SINGAPORE — He graduated with a Nitec Higher Diploma in Accounting in 2017 but after an internship he decided a career in accounting was not for him.
Mr Muhammad Zulkhairi Zailani, 26, told The Sunday Times: “I love numbers…and that led me to study accountancy at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). However, I realized I wasn’t one to be office-bound to a job.”
So when his friend told him about the SGUnited internship program in September 2020, he jumped at the chance to explore career opportunities that weren’t necessarily related to accounting.
Mr. Zulkhairi signed up for an internship at Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities the following month and was assigned to the Ang Mo Kio Elderly Activity Center, where he planned and executed programs for elderly residents.
“Program planning was my strong point even before entering ITE, as I planned and organized activities for the older cleaners at my school,” said Mr Zulkhairi, who completed his national service in May. 2019.
Recounting his experience as an intern, Mr Zulkhairi said, “The best part of the internship was seeing the smiles on the faces of the elderly clients every time I met them and their active participation in the active aging programs we had. planned for them. »
He became a full-time employee in May last year after a successful internship and is now a program assistant with the non-profit organization.
“During the conversion, I was given additional responsibilities and took on new projects for seniors. I plan to take relevant courses to learn new skills and improve my service delivery to seniors “, said Mr. Zulkhairi.
He added, “The internship allowed me to take paths I would not have ventured into otherwise. Being an intern also helped me experience all levels of operations and better understand the scope of work. and the challenges that come with it.”