SINGAPORE - Miss Huang Ying Qiao, 24, was the top student in Nanyang Polytechnic's (NYP) Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering course.
She scored a perfect 4.0 grade point average score and secured several academic awards along the way.
But the Chinese national, who graduated from NYP last year, did not envision herself becoming an engineer as she was keen on exploring the financial industry.
So during her final year at the polytechnic, Miss Huang enrolled in FTMS Global Singapore to take the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course.
The ACCA qualification would enable its holders to secure employment as accountants and managers in the financial industry.
Miss Huang, who had the option to read Engineering at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, said: "I always found the financial industry very interesting and exciting.
"So I did some research and spoke to some of my friends, who encouraged me to take the ACCA course at my institution."
Miss Huang, who is working in an engineering-related field, is taking the course on a part-time basis.