Final year student, Stanley Chew, is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Singapore campus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). On top of his studies, Stanley is a business owner and entrepreneur in a different engineering domain. We chat with him to find out his secrets on juggling both school and work.
Hi Stanley! As an introduction, can you tell us more about your journey as a businessman?
Stanley: I started my own business with my polytechnic friend, Edward, during my National Service days back in December 2012. After much planning and discussion, we started the company, Experience Ace, which provides professional training and consultation services for educational institutions and Singapore schools in the field of science, engineering and robotics.
You study Chemical Engineering. How did you end up starting a company in the electronics industry?
Stanley: Other than Chemical Engineering, Information technology was another field that I was interested in. I also wanted to pick up some business skills while running this business. I have since learnt more about having a business mindset, entrepreneurship, dealership, marketing, business development, networking skills and many more. On the another hand, through my Chemical Engineering education, I have picked up technical-based knowledge which proved to be essential in work.
Can you tell us more about your job role at Experience Ace?
Stanley: I am the Business Development Director and my job role involves optimizing current sales processes and to continuously look for ways to increase revenue for the company. I keep myself updated with market trends so that I can be prepared for changes. I also consistently review and refine the business model to stay ahead of the competition. Being creative and building networks and partnerships to strengthen the business are very important to the success of the company.
As of now, you are still completing your degree. What is your secret to coping with school and work?
Stanley: I strive to prioritize my tasks and ensure that I do my best in them. Discipline and motivation are also very important attributes that have helped me to balance both work and study.
Your work and study experiences have imparted you with different skills which prepare you for the working world. How do you feel that these skills have benefitted you?
Stanley: I have gained a lot from working and dealing with clients. The life skills, networking skills, business marketing skills and other exposures are just a few of the many things I have learnt. In the process of running a business, it also moulds your character. It is definitely true that the world itself is a classroom.
What advice will you give to students who have other commitments outside of school?
Stanley: The intensity of the course is tough as it is, but there is nothing to be afraid of as long as you set your mind to achieve something. You learn the most during challenging times. I will encourage them to never give up and continue to persevere. If I can do it, so can you!
Stanley is reading the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with the Technical University of Munich. He studied in the Singapore branch campus (TUM Asia) and recently spent five months in Munich, Germany to complete his lab courses and thesis at the home campus of the university.
To read the full interview with Stanley, it was first published in our DIGEST newsletter (Jan 2017).
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