Reskilling for successful career transformation in software engineering


Quah Zheng Jie

Alumni of NBS/2020
Solutions Developer at NatSteel Holdings Pte Ltd.
Completed SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme in Software Engineering

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

My university education was primarily focused on Marketing, yet there was a clear inclination towards technology and software development that I couldn’t ignore. After graduation, I landed my first job at a market research firm, where my engagement with technology deepened. I was tasked with programming surveys, developing web applications, creating dashboards, and implementing automations to streamline market research operations. This role was instrumental in honing my technical skills and provided a practical playground for applying my marketing knowledge in tech-driven contexts.

Despite the satisfaction I found in marrying marketing with technology, my passion for diving deeper into the tech world grew stronger. I realised that to fully transition into a tech-centric career, I needed a more comprehensive foundation in software development. That’s when I discovered the SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) at NTU. The programme promised—and delivered—a well-rounded curriculum, blending theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience, facilitating my smooth transition into my current role as a Solutions Developer.

How was your learning experience with this programme?

The programme was an incredible journey of growth and discovery. The hands-on approach and real-world projects, like developing a responsive web application, provided a deep dive into the world of software development. The experience was enriched by the trainers’ practical insights and the collaborative learning environment, making every challenge an opportunity to learn and excel.

Which aspect of this programme did you like the most?

There’s a lot to love about this programme, from the relevant curriculum to the supportive and experienced trainers. The career workshops were a standout feature, preparing us for real-life scenarios and job interviews, and providing ample practice through impactful projects, such as developing mobile apps with React Native. The holistic learning experience was both comprehensive and fulfilling.

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

Juggling a full-time job while pursuing the programme was challenging, requiring significant time management and dedication. There were late nights and tight deadlines, but the discipline I developed along the way was invaluable. The effort paid off, culminating in a final project that we were all proud of.

Has this programme benefitted you in your career switch or career development?

This programme has been a pivotal factor in my career development. The skills and knowledge I acquired have opened new doors, provided a competitive edge, and positioned me to excel in the tech industry. It was a game-changer, equipping me for success and ensuring I was ready to seize new opportunities.

How have you benefited from the career services and support provided to you through our programme?

The career services and support at NTU were nothing short of outstanding. They played a crucial role in boosting my confidence, providing guidance, and equipping me with the resources needed to navigate the tech landscape successfully.

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

Lifelong learning is a philosophy that resonates with me deeply. Being naturally curious, I find joy in continuously expanding my knowledge and skills. It has become an integral part of my life, ensuring I stay relevant and adaptable in this ever-changing world.