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Alumnus Gillian Tan tells diploma graduates what people will never forget them for

22 Jun 2017

Alumnus Ms Gillian Tan (third from right) with Ms June Lin, Head of Programme, Academic Division at SIM GE, (centre) and the diploma award winners.

It was all smiles and laughs for close to 600 graduates and their families and friends at the SIM Diploma Graduation ceremony on 9 June. The Guest-of-Honour was SIM Global Education (SIM GE) alumnus Ms Gillian Tan, General Manager and Managing Director, Asia, Marmon Cornelius (Singapore) Pte Ltd, who shared the many ups and downs of her personal and professional career and the lessons she could pass on to graduates.

Ms Tan shared that the early part of her career was with a multinational company, and due to external factors along the way she held no fewer than six different positions over a period of eight years, from marketing to operations, sales and even as an executive assistant.

"You may think that you cannot handle multiple changes when you are out there but if you persevere long enough, you will eventually always pull through," she said.

Tragedy struck Ms Tan later in her career when during the final year of her part-time Executive MBA programme (with SIM-University at Buffalo), her mother passed away. It was during this difficult time when she saw the compassion and empathy given to her that she decided to dedicate more of her time to the important people in her life.

"People will always remember how you make them feel and not just what you have done for them. Do you not always complain about your parents despite all the things they have done for you?" she noted, to laughs from the graduates and parents.

In his address, Dr Tan Khay Boon, Head of Programme, Academic Division at SIM GE shared that in today's competitive world, those with traits beyond paper qualifications will be the ones who can stay ahead of the game. He shared how the diploma programmes look to cultivate perseverance, resourcefulness and a sense of mutual trust and respect for others, and that he hoped graduates will apply those skills and values in their lives.

The Diploma in Management Studies programme was launched in 1973 and is SIM's longest-running certificate programme with close to 20,000 graduates to date. This year, close to 600 graduates were awarded either their graduate diploma in human resource management or diplomas in accounting, banking and finance, international business and management studies.

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