Unlike most tertiary students, Ms Hallie Tay, who has a diploma in product design and innovation from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, made the leap to the second year of the mechanical engineering programme at the Nanyang Technological University.
But she left after a semester when she realised that she had no interest in the programme.
After having worked for a year as a sales assistant at an events set-up company, Ms Tay felt that she needed to upgrade her skills and knowledge if she was to get ahead in life.
As she was drawn to business and management, she enrolled in Management Development Institute of Singapore's (MDIS) Advanced Diploma in Business Management in 2010. She then pursued the University of Bradford's Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Accounting and Finance at MDIS.
"The course offered me the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how accounting and finance play a part in the bigger picture of business and management and this combination, in particular, happens to be my area of interest," says Ms Tay.