Diploma in Chemical Engineering graduate and former national football player Angeline Chua Kai Yi is all fired up about life and football.
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEMYSTIFIED
I completed the diploma in Chemical Engineering. Many secondary school students are not sure what that is! ‘What’ are things made of? For example, items like plastic, petroleum and even prescription drugs, are made from chemical compounds. That’s the ‘chemistry’ part of it. ‘How’ are things made? The engineering part takes care of that.
Interestingly, I did two internships with ExxonMobil while at the poly and managed to secure a place in the company right after graduation. The job prospects in this industry are good because of the wide range of jobs in both the petrochemical and pharmaceutical fields.
WORK VS SCHOOL
How is work different from school? You can't change your colleagues! The world of work requires a lot more social skills and empathy compared to school. But one thing I’ve learnt is that you need courage. Let go of attitudes that slow down your learning process. Be brave to stay ahead of your peers.
FOOTBALL & FEMALES
Currently I am doing part-time football coaching with a few academies and also the football association in Singapore. Coaching football is really a challenge in the beginning. It requires a lot of practice, and is very interesting because I get to re-create old school teaching and make it better and more fun for the kids and youths. I would like to provide girls and female footballers with a learning environment that’s better suited to our learning style.
100% OR NOTHING
The feeling of moving the soccer ball on the green excites me the most. I guess I love playing soccer more than anything I’m doing now. I have been playing soccer for 10 years now. I take soccer very seriously because it is rather disrespectful to only give only 50% on the field. During my time as a youth player we didn’t always win, but I’ll always remember the days when I had the opportunity to march out of the tunnel with my team mates and we sang the national anthem.
My dream of playing football at the international level always remains.
In life, there are often so many choices and we all have countless decisions to make everyday. I have never regretted a decision I’ve made….‘Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen’…