Paths to peaks; Charting bold new course, inspired by poly-grad dad

02 Oct 2017

The Straits Times, 1 Oct 2017 - Article featured Goh Wei Xiang, who chose to give up junior college for a polytechnic diploma, following in his father's footsteps. Like his father, he enrolled in SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS). After graduating from SP, Wei Xiang had a job offer from a shipbroking firm where he had previously completed an internship. He also had a certification from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers that qualified him for a master's programme in energy, trade and finance at City, University of London, in Britain. Wei Xiang also applied for Trafigura's apprenticeship programme, which was launched in Geneva in 2015 and was expanded to Singapore last year. Polytechnic and A-level graduates from any subject background can apply for the scheme, which recognises that university might not be the best route for all individuals. They can then be fast-tracked to the company's two-year global graduate programme, which rotates them through three postings and offers opportunities to work at Trafigura's overseas offices.


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