She performed well enough in her O levels to qualify for junior college or polytechnic.

But Anastasia Tan Hui Min, 17, chose the private education route as she wanted to graduate earlier and enter the workforce ahead of her peers.

The former Tanjong Katong Girls’ School student took her O levels in 2015 and obtained an overall score of 14 points. Her academic performance was good enough to qualify for junior college or polytechnic, but she opted to study at Kaplan instead.

She is now pursuing a Diploma in Commerce (Finance and Banking) programme awarded by Kaplan and will complete the programme in April.

Each unit is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments, project work or examinations.

The assessment methods may vary according to individual unit requirements.

Students of the programme learn to analyse and make sound financial decisions in a contemporary business setting, understand financial budgets, capital structure and the international financial market, and make ethical issues and financial regulations in the banking and financial industry.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of jobs such as financial analysts, treasury officers, credit risk managers, investment and asset management executives, and account executives.

Anastasia, the daughter of a former pastor-turned-househusband and a manager, said: “My 19-year-old brother attended a junior college and there was a lot of project work.

“So he did not recommend that I attend a junior college as I would not be able to handle the stress.”

She wanted to study at Kaplan as she would be able to graduate in a shorter time than her peers who chose the junior college or polytechnic route — enabling her to start working earlier.

She added: “My parents liked Kaplan as its university partners are reputable and the programmes are rigorous.”

Anastasia also topped her maths cohort in the two-month Certificate in Foundation Studies programme.

Kaplan was also named Best Private Education Institution for Business Management and Best Private Education Institution for Marketing at last year’s JobsCentral Learning Training and Education Development Awards.

Anastasia enjoys having classmates from different countries.

“My class has students from China, Korea, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Mingling and working with them on problems expose me to new perspectives in life.

“After I obtain my diploma in April, I want to pursue a degree course awarded by University College Dublin.”

She added that the lecturers are approachable and make time to meet her and her classmates after lessons or communicate through e-mail.

She said: “I recommend the private education institution route as you can graduate with a university degree in a shorter time and be equipped for the workforce in future.”

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