Acquiring supply chain engineering skills at own time and pace


Tang Wai Hong

Sourcing Specialist at VDL Enabling Technologies Group
Completed FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering

Please share with us your professional life’s journey and at which point in your career did you aspire to pursue this FlexiMasters?

With a background in mechanical engineering, I worked as a production engineer for the first five years after graduating. However, over the past two years, I transitioned into the field of supply chain, which made me realise my lack of understanding in this area. Consequently, I have decided to pursue higher education in the field of supply chain by enrolling in the FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering offered by PaCE@NTU.

What attracted you to your chosen FlexiMasters at PaCE@NTU?

To participate in the first two courses in the first semester and then make a commitment for the entire FlexiMasters upon completing these courses was a flexible approach that attracted me. This allowed me to gauge my suitability and interest before fully committing. Furthermore, the FlexiMasters courses being subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) for 70% of the course fees was a significant cost-saving opportunity considering that the fees were expensive.

Which aspect of this FlexiMasters did you like the most?

This FlexiMasters offers the advantage of allowing us to take the course module by module, eliminating the need to commit to the entire FlexiMasters certification or a full Master's programme. Moreover, learners have the flexibility to complete each module at their own pace over a span of up to five years. This allows us to tailor our learning experience according to our personal preferences and availability.

What were the challenges you faced when trying to complete this FlexiMasters?

Balancing a full-time job with part-time studies has always presented challenges. One particular challenge was the team assignment, which often required team members to coordinate virtual or in-person meetings at mutually convenient times and locations due to the individual commitments and schedules of each team member.

Do you think lifelong learning is important? Please share your thoughts about it.

I believe it is important for employees to stay relevant in the job market. It is crucial to focus on acquiring job-related skills that are currently in demand. Emphasis should be placed on hands-on training and practical skills to enhance employability. Additionally, employees should demonstrate a willingness to adapt to new technologies, embrace continuous learning, and actively seek opportunities for professional development.