Student name: Sean Tan
Field of interest: Digital Marketing
Company Placement: Tangoo
Why did you want to become a student at Lifeschool?
“From my perspective, Lifeschool is a program that allows high school students to discover their potential, and help explore potential career paths before university rather than blindly going to university without purpose and motivation. Lifeschool has a great training program that helps prepare you for the actual job placement. All of these factors convinced me doing the Lifeschool program would be very beneficial to me and help me get a head start!”
How clear were you on your career path before you did the Lifeschool Program? And after you completed it?
“Before I completed the Lifeschool program, I was vaguely thinking about doing business generally, just like many other students my age. After the program, I found my ultimate goal to be involved in the exciting field of digital marketing. Lifeschool’s co-founder Paul was crucial in helping me discover this realization.”
How good were you at managing your time before the Lifeschool program? And after completing it?
“For most students in high school, time-management is a concept that nobody talks about because most high schoolers have plenty of time and fewer responsibilities than adults. The case in my job placement, however, ended up being significantly different – I needed to plan out my schedule, and stick to a demanding pace rather than loosely working without formal structure. In general, my time-management skills were greatly improved after the program.”
How confident are you in social interactions and networking as a result of the Lifeschool program?
“I am not a native English speaker, thus, when I am having an authentic conversation with others in English, I might feel a bit uncomfortable. At the beginning of the placement, I was initially avoiding conversation with my peers. The program and subsequent job placement forced me outside of my comfort zone, and I began improving my social skills. I became less fearful talking to my peers, and as time went by, I realized I also had some valuable insights to contribute to day-to-day work conversations which made me feel even more confident about myself.”
Tell us about your experience during your job placement… how has the experience changed you?
“As mentioned earlier, I improved my time-management, fleshed out my career path and gained more confidence. Besides that, I also learned a lot about the digital marketing industry, particularly in the food, beverage, and hospitality sector. The corporate culture of the company also helped change my values and perspectives relating to work. These used to be purely materialism-driven, but when I embraced the company’s culture, I realized there are priorities relating to personal growth that are extremely valuable as well, and which will contribute to your happiness as an individual.”
What were some personal weaknesses that you addressed and improved through the Lifeschool program and in your job placement?
“Apart from an improvement in my networking and social skills, I would say it is my ability to concentrate and work efficiently. When we are in high school, the only time we need to concentrate is during a test or quiz, whereas during work, time is so valuable that if we do not force ourselves to focus, the work won’t get done!”
How confident are you in getting involved in your desired industry after having completed the Lifeschool program?
“To be honest, as I explore the industry, I realized there are so many experts and people much more competent than me, and this is expected seeing as I am only 18 years old. Thus, it is crucial to remain humble and inquisitive. However, in comparison to people who are the same age as me, I feel that I have an advantage because the program provided me with a strong foundation and crucial work experience.”
Is there any advice you can give you to future Lifeschool students?
“My advice would be to take FULL advantage of the program, the instructors, and job placement. The program gives you a great foundation for the job placement, so put in the effort, and reap the benefits!”