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
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
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
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
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
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!