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
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
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.
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.
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.