Although they come from different backgrounds, Miss Megan Lim, 22, and Mr Isaac Chew, 32, share a passion for the construction industry.
The pair are students at the Global School of Technology and Management (GSTM), a niche school that delivers a range of diplomas and degree courses in construction, quantity surveying, real estate, facilities and building surveying. Mr Chew is part of the pioneer batch of students taking the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management, awarded by Birmingham City University, UK.
The part-time course lasts 15 months.
As part of the course requirements, students must complete a professional practice project in teams. They are required to conceptualise and design an entire construction project based on a chosen scenario.
Mr Chew said: "We leveraged on the experience of other classmates who have worked in different sectors of the construction industry. Our lecturers also guided us step by step through this project. "Even though the project was short, we really learned a lot from each other."
Although Miss Lim had no prior experience in this industry, she took up an Advanced Diploma in Quantity Surveying course at the suggestion of her mother, who works in a construction firm. The part-time course lasted 15 months.
She said: "I was attracted to this course as I could get the certificate in a much shorter time. At the same time, the modular system is flexible - I can balance work and study."
To challenge herself, Miss Lim also left her previous job at a cosmetics company and joined a quantity surveying firm. She said: "It was a little scary on my first day as it was a completely new industry to me. I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that was given to me.
"Thankfully, I was able to apply what I had learnt in school, and this really helped me a lot."