A proud future for a Singaporean graduate

Frederica's University of London degree has helped her overcome the challenges she faced as Finance Director of a new company in Singapore
BSc Accounting and Finance graduate, Frederica
Frederica studied the BSc Accounting and Finance at Singapore Institute of Management
When you realise what you really want to do in life and have learnt to be happy with what you have, there is always a bright future for you. I am a proud SIM GE alumnus and will always be

Why I decided to study a University of London degree through Singapore Institute of Management Global Education: When I first received my A level results, I really hoped that I would be able to go to a local university in Singapore. I always wanted to study something related to business, finance or economics as my major in university. Unfortunately, my results were not good enough to be given a place on a course within my top three choices. Money was also an issue at that time and a University of London degree through Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE) was not only an affordable degree, but also widely recognised, popular and firmly established in Singapore.

Organising my studies around a part time job: My parents weren’t able to go to University and it is their dream to see all three of their children graduate. However, the cost of education and living expenses is much higher in Singapore than in my home country, Indonesia, and putting three children through university is very expensive. As the eldest of three, I am the first in my family to study for a degree and wanted to help with the financial burden. After enrolling onto the course, I discovered that the flexible nature of the SIM GE system allowed me to teach in my spare time. I was teaching on average 10 students and earning enough to be self-sufficient and pay all of my university fees with my own hard work. I am so grateful I chose to study a University of London degree through SIM GE. Attending a local university with more time constraints would have meant I wasn’t able to pay my own school fees and be self-reliant.

What I enjoyed most about BSc Accounting and Finance: The subjects I enjoyed most in my degree were accounting and mathematics subjects such as Introduction to Accounting, Financial reporting and Auditing. I worked as a Mathematics teacher whilst studying and deal with accounts in my current role. Using what I learnt from these subjects outside of studying also meant I could score well without having to study too hard.

"Everything that I have achieved so far would not have been possible if I hadn’t chosen to pursue a University of London qualification through SIM GE"

My current role and how my degree has helped me: I am currently the Finance Director at my partner’s company, Hattan International. He was in need of help to manage the finance and administrative sides of the business but, as a start-up company, there was no predecessor in the role to train me or to tell me what to do. I was hesitant at first to take up the job as I hadn’t had a similar role before and it seemed like a huge first step. However, my BSc Accounting and Finance degree with University of London International Programmes equipped me with many of the required skills. Even during the first year of operation, the company I currently work for required audit works under Singapore Companies Act Section 205C. So, auditing was the most useful subject for me. It gave me an insight on what external auditors do and how they plan for their audit works.

The title Finance Director does not come easy. It felt like there were really too many things to find out and to learn by myself. At first I didn’t have much confidence, but I have attained so much knowledge in my mere three years of working. It has shaped my way of problem solving and built my confidence when dealing with people in the working world.

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Benefits of working in a small company: One advantage of working in a small business is that there are usually less office politics to deal with! Also, small businesses allow room for growth. Sometimes when you are working in a big company with existing systems, your job scope can be very specific. In a small business, you have opportunities to learn and cover other areas on top of what your job description asks for. If you are working in a small company I would recommend that you help in other departments whenever the opportunity arises, to increase your own knowledge and experience. It is good to get to know how businesses work in areas outside your main profession.

My advice to prospective students: I believe taking advantage of all opportunities that come your way plays a huge part in shaping your life. Some of you may not know what to do with your life yet. This is not something to worry about! Some studies suggest that most people change their profession five times in their life. My advice to prospective students would be to make sure you learn as many things as possible, make full use of your time and gain exposure to numerous areas of business.

I don’t feel I am academically inclined but I have to say SIM GE offers fantastic, caring lecturers, an environment suited to study and easy access to many resources. Everything that I have achieved so far would not have been possible if I hadn’t chosen to pursue a University of London qualification through SIM GE. When you realise what you really want to do in life and have learnt to be happy with what you have (regardless of what university you went to), there is always a bright future for you. I am a proud SIM GE alumnus and will always be.

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