Ngee Ann Poly grads get mobile career boost

Top graduates Emmett Goh and Lynette Lau were among the more than 4,500 Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduates who were issued with the mobile learning package called Beginnings (above right), which consists of four micro-learning courses.
Top graduates Emmett Goh and Lynette Lau were among the more than 4,500 Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduates who were issued with the mobile learning package called Beginnings, which consists of four micro-learning courses.ST PHOTOS: SYAMIL SAPARI
Top graduates Emmett Goh and Lynette Lau were among the more than 4,500 Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduates who were issued with the mobile learning package called Beginnings (above right), which consists of four micro-learning courses.
Top graduates Emmett Goh and Lynette Lau were among the more than 4,500 Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduates who were issued with the mobile learning package called Beginnings (above), which consists of four micro-learning courses.ST PHOTOS: SYAMIL SAPARI

Learning package with online courses and resources issued to this year's graduates

A new mobile learning package has been issued to this year's graduates from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) to give them a head start in their careers.

Known as Beginnings, the package - which can be downloaded on their phones - contains four online courses in NP's new mobile learning platform, Gnowbe. It was released in conjunction with the School of Business and Accountancy's graduation ceremony yesterday. More than 4,500 graduates will be offered the optional courses.

An NP spokesman said they allow graduates to gain skills and access industry advice and resources needed for their future careers. They will also provide a network for their peers and practitioners to share ideas.

NP principal Clarence Ti said: "With the introduction of mobile micro-learning courses, we hope our graduates will find it easy and convenient to pick up new skills and knowledge every day, and therefore make learning a way of life.

"This collection of micro-courses is also aimed at helping them transit successfully into a new phase of their lives."

Each micro-learning course will include four to 12 10-minute lessons and offer insights into the importance of analytics and tools to uncover fake news. They will also help graduates to develop creative solutions by prompting design thinking, and share five winning mindsets for a successful life.

Upon the completion of each course, graduates will be issued a digital certificate which can be shared on LinkedIn.

Ms Jeanette Alexis Quek Hng Leng, 20, who graduated with a diploma in tourism and resort management, said: "The interface system is quite easy to use, and the nature of the app allows us to conveniently learn on the go."

In a speech at the ceremony, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, urged graduates and their parents to continue learning throughout their lives.

"All of us, as students and parents, need to embrace lifelong learning," he said. "Graduation is not the end of our learning, but a milestone in our education journey."

Mr Emmett Goh, 23, was one of the outstanding achievers among the 300 graduates at the ceremony,

Winner of the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal, the former Institute of Technical Education student went through tough times while growing up, even getting arrested for getting into a fight with his schoolmates when he was 16. That was the incident that woke him up.

"I started thinking about what I had done, and how my life would turn out to be," said the business studies graduate. "I decided that I couldn't continue living this way."

Mr Goh, a prospective student of the National University of Singapore's degree course in business administration, hopes to inspire those who struggle with their academic subjects.

"I encourage other students and youth at risk to never give up on their lives. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2018, with the headline 'Ngee Ann Poly grads get mobile career boost'. Print Edition | Subscribe