Education

Stop! Are you missing out on life?

By Julailah Wahid

Back in school, I knew a few classmates who were a tad bit overzealous. So gung ho they were about getting good grades that they’d submit homework about a week before it was due. They would have one-on-one consultation sessions with lecturers for over two hours about their assignments and stayed up mugging till the crack of dawn. These highly-driven individuals never failed to come out on top in class – they were the overachievers.

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3 reasons why you should further your education

Question:
Many of my colleagues are either getting a second degree or studying for a post-graduate qualification. I don’t want to simply jump onto the bandwagon of further education. Could you tell me how getting more papers to my name can help with my career?

Answer:
There are several reasons why further education can help with your career:

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What you study may not be what you end up doing

By Juliet Soh

I read Political Science in university. Many of my classmates eventually joined the civil service and using the knowledge they’ve acquired in public administration and international relations, are now making and executing the policies that we are affected by.

On the other hand, I started my career in journalism, and also delved into public relations. What I’ve learnt in school from Machiavelli to Marx doesn’t seem to apply to what I do at work now, except to sound knowledgeable when I make small talk with clients.

But this is not entirely uncommon.

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Survival Guide for Freshmen

By Shi Tianyun

University – the best years of your life. For those fresh out of Junior College, this is your first step into adulthood and preparation for the real working world. Yet, the thought of navigating your first semester on campus can be extremely daunting, especially when you are plunged into a foreign environment with thousands of others. Don’t worry, we have broken it all down for you - here is your step-by-step guide to surviving university.

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JobsCentral Survey: University scholarships preferred over government and private scholarships

By Juliet Soh

Scholarships issued by local universities, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), are voted as most popular among recent ‘A’ Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduates, according to an annual survey by BrightSparks, Singapore’s largest scholarship and higher education media.

From March to April this year, a total of 2,738 respondents took the 2012 BrightSparks Scholarship & Career Survey, which targets potential scholarship recipients. 1,533 of them are ‘A’ Level and IB diploma graduates, 650 are final year polytechnic students, and the remaining 555 are undergraduates in their first and second year of study at NUS, NTU and Singapore Management University (SMU).

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A Career That Rises Above All

Left: Kenny Khoo | Right: Phua Jia Kai

From operating advanced machinery to protecting the people you love, a career with the RSAF allows you to make a real difference. It really is time to let your dreams take flight.

By Farhan Shah

Many years ago, there were two young boys who wanted to pursue their love for aviation. They found it with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

For 30-year-old Major (MAJ) Kenny Khoo, his fascination with aviation sprouted when he witnessed the RSAF Black Knights in action. Singapore’s military aerial aerobatics team, the Black Knights are a group of elite pilots who perform daring manoeuvres in the air.

The second young boy was Captain (CPT) Phua Jia Kai. “The culture and image of the RSAF as a dynamic and professional organisation, with that extra bit of ‘cool’ appealed to me,” the 27-year-old reveals.

With this resolve firmly in mind, the duo signed on the dotted line of their respective scholarships without any hesitation. CPT Phua, a recipient of the SAF Overseas Scholarship, went to the London School of Economics & Political Science to major in Government and Economics. Thereafter, he travelled over the Atlantic Ocean to Harvard University for his Master’s degree in Arts & Social Sciences.

As for MAJ Khoo, he decided to take an unconventional route, studying Aeronautical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) instead. “One of the reasons I decided to study at the ADFA was to experience the military culture of another country. I’m glad I took this route; the regimentation that I experienced in the Academy has instilled in me a sense of discipline and independence that is absolutely crucial to succeed in life,” MAJ Khoo says.

In The Beginning

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Changing Lives Through Innovation

Top: Huang Liang | Bottom: Ng Choon Guang

Singapore is one of the most connected countries in the world, with more than 80% of the population possessing an Internet broadband connection. And the industry is taking even more rapid strides towards becoming a global infocomm hub, with companies such as HP Labs, IBM and Oracle setting up critical IT functions in Singapore to serve the region. Two National Infocomm Scholarship recipients share their ventures into the burgeoning frontier of technology.

By Mabel Tan

Unlike other revolutions that happen once, the world of technology is constantly experiencing revolution, rapidly evolving from one stage to the next. In the 1990s, the Internet was just a budding technological discovery. Today, the Internet has become an essential and central component of our lives.

25-year-old Ng Choon Guang, a Systems Engineer from Avaya, admitted that he never thought the world would be as connected as it is today.

Choon Guang: “In the past, IT was solely used by enterprises. But with the rise of Wi-Fi and instant messaging systems, the Internet has become a global village, connecting people from around the world. The infocomm industry is fast-moving and rapidly growing as technology becomes more ‘consumerised’. To me, this is really exciting!”

An example of a consumer technology set to be launched in Singapore by mid-2012 is the Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile payment project, adds 29-year-old NFC Project Manager Huang Liang, who is an Assistant Manager at the Finance, Tourism, and Business Services Department with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

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Green Pursuit

Left: Ang Chye Peng | Right: Aqil Esmail

Environmental advocates all over the world are clamouring for people to control the rapid depletion of environmental resources in efforts to secure the future of mankind. We speak to two public officers from NEA and PUB to find out what Singapore is doing.

By Mabel Tan

Over the past decades, humankind has faced the threat of possible self-destruction. While the indisputable idea of development may seem oxymoronic to sustainability, there is an impending need to mitigate the eco-toxic effects of environmental pollutants that have accumulated in our ecosystem.

“Climate change is happening as a result of uncontrolled human activity, such as rapid deforestation and widespread use of fossil fuels in power stations,” 30-year-old Ang Chye Peng says.

The Acting Senior Manager of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Department at the National Environment Agency (NEA) adds, “If we don’t act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change, we may experience more extreme temperatures, heat waves and more frequent heavy rainfall in all cities, including Singapore.”

24-year-old Aqil Esmail, a Master’s degree holder in Economics and Senior Officer at the3P Network Department of national water agency PUB, agrees fully with Chye Peng.

“We have to work towards self-sustainability. But at the same time, we have to minimise the impact that it has on the environment,” says the London School of Economics alumnus.

Save the Environment, Save the Earth

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