In today’s increasingly competitive job market, simply getting good grades just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Beyond the world of perfect GPAs, having a solid resume that illustrates a relevant work history makes a whole lot of difference when it comes to joining the workforce – whether it’s through internships, overseas attachments or even taking part in competitions. Not only does it provide you with firsthand exposure to the real world, it also allows you to demonstrate your ability to apply the academic knowledge you’ve gained to a professional setting.

Don’t just take it from us; here are the stories of five stellar individuals from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), who were given the opportunity to explore their interests and venture outside of their comfort zones. From being part of the F1 action as a live reporter, to developing a game all the way in France, these NYP students are ready to take their careers to greater heights!

#1 Muhammad Hariz Bin Roslan (second from left), Diploma in Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology

Muhammad Hariz Bin Roslan

Hariz has always dreamt of being in the aviation industry. Thanks to NYP, the School of Engineering alumnus was able to fulfil his life-long aspiration of building an aircraft from scratch along with his teammates. Talk about letting your dreams take flight!

As part of the team that materialised the aircraft, it took Hariz a lot of precision and patience to ensure that the measurements were accurate. Besides learning to be meticulous in handling the documentation, it also tested his knowledge and skills in carrying out the groundbreaking project. “I felt so proud as I saw it taking shape before my eyes. I’m chuffed to report that the plane is now completed!”

#2 Sumit Tiwari, Diploma in Mass Media Management

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Being in the thick of reporting, doing live updates and churning out headlines for the racing action during the Singapore Grand Prix were all in a day’s work for Sumit. As an intern at Fox Networks Group, the School of Business Management student not only mastered new types of production software, but also learnt how to become a better communicator with his co-workers.

He shares, “Although the hours can be insane, work is super interesting and fun. I’m learning so much!” In addition, Sumit has also been working on new video projects such as the Asian Football Cup and Asian Football Championship League – and he’s “absolutely loving the opportunities”.

#3 Mahendra Prasad Sivakumar, Diploma in Mass Media Management

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When you’re a student who’s tight on a budget, travelling is probably the last thing on your mind. To make things worse, Mahendra’s dad works seven days a week, which leaves them with hardly any time to go on family vacations. It wasn’t until the School of Business Management student took up the General Studies module ‘Discover Japan’, that he had the chance to participate in an exchange programme in Japan.

“I spent a week in Ryukoku University in Kyoto where we stayed at their hostel. I thought it would be spartan but it was surprisingly beautiful and well equipped,” Mahendra recalls. Besides having to attend classes just like any other Japanese student, he also learned a lot about its unique culture and made plenty of friends during his overseas stint. “Over there, I saw for myself how serious students are about their lessons. They were also very polite, adding a ‘san’ to my name whenever they addressed me. We still keep in touch with each other.”

#4 Mok Wei Min, Diploma in Game Development & Technology

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For Wei Min, she returned home with more than just a stamp on her passport. It’s not everyday you get to do an internship in France, let alone at a major international brand. That was what happened to the recent NYP alumna, who had the opportunity to intern at renowned automotive supplies company, Continental.

Along with two other students, they were tasked to develop a game to maintain a safe and efficient workplace. She admits, “It was not easy, but it was a great real-life experience as we were working on a problem that had a real impact. I’m glad I soldiered on despite the initial difficulties.” Her hard work certainly paid off – till today, the game is still at work and being played in France. Achievement unlocked!

#5 Ng Jun Xuan, Diploma in Digital Game Art & Design

Ng Jun Xuan

Aside from the wide range of overseas programmes and internship opportunities available, NYP talents also get to participate in competitions like the WorldSkills, where students can put their technical skill and know-hows to the test on an international platform.

Three years ago, the School of Interactive & Digital Media alumnus was selected to participate in the 3D Digital Game Art category at the WorldSkills. After 11 months of hardcore training, Jun Xuan was in top form and ready for battle at Abu Dhabi. The aspiring game artist ended up clinching gold for Singapore, beating out competitors from powerhouses like China, South Korea and Finland!

