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Talent(ed) Tribe group photo!!! Loving my internship with these peeps 😀😀😀#storiesofthetribe

People who make me look forward to going to work everyday. // Thanks for making everyday at work a whole lot of weird, but also a whole lot of fun. 👧🏻 #storiesofthetribe #talenttribeasia

“There’s no time for heels anymore - which is why my brand (The World At Your Feet) focuses on casual footwear. ⠀
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It’s for women who are always on the go, where they can just slip on these shoes and go out. Because comfort is the key factor in my designs, there’s always a layer of foam in the midsole for additional comfort.
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And another unique thing about my shoes is that it is a vegan footwear. I know it’s weird because a lot of people associate Vegan with food, but it is technically a lifestyle - people who don’t use or consume any animals products. ⠀
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Even though I am not a vegan myself, I feel that it is important to make a certain decision regarding the products we consume. My promise as a brand is to not use leather or any animal-based products and this is my way of contributing back to the society.⠀
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I believe that The World At Your Feet is more than just casual footwear. I hope that through my brand, more people will be demanding about the materials used for their shoes. I don't want people to have foot problems later on in their lives just because of the poor footwear choices they make. ⠀
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And my wish is for people to shop shoes like how they would shop for their bras. (laughs) Not just about the length, but also the width and providing more options for women with foot problems."⠀
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- Sarah Swee, Founder of The World At Your Feet. Sarah always has a strong passion for fashion and even interned for an New York based Designer before her journey as a shoe designer. ⠀
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Endlessly amused by this boomerang of us from Friday night.
Last day of work for some of these interns! Work's gonna feel different after the long weekends with the usual ones gone and new ones coming in. 😞
#storiesofthetribe #talenttribeasia #behindtalenttribe

"We The People is a new concept in Singapore, where we sell products from the Kickstarter platform.
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Being a new face in the market, our biggest challenge was bringing in a strong variety of Kickstarter brands prior to our opening event. We sent out 250 emails to different brands, but only 12 brands came onboard by our launch date.
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It's understandable. At that time, we didn't have a physical store and our Kickstarter brands were from all over the world. All we had was the event layout - but would you trust that? It took us plenty of tireless meetings and ideation, to convince the brands by explaining our concept through Skype interviews.
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In We The People, we attend to every customer in our store personally. We don't try to be aggressive - we take time to explain each Kickstarter product in detail to them, even if some may not purchase anything. And you'll never know what kind of customers you'll meet!
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The reason why we could open our new outlet at Changi Airport? One of our part-timers actually served the CEO of Changi Holdings without knowing his identity. She walked him around the store and explained everything he asked in detail. We didn't even realise his identity until we went for the boardroom meeting. (Laughs)
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I wouldn’t really say I am successful right now, because the moment I think it’s a success, I would stop pushing. For me, I am always thinking of new products and how things can be improved."
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- Nison Chan, humble co-founder of We The People who believes in taking one steady step at a time. An aspiring young entrepreneur with mature thoughts and outlooks in life.
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“I teach at The Learning Lab and we always say that we're an enrichment centre. Some people think that's fluffy, but we're really more than just a tuition centre.
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Tuition centres are there to help you do well in exams. But we see education as something more than just that. We believe very strongly in enriching the child's life - and that education goes beyond the classroom.
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Even in Science, we pull in a lot of current affairs. We have fun passages that are related to topics that students learn. For instance, the life cycle of animals - very easy stuff. But what we do is that we have an article that says 'Zombies do exist!' And we told them about the different types of parasites; how at some life stages, parasites can hijack the brain mechanisms of some organisms.
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There's no way they are going to be tested on this. But it gets the kids very excited! Because you know, it's gross stuff. (Laughs) And you have no idea which kid you're going to have an impact on.
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Sure, some kids may not be interested. But all you need is one kid to say, "You mean such a thing exists?" And to get them excited to do their own research and find their own individual passions. That's when we know that we've made a difference.
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For Father's Day, we had a Science lesson on 'Fantastic fathers of the animal world'. So you learn about sea horses and penguins, and all these fathers take care of their babies. These are lessons that enrich and show kids that Science isn't just about doing well in the exams. It's happening all around the world.
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And it’s the same thing for English as well, all their compre passages are all current affairs. So we really do believe in being ready for the world. For whatever that you’re learning to be relevant to you and for you to be inspired by that.”
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- Melanie Lim, Science Curriculum Writer and Teacher at The Learning Lab. Turned down a PhD in Switzerland to pursue a career in education at TLL. #storiesofthetribe

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People who make me look forward to going to work everyday. // Thanks for making everyday at work a whole lot of weird, but also a whole lot of fun. 👧🏻 #storiesofthetribe #talenttribeasia

Talent(ed) Tribe group photo!!! Loving my internship with these peeps 😀😀😀#storiesofthetribe

