Mixing school and work: Stint at Mr Bean serves as eye-opener

Instead of going directly to university after graduating from polytechnic two years ago, Ms Shanice Lim opted for a new 11/2 year scheme where she worked four days at Mr Bean and attended classes at Singapore Polytechnic once a week.
Instead of going directly to university after graduating from polytechnic two years ago, Ms Shanice Lim opted for a new 11/2 year scheme where she worked four days at Mr Bean and attended classes at Singapore Polytechnic once a week.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

Unlike many of her peers who made a beeline for university, Ms Shanice Lim, 22, hesitated to do the same after her graduation from polytechnic two years ago.

As she did not like the idea of rushing headlong into getting a degree in three to four years, she opted for a new programme that would let her combine work with school. Until recently, it was known as the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 28, 2019, with the headline 'Stint at Mr Bean serves as eye-opener'. Print Edition | Subscribe