DBID- MND Scholar Kao Hwee Ling shares her experience on a joint project with Housing Development Board and National Development Board
Five Diploma in Business Innovation and Design (DBID) Ministry of National Development (MND ) scholars who had the honour to work on a real-world project with the MND, were tasked to do a larger project with the Housing and Development Board (H DB).
“We were extremely excited to be able to embark on another project but we also had our doubts on whether we could take on such a huge responsibility.”
The project is a collaboration between MND and HDB. Initially, we felt uncomfortable being in an unfamiliar environment once again, but after working in rooms HDB provided for us, we felt more at home.
We learnt so much from both MND and HDB, who had very friendly and patient supervisors who guided us through the project and provided us with invaluable advice. Although we’re just a bunch of 18 year olds, everyone treated us like adults and we felt respected. We liked the fact that the things we said were taken seriously and that our opinions mattered to them.
In a short period of 3 weeks, we managed to complete our project successfully, with the help of our supervisors. They were extremely supportive of our ideas and helped us to improve and refine them. The SP lecturers Mr. Aznan and Mr. Julian Ong had also been very supportive and assisted us throughout our internship. They guided us and gave us useful advice, and we are very thankful for them.
The highlight of the experience was the opportunity to present to the CEO of HDB. It was a huge honour as we heard that even some of HDB’s staff had never seen the CEO, much less have a chance to speak to her. The presentation went smoothly, and we were elated to know that they might use some of the ideas we have come up with. Nothing beats getting recognition for your hard work.
It was definitely a rewarding internship for us, as we have learnt valuable skills and also more about working life. We have met many new people who inspired and encouraged us, and also became closer amongst ourselves. We look forward to more satisfying and fulfilling projects from MND and have a chance to make an impact on Singapore!