She had always had a passion for baking, and had even considered enrolling in a pastry school right after her O-level examinations.
"I had considered pastry school after I was done with my O levels, but I eventually decided to complete university first," Miss Ethel Jiang, 24, said.
After graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in mid-2011, Miss Jiang decided to go back to her dream of enrolling in a pastry school.
She said: "Upon graduating with a degree, I felt that it was the best opportunity for me to finally have a go at pursuing something that I had always wanted to do."
Miss Jiang wasted no time and enrolled for a Diploma in Pastry and Bakery at At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy by the end of 2011.
When asked about her decision making process when choosing to enrol at At-Sunrice, Miss Jiang said: "It is an established culinary institution and many people in the culinary industry recommended enrolling at At-Sunrice to me. Besides, as a Singaporean, I would be able to enjoy the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA ) funding provided to acquire more skills and pursue my passion."
Miss Jiang claims to enjoy the programme at At-Sunrice despite the challenges that students studying in a culinary school may face, with the rotation of studying and interning during the same period.
"Although the work and study rotations are quite challenging, I like that such a system exists to allow us to learn and gain experience concurrently.