Oct 13, 2014

    Shorter path to a degree

    ATTRACTED by the fact that he could obtain a university degree in just two years, Abel Soh, 22, embarked on a path less travelled.

    He enrolled at SMF Institute of Higher Learning in January to pursue his dream of earning a degree.

    Mr Soh is taking the double major programme in Human Resource Management and Management awarded by Australia's Murdoch University.

    He took the opportunity to work for a small and medium-sized enterprise while studying part-time at SMF Institute.

    He had chanced upon the SME Talent Programme, an initiative by Spring Singapore, on SMF Institute's website.

    He was attracted to the sign-on bonus of $8,000 and salary, which would ease the burden of his course fees.

    Administered by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), the SME Talent Programme enabled Mr Soh to secure full-time employment in April - six months before he finished his full-time national service.

    The industry-matching programme at SMF Institute allows him to gain practical experience and better understand human resource concepts.

    He is confident of his career prospects in human resources.

    While it is not easy to work full-time and study part-time concurrently, he feels that completing a part-time degree is definitely achievable with proper time management and discipline.

    For more information on SMF Institute, call 6622-6622 or e-mail enquiry@smf.edu.sg