As a person never content on just being good, Jowen wanted to pursue another academic path that would make him great in the world of banking and finance. He knew it would be sheer hard work, time and effort and he is pushing forward and not looking back.
1. What made you choose the course and university you did?
Loughborough University is one of the more established private universities in Singapore. Initially I chose Business Studies (General) because it was the only course that was overarching and would expose me to the different aspects of business. After a year studying the course, I had a clearer picture of what I wanted and I converted to business studies in banking and finance.
2. What made you choose the route of furthering your studies with a private education institution (versus a local / national university)?
I was serving National Service and wanted to fully utilise my time. As it is a three-year course, I knew that it would extend beyond my ORD. As I’m doing both private and local university, I wanted to choose this route to further my studies in business as it complements my law degree in NUS.
3. What were the reasons for choosing PSB Academy, and did anyone influence your choice?
It is one of the more established and credible private tertiary institutions that offer part-time courses. My dad, Dr Siew Ngung Chia teaches at PSB Academy.
4. What was your highest education and which school were you from previously?
A levels from Anderson Junior College.
5. In what way has this course value added to your career / personal development? What kind of opportunities would you say this course has presented to you?
I would say business is a fundamental concept that everyone should be exposed to if we’re entering the workforce. Building on that, understanding how business works would allow me to serve my clients better instead of practicing law in a vacuum in future. As for personal development it is honing my skills to better communicate with people from different walks of life. Life is about looking for opportunities. This would be to gain an insight to different business concepts in a classroom setting filled with experienced professionals from their diverse fields.
6. How do you manage your time working and studying / when you worked and studied at the same time? Any tips / words of wisdom for prospective students / other students?
I would say, I’m studying and studying at the same time. Working hard lays the groundwork. Revise after every lecture or tutorial to internalise what has been taught. Working smart is very important. Know the purpose and direction of your revision. It’s all about momentum, once you get the rhythm going, studying can be engaging.
7. Was there anyone who motivated you through the challenges of completing the course?
My fellow classmates! Not really motivating per se but it’s good to have them around. I think the camaraderie works because when you bond with such people, you share and you think positively. I would also say Mr Alan Tang, the local course convener, is a motivational person. He is knowledgeable in the module he teaches. Beyond that, he is able to aptly handle the situations faced by the students. There is also Mr Alphonsus Tan, the economics teacher for year one. It is engaging to see a lecturer who is not only well-versed in his module but is also passionate in teaching. It spurred me to do even better for that module!
8. How would you describe your experience at PSB Academy?
Insightful to see students coming from different walks of life, from different occupations, different ages and more importantly, sharing different perspectives!
9. What do you do in your leisure / spare time? How do you strike a balance in your life?
I normally spend time with friends (support from social circle is important), exercise such as running and going to the gym. If I have some spare time I still catch up on my studies!
10. What would be the one thing you’ll say to other / prospective students who are coping with challenges with their education?
Always work hard and work smart and don’t stop trying.