Overseas internship prepared her for job with Singapore firm
Ms Bernice Chan was only 19 when she went to China to intern at a farm run by seafood supply chain manager Oceanus Group.
During her time at the farm in Xiamen, in Fujian province, she did maintenance work, fed abalones and did preparation work for periods when abalones would spawn.
Now, the 21-year-old is working as a management trainee with the Singapore firm.
Ms Chan is an example of how young Singaporeans should go overseas to gain exposure and work experience, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said in his Budget speech yesterday. He announced a programme to enhance funding support for students interning overseas with Singapore firms.
Ms Chan said: “The internship experience was eye-opening for me. It was a lot of fun working with the locals. I learnt a lot, from interpersonal skills to technical skills.”