University of London graduate spoilt for job choice
When Andrea See graduated from the University of London International Programmes, she was faced with a problem many graduates would love to have – not of finding a job, but of choosing which job to accept.
The BSc Economics and Management graduate was offered roles at several firms but eventually accepted a position as a management trainee in SGX-listed conglomerate WBL Corporation (Wearnes), under its subsidiary, systems integration firm O’Connor’s.
Andrea won the position not only on her academic merits but also because of her personal and intellectual skills. She studied at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), one of several institutions in Singapore recognised to teach University of London programmes, and benefited from the additional support and extracurricular activities available. She was President of the Economic Society and was also selected to represent the University of London in the SIM All-Rounder Student Development Programme.
"My course also helped me to hone my intellectual skills as well as improve my critical, evaluative and analytical thinking"
Andrea said: “Through the independent learning, high standards and the rigorous course of study, I gained in-depth knowledge of economics and business management. My course also helped me to hone my intellectual skills as well as improve my critical, evaluative and analytical thinking.”
Shortly after joining Wearnes in 2010, Andrea overcame stiff competition from colleagues to be named ‘Ms Wearnes’ at the company’s gala dinner. The contest aimed to identify a male and a female employee who ‘best project the image of the ideal Wearnes employee, while exuding confidence, style, personality and eloquence’. After being shortlisted in a round of interviews, she had to speak before an audience of 600, including the conglomerate’s directors and senior management.
Andrea said: “In times like this and in my dealings with my bosses, colleagues and clients, the high standard of education I received with the University of London gave me confidence, and the interview practice with SIM’s All-Rounder Students’ Career Workshops, as well as my role as Economic Society President, honed my interpersonal skills.”
Andrea has since completed the one-year Wearnes management trainee programme and is now working as a corporate sales executive in the O’Connor’s Software Solutions department.
"My journey with the University of London International Programmes has opened new doors for me"
In this role, Andrea is responsible for driving new sales opportunities and growing the existing enterprise customer base for the software unit for the Defence, Homeland Security, Commercial, Banking and Financial Services industry in Singapore and in the region.
She said: “My journey with the University of London International Programmes has opened new doors for me and I am now happily settled in a job that has proven to be very enriching. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much without the all-rounded development I’ve received from the University of London and SIM.”
Update: Andrea is now a regional business analyst at multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser
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