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.
KENIX TOK CHUAN TIONG
Keppel Group Scholarship
Attained: BSc in Project and Facilities Management (Hons), NUS
Now: Project Executive, Regional Investments