Yvette Tan

Be the One who Counts

At the Singapore Department of Statistics, Wei Chian and Wee Ling take pride in knowing that their analyses and findings today help shape the policies and business decisions of tomorrow.

By Yvette Tan

Each day, the Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS) provides a wide range of data to public agencies, policy-makers, businesses, researchers, analysts and the general public. With these vital inputs, users gain valuable insights into current and emerging economic and social trends so as to make calculated and informed decisions in the formulation of policies and strategies.

Meet Poh Wei Chian and Koh Wee Ling, two statisticians working at DOS who are responsible for collecting, compiling, analysing and disseminating data that play a significant role in our everyday lives.

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The Voice of Hope

Imagine having to go through life being unable to express your thoughts and feelings through the medium of communication. For some, this is their reality. We speak with Sri Devi D/O Mageandran, a Speech Therapist at KKH, to find out what she does to help individuals and free lives, one voice at a time.

By Yvette Tan

Instead of being a Speech Therapist, 26-year-old Sri Devi D/O Mageandran could have ended up at the unlikeliest of places – the engineering industry. However, the Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) Health Science Scholarship offered the LaTrobe University graduate the perfect opportunity to chase her dreams.

We sit down with Sri Devi and find out how becoming a Speech Therapist was the best decision she’s ever made.

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A Heart For Others

Each day, we go about our daily lives participating in a myriad of activities. However, for others, accomplishing these activities does not come so easily. We speak to Chua Kok Yeow, Senior Occupational Therapist at JurongHealth, to find out more about what he does to help those in need and what keeps him going.

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Amongst a maze of towering electrical machines and neatly lined rows of orthopaedic equipment sits Chua Kok Yeow. He settles comfortably into a nearby chair, evidently at ease with his familiar surroundings.

Decked out in an ordinary blue shirt and faded brown pants, Kok Yeow is anything but. Though seemingly quiet, Kok Yeow quickly launches into the conversation, exuding confidence with each word.

“My original plan was really to be a police officer. But when I attended a career exhibition, I discovered healthcare and the rest as they say, is history,” Kok Yeow says with a laugh.

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One Career, Many Opportunities

Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, Singapore commands an enormous presence in the global maritime industry. In terms of shipping tonnage, her port is one of the world’s busiest. We speak to two maritime scholars to learn how the maritime industry has opened doors to enriching opportunities and exciting career prospects.

By Yvette Tan

Many marvel at the phenomenal growth and progress that Singapore has achieved, from a humble fishing village to the cosmopolitan city it is today. Yet they tend to overlook the pillars on which our success was built upon.

Singapore’s growth and development from an entrepôt to its current prominence as an International Maritime Centre did not happen by chance.

“Since young, we were taught that shipping plays a vital role in world trade, with more than 90 percent of the world's trade being carried by ships. The maritime industry has contributed significantly to Singapore’s economic success and she would not have become the country she is today without it. I knew then that I could not go wrong with a career in the maritime industry,” 26-year-old Melody Cheng elucidates, explaining why she decided to take up a maritime scholarship.

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The Pursuit Of Excellence

At A*STAR, the dawn of a new day promises a fresh experience and the possibility of breaking new grounds. We speak to two scholars and find out how they aim to contribute to society and make a difference in our everyday lives.

By Yvette Tan

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is quite possibly one of the most prestigious and cosmopolitan organisations in Singapore to work for as it is Singapore’s leading research agency with world-class scientists of more than 60 nationalities.

Being able to dabble on the cutting edge of science and engineering has been a dream come true for 22-year-old Kang Zi Han and 25-year-old Jayce Cheng.

After receiving the highly coveted National Science Scholarship (NSS), the duo completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Empowering the future

Energy plays an undeniably instrumental role in every aspect of our daily lives, be it at home, in school or in the industry. We go behind the scenes and speak to two EMA scholars, who possess innovative ideas and a passion to shape the future of Singapore’s energy landscape.

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Meet Ren Kejia and Eng Zi Guang, two fresh scholars from the Energy Market Authority (EMA). Though they may be of a tender age, their ambitions and plans for the future are anything but naive. With bright prospects and a promising career ahead, these are two names you should definitely look out for in the future.

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Paving the Way for Success

At TMC Academy, students are offered an opportunity to grow not only academically but beyond the textbooks. Boasting an experienced faculty and degrees from renowned universities, students can be assured that they are given not only a well-rounded but a well-grounded education.

By Yvette Tan

There are two pathways of Mass Communications offered at TMC Academy (TMC). The first is offered by the University of Hertfordshire (UH), which has a larger concentration in digital media while the second is a more generalised degree in Mass Communications with the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

28-year-old Bhavesh Virbhanani and 18-year-old Sarah Begum Ibrahim have had vastly different academic journeys that have led them to TMC. However, their passion for the subject of Mass Communications is undeniable.

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An Education Of A Lifetime


Meet Josephine Yang and Sarabjeet Singh, two students from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. They share with us their thoughts and views on why choosing FASS was the best decision of their lives.

By Yvette Tan

Meet 26-year-old Sarabjeet Singh and 25-year-old Josephine Yang, flag bearers of the National University of Singapore’s (NUS’s) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). Displaying a confident outlook towards life, the duo credits their time in NUS FASS for grooming them into the vibrant young people that they are today.

"Every NUS FASS student will have something called the 4Cs ingrained in them. Each student is Curious, eager to learn and find out more and to question the boundaries of our knowledge. We are confident in what we do and with that Confidence comes the Conviction in what we believe in. However, these factors cannot shape a successful student without the presence of Compassion,” Sarabjeet explains.

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