Want to take your learning to the next level? Head down to the NYP Open House at Nanyang Polytechnic from 10 to 12 January (10am to 6pm on Thursday and Saturday; 10am to 11pm on Friday) to find out more about the vast opportunities it offers!

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Worried that you might not adjust well to your new campus? Fret not – we’ve got you covered with some handy tips that will ensure you have loads of fun during the next three years of your tertiary life.

#1 GO TO ORIENTATION

Go To Orientation

Most freshies tend to skip out on orientation because they don’t see the need to, but it’s a rite of passage that will help you to ease into your second home. Not only will you be able to get a sense of what the campus environment will be like, you’ll get a firsthand glimpse into all the amazing facilities your school offers and even meet some of your future classmates. Be prepared to take part in a ton of icebreaker games and team- building activities during orientation – it’s a great way to bond with your group mates before the first-day jitters set in!

#2 Socialise Aplenty

Socialise Aplenty

It’s normal to feel shy on the first day, but you’ll have a hard time making friends if you don’t mingle around with new faces, especially with your classmates. They will be the ones you spend the most time with in school – be it during lunch breaks or grouping up for projects – therefore it’s important to put yourself out there and initiate conversations with others. Joining an extracurricular activity also helps to expand your social circle beyond classroom walls, so do yourself a favour and check out the CCA booths if you’re heading down to the Open Houses!

#3 Develop Self-Discipline

Develop Self-Discipline

Unlike secondary school, the campus culture here is a lot more open and flexible as students are treated as mature, responsible adults. Don’t expect your lecturers to lead you through all your assignments like how you’re used to – tertiary education is all about taking charge of your own learning and being adept at working independently. Without constant supervision, it may be tempting to skip classes and slack off on your studies, but you’ve got to buck up if you want to maintain that 4.0 GPA. Remember, it’s a cumulative effort throughout all three years and once your grades spiral, it can be hard to get yourself back on track.

#4 Take Initiative

Take Initiative

Things can get a little fast-paced during lectures so if you find that you have a hard time keeping up, don’t be afraid to raise questions – it shows that you’re engaged and eager to learn. It’s also important to be consistent in note-taking to ensure that you don’t miss anything out, because chances are they won’t be running through the contents again. In case you have additional doubts you would like to clarify, consider booking a consultation slot with your lecturer to gather feedback about your progress. They’ll appreciate you being proactive and are more than willing to help!

#5 Be Yourself

Be Yourself

Call us corny if you will, but the most crucial factor in ensuring a smooth transition from secondary school to a brand new tertiary institution – is to be yourself. Never feel pressured to change yourself in order to fit in. As much as you want to be part of the ‘in’ crowd, giving in to social pressure just because you want to be liked, can result in self-esteem issues and may even affect your grades in the long run. Only when you’re truly comfortable in your own skin will you be able to radiate good vibes, which in turn lets others be comfortable in your presence. Gradually, people will come to accept you for who you are once they know you’re fun to hang out with!

This article was adapted from Teenage Passport To Your Future 2019.

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Are you one of those who just can’t resist taking a whiff every time you walk pass a department store’s fragrance counter? Just like everyone else, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) graduate Phoebe Tan always had a thing for fragrances since she was young. But little did she know that she would eventually find herself pursuing her passion in one of London’s most prestigious colleges, thanks to her penchant for scents!

Following her mother’s love for perfumes, Phoebe began to learn more about organic chemistry and its molecular relationship back in her secondary school days, which opened her eyes to the world of perfumery. Deciding to make it her calling, she enrolled into the Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science (DPCS) at SP and chanced upon an opportunity to be fast-tracked into the London College of Fashion’s (LCF) Masters in Cosmetic Science programme upon graduating. This was offered via a direct entry programme that is available for DPCS graduates.

