Everlyn Lee

Working for Workers

The labour force goes to work with peace of mind because they can always count on NTUC to safeguard their interests. Three employees from NTUC share how their work improves the lives of their fellow Singaporeans.

By Everlyn Lee

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is a huge family of 60 trade unions, 12 social enterprises and four related organisations. NTUC’s core operations encompass four main areas: Industrial Relations, Jobs and Training, Programmes and Initiatives, and International Relations. Sanjeev, Justin and Billie Anne share how working in each of these operations entails different responsibilities but contribute to the same cause – ensuring the well-being of the Singapore labour force.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

DBS: Study with a peace of mind

Consider the POSB Further Study Assist to finance your dream of getting a degree.

By Everlyn Lee

As the adage goes, “it is never too old to learn,” and Yue Li Li is the perfect example of a Singaporean who embraces this spirit of lifelong learning. Li Li, currently 38 years old, may be older than many of her peers who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, but that did not deter her from going back to school.

In response to the Government’s call for skills upgrading, Li Li, under the encouragements of her supervisors, enrolled in Kaplan Singapore this year to pursue a part-time Bachelor of Science degree programme in Management that will be awarded by the National University of Ireland, Dublin. She has been working tirelessly in the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) for the past ten years and currently holds the position of a clerical officer within the organisation. A degree, she hopes, will open doors for career advancement in the future.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

Young but flourishing

SMU offers opportunities for the go-getters who charge after what they want from life.

By Everlyn Lee

The Singapore Management University (SMU) may be young with only ten years since its incorporation, but it is certainly charging ahead in the tertiary education arena. Modelling its style of education after The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, SMU prides itself on pioneering an interactive pedagogy in Singapore that remains its unique hallmark today.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

MDIS: Coaching our Future Communicators

Working in the media is not as easy and glamorous as it seems, but MDIS helps its students to get ahead of the game with hands-on experience and relevant teaching.

By Everlyn Lee

Fauzia Begum d/o Rashid Mohd, 22, adores the glitz and glamour of the media industry. A self-proclaimed linguistics person who “cannot see numbers”, she is positive that the media industry is where she wants to be. Through a diploma programme in Media & Communication awarded by the Singapore Polytechnic, she developed a greater understanding of the different aspects of the industry and is certain that she would love to build a career in the Public Relations industry specifically.

However, upon graduation, Fauzia felt that she was not yet ready to enter the industry and instead, joined the Ministry of Education as an allied educator in her alma mater to teach English. At the same time, Fauzia made plans for post-diploma education so as to better prepare herself for her dream industry.
After doing her research, she eventually set her eyes on the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) Business School and took up a Bachelor of Communications awarded by Edith Cowan University, one of Western Australia’s largest universities. More notably, its advertising and public relations courses are accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) and Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) respectively.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

UniSIM: To Be A Better Teacher

Teaching is a noble profession that requires a heart for youths, sound academic foundations, and effective communication skills. Thanks to UniSIM, one teacher is on her way to becoming a better educator.

By Everlyn Lee

Nur Farhana Bte Abdul Kader discovered her love and aptitude for the English Language and Literature as a student, and was since set on advocating the language by nurturing writing talents and reading enthusiasts. “I already knew I wanted to be a teacher back in secondary school and teach either English or Literature,” she says.

Upon graduating with a Diploma in Education offered by the National Institute of Education (NIE), Farhana taught for half a year before she decided to further her studies at SIM University (UniSIM), where she took up a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Literature on a part-time basis.

At UniSIM, lectures and tutorials are conducted on alternate weeks – one lecture or tutorial every week for each module. Typically, students submit three to four assignments per module and sit for a final examination at the end of each.

“Every single cent I invested in UniSIM was worth it. Face-to-face tutorials were very interactive, the tutors were extremely helpful and guided us throughout the whole course, and group discussions during classes were very stimulating,” enthuses Farhana.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

RDI: Redesigning The Future

There are no guarantees that life will turn out the way you want. When two young creatives discovered that their plans no longer served them, they decided to redesign their lives by furthering their education at Raffles Design Institute.

By Everlyn Lee

Just like how a fashion designer produces a garment from a hand-sketch, and how a multimedia designer creates an application from a storyboard, Michael Loo and Louis Koh took their first steps into the burgeoning creative industry through an education at Raffles Design Institute.

Established in 1990, the school develops creative professionals and entrepreneurs in the areas of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Interactive Media Design (Multimedia Design, Animation, and Games Design), 3D Design (Product, Furniture, and Jewellery Design), Graphic Design, and Fashion Marketing (Fashion Marketing & Management, Retail Management, and Fashion Communication & Journalism). The education provider also spans major cities in China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

L'Oreal: M.I.B – Men in Beauty

True beauty is more than just skin deep. However, two young men from L’Oréal relate the importance of focusing on what might be considered ‘superficial’, to ensure the brands under their charge continue to maintain their leads in the fast-moving beauty business.

By Everlyn Lee

Darren Ho and Willi Ching found their gateway into marketing for the beauty industry through L’Oréal Brandstorm, an annual international marketing competition which allows students around the world to put themselves in the shoes of a L’Oréal Brand Manager and innovate one of their existing brands.

“I think I always knew that I had an interest in Marketing. It’s just that I didn’t know how strong my interest was or how well I was able to do the job,” says Darren, a Business Administration graduate from the National University of Singapore.

After immersing himself in Brandstorm for six months and emerging as second runner-up in the local finals, he applied for a job in L’Oréal Singapore, attracted to the dynamism of the company’s business and culture. Today, he is a Product Executive for Kérastase, one of the four brands that make up L’Oréal’s Professional Products Division.

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 
General Tags: 

Prudential: Reach for the Sky

By Everlyn Lee

Camelli Tang took up her first insurance policy with Prudential when she was 20 years old, and never imagined that this decision would lead to a career one decade later.

Two years ago, she left her job as a property manager to join Prudential as a Financial Consultant after being recruited by her Agency Manager, who was her Financial Consultant.

Camelli had to pass Modules 5 and 9 of the Capital Markets and Financial Advisory Services Examination prior to attending an intensive training course at the Prudential Academy of Excellence. She was officially contracted as a Prudential Financial Consultant after clearing the requirements. She also received formal training from her company and personal coaching from her manager to be sufficiently equipped with product knowledge and soft skills to do her job competently.

Authors: 
General Tags: 

East Asia Institute of Management: Career-ready and Confident

Many view higher education as a mere prerequisite to getting their hands on that much sought-after certificate. An education at East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), however, is more than just a means to that end—it is a springboard to a world of opportunities.

By Everlyn Lee

Starting from zero
Zhang Yuan Yuan, a student at EASB, has had her fair share of the glamourous life during her acting days in her homeland, China...

Authors: 
Career Central Tags: 

DSTA - All Systems Go!

Our defence system has never been just about National Service nor a normal day-to day job. For engineers at the Defence Science & Technology Agency, working on these high-tech giant machines gives them a sense of fulfilment and continues to pique their interest in defence science and technology.

By Everlyn Lee

At over 100 metres long with a 76mm gun and a range of combat systems, the sleek stealth Formidable class frigates, Singapore’s latest naval vessels, already look imposing and awesome. Today’s war fighting demands however, require not only superior weapons but also exceptional software to secure victory...

Authors: 

Pages