soon, he started to think about the possibility of becoming a naval officer.

A visit to the Changi Naval Base while MAJ Woon was an officer cadet only strengthened his conviction that the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) was the right choice for him.
“I was immediately drawn to the close and intimate environment in which officers and crew work in, and I could also feel their camaraderie,” the 28-year-old says.

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Breathing New Life

It’s not every day that one saves a life and makes a difference in the course of work. Unless of course, you happen to be in healthcare and work in a hospital. NHG scholar Alodie Lim shares what it’s really like to work in a large restructured hospital.

By Benjamin Lim

Carving out a career in the healthcare industry requires one to have passion, compassion and dedication. For 23-year-old Alodie Lim, there was no question about her will and fortitude to make a difference in the lives of other people.

During her school days, Alodie shadowed a healthcare practitioner at the National Dental Centre and volunteered at an occupational therapy clinic. Subsequent visits to career fairs convinced Alodie that working in the healthcare industry was the right choice.

“I knew I wanted to work in a hospital and help people, and I wanted to put my knowledge to good use,” says the Anglo-Chinese Junior College alumnus.

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Helping Others, Growing Oneself

Being a social worker is not a career many students would have on their mind. We speak to a SingHealth scholar who was convinced that she had made the right choice, and she explains how her scholarship journey has impacted her.

By Benjamin Lim

From an early age, Sharleen Siow enjoyed helping people and influencing them positively. Being a Christian also taught her that investing in people was the most worthy pursuit.

Hence, when she was offered the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) Health Science Scholarship (HSS) to do a degree in social work, the Saint Andrew's Junior College alumna decided this career path would be the most suitable for her.

Currently in the fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Social Work at the National University of Singapore, Sharleen will be posted to one of the hospitals under the SingHealth Group to work as a Medical Social Worker after graduation. This is a very wide field and her job scope depends on the department she would be posted to.

Sharleen reveals that one of the most common responsibilities of a Medical Social Worker is to plan for the discharge of patients.

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New Frontiers of Engineering

Engineering is more than just a technical field – it is about comprehending how different systems interface together, be it human or mechanical. Two scholars share how ST Engineering achieves this goal.
By Benjamin Lim

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) is an integrated engineering group specialising in innovative solutions and services for both commercial and defence customers.

With diversified businesses in various industries, ST Engineering offers plenty of opportunities for employees to be exposed to different engineering fields.

This was the future that awaited 34-year-old Delvin Gho after graduating from Cornell University in 2002.

Scholars like Delvin get to experience working life in various ST Engineering companies to expose themselves to the different functions of ST Engineering.

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Sketching the Blueprint for Singapore’s Economic Future

Establishing good relationships with overseas clients is key to Singapore’s economic development, and one EDB scholar shares how he has been on the frontline of this mission.

By Benjamin Lim

From a per capita GDP of $500 in the 1960s, to more than $50,000 today, Singapore’s economy has come a long way.

As a small country without natural resources, Singapore depends heavily on foreign investments to bolster its economy.

Companies with the confidence to invest in Singapore have helped it evolve from a labour-intensive one five decades ago, to one that is capital-, knowledge-, and innovation-driven.

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), established in 1961, has been a galvanising force in developing our economy and attracting foreign investment, and has the vital role of charting our economic future.

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