I am a student who thinks that i may get pes E... Do you guys think this will actually hinder my chances for nus admission(courses that are competetive and require interviews e.g medicine& law)?
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LANCE Corporal Budiman Mohamad Som, 23, needed a job to help support his single mother - a sales assistant - and his two younger brothers.
Having just completed his national service (NS) in December, he was not hopeful of getting a job immediately.
But thanks to a new enhanced certificate of service (COS) for full-time national servicemen (NSF) who have just completed NS, he managed to secure a job within a month.
Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee, the Minister of State for Defence, yesterday announced the introduction of the new certificate, which gives a more detailed description of a serviceman's contributions and achievements during NS.
Those who performed exceptionally well or who assumed positions of responsibility will also get personal testimonials from their unit's commanders.
NSmen can use this certificate to apply for jobs, scholarships or places in tertiary institutions.
Previously, the certificate would only state whether the performance was 'good' or 'outstanding'. It did not describe what a person did - whether he was a team player or if he had good organisational skills.
The first Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) unit to get the COS was the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards in November 2007.
LCP Budiman was a light anti-tank weapon sharpshooter in the unit. In his COS, he was commended for having good organisational skills.
He organised company activities, took part in singing competitions to boost morale, and was praised for being a team player who carried out duties efficiently.
His performance and conduct were listed as 'outstanding'.
Using his COS, he applied for a job at Aetos, the auxiliary police force, two weeks after completing his NS on 8 Dec. He got the job during the interview and started work last month. He is now based at the Woodlands Checkpoint, earning $1,000 a month.
LCP Budiman said the COS helped him during the interview. He said: 'The certificate is from the Government, so it has more credibility and is recognised.
'If I were the boss of a company, why would I not want to hire someone who performed well in the army during stressful situations?
'It will motivate NSFs to work harder during NS.'
LCP Budiman's younger brothers are aged 19 and 13. An older sister, 24, who is married without kids, also lives in the family's four-room flat in Teban Gardens.
Aetos' commanding officer (land checkpoints), Deputy Superintendent (Auxiliary Police Force) Roland Wee, 47, is in charge of the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints. He interviewed LCP Budiman for the job.
He said previous certificates did not contain enough details of what an NSF did. The COS gives employers a better idea of whether job applicants were suitable.
He added that LCP Budiman's COS contributed to the decision to employ him.
He said: 'The COS was a good one, as it reflected his contributions to the SAF. It has been accurate in describing his character and abilities.'
MINDEF has enhanced the Certificate of Service (COS) that
is given to each full-time national serviceman (NSF) when he
completes full-time NS. MINDEF has redesigned the COS so that it
contains more information which could be relevant in the job
market. NSFs who have completed their full-time NS from Nov 07
onwards would receive the enhanced COS.
When they complete full-time NS, each serviceman will receive a transcript and a certificate of completion. The transcript lists the NSF's contributions, achievements and courses attended during NS as well as a short description of the skills he has acquired during NS and personal attributes he has displayed. The certificate is awarded to recognize the successful completion of full-time NS.
In addition, NSFs who performed exceptionally well and those who shoulder leadership responsibilities would be given a testimonial in recognition of their contributions.