Two women who took up infocomm challenge even though they knew little about the field

Almost three years into her career, Miss Min Ong felt the need for a job change.

Over a chat with a friend about a website on animals they had done in primary school, she knew which industry she wanted to join.

So she quit her job and took up a course on web development with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

She now has a new job and has never been happier.

Miss Min Ong, 28, is one of 16 students who graduated from General Assembly's Web Development Immersive, supported by IDA under the Tech Immersion and Placement Programme.

In 2009, Miss Ong had left Singapore to pursue a masters in management in France, where she stayed for three years.

She then joined a global pharmaceutical firm and worked in operations, specialising in supply chain management, which involved a lot of analytical work.

She yearned for something different.

She told The New Paper: "Over a year, I researched and thought about making a switch to the ICT (information and communications technology) industry.


"I even saved up money to attend a Web Development Immersive (programme) in New York that was about US$13,500 (S$18,300)."

But she did not quite have the courage to make that leap of faith.

One day, she and a friend recalled how they had got involved in self-coding a website about animals when they were just 10 years old. That conversation convinced Miss Ong it was now or never.

She returned to Singapore to visit her family and found out that WDI was offered locally.

After graduation, she had around four job offers, but Miss Ong picked Triplynr, a start-up company that created an app and website to make planning trips easier.

She said: "Triplynr stood out for me because I am able to relate to it since I love to travel.

"To be able to write the code then see it come to life as an app or webpage is amazing and satisfying."

Another student who graduated under TIPP is User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI) graduate, Miss Esther She, 33.

She has always been interested in anything ICT-related and would go online to learn about software such as Photoshop.

Her job as a corporate communications officer involves managing content on her company's website.

Her boss encouraged her to go for the UXDI course and that was where her talent for user experience design blossomed.

Miss She said: "I had been hesitant (about joining) at first, but I really enjoyed (UXDI). It was quite intense in terms of time spent, but it's definitely worth it."

Miss She was so outstanding that when she graduated from the programme, she took up GA's offer to be a teaching assistant for the second batch of students.

When she returns to her company, Miss She said that her job scope would expand to allow her to use her new skills.

This article was first published on April 18, 2016.
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