Mr Wong Wei Kang
This is me, Wei Kang!
During my course of study in Singapore Polytechnic (SP), the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) has given me numerous opportunities and has allowed me to challenge myself holistically. As a spontaneous and adventurous person, I was ever-ready to take on competitions and external client-based projects.
But this didn’t come naturally, in fact, I was at times hesitant. There are many opportunities and events, but if you don’t take them up, they will just slip you by. But I am glad I saw beyond the immediate tasks. I took the plunge and went for it (in fact, I went for many). And since then, I’ve never looked back and now I’m enjoying the fruits of my labour!
In my short stint with SP/DBA I have been involved in industry projects where I got to interact with industry practitioners and take part in real-life business and marketing plans. For example, I conducted market research on Ready-To-Drink Tea and Juice Drink for Mott’s Snapple International (a division of Dr Pepper Snapple Group) and participated in numerous national competitions.
There were countless late nights in schools and hours of research, client interviews and practice sessions. I am heartened that our hard work has paid off. My group was the first runner-up for the Neo Garden Catering Marketing Plan Competition. In 2013, my team also won the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge Singapore (an annual national /regional logistics competition organised by FedEx).
Through that period, I have learnt that to be successful, I must consistently challenge myself to be positive and motivated.
Won the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge Singapore
Impressing the judges at Neo Group Marketing Plan Competition
Studying in SP/DBA is not just about lectures and textbooks. We work on practical and hands-on projects and business ideas that gave us a competitive edge.
Now, you may ask me, how can I be successful in Singapore Polytechnic?
Personally, I believe if one has gained trustworthy friends, interacted with industrial practitioners and successfully completed his/her studies, he or she is successful. Yes, it’s that simple! I have two tips to share with you!
My good friends in poly
Think Out of the Box! Ask Questions!
Academically, to ensure optimal learning, I believe that every student should remain inquisitive and have a questioning mind. I am never afraid to ask questions, of course not the silly ones; but the ones that trigger constructive thinking and curiosity. By asking this type of questions, it will help enhance your learning. To achieve this, you must focus and think with curiosity during lectures and tutorials. Thus, think out of the box!
Say ‘‘Yes’ and also ‘No’
Holistically, to balance with the academic, you must learn to say “yes” and “no” appropriately. In fact, as a rule of thumb, time management is the key. If you believe that a particular commitment will critically hinder your progress, do not be afraid to say “no”. However, when opportunities arise, I do recommend that you take a certain amount of risk by saying “yes” at times.
During my journey with SP, my “yes” has brought me tons of irreplaceable experiences that a non-polytechnic education would probably not offer. I totally relate to SP’s motto of preparing students to be “work-ready, life-ready and world-ready”. I’m a living example of that!
I would like to express my gratitude to the dedicated lecturers who have made significant contributions to my amazing journey with SP. They are (in alphabetical order): Ms. Adeline Ho, Mr. Amos Tan, Mr. Andre Han, Mr. Antony Ranasinghe, Mr. Benedict Cho, Mr. George Teo, Mr. Kenneth Lee, Mr. Loh Kheng Hui, Mr. Randy Ng, Mr. Roland Soh, Mr. Tan Lii Chong, Ms. Veronica Wong, and Mr. Wales Ong. And of course, not forgetting my classmates and peers!
Fun classmates and lecturers, Mr Loh Kheng Hui (first person from the left), Ms Adeline Ho (first person from the right)
Thank you Singapore Polytechnic!
Wong Wei Kang
Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)
Graduating Class of 2013/2014
As of May 2014, Wei Kang has been offered a place to read Business with Nanyang Technological University (NTU).