Survey: More Singapore students favour local tertiary institutions

By: Alythea Ho

Going local, not global, for scholarships and education seem to be on the priority list for Singapore students these days. In addition, students today are more likely to know which sector they want to work in, compared to their predecessors five years ago. They also prefer a career in Banking & Finance, while jobs in the Hotel & Hospitality industry have seen one of the biggest falls in student interest since 2009.

These are some of the findings from the 2013 BrightSparks Scholarship & Career Survey. According to the survey, interest in local tertiary scholarships has hit a five-year high, gathering the majority 22.4% votes from ‘A’ level, International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduates, and Polytechnic final year students.


Achieving like a Victorian

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By: Edmund Wang

It was a sunny afternoon at Victoria Junior College (VJC) on 1 March as the cohort of 2012 returned to familiar turf to receive their GCE ‘A’ Level Examination results. Upon entering the school grounds, we were greeted by the hustle and bustle that typifies many a school on this momentous occasion. Amidst the crowd and excitement, we noticed an enormous banner with the word “VJCTORY” emblazoned across. Now that’s school pride, we thought.

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Live with Passion. Lead with Compassion

By: Png Han Yong

The sweltering heat of a Friday afternoon greeted us as BrightSparks stepped into the grounds of Hwa Chong Institution (College Section), where the familiar scene of a typical school day played itself out - students walking around the campus, lounging on their class benches or laughing and chatting with friends.

But what caught the eye were the many teenagers in casual attire milling about the campus – recent graduates of HCI who were back for one purpose, and one purpose only: to collect their GCE ‘A’ Level results, which were the fruit of 2 years of dutiful study at HCI.

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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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War of the Words

Many students enter a degree programme with no clue of what to expect. Some flounder and some survive but what matters most, according to one Law student, is finding your path by the time you graduate from the programme.

By Mabel Tan

If you are an aspiring lawyer, like 20-year-old Zeslene Mao, she has the one piece of advice for you: You really can’t tell how much you’ll like law school until you’re in it.

The NUS Undergraduate (Merit) Scholar initially wanted to major in English Literature but was convinced otherwise by her parents, who thought having a Law degree would be a better option.

Despite her initial apprehensions, the second-year Bachelor of Law student is now having the time of her life in university.

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Epitome of Asian Hospitality

Crying babies, cramped seats, and overzealous airport staff usually mar an otherwise perfect travelling experience. SIA is one of the few exceptions. Setting impeccable service standards that other airlines try to emulate, SIA has brought back the romance of travel. We speak to Lionel Yeo, one of the people responsible for ensuring each and every SIA customer experiences the epitome of Asian hospitality.

By Farhan Shah

“Learn to cook, take good care of your teeth, talk to people in the elevator and whatever you do, don’t set the water temperature to ‘hot’ while washing your clothes,” Lionel Yeo Shen Kiang says, laughing heartily as he gives advice gleaned from his own experience as a student in a foreign land.