Wendy Ng

Passing On The Passion

Gone are the days when a teacher was seen as a no-nonsense disciplinarian focused on getting good results for his or her students. Today, a teacher is much more than that as we get insights from two educators about this reputable career.

By Wendy Ng & Farhan Shah

In the 60s, a hard rap across the knuckles with a wooden ruler was more than enough to ensure students would toe the line. However, as the years pass by, the teaching landscape has evolved significantly, making these methods outdated.

Today, teaching is not just about reciting from textbooks and giving out test papers. It is about moulding the future generation. Today’s teachers have to incorporate the whims of today’s tech-savvy youths with the goals of the country.

However, there is no other career in the world that gives you the invaluable opportunity to be an inspiration and influence to the malleable minds of the young who will one day become the leaders of the country.

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A Noble Undertaking

A trip to the hospital often leaves many with a lasting impression of the intensive nature of our healthcare industry. Two healthcare practitioners help us truly appreciate the fast-paced and meaningful nature of their work by sharing their experiences.

By Wendy Ng

“A career in the health industry is like a rollercoaster ride,” says Cassandra Seah, an Occupational Therapist at the National University Hospital (NUH).

“Things move very fast in the hospital so we have to be alert all the time. However, I am never on the adventure alone. Together with a team of doctors and nurses, we help our patients and families in this journey of life. That makes it an enriching and fulfilling experience,” the 25-year-old elaborates.

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Powerful Bonds

As Cheung Kit and Kenneth Yeo embark on the second year of their careers with Singapore Power this month, they proudly review the expansive portfolios and enriching experiences they have accumulated under their belts.

By Wendy Ng

“Singapore Power is like this bottle of water, or even this table,” 24-year-old Cheung Kit explains, motioning to the respective items.

“These might not seem much to you, but you are using them every day and they are always there when you need them. Likewise, you will not consciously think of the electricity and gas transmitted and distributed by Singapore Power because you can always count on them to be available. Most of the public are oblivious to the hard work that a lot of people put in behind the scenes to ensure that electricity and gas are delivered efficiently and reliably to you.”

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Pioneering a Difference

While many quake at the thought of joining a new university that is not tried and tested, two students daringly embark on a different route, to be the pioneering batch of Singapore’s fourth public university – the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

By Wendy Ng

Being the pioneers of change is an opportunity that not everyone can experience in their lifetime.

However, this is the opportunity that Matthew Chan Chun Hin and Jie Hanson have been given. As part of the pioneer batch of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the two of them will be at the forefront of change.

With classes officially starting in 2012, SUTD is currently in the midst of reviewing and finalising its curriculum, recruiting its faculty, and designing and building its new campus grounds.

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Steering Towards An Exciting Voyage Ahead

Attracted by the opportunity to work in a dynamic sector that offers a myriad of exciting career opportunities, two MaritimeONE scholars overcame stereotypes and devoted themselves to become experts in their own fields.

by Wendy Ng

Trade and shipping were the twin pillars upon which Singapore's humble beginnings were built.

Being a strategically located entrepôt helped to turn Singapore from a sleepy town into a bustling centre by the 19th century.

Currently, Singapore is home to one of the busiest ports in the world and the maritime industry contributes about 7 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Making the acquaintance

TORM-MaritimeONE scholar, Sandar Koh, did not know what to expect when she signed up for the Maritime Studies degree course in Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

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Beyond The Self

In moments when problems of the individual blinds them to the sufferings of others, meet two young people who look beyond their own needs and yearn to make a difference in society.

By Wendy Ng

“A social worker once told me before that the goal of our job is to be out of a job,” Alvin Mak states.

“We want to come to a point where we can help clients help themselves so they no longer require us to be there, for our clients to achieve that level of autonomy and independence so that they can take responsibility and ownership of their own challenges,” he explains.

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