Education

The Overlooked Portfolio

Most students prefer to concentrate on the all-important academics, and tend to oversee the fact that the portfolio is becoming increasingly important. When adequately prepared, the portfolio can be the key to setting you apart from the other university or scholarship applicants.

By Janelle Lau

As the student population becomes more competitive, academic grades are no longer the only consideration for scholarship and university applications. In fact, local universities are setting aside 10% of their places for discretionary admissions, that is, admissions based on students’ achievements besides grades.

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Checklist for The Big Interview

The days of head-spinning application procedures, challenging written tests and endless fretting are over – Yes, you have finally received a call from your scholarship organisation. Take a breather and then it’s time to tackle the next challenge in line – the interview.

By Becky Lo

As most scholarship applications involve more than one interview and a sizeable amount of effort is required, it is best if you can start preparations earlier. On a positive note, you are one step closer to that coveted scholarship. Now, all you have do is to stand out from the rest and convince the company that you are worth every cent they are going to spend on your education.

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The Perfect Answer?

The bad news is, there is no ten-year-series to give you the perfect answers to memorise for the dreaded scholarship interview. But the good news is, here are some tips on six of the common questions asked and some of the best ways to handle them.

By Becky Lo

1. Tell me about yourself.
Interviewers often like to start off with this question, which may sound very simple but can be very tricky. Your answer to this question sets the tone for the rest of the interview and gives the interviewers the first peek into your personality.

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Be Different, the American way

With a plethora of private institutions offering higher education in Singapore, selecting a suitable one in which to further your studies can be a daunting task. For Ismail Didih Ibrahim, however, the answer was simple.

By Tang Pin-Ji

Feeling that everyone else is getting “the same degrees”, the 25-year-old decided to break away from the mould and opt for the Center for American Education (CAE), where he is about to wrap up his two-year Associate of Arts degree programme with Broward College.

For the uninitiated, the Associate’s degree programme makes up the first two years of an American university education and comprises subjects from a diverse range of fields such as sciences, humanities and languages. With the Associate’s Degree, students can then spend their next two years on a Bachelor’s degree programme in a specialised field of their choice.

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CMA: The Only MAD School in Asia!

If you need some help with chasing your dreams in the creative industry, CMA’s MAD formula – an integration of marketing, advertising and design concepts – may just be the perfect mix you are looking for!

By Becky Lo

The process of pursuing one’s ambition may not always be fast and straight-forward. Instead, it may be like what Gerry Seah has gone through – with several stops and detours, before you finally find the right direction to the desired destination.

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CAE: Highway to the States

A broad-based education is always an important one. Let one CAE student tell you more about the fast-track to an American university education from the comforts of your home.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

When most students in Singapore consider the option of studying overseas, fellow Commonwealth countries like the United Kingdom and Australia may first come to mind. But for Center for American Education (CAE) student Felix Yew, a US-based education attracted him immensely due to the creative freedom he would be allowed in coursework.

The students at CAE complete the two-year general education segment of an American degree in its Singapore-based centre, before they transfer to a US college or university of their choice to complete another two years of specialised studies. At the end of the four years, students will attain their respective bachelor’s degree.

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Venturing into Real Estate

Find out how enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) degree programme at NUS led to a fulfilling career in real estate for a 26-year-old.

By Stella Seet

The real estate industry is, without a doubt, a paramount sector of the Singapore economy. Not only are real estate transactions mounting rapidly, they also involve increasingly significant sums of money.

For 26-year-old Lim Wenjie, real estate had always been his calling. “I think what most impressive about real estate is that you have the opportunity to see the end product physically around us and how it contributes to redefining the urban landscape. That makes it very special,” Wenjie explains.

He discovered his interest in business and finance when he was but a mere teenager studying at Raffles Junior College. So when he came across the Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) degree programme offered by the National University of Singapore (NUS), Wenjie knew it was the path most suited for him.

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Persistence is key

Juggling work and school was not easy but Petrine Chua talks about how choosing MDIS ensured that her efforts paid off.

By Joyce Lin

Last November, 28-year-old Petrine Chua graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Marketing from Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), awarded by UK-based University of Bradford. Yet eight years ago, Petrine was doing something entirely different from marketing.

Upon graduation from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in Real Estate and Property Management, she worked as a property executive, liaising with contractors, tenants and property owners to ensure the proper management of a building. Fast forward to a few years later and Petrine had made a career switch to sales in a video conferencing company. Her current job as an account manager requires her to ensure customer satisfaction and renewals of the contracts her company has secured.

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Home away from home

Though the challenges were many, the close-knit rapport between faculty members and students went a long way in ensuring that Ivah Sugiarti secured her string of distinctions at the private educational organisation of her choice.

By Prasana Chandran

It may seem like an odd decision to many but halfway through her polytechnic education in 2005, Ivah Sugiarti decided to transfer to TMC, a private educational organisation, to pursue a course of study that lead to a Mass Communication degree. Upon further consideration however, one will realise that the Technology Management and Communication (TMC) Educational Group is partners with a host of top universities both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Doing It The British Way

There is a lot more to an international study experience, as two Singaporeans Chan Xin Hui and Chan Cheong Shuen discover during their UK education.

By Cheryl Tay

Going abroad to study has always been viewed as a prestigious opportunity for the rich or the smart. Concerns like overseas living expenses, adaptation to a new culture and potential communication barriers are typical of an overseas education.

But these can be easily addressed and overcome in exchange for a highly-respected internationally-recognised qualification and a higher marketability for employment along with self-developed traits like independence and self-reliance.

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