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SIM GE graduate finds calling in the social service sector

22 Mar 2018

Like many, Vivian Gui was wary about going down the private education route. However the stories of SIM Achievers – those who’ve chosen the SIM Global Education pathway and found success – gave her pause.

Fueled by a keen interest in understanding the human psyche, she took a leap of faith and enrolled in the University at Buffalo BA (Psychology) programme.

Describing the interdisciplinary approach of the course programming, she said “We had many opportunities to deepen both our subject knowledge as well as our soft skills. We went on field observations, conducted interviews and even attended musical events at the The Arts House. Some professors also invited alumni to the class for sharing sessions.” 

However, her journey wasn’t without challenges. One of the more difficult periods was when she decided to switch majors.

“I was struggling, partly because I discovered that my interests lay elsewhere. After consulting with my Academic Advisor, I felt encouraged and confident about switching to something else that was a better fit. I decided on a Sociology major and have never regretted that decision,” says Vivian.

Vivian (right) with Professor Debi Street. According to Vivian, “Professor Street’s Social Policies for Aging Society was one of the most eye-opening classes she’d taken, leaving her with an informed understanding of similar problems that Singapore and other countries are facing”. 

The rigour of the programme and her own hard work paid off. Upon graduation, she landed a public service job as a Research Assistant with the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

In her current role, Vivian supports research projects and conducts evaluations. She hopes to deepen her involvement in the social service sector, and is concurrently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Vivian (front right) and her friends were volunteers at a World Down Syndrome Day event.

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