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KEPPEL – Building A Future With Keppel

Keppel Land is a premier property ­developer with a sterling portfolio of award-winning residential developments and investment-grade commercial properties. Its success lies in its commitment to human capital ­development, in thinking and seeing things from different angles, looking beyond the ­surface and investing in the potential and growth of its staff, aptly personifying our ­philosophy of Thinking Unboxed.

It is commonly thought that a scholar is one who has been achieving stellar results throughout his or her studies. In my case, my grades were only mediocre. I even dropped out of secondary school.

I am thankful to Keppel Land for ­believing in me and my potential, shortly after I ­managed to get myself back on track ­academically. After completing my course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, I went to NUS to do Project and Facilities Management with the BCA-Keppel Land Built Environment Scholarship awarded by Keppel Group in 2008. Being awarded a scholarship changed many of my perspectives. I became more focused in the things I want to pursue and discovered my passion in the real estate industry.

Through my internships in the various ­departments of Keppel Land, I ­acquired ­knowledge and experiences, which complemented my learning in school.

During one internship stint, I was part of the team handling the Ocean Financial Centre, a landmark environmentally-friendly ­office development in the Central Business District. Armed with the experience, I joined BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition (an ­initiative to spur tertiary students to take on the ­challenge of greening built environments) with a few friends, and we came in top  for the ­competition.

Through the work attachments, I also got to know many seniors and colleagues who generously shared their insights and knowledge with me. Their guidance and support helped me in my transition from school to work.

A year after I started work as a project executive at Keppel Land, I was ­offered a chance to work in Myanmar. I was ready to step out of my comfort zone, so I ­embraced this new assignment. Presently, I help to plan, coordinate and oversee the refurbishment and extension of Sedona Hotels in Myanmar. The country’s limited resources and infrastructure made my work very ­challenging, especially when we were so spoilt by the luxuries in Singapore.

Nonetheless, I relish the experience and am always inspired by colleagues who are passionate, dedicated and responsible, and who exemplify the Keppel can-do spirit.

Five years after being awarded the scholarship,  I still cherish the award and my appreciation for Keppel Land has only deepened. It has impacted me significantly in my professional and personal growth.

Keppel Group Scholarship
Age: 28
Attained: BSc in Project and Facilities Management (Hons), NUS
Now: Project Executive, Regional Investments