Lim Yan Wen

Keeping It Real

As a leading energy, water and marine group, Sembcorp continues to attract some of the best talents as well as deliver its promise to develop its people. Two of Sembcorp scholars share their stories.

By Yvette Lim

“Working with Sembcorp, is giving myself the chance to work with one of the most established players in the engineering industry and it also encompasses the opportunity to work with some of the most dynamic and creative people in the company and industry,” says Lee Chern Ern. Chern Ern’s search for the perfect career started after he completed his ‘A’ levels at Tampines Junior College. He wanted a career that would best fit his interests and personality.

“I've always been more of a problem-solving kind of person, especially in areas of Math and Science. Engineering seemed like a natural choice for my interests,” Chern Ern shares.

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Fast Track Your Ambitions

For students who are looking for a real Australian University to continue their education, JCU Singapore is a great place to fast-track your ambitions.

By Yvette Lim

Derrick Tan is passionate about psychology. This is evident from the way he talks about it. “Psychology gives me insights into life. I learn about everything from emotions, to thinking, to cognition and to behaviour, (what causes people to react the way they do)” says the 23-year-old who majors in Psychology at JCU Singapore.

Doing national service immediately after graduating from Junior College, gave Derrick time to think about his future. The Psychology course offered by James Cook University Australia at the JCU Singapore campus appealed to him. “The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and the campus in Singapore is a real campus, not a partnership with an external university. So we're not dealing with agents or middle-men,” he says. “You know you're paying for quality.”

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The Difference Between Them N'US

More polytechnic graduates with outstanding results are entering local varsities like NUS. Find out how two current undergraduates decided to take the less-trodden path to university education in Singapore with great results.

By Yvette Lim

While the more common route to an education in local universities is sitting for the GCE 'A' levels in junior colleges, not everyone can survive the intensity of preparing for the said examinations. For those who are still intent on pursuing higher degrees, though, there are alternative ways to explore.

Teo Shi Jia is one such student who took the path less travelled. The 24-year-old did not do well enough in her ‘A’ levels to earn a place in a local university on merit. However, that did not deter the spunky girl. She zoomed in on developing her interests in the healthcare industry, and enrolled in Ngee Ann Polytechnic's (NP) Nursing programme.

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Impossible Is Nothing

Helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into profit-making ventures is an exciting endeavour, as Beatrice Wong from SPRING Singapore will tell you.
By Yvette Lim

The world of entrepreneurship is, at once, full of barriers and possibilities. Given that there's so much to learn and do, being in the department of New Business Support in SPRING Singapore is definitely an enriching experience. Beatrice Wong joined the organisation after graduating from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and has been with SPRING for close to three years now. Yet the Senior Manager with a degree in Geography still feels that the company has so much more to offer her.

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Steering the Ship to Success

They have taken the first, brave step to pursue a degree in the relatively obscure field of Maritime Studies. Now let the SMF scholars tell you more about their passion for the sea and the maritime industry.

By Lim Yan Wen

While her wide-eyed innocence may initially trick you into believing that she behaves her age, Guan Yifei's quiet determination to succeed and her firm belief in the industry she has chosen reveals a kind of maturity that is beyond her years.

The 20-year-old is currently a first-year student in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), pursuing a double major in Maritime Studies and Business. Born in China, Yifei has been studying in Singapore for the past six years. She enrolled into secondary three at Xin Ming Secondary School, before entering the Hwa Chong Junior College. Her decision to enter the field of Maritime Studies with a Business Major stemmed mostly from her self-understanding.

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A Different Kind of Exchange

The unique position of SGX as an Asian gateway to the global finance industry is certainly appealing to graduates who are keen to dive into the exciting world of business and finance. SGX scholars John Lim and Wong Yun Zhen can testify to that.

By Lim Yan Wen

Since joining Singapore Exchange (SGX) in August 2004, Senior Associate Wong Yun Zhen has gained considerable maturity and confidence. “I came in wanting to get diverse exposure to different work experiences, and I have gotten that through job rotation,” Yun Zhen says.

The 28-year-old graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS), after taking on the SGX Scholarship following her 'A' levels. “At that time, we were one of the pioneer batches for the scholarship,” the bubbly young lady recalls.

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Putting Meaning into Buildings

JTC Corporation is a leading provider of industrial real estate solutions and services that also invests in grooming talents. JTC scholars Cindy and Christine share with us what working in JTC is like.

By Lim Yan Wen

Engineering and Business may seem like two fairly unrelated disciplines, but right from the beginning, Cindy Chong knew that she wanted to be well-versed in both areas. The JTC scholar, who joined the corporation in 2008, decided after her 'A' levels that she wanted to pursue an undergraduate degree in Engineering, followed by a master’s in business.

“Right from the start, I knew my future career would be in a business-related area. I chose to do engineering because it would train my mind to think more analytically, and subsequently this skill would complement my master’s in business well,” says the 24-year-old.

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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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A Rewarding Road

One LTA scholar shares his zeal for contributing to the improvement of Singapore's transport system.

By Lim Yan Wen

As a child, Ho Chin Ning had always been fascinated with the notion of transport. “I always wondered who determines the duration for the green man to appear and change, and now I know it's my colleagues at the Land Transport Authority (LTA),” says the 26-year-old.

Chin Ning's deep curiosity for all things related to transport turned out to be a major driving force behind his career choice. After being selected for the LTA scholarship, the Raffles Junior College alumnus proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, followed by a Master of Science in Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the space of four years.

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Do More, Learn More

Before you shudder upon hearing the word 'taxation', hear what two scholars from IRAS have to say about the organisation – it definitely offers more than just taxing work!

By Lim Yan Wen

If your knowledge about taxation is limited to the Benjamin Franklin quote “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes”, it might come as a pleasant surprise that there is much more to the business of taxation in a modern economy such as Singapore's.

Just ask Accountancy graduate Linda Cheng. The 23-year-old, who graduated from the Nanyang Business School in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), chose the course based on advice from her cousins. “I have cousins who are auditors and they suggested that I could try this field, and I do not regret my choice,” the Raffles Junior College alumnus says.

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