Published on 05 Jul 2022

New skills to boost her HR journey

The PaCE@NTU FlexiMasters offers working adults like Ms Jacqueline Ng access to a wide range of in-demand courses and the flexibility to learn at her own pace

Mechanical engineering graduate Jacqueline Ng began her career working with machines. Today, she works with people as an assistant human resources (HR) director.

Her first job as a mechanical engineer management trainee at an oil and gas company took her on stints to various departments, one of which was HR.

That was in 2010, two years after she graduated from Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) mechanical and aerospace engineering programme.

Ms Ng's switch to HR began with on-the-job training, where she learnt about the wide spectrum of HR functions. This made her realise that HR was the "backbone that holds the other business functions together".

In 2015, she pursued a self-funded postgraduate diploma in funded postgraduate diploma in HR and organisational development and change at the Singapore Human Resources Institute.

In February, she signed up for FlexiMasters courses on HR Thought Leadership (For HR Practitioners) at NTU's Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU).

The HR Thought Leadership specialisation is one of more than 40 specialisations across a wide spectrum of multi-disciplinary areas offered by NTU's colleges and schools, institutes and centres that are available under the FlexiMasters.

Upon completion of each course, the learner will earn credits that can be stacked towards a FlexiMasters certificate. The learner can also use all credits earned from completed FlexiMasters courses to apply for credit transfer to relevant NTU Masters' programmes.

"Going the FlexiMasters route is less stressful for working adults like myself. I enjoy the flexibility that is built into the curriculum, and I'm also able to take a breather in between courses to recalibrate myself," says Ms Ng.

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Source: The Straits Times