“There’s no time for heels anymore - which is why my brand (The World At Your Feet) focuses on casual footwear. ⠀
.
It’s for women who are always on the go, where they can just slip on these shoes and go out. Because comfort is the key factor in my designs, there’s always a layer of foam in the midsole for additional comfort.
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And another unique thing about my shoes is that it is a vegan footwear. I know it’s weird because a lot of people associate Vegan with food, but it is technically a lifestyle - people who don’t use or consume any animals products. ⠀
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Even though I am not a vegan myself, I feel that it is important to make a certain decision regarding the products we consume. My promise as a brand is to not use leather or any animal-based products and this is my way of contributing back to the society.⠀
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I believe that The World At Your Feet is more than just casual footwear. I hope that through my brand, more people will be demanding about the materials used for their shoes. I don't want people to have foot problems later on in their lives just because of the poor footwear choices they make. ⠀
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And my wish is for people to shop shoes like how they would shop for their bras. (laughs) Not just about the length, but also the width and providing more options for women with foot problems."⠀
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- Sarah Swee, Founder of The World At Your Feet. Sarah always has a strong passion for fashion and even interned for an New York based Designer before her journey as a shoe designer. ⠀
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"You don’t know how inconvenient it is for expatriates to withdraw their money. They don’t go to local banks or ATMs like we do. Imagine having to visit a remittance shop each time you have to withdraw as little as $10, or buy an item online.⠀
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Initially, I didn’t plan on going into FinTech. But after seeing the long queue outside a traditional lending company at Lucky Plaza, it hit me that I should help them. This is why I started Toucan, an e-wallet that can help expatriates get easy cash-out. ⠀
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Remittance shops are only supported by small banks. This means that expatriates can't withdraw from OCBC or DBS ATMs like we do. Instead, they need to visit remittance shops during working hours - many have to take leave just to withdraw money.⠀
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Simple task like withdrawing cash is a challenge for these expatriates. Thus, we came up with Toucan with the heart to serve these people so that they are able to pay their bills and shop online easily.”⠀
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- Elvin, Co-Founder of Toucan and a firm believer that the efficiencies in the Finance industry can be improved. #storiesofthetribe

"Sometimes you drop tips in the classroom that you don't even remember. But these tips can go a long way in changing a student's life.
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I once had this boy sitting at the back of the classroom. He said, "Mr. Leow, I'm not going to do presentations. Presentations are not for me, I'm really shy. Just give me all the comprehensions and summary writing pieces, but don't let me do presentations.
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To that I said, "Look. One day you'll be standing in front of the classroom. You'll be speaking and presenting in more eloquent ways than Mr. Leow." He didn't believe me.
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Then at the end of the year, this boy - he was still at the back of the classroom. But the difference is that he was now standing up, one hand in his pocket, the other on the clicker, and he was regaling the class with stories about astronaut travel.
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He wants to be a pilot. When class ended I asked him, "Why did you stand at the back?" And he said, "Oh I learnt this from you, Mr. Leow. We're all quite small-sized. But we want to fill the room with our presence, right? If we stand at the back and project our voices through the classroom, they'll either look at our slides or look at us. There's no escaping."
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When he said that, it was the day of the year for me. Because what you teach, he actually takes to heart. You don't even remember some of the tips you've dropped, but students take it in and even add their own takes to it. That's when you realise that all your efforts really pay off."
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- Justin Leow, Academic Director at The Learning Lab who believes in putting his heart into what he does each day, one student and lesson at a time. #storiesofthetribe

"I wasn't passionate about my degree. But I never dared to change my career path, until something in life triggered me to do so.⠀
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Even though I studied Engineering in NTU, I always found it boring and my interest has always been on photography. But I didn't have the courage to change my path - I mean, it's a well-paid industry and why would I want to risk my future?⠀
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This is where it gets a little sad - my grandfather passed away. I've always thought of making a photo book for him before he left the world, but I didn't manage to do it. And I blamed it on my lack of photography skills.⠀
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Thus, this is what got me on track. I was like "You know what? I don't want to live with this lack of skills in the area that I'm interested in anymore."⠀
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You could say that my grandfather is the reminder for me to pursue my passion. And this is why I changed my path from Engineering to being a Photographer/Videographer. I subsequently applied for an internship in TheSmartLocal, and here's where I am now."⠀
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- John Edward Lim, passionate photographer who would give his all to chase his dreams. Despite his unconventional path, John has never once looked back and continues to strive on for his passion. #storiesofthetribe

