After graduating from Nanyang Polytechnic with a Diploma in Sport and Wellness Management, Mr Tan Qiu Yu decided to live the army life and sign on with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
But due to medical complications, he had to discontinue his SAF career and decided to further his studies in accounting.
"I decided to settle for a qualification in accountancy as it would allow me to pursue a diverse range of careers in the future and there will always be an abundance of jobs for accountants," said the 26-year-old.
By word of mouth, Mr Tan found out about SAA Global Education Centre (SAA-GE), and enrolled there after a talk with its staff members.
"The first thing that attracted me was that an advanced diploma course at SAA-GE spanned nine months while a degree course at SAA-GE spanned 12 months, which is relatively short.
"And at the time, the campus was very near my previous workplace, so it was convenient," he said.
Mr Tan enrolled for a part-time Advanced Diploma in Accountancy & Finance while working at the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and eventually quit working to pursue a full-time Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accountancy & Finance course at SAA-GE, which had a partnership programme with University of Plymouth, UK.
Mr Tan said: "It is not very stressful, I have lessons mostly in the afternoon, four times a week, and have to juggle only two modules every trimester.