For over 50 years, PSB Academy has been opening doors to diverse opportunities for students. Holding strong to its belief in instilling students with a passion for life-long learning, the academy distinguishes itself as a quality provider of education.
The quality programmes the academy offers in partnership with some of the world’s finest universities have proven to be strong draws for students like Aaron Heng and Joshua Gan. The two polytechnic graduates share with us why they made PSB Academy their institute of choice and how their experience has been an enriching one thus far.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science,
awarded by La Trobe University, Australia
Tell us why you chose to pursue your respective courses at PSB Academy.
Aaron Heng: My interest in biomedical science was ignited when I went on a laboratory tour in Tuas back in secondary school. Since then, I have always aspired to contribute to the realm of medical advancement and planned for a career in the industry. After completing my diploma in biomedical science at Temasek Polytechnic, I knew I wanted to continue on this track. I was considering between PSB Academy and another popular private institution, but PSB Academy was simply the better option since it allowed me to study a Biomedical Science degree awarded by La Trobe University, one of the best universities in Australia for the field. Obtaining maximum credit exemptions from my poly diploma was another plus point for me.
Joshua Gan: I have always loved communicating with people, and marketing is one profession that provides ample opportunities to do so. As a marketer, interpersonal skills are vital when it concerns meeting clients, brainstorming with your team and giving presentations. Once I knew I had a strong interest in marketing, I made the unconventional decision to leave polytechnic to fast track my studies. I was first recommended PSB Academy by my friends. However, the deciding factor was the streamlined education and the opportunity to get a head start in my career. It also helps that the Business and Marketing degree I chose is awarded by Coventry University in the United Kingdom.
Share with us what the school culture at PSB Academy is like.
Aaron: Our campus is essentially a close-knit environment where people bump into each other often and know one another well. We have a wide array of clubs and student associations such as dance, soccer and writing clubs.
Joshua: You can certainly gain exposure to a cosmopolitan culture here at PSB Academy. There are students of diverse nationalities here. We are a fun-loving bunch! We work and play hard. When exams are nearing, you will see our campus packed with students doing revisions. Other times, we have great fun at various events frequently organised by the Student Affairs and Industry Engagement Team in PSB Academy.
My classes at PSB Academy are usually only three to six hours long. This affords me the flexibility of time to work part-time which has been truly enriching. At work, I get to apply marketing concepts learnt in school. This allows me to grasp concepts like consumer behaviour more holistically.
How has your study at PSB Academy helped in your overall development?
Aaron: Beyond textbook study, this course challenges me to analyse real-world cases. Coupled with rigorous report writing and frequent presentations, I am constantly acquiring research and presentation skills that prepares me for the working world. I am most appreciative of the helpful lecturers we have at PSB Academy. They go all out to help us learn beyond the classroom, often inviting guest speakers over to create valuable networking opportunities for us.
Joshua: The lecturers at PSB Academy are most generous in sharing their own stories and experiences. These stories bring lectures to life, and this engages us to learn and prepares us for the real world.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours
in Business and Marketing,
awarded by Coventry University, UK
What opportunities have you received at PSB Academy?
Aaron: I have enjoyed numerous research opportunities that have helped me build a strong foundation in Biological Science. From experiences like pipetting small samples to isolating protein of a bacterial cell, practical work consolidates the theories I have learnt and hones my research skills.
Joshua: I was given the opportunity to emcee for PSB Academy’s Awards and Appreciation Ceremony. That was one memorable experience! It was nice meeting new people and networking with professionals.
Share with us about your career goals.
Aaron: Upon graduation, I aspire to be a frontline researcher in the biomedical field. My dream is to contribute to the finding of cures for cancer and other untreatable diseases.
Joshua: I plan to explore career options with Thai companies based in Singapore, particularly in the real estate sector. I believe being bilingual in Thai and English will give me an advantage and I hope to start my own business back in Thailand, my hometown.
Any advice for students considering a degree programme at PSB Academy?
Aaron: When at a crossroad of decision-making, always weigh the pros and cons. Your decision today affects your future. Staying open to suggestions from family and friends is a good idea. However, it is important to make your decision independently and objectively.
Joshua: Never be afraid to pursue your dreams. Steve Jobs is one of my biggest inspirations. He is one man who believed in his dreams and successfully reshaped industries with his innovative ideas. Similarly, we should be brave, follow our hearts and dare to dream!