From Ice Cream Push Carts to the Courts of Law

Self-professed “serial class sleeper”, Clinton Ong always has a knack for business and it has been his ambition for the longest time to strike out on his own. “I’ve been exposed to business concepts since my secondary school days when I took charge of the student-run ice cream shop in the school”, he recalls. “From then on, I developed a strong interest for business start-ups and operations.”

He enrolled in a junior college for three months before getting his ‘O’ level results, as did the majority of his peers from Anglican High School. But he found the curriculum too dry. With an aggregate score of six points, he chose to study Business Administration at Singapore Polytechnic (SP).

 “What made the choice easier for me was the fact that both my siblings were SP graduates and they spoke very highly of the institution and have very fond memories of their time here”, he explains.

“I opted for the Diploma in Business Administration because the course provides a wide spectrum of business related concepts ranging from marketing and supply chain management to accounting and finance.”

Clinton is a dynamic young man with many interests outside of the classroom. He held several key leadership positions in his CCAs, including being President of the Anglican High School Choir and Vice-President of SP’s School of Business Club.

His most memorable and enriching experiences at SP include leading a group of students on a 14-day overseas community service project to Cambodia and his overseas internship in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East. “These trips truly broadened my perspective on life, that happiness is not solely measured by materialistic wealth”, he says.

Clinton has already been offered a place to read Business Administration (Accountancy) at the National University of Singapore and is awaiting scholarship offers. He looks forward to challenging himself in unfamiliar surroundings and hopes to be more vocal which explains his desire to read law either locally or in the United Kingdom after national service.

Of his entrepreneurial dream, Clinton says he would like to put his SP experience to good use. “After establishing my career as a lawyer, I hope to have the opportunity to set up a café with a few of my good friends”, he says with a big smile. Well, at least they can be sure they will never face a lawsuit!

Awards won:

Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal
Jurong Shipyard Gold Medal
Shell Companies in Singapore Prize
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Prize
MVO Marketing Prize