"I am a person who takes thing slow and steady. I don't set daring and unrealistic goals, but milestones that are attainable.⠀⠀
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When you set high goals for the business or yourself, it would be really disappointing if you fall short and this may affect your progress in the future. ⠀⠀
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Thus, if you take things slow and steady, you would be able to see the progress of the business better and with that small improvement, it would give you great encouragement to achieve something higher. ⠀⠀
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But sometimes, you don't meet your goals. It can be due to a change in events or sudden occurrences that prevent the company to achieve the goals that were set.⠀⠀
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So look into why certain event prevents you from achieving your goals - is it because these goals are not as important as you think?
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If that's the case, you would need to relook them and set something that will be relevant to the progress of your business and look for ways to prevent similar incidents from happening."⠀⠀
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- Gordon Ho, fresh out from Singapore Polytechnic and the Co-founder of Red Guava with entrepreneurial spirit. As an ex-National Youth Fencer, he also got to travel to different countries for competitions #storiesofthetribe⠀⠀
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"I liked drawing since a really long time ago, but I didn't major in Art in school. I don't think I will really like studying for them. I had a senior who took Art in O-Levels and I really liked her work. But she didn't really do too well for the exam, and got really demoralised after that.⠀
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That made me think that maybe I didn't need to take Art as a subject, but could still do it during my free time. ⠀
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Currently, this is my second time setting up a booth at MAAD (Market of Artists And Designers, at Red Dot Museum @maadpyjamas). I'm actually still in Junior College, so today to set up this booth, I had to bring all of my items to school and rush down after lessons. It's a really fun experience though.⠀
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I draw my inspiration from Japanese stuff, because I really like them. So when you see my work, you'll probably notice all the nature-related elements like leaves and mountains. I would say that that's the subtle trend in all my works that I want to bring out.⠀
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For my drawings, I print them into stickers and bookmarks. I also draw on postcards and notebooks, which I then sell alongside my other crafts. I don't think of designing and drawing as a routine thing. When I'm free and chance upon some words and quotes that resonate with me, I just do it. ⠀
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I haven't explored other art fairs yet, but I'm planning to do so after my A-Level exams. For now, I think I'll focus on my A's first, and maybe go full-on after my examinations end."⠀
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- Cherrell Ng, Founder of Mimii.ko and brave HCJC student who juggles her passion with studies. Cherrell draws her inspiration mostly from Japanese things, as seen in the style of her works. #storiesofthetribe

"Compared to cafes, the challenges we face for food trucks are quite different. For example, for cafes, they are able to get an unlimited supply of water when they turn on the taps. As for food trucks, we only have a limited amount of water as we collect the water from the nearest source at the start of the day. Hence, we have to restrict the usage of water, or else we won’t be able to sustain throughout the day! ⠀
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Also, we have to connect to a very powerful power source in order to set up the food truck, and whenever there’s a power issue, we’ll have to fix it, or else we can't operate the food truck. Just recently, our plug broke off and we couldn’t plug in the power source, which caused us to delay our opening. It was nerve-wracking (laughs) because we were at an event at that point of time and had to rush in order to start our business in time!⠀
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I think these are the reasons why there aren’t many food trucks in Singapore. There are many factors to consider, such as situating ourselves in locations with power sources, and weather conditions. When it rains, we naturally get fewer customers because we are situated in the open. Compared to opening a cafe, most things don’t come as easily with a food truck in Singapore."⠀
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-Allen Neo, Barista at Coffee Bandits #storiesofthetribe

"I did medicinal research for my internship – coming up with new material to contain the medicine and testing it. Basically, I helped out in creating these material by doing chemical reactions. It was quite fun for me – I synthesised chemical reactions and tested the products. It usually takes quite a number of days because we had to test the drug release, hence we need to collect multiple samples and draw the graphs every day to monitor the suitability of the material for the drugs.
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I was interested in research before my internship. However, as I went through my internship, I realised that I wouldn’t want to do research in the long run as my future career. It may be fun if I do it for a few years, but if I am going to do it in the long run, I think I would get bored doing the same thing over again.
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Furthermore, in the research industry, it would be very stressful if you cannot get the results you want because you always need to come up with something new. Rather than innovating new products, I would like to work in a healthcare sector and provide care for patients since it was also my interest!
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As I got to know of the availability of allied healthcare courses in Singapore, I decided upon one of the healthcare courses, Diagnostic Radiography. I chose Diagnostic Radiography as I was inspired by a radiographer who gave a talk when I was in year 2 in Singapore Polytechnic! I was intrigued by the X-ray images that they produced and the importance of producing clear images for diagnosis. I felt that it was an interesting and important job of a radiographer and hence, I've decided to choose my career path as a radiographer.
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- Zhen Yu, Fresh out from Singapore Polytechnic and an inspired healthcare worker #storiesofthetribe

"We just started our business, Nutty's Kitchen, not too long ago, and the first event we went to was just this March. We aim to provide healthier snacks for customers by self-producing healthier bakes.⠀
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Right now, we are doing event-based sampling to increase our brand awareness and gather feedback and validation on our ideas. What this means is that we attend events and provide samples for people. It is a way of creating awareness for our brand.
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Gradually, we are looking to expand our brand to fitness centres, where we can collaborate with them