As the annual Open House season rolls around, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of festivities happening at the various polytechnics. Here’s your step-by-step guide to conquering #OH19!

Before:

#1 Do your research. Hit up the respective websites to find out what courses each school offers, then shortlisting some options you might be interested in pursuing. Search up on the different topics in the syllabus, as well as the credit weightage for each module so you can be better prepared for what’s expected of you.

#2 Get a second opinion. Before rushing into a decision, it’s a good idea to consult your teachers, school seniors or family members for suggestions on your next step. Although the final decision ultimately lies with you, it wouldn’t hurt to get additional input to help you make a more informed choice. Because who better to seek advice from than the ones who know your academic journey best?

#3 Plan your route. Bear in mind that the five polytechnics are by no means near each other, so don’t make the rookie mistake of aiming to cover everything within a day. To ensure a smoother journey, take into account the travel duration between the various campuses and map out your schedule accordingly to efficiently maximise your time. Besides, there are multiple days to visit so there’s no need to rush through it!

During:

#4 First things first, goodie bags! Like every other kiasu Singaporean, snagging yourself an awesome swag bag at the Open House should always be at the top of your checklist. We’re expecting these babies to be snapped up real quick, so grab one before going on to explore the rest of the campus.

#5 Look out for the course booths. Make a beeline for the course booths so you can get the important things out of the way first. Come prepped with a list of questions you’d like to enquire about your desired course, be it the campus culture, internship opportunities or career prospects. There will be course counsellors, lecturers and facilitating students present to help you out, so don’t be afraid to ask away!

#6 Check out the facilities available. There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to selecting a preferred institution, but it’s important to find out what kind of amenities they offer that can help to enrich your learning experience. If you’re looking to venture into design, you need a space that can inspire and spark ideas. If you’re keen on taking up a science- related course, make sure the labs are safe and properly equipped.

#7 Don’t forget about the CCAs. Amidst the flurry of activities taking place, we wouldn’t be surprised if the topic of CCAs slipped off your mind, seeing as most people tend to prioritise the guided tours, seminars and workshops. However, one should never underestimate the importance of having a CCA. Not only is it a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby, it also makes for a worthy addition to your resume, so find time to pop by the CCA booths to take a look at the interest groups and student clubs available.

After:

#8 Review the information. As you make your way around the campus, you’re likely to receive a stash of brochures but don’t throw them away – keep these handouts for your reference after. With all the information within your grasp, sit down with a clear head after the Open House madness to go through the materials gathered to help you decide your next course of action.

#9 Double-check your qualifications. It’s easy to be caught up in the moment and forget about the most crucial portion: eligibility. Before submitting your Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) application, make sure your O’Level scores meet the minimum entry requirements needed for your preferred courses – you don’t want to waste any of your 12 choices during JAE! Take the time to choose wisely as your decision will determine where you will spend the next three years at.

#10 Try to have fun! Take the chance to immerse yourself into the vibrant campus life and make new friends. After all, the Open House is the first glimpse into your polytechnic life – live it to the fullest!

From campus tours to booth activities, don’t miss out on these exciting highlights!

Nanyang Polytechnic

 
 
 
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NYP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave

NYP Night Open House
Date: 11 January 2019
Time: 6pm – 11pm

  • Dubbed as a “Teaching and Learning City”, NYP has no shortage of specialised facilities to cater for students’ needs. This includes high- tech laboratories, a fully computerised library as well as recreational zones for gaming and karaoke enthusiasts to wind down after classes.
  • Besides the much-anticipated finals of the NYP Jam! Singing Competition, show your support for the talented dance crews that will be battling it out for the crowning glory at the NYP Groove! Street Dance Competition. We can’t wait to see which team will emerge victorious!
  • Lots of fun-filled activities await at the NYP Night Open House on 11 January! At 6pm, head down to the Atrium (Blk A, Central Level 1) to witness pulsating dance performances by Foreign Bodies, long with a special appearance by Tosh Zhang of Ah Boys to Men fame.

For more information, head over to www.nyp.edu.sg/openhouse

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

 
 
 
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NP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 525 Clementi Road

  • Want to experience what it’s like to be an NP student? Let the NP ambassadors take you on a customised tour to explore the hottest hangouts on campus (yes, including the #OOTD spots). You’ll also get the chance to check out Makers’ Academy, a creative space where students can build prototypes; as well as Studio27, which houses jamming and gaming studios.
  • If you’re still undecided about which NP course to choose, sign up for the Find Your Dream Course Workshop from 7 to 9 January to help narrow down your career interests and seek out the best course that aligns with your aspirations. Spots are limited so be sure to head down early!
  • Thinking of venturing into entrepreneurship? NP provides you with all the essential tools and funds you need to take your idea off the ground. Not only do they have a dedicated Entrepreneurship Programme elective, they also offer immersion trips, overseas innovation challenges and global internships to broaden your network.

For more information, head over to openhouse.np.edu.sg

Republic Polytechnic 

 
 
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RP Open House
Date:
10 – 12 January 2019
Time:
10am – 6pm
Venue:
9 Woodlands Ave 9

  • There’s never a dull moment at RP with the plethora of exciting booth activities happening on campus! From going on a virtual reality walkthrough at the School of Engineering booth, to learning how to create sound effects for blockbuster movies at the School of Technology For The Arts, you’re sure to have a blast.
  • Try spotting NAO at the School of Infocomm booth, where artificial intelligence comes to life in the form of a humanoid robot designed to be an interactive companion. Gotta love technology!
  • Fun fact: RP’s School of Sports, Health and Leisure is the only polytechnic institution in Singapore that offers courses across a comprehensive range of sports skills! They’ve got diplomas in Sport Coaching, Health Services Management, Outdoor and Adventure Learning, just to name a few.

For more information, head over to https://www.rp.edu.sg/discover/openhouse.html

Singapore Polytechnic

 
 
 
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SP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 500 Dover Road

  • Explore the various academic schools when you go on the SP walking tours! For those who are interested in pursuing an education in computing, drop by the School of Computing where you can check out top-notch facilities such as the Cyber Wargame Centre and Aperture Science Lab. While you’re there, look out for Directie – a mobile app that helps visitors to navigate around SP.
  • Be treated to a thrilling lineup of performances by student clubs spanning dance, mixed martial arts and more. If you’re interested in being part of the fam, head over to the CCA booths and say hi!
  • Feeling peckish? Fuel up at one of the many F&B outlets dotting the 38-hectares campus such as McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway. For a wider variety of options, there are a total of six food courts where you can head to for delectable grub at wallet-friendly prices!

For more information, head over to openhouse.sp.edu.sg

Temasek Polytechnic

 
 
 
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TP Open House
Date: 10 – 12 January 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: 21 Tampines Ave 1

  • TP introduces a slew of new diploma programmes across all disciplines for JAE 2019, including Medical Biotechnology, Logistics and Operations Management, Big Data and Analytics etc.
  • Have yet to figure out which diploma best suits you? Register for TP’s Beyond ‘O’ Level Seminar, where you can get your questions on admissions, scholarships, further education and career opportunities all answered. Admission is free!
  • TP is home to an extensive range of state-of-the-art sports facilities, from fully-equipped gymnasiums to dance studios to tennis courts. That’s not all; there’s also an adventure learning course, a three- dimensional rock climbing wall and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool for all your outdoor needs.

For more information, head over to www.tp.edu.sg/openhouse

P/S: Do swing by the Teenage booth if you’re heading down to the Open Houses! There will be awesome games to play and cool freebies to be won throughout all three days – come and say hi!

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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

Mahendra

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

Mok Wei Min

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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