Quek Jie Fang
Joining Singapore Polytechnic (SP)’s Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology (DHRMP) course was one of the best decisions that Quek Jie Fang says she has made. Graduating from the poly in April 2016 with a decent GPA, reading the diploma helped her gain confidence and exposure to becoming a human resource practitioner.
Today she is the proud recipient of a scholarship from the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI). The scholarship entitles her to read a one year part-time Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management with Organisational Psychology from Edinburgh Napier University conducted at SHRI. This scholarship is open to Human Resource Management, Psychology and Business graduates from local polytechnics who have achieved outstanding results, excellent co-curricular records, strong leadership qualities and potential. Jie Fang was selected after a few rounds of selection interviews.
As a scholarship holder, Jie Fang is entitled to a fully paid subsidised programme fees, a book allowance and full time employment as a Human Resource Assistant in Human Resource Department of SHRI while studying the part-time degree programme.
Recalling her learning journey in SP, Jie Fang shares that she was excited to join Singapore Polytechnic after her experience at “Escapade” right after her “O” Level as the event had left a positive and deep impression on her.
“I decided to research more on the courses that SP offered and Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology caught my attention. After going to different polytechnics’ Open House, I realised that SP was the only polytechnic then that offers this unique course.”
Life as a student in SP’s DHRMP course was exciting. Jie Fang had embarked on various events and competitions in which she not only gained experience but built up her confidence. Among the many events that she participated in were the Global Youth Summit Summer 2014, which is a youth regional effort to protect the environment from destruction. As facilitator for delegates from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar, Jie Fang gained from the interaction with overseas delegates and made new friends. She developed her leadership qualities while serving first as a member in the SP Environment Club and rising to the position of Vice-President.
Jie Fang while in SP taking part in the CDL E-Generation Challenge
Jie Fang (3rd from left) at the SHRI Congress 2015
Speaking to Jie Fang, she attributes her success to perseverance, optimism and the continuous encouragement and support from family, friends and lecturers. Not only did her parents and brother support her in her independent decision to take up SP’s DHRMP course, she also received loads of encouragement and guidance from lecturers like Mrs Sheila Kee.
While in the poly, her internship experience at The Soup Spoon was fulfilling. She got the opportunity to handle recruitment for the company single-handedly. She says, “It was an eye opener for me”. She was also exposed to management meetings where she was involved in a project to increase employee productivity.
Attending the interviews for the SHRI scholarship and obtaining the scholarship is a huge achievement for Jie Fang. She lives by the motto, “Every mistake made is a lesson learnt.” Indeed, that has served her well in her journey to a career in human resources.