Drawing His Own Beautiful Future

When Nick Ng completed his ‘N’ level exams in Ping Yi Secondary School, he had the option to continue with ‘O’ levels but instead chose to study Building Drafting at the Institute of Technical Education. He did so in order to fulfil his ambition of becoming an architect or an interior designer. He did well and qualified for admission into Singapore Polytechnic (SP).

However, he was enlisted for full-time national service before he enrolled in his desired course at SP. At the same time, his family business was severely affected by the economic crisis. Thus, he had to complete his national service first and save up to pay for the Diploma in Landscape Architecture course at SP.

After competing two years of intensive training with the Singapore Police Force, Nick could have joined SP but decided to delay his enrolment by a year. He signed on for a year with the Police Force and worked as a prison service staff in order to save up even more for his diploma course and also to support himself.

All his endeavours paid off handsomely. When he was in his second-year, his project caught the attention of a landscape design company that visited SP’s School of Architecture and The Built Environment to scout for new staff.  He was offered freelance work and once even raked in $2,200 for a project that he completed in two weeks. The heaven-sent opportunity alleviated his financial burden to some extent.

Nick appreciated the opportunity that others had given him over the years and wanted to help others in turn. He and his course mates used the money that they had earned from a landscape designing project and donated the income to an old folks’ home.

His talent for landscape architecture earned him the position of Chairman for his diploma course’s graduation showcase recently held at Suntec City.

SP is proud to present Nick, who turns 24 this month, with the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal to celebrate his achievements. There is more cause for celebration as even before he receives his diploma on stage, Nick is already gainfully employed as a landscape manager with Oh Heng Huat Pte Ltd, the landscape design company that spotted his talent two years ago.  He even draws a salary that is higher than most diploma graduates.

He is back to saving money again, this time to pay for his degree course in landscape architecture either in New Zealand (Lincoln University) or in Australia (The University of New South Wales).

He has drawn his own successful future, literally.

Awards won:

Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal
Cicada Prize