Communicates with service excellence.
Listen with empathy.
Alan Soh is an aspiring Public Relations professional with more than 8 years of progressive experience in administrative management, new media, customer services and marketing communications. He begins a new job in government sector soon.
Recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Mass Communications from Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) on the merit of being given SkillsFuture Study Award 2017 (for People with Disabilities category), Alan wears a digital hearing aid in left ear, and had undergone a cochlear implant surgery on his right inborn dead ear in December 2011.
He possess an innate desire to motivate others, coupled with the ability to communicate comfortably at all levels, therefore ensuring an excellent working relationship with everyone to achieve specific work goals.
One of his greatest strengths is his ability to liaise and coordinate event projects with external customers, stakeholders and working partners with the desired outcome in mind. Operates with a strong sense of urgency.
Because of his own condition, Alan is open-minded, patient and supportive towards others especially youths and people with disabilities in Singapore.
Outside work and studies, he volunteers as well.
His passion lies in youth development.
“I must be grateful for what I have gained so far in my life. Hence I believe I should give back as well.”
Alan has accumulated more than 10 years of experiences in project liaison & coordination, publicity & marketing, photo-journalism, events planning & management.
He was the first hard-of-hearing youth to be invited by National Youth Council (NYC) to join another 39 youths in the inaugural Young ChangeMakers (YCM*) Youth Panel in 2005, which assess and funds community projects initiated by informal youth groups or individuals. He returned to YCM in 2016 to assist in curating community projects. He just left the grant scheme body recently to make way for future new curators.
He also represented Singapore at the 9th Korea-ASEAN Future Oriented Youth Exchange Programme (Seoul, South Korea) in 2007.
He was one of the 18 youth mentors invited to participate in a mentoring programme (for Secondary 1 – 3 under performing students) from April to Dec 2012 at his alma mater – Yishun Town Secondary School.
More recently, he took part in the marching contingent of People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM) in National Day Parade 2014, and was handpicked as the “Singaporean of the Day” in August the same year.
Today, he continues to volunteer with groups such as People’s Association and Yishun Town Alumni.
He speaks English, Mandarin and Teochew dialect.
He is planning to enrol in a UK honours degree programme which specialises in Public Relations and Advertising, in the coming year.
“It is your disabled attitude that determines your disability, and I learnt flexibility in beating my own limitation as I grew up so that I can still gain more life opportunities for myself. Learn from own mistakes. Be out of my comfort zone.
So what if I am hard of hearing?
I believe I should just be myself 100%. YOLO!“
*YCM is one of the grant schemes administered by National Youth Council (Singapore) to Singaporean youths today to help them realise their community project ideas. For more information on YCM, you may wish to check it out -> YCM information page.
Updated: Thursday 4 October 2018
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