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Work first, diploma can wait

TNP PHOTO: LINETTE HENG

He has a perfect GPA of 4.0 and hopes to pursue a higher Nitec course in Human Resources next year.

Although he can probably qualify for polytechnic after graduation, Mr Lim Wei Jie, 19, a second-year business services student at ITE College Central, wants to work first.

He hopes to join the police force as an on-ground officer or an administrative officer.

Mr Lim, who is also the president of the student council at ITE, said: "I was in the National Police Cadet Corps when I was in secondary school and I learnt many important lessons about character building and respect. I also want to contribute back to society."

Mr Lim thinks that his training at ITE will stand him in good stead in his future job. For example, he is confident of crafting e-mails and working with spreadsheets.

SOFT SKILLS

The Ace talent development programme for top students at ITE which he is a part of has also helped him to hone soft skills such as public speaking.

Mr Lim's parents support his plan to start working instead of pursuing a diploma.

"They are supportive because they realise that I know what I want to do.

"While qualifications are important, I think skills (on the job) are equally important to excel in a career."

"They are supportive of my journey because they realise that I know what I want to do. While qualifications are important, I think skills (on the job) are equally important to excel in a career."

- Mr Lim Wei Jie (above), 19, on his parents supporting his plan to start working instead of pursuing a diploma