“I was able to put my DPCS training to good use during my time in LCF, where I utilised my skills in research, presentation as well as report writing. All these really helped when I was working on my thesis,” she shares. “My Final Year Project was also nominated for the Promotion Award 2018 of the German Society of Perfumers in the SEPAWA (Soap, Perfume, Cosmetic and Detergent Experts Association) which was a big acknowledgement!”

Now a perfume specialist at Waft Perfume, Phoebe evaluates fragrances and also takes on a consultant role by providing fragrance expertise and knowledge. She is also working hard to build her mini lab at home to bring her one step closer to her goal of being a renowned perfumer, and eventually create her own unique fragrance.

Now that’s what we call the sweet scent of success!

Interested in finding out more about the Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science at Singapore Polytechnic? Head down to the SP Open House from 10 to 12 January 2019, 10am – 6pm to discover your options!

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Growing up with dyslexia isn’t a walk in the park, but Patrick Siah has never been one to let his learning disability hinder his academic progress. Instead, he learned to embrace his differences and turned it into a thriving career.

A proud graduate of Singapore Polytechnic (SP), the Diploma in Architecture alumnus focused on his heightened visual abilities and excelled in his 3D design classes – making him one of the star students in the cohort. Upon graduating, Patrick did his Degree and Master’s at the University of Melbourne before joining a multinational design practice back home. After which, he ventured out and founded his own architectural firm, W5A. And yes, he named it after SP’s architecture block because of “all the good memories that it holds” for him!

Not forgetting his roots, Patrick has nothing but gratitude towards his alma mater for nurturing him into the person he is today. “It was not an easy journey. I am most thankful for the exposure and project experiences that SP has given me. The well-rounded education honed my technical and design skills that put me ahead of my peers during my overseas study,” he shares.

Now a successful boss and champion in his field, Patrick seeks to continue providing top-notch services and great value for his clients. Moving forward, he hopes to design spaces that can better society and benefit people with dyslexia.

Interested in finding out more about the Diploma in Architecture at Singapore Polytechnic? Head down to the SP Open House from 10 to 12 January 2019 (10am to 6pm) to discover your options!

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At the age of 17 and under, these Gen-Z trailblazers are already making their mark in the startup world – one idea at a time.

In today’s tech-savvy generation, there’s a rising crop of bright, innovative minds who are taking an avid interest in honing their business skills – all they need is a push in the right direction. That’s where Young Founders Summit comes into play.

Organised by Singapore-based edutech startup Smarter Me, it’s touted as a global entrepreneurship programme that provides young business-minded individuals an accelerated platform for their ideas to come to life. They share a common goal in mind: to help create a better world through the use of technology. Over 100 submissions were received from six countries in Asia, and the top three entries will receive a direct pass to the global leg of Young Founders Summit 2019 which will take place in Los Angeles come April.

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What’s even more impressive is that none of these participants are older than 17, yet they able to come up with never-seen-before business strategies that can potentially help to solve major problems in society. Think an app that maps out safe travel routes in India as a preventive measure for rape, as well as an app that connects the elderly with youngsters to resolve loneliness in the pioneer generation. Or how about a wearable device that can detect a cardiac arrest and alert emergency services in a heartbeat?

Dubbed as the Cure Band, this nifty prototype is the brainchild of three 13-year-olds who beat out all 30 teams to emerge victorious – and they will soon be pitching their way to LA in hopes of scoring USD50,000 in funding for their project. At this point, it’s only a matter of time before we see them as sharp-suited business leaders dominating significant markets in a few years’ time. And if this flourishing movement is any indication, their entrepreneurial streak certainly won’t be slowing down anytime soon. If anything, they are just getting started.

So if you have a brilliant idea that you’re passionate about, don’t be afraid to get it running and off the ground. It’s time for you to change the world.

Photo credits: Smarter Me

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