India attachment helped them realise potential

India attachment helped them realise potential

While some may prefer a relaxed working environment, four students from Temasek Polytechnic decided to challenge themselves by signing up for an attachment in New Dehli, India.

The Aviation Management and Services students were assigned to the learning and development department at AISATS, a joint venture between Singapore Airport Terminal Services and Air India.

The five-month experience, which ended last October, was an eye-opener for final year students Dhrue Goda, Kendrick Tan, Arjun Rajendran and Ng Kok Jin, all aged 19.

"It was a harsh environment, we went in summer, when temperatures were averaging 40 deg Celsius," recalled Arjun.

"We were also confronted by the extreme poverty. Initially, we couldn't bear to look at the beggars in the eye."

But the working opportunities were attractive for the students.

They were tasked to review the training framework for new employees of the organisation and were given access to the various departments, from baggage services to customer service, to understand their operations.

"It was a challenge because the working styles were different in India. I learnt a lot about time management and about managing deadlines," said Dhrue.

"It also helped that our work supervisors had a lot of trust and confidence in us. They also made sure (to take care) of our welfare."

But the most important lesson for them was realising their own potentials.

"I realised that I can be resilient. India is the best place to learn. If you can adapt there, you can survive anywhere," said Arjun.

"We couldn't bear to leave at the end of the internship."

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