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Diploma graduates encouraged to step out, make a difference and seize the moment!

15 Dec 2017

The gloomy weather outside surely did not affect the celebratory mood of more than 500 graduates and their families who were present to witness the SIM Diploma Graduation ceremony on 8 December.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Jeremy Gwee, Chief Operating Officer at HSBC Singapore, encouraged the graduates to step out and make a difference despite the negative perceptions about private qualifications. He shared from his experience at HSBC of SIM graduates who made a difference. Mr Gwee proudly shared about his personal experience with SIM graduates who took on contract jobs at the start, worked and proved themselves, and moved up the ranks to become Vice Presidents, and were even poached by other banks.

He said, “Making the difference is not just about getting another paper qualification but having the ability to know what you could bring to the table that would complement the strengths of those whom you work with. … It is also about not shying away from work even though the work may seem unimportant. It is about doing whatever you do well.”

Mr Jeremy Gwee advised graduates that in order to be useful to an organisation, always ask
how one can make a job better and make a difference.

In his address, Dr Timothy Chan, Academic Director at SIM Global Education, also echoed on the theme of making a difference and the importance of seizing the moment.  He shared a story of how a young store manager at a grocery store took an opportunity to do something fun to better their service. He acknowledged a simple but ‘brilliant’ idea of a three year-old to change a name of a bread by writing and giving her a gift card. His small gesture of acknowledging a simple suggestion touched the child’s mother who shared the story on her blog. The story went viral and was viewed by thousands of people. In conclusion, Dr Chan summed up that life is a succession of moments and experiences along the way.

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 1200 graduates were awarded either their graduate diploma in human resource management or diplomas in accounting, banking and finance, international business and management studies.

Graduates celebrating the end of a chapter and looking forward to a new chapter in life.

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