Roland Tan

Making a Difference

Who says you can’t make a difference while doing something you like? Here are two who found ways to turn their passion for helping others into a fulfilling career through MCYS and NCSS.

By Roland Tan

It may not seem like much, but it was a book called “One Child” by Torey Hayden that sparked off 21-year-old Annie Cheong’s interest in social work. That book tells the story of a teacher who gave hope to emotionally traumatised children through her perseverance and dedication.

Having read that book in her secondary school days, Annie has been active in social services, starting off as a volunteer before deciding to be part of the professionals in the social service sector. She took her commitment to help the less fortunate one step further after her GCE ‘A’ levels at National Junior College by applying for the VWOs - Charities Capability Fund (VCF) Social Service Scholarship offered by National Council of Social Service (NCSS). “I’ve always wanted to do social work. It was easy to decide as there are very few scholarships that offered such an opportunity,” quips the VCF Scholar, who is currently in her third year of studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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The Alternative Route

Private education institutions cater to an increasing number of working professionals who are earnest to upgrade their skills and advance their careers.

By Roland Tan

In today’s competitive working world, most would agree that paper qualifications are paramount for opening up a vista of opportunities. Never mind about job performance because if you are not even given that first opportunity, it remains a non-starter however street-smart you may be.

Joel Poh, a Nanyang Polytechnic alumnus, discovered this for himself after working three years as a sales executive. “After a few years of working, I realised that a diploma is inadequate and business skills are relevant if one wants to move on to bigger things. I aspire to a corporate position where I can get to know more about how an organisation functions. The way to go is to upgrade my skills and work towards a degree,” he enthuses.

“I want a career that gives me a better work-life balance.”

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Bosch for Life

Doing right by its stakeholders in keeping the legacy glowing, Bosch proves that it is more than just another brand name.

By Roland Tan

From everyday power tools to futuristic all-electric cars, lithium-ion technology to organic photovoltaics – the Bosch name is there. Not only does Bosch boast a legacy of 123 years of trusted products, it is also a forward-looking company that constantly pushes the frontiers of technology.

Choo Yin Yeow, a veteran of 13 years, can attest to the strength and heritage of the Bosch brand. The 47-year-old had completed tours of duty in the software and R&D departments before assuming his current role at Bosch Security Systems in May this year.

Security Systems, a division of the Bosch Group, provides integrated solutions for high-quality security and communication products such as closed circuit television, fire alarm systems, access control systems, and state-of-the-art conference systems.

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JTC: Blueprint for Excellence

JTC – Where possibilities abound.

By Roland Tan and Tan Yan Shuo

“I’ve always been fascinated by bridges and buildings,” muses Tay Hwee Bin, a Principal Analyst at JTC Corporation. This is true in the figurative sense too – in her never-ending endeavours to bridge the gap between her dreams and reality, which is immeasurably aided by the JTC scholarship.

As Singapore’s leading provider of industrial space solutions, JTC offers a wide range of industrial and business facilities for all types of manufacturing and related operations. To date, it has developed more than 6,000 hectares of industrial land and 4.4 million square metres of ready-built facilities for more than 7,000 local and multinational companies. It provides the perfect platform for Hwee Bin to hone her talents.

Engineering solutions
“My current portfolio is in corporate planning, where I focus on JTC’s long-term strategic business directions,” she shares. “For instance, I was recently involved in the restructuring exercise of our business, re-aligning our business groups into industry clusters to better focus on the economy needs.”

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Robert Bosch: Packaged for Success

Marketing is about unlocking a unique selling point of a company’s product that gives it an edge over its competitors. At Bosch Singapore, Yvette has her fill in making this happen.

By Roland Tan

Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd, also known as Bosch Singapore, is located in the northern part of the island and has an understated look that belies its significance. It is the regional subsidiary of the Bosch Group, representing the Group's interests in Southeast Asia. The Singapore office also houses the Asia-Pacific headquarters of the Automotive Aftermarket and Security Systems Divisions, as well as the IT Centre for Asia Pacific and the Research and Development Centre Asia Pacific.

As the regional subsidiary, Bosch Singapore has direct communications with the top brass in Germany’s headquarters. It is also empowered to provide full operational support and make key administrative decisions in Southeast Asia, should the need arise. Bosch Singapore is also designated as a Centre of Competence for the Automotive Aftermarket Division where a concentration of expertise, knowledge and talents are amassed to support the region.

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No typical day

Keppel Corporation

Keppel Corporation is a company built on successful businesses and enduring relationships. Keppel scholar Diana Chan tells us about the challenges of her work, and more importantly, about the fun as well!

By Roland Tan

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