11 Jan 2016
From hopeless to hopeful
MDIS in the News
She went from crying in her room after getting her O-level exam results to role-playing as a talk show host in Oklahoma three years later.
That is the story of Miss Natalie Ng (left), 22, who found renewed purpose in her life thanks to the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).
Miss Ng was devastated when she did not get her first choice school after her O-level exams in 2010.
At that time, she felt that not going through a mainstream education like her peers was the end of the world.
She said: “Thankfully, my father did not give up on me. He knew I was interested in media, so he recommended that I try out MDIS.”
In 2011, Miss Ng enrolled in a Diploma in Mass Communications programme, awarded by MDIS and validated by Oklahoma City University, US.
Miss Ng now has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentration in Mass Communications, awarded by Oklahoma City University, US, at MDIS.
After completing her diploma and advanced diploma programmes in 2012, she then started her degree programme and graduated in 2014.
Miss Ng said: “The learning environment at MDIS was conducive and I’ve had good memories and made many new friends from all walks of life.
“The lecturers were engaging. And with a small class size, the students received a lot of attention. This allowed us to have a better and deeper understanding of the topics that were taught.”
Students of the Diploma in Mass Communications and Advanced Diploma in Mass Communications programmes are equipped with more in-depth understanding of specialised mass communications subjects.
The programmes enhance the effectiveness of their practical skills and techniques through action-based training, as well as enable them to pursue an undergraduate degree in mass communications.
Graduates can work in advertising and media, public relations, print media and journalism, broadcast media (TV, radio and cable) and marketing communications.
Miss Ng said enrolling in MDIS gave her a head start in the working world.
She said: “Most of my peers from secondary school still do not have a degree.
“I was also given more opportunities because of the doors that opened from my education.”
During the course of study, she was exposed to different aspects of media, including journalism, broadcast, radio, public relations and marketing.
She said: “I learnt a lot from the professors, who mainly taught us by example.
“When we were studying our public relations and marketing modules, they helped us churn out dozens of proposals to run our own campaigns.”
She also had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in radio jockeying and TV broadcasting in the on-campus studio.
The highlight of her education with MDIS was the three-week on-campus residency at the Oklahoma City University campus in the US with an optional educational trip to London or Rome.
She observed the different student culture and surrounding environments and produced her own TV programmes there.
Miss Ng said: “It was a memorable experience because we role-played different jobs in the production process.”
Upon graduation, she was employed for nine months as a communications and marketing executive.
Miss Ng said: “MDIS has empowered me with the skills needed for the industry, and I’m glad I made the decision to join the school back then.
“It has been one of the best decisions of my life.”
Source: The New Paper, 11 January 2016 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.
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