I graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Financial Informatics in the year 2012. I was not very active in my CCA and didn’t have any CCA achievements back then. After my National Service, I didn’t know where to go as my GPA was not good enough for the 3 local universities (back then was NUS, NTU and SMU).
Fortunately, I chanced upon the Barclays Apprenticeship Programme in Singapore and signed up for the Operations role. It was a dream to be able to work with a renowned Bank and I was so proud when I eventually made it through the interview. In my first year with Barclays, I attained a performance review of 5/6 with ‘Very Strong’ (just 1 level below outstanding). I have been given constant recognition and opportunities by business managers to lead projects for the Investment Bank Operations team.
The skills and technical knowledge I learnt in SP proved to be very useful and important in bringing me to where I am today. It was only when I started working that I realized SP prepared me well enough to take on challenges at work. The kind of knowledge learnt in SP is so valuable and practical, and that is what differentiates us from the others.
I would also like to thank the coordinators of Diploma in Financial Informatics for bringing this course together, which has developed me into a very versatile, well performing player in my current role at work. Lecturers who have created an impact on my learning journey in SB include Mr Ben Cho, Ms Alison Ho, Ms Molly Chee and Ms Audrey Lai. They are always open to talk and share their perspective, even things other than school.
My advice to current students of SB is this:
It is very easy to give in to social norms that a degree is essential to your future career success. However, with so many graduates in society, experience is the other factor that sets you apart from other graduates. A diploma, in fact, has already prepared us enough for the tough working society.
Having said that, I am not trying to dissuade you from getting a degree; As the Chinese saying goes, (活 到 老，学 到 老), translated, it means, “For as long as one lives, one learns”. It is really important to keep your skills and personal development up-to-date and constantly improving. Currently, I am also taking a part-time degree course with SIM University; to upgrade myself as I progress in my career.
To the current students of SB, feel free to look for me if you need guidance or any advice at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!