Chong Cai Ting Joscelyn
Dare To Be Different
Low Guan Onn Gold Medal
Alfred Robert Edis Prize
An alumna of Hong Kah Secondary
School, Joscelyn scored five points for her G.C.E ‘O’ levels. Like many in her
shoes, choosing a science related diploma seemed like the natural thing to do.
However after her first year in Singapore Polytechnic(SP)’s Biomedical Science
course, she realised that was not where her passion lies.
Joscelyn envisioned herself in a
career which would allow her to engage more actively with people. She started
to look for opportunities outside the Science discipline and chanced upon Human
Resource (HR). After much research and consultation with lecturers and friends,
Joscelyn made the brave decision to change her course and pursue a Diploma in
Human Resource Management with Psychology (DHRMP) instead.
The decision to change her course was
not an easy one to make. As she was new to this area of study, she felt uncertain.
There were naysayers but she knew she had to push on to stay true to her
interest and passion. This required Joscelyn to unlock every ounce of courage
During her time in SP, Joscelyn soaked
in as much HR knowledge as she could and also awakened her spirit to serve the
community. Despite the hectic demands of her course, she also participated in the
Singapore Human Resources Institute HR Hackathon and was actively involved in
Joscelyn was also an ardent supporter
of the elderly and children whom she engaged regularly via the SP Welfare
Services Club and the SP Youth Community Leaders Programme. She would organise
activities such as excursions and activities for the beneficiaries. Based on
her experiences, Joscelyn hopes to mentor youths by tapping on her experiences to
help them navigate through life’s challenges.
The precocious student accolades
include being on the Director’s Honour Roll for two consecutive years.
Joscelyn’s efforts see her graduating top of her cohort with a perfect grade
During her internship with the Tripartite
Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices, Joscelyn had the
opportunity to develop resources and guidelines that affect the employment
standards of workers. She also conducted international scans and research on
best employment practices. The internship experience was a good test of her HR
skills and knowledge which she had been building on since year one.
The tenacious student also translated
her HR skills and knowledge into her final-year project as she developed
out-of-the-box solutions to help a local medium-sized bakery address its
challenge in talent attraction. Her ideas were commended and adopted by the
client after months of hard work. The satisfaction reaffirmed her decision to
switch to the DHRMP course three years ago.
Joscelyn’s sterling results have
already earned her the prestigious NUS scholarship and an offer to pursue a
degree in Business Administration at the National University of Singapore. She
has also been offered the Nanyang Scholarship and a spot to read Business at
the Nanyang Technological University.
Sometimes, when one door closes,
another door will open. Go chase your dream with courage, Joscelyn. SP will
also be cheering for you!