After completing her A levels in 2012, she chose to work in retail sales instead of continuing her studies.

But two years later, Miss Steffi Tan Li Ting decided to pursue an occupation related to her passion for numbers.

Miss Tan, now 22, switched to an accounts job and took up a Diploma in Accountancy at Kaplan Higher Education Institute.

The former Yishun Junior College student was drawn to Kaplan Singapore as she had peers who had taken diplomas and degrees at the school.

The course aims to meet the increasing demands and needs of accounting professionals and equip students with skills and relevant up-to-date knowledge. It provides a platform for graduates to undertake a career in the global business and accounting industry, It also equips them with skills that are transferable between industries.

It is designed to build a solid foundation in accounting and enables students with the knowledge to integrate business and accounting.

Accountancy qualifications open up opportunities in different fields. It is an ideal entry to top jobs in business and industry, management and financial consulting.

Working and studying at the same time was not easy for Miss Tan. She said: “It was tough trying to balance every commitment, but its doable. I guess the most important factor would be good time management.”

She gave up some of her social life to spend more time on her studies.

Kaplan offers part-time and full-time diplomas to cater to the needs of different individuals.

Miss Tan’s favourite modules were financial accounting and economics.

She said: “I like numbers. Financial accounting consists of mostly numbers such as double entry, statement of financial positions and statement of comprehensive income. Economics, on the other hand, allows me to think about issues in depth.”

The lecturers were able to engage the students by sharing about their life experiences related to the modules they taught.

Miss Tan’s advice for students looking to further their studies after A levels?

“Many students who complete their A levels proceed to a local university. There are a number of them who do not make the cut. But Kaplan offers students the alternate pathway to complete their degree education.”

Getting the Diploma in Accountancy paid off for Miss Tan as she received a pay raise after she completed her studies last year.

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Article by David Sun, Sunuja Naidu, Arul John
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