Alan Soh

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Quick thoughts – Exams

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For someone like me, a young working adult who is back at textbooks after a good 10-year+ hiatus, it is definitely not easy. I believe this happens to many of us who are in similar circumstances. Familiar?

I had my first paper yesterday.

Yes, I do pay attention in class and do my assignments diligently but somehow the anxiety sets in during moments before entering the examination room. The mind may go half blank. A sentiment shared by a few of my course-mates in our Whatsapp group chat.

Tackling 4 out of 7 essay questions are quite a challenge.

You should be able to write fluently if you understand the lesson concepts well.

Keep cool and calm. Use pencil to scribble quick notes on question paper to remember facts.

Have sufficient rest the day before.

Oh yes, I think it is advisable to have a half-full meal before the exam paper. You would not want to have that heavy urge to go toilet halfway during the exam time-slot right?

Good luck to all those of us who are having exams during this year-end period! Fight on! Don’t give up! 🙂

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Back to Textbooks (My 9-month journey)

MDIS Studies

It has been quite a while since I last penned a blog entry.

I took initiative to apply for SkillsFuture Study Awards at the beginning of the year, and I had successfully been awarded a sum of S$5,000 to further upgrade myself.

For the uninitiated, SkillsFuture is a national movement to encourage all Singapore citizens to develop to their fullest potentials by taking advantage of a wide range of learning opportunities from tertiary institutions and continuing education trainers alike. This is also to motivate Singaporeans to develop a growth mindset for employability as well as a positive outlook for lifelong learning.

To be employable, I think staying nimble and having learnability skills is the way to go. Hence this is why I decided to go back to textbooks this year because I wanted to expand my current knowledge and skill-sets on media & communications.

This has been my area of interest, particularly Public Relations.

SkillsFuture Study Award

This is a photo of me with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, former Minister for Social Development & Family (currently the Speaker of Parliament) at a post-event reception of the SkillsFuture Study Awards ceremony held earlier in May 2017.

I am presently pursuing my Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication studies at Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), in a tie-up programme with Oklahoma City University (OCU), USA. Over a nine-month period on part-time basis. Since August 2017. 6 modules to undertake.

I may proceed onto undergraduate level programme if I fulfill all requirements of the course.

Learning is an ongoing process, ever since the day we are born.

We are never too old to learn new knowledge.

I admit I do not know many things. I reflect and learn from past mistakes made. In fact, the older I grow, the more I understand about myself. In terms of strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes etc.

So what if I have a hearing handicap?

This is something which I can overcome, if I believe in myself. 

Positive attitude, self-awareness, teamwork, curiosity to understand new things, adaptability, perseverance are ingredients needed to succeed in anything we strive to do. Not just IQ.

I realise I like to analyze social issues, and understand the contributing factors behind them. Given the knowledge gained from this course, I can value-add by generating awareness and do an effective advocating of the social causes I care greatly about.

Being an excellent communicator is one of the requisites, to be in any industry besides media & communications.

Many things on my plate now. Need to do more readings too.
Having good writing skills is important too, so I will try to blog as often as I can… 😀

*For more information about SkillsFuture, you may check out its official website here.

 

 

 


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Career & Education Fair 2010

Made a second trip down to the fair at Suntec Convention Centre yesterday. I first went to “take a walk” around the area on Friday afternoon to check out the exhibitors, exploring possible new opportunities out there.

It has been a sort of a “yearly routine” for me to go check out the annual fair since my ITE days. Supported by Singapore Workforce Development Agency and other ministries such as Ministry of Education, it seems to me that it has always been strategically held upon the dates of release of GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level results.

Was at the MDIS booth at the fair yesterday afternoon, after attending a property investment seminar held at International Plaza @ Tanjong Pagar with a property agent teammate.

Didn’t know that some course titles have been changed.

You see, I was there to pick up the programme schedule 2010 as well as the  program brochure on Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications (Incorporating Advanced Diploma in Mass Comm) by Oklahoma City University, USA.

Do you know what they call it now?

Answer: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (with concentration in Mass Communications)

Waahhh. Liberal studies? Ehhh..ok…sounds abit quite ..cool? (I don’t quite understand how does the word “liberal” is to be associated with mass communications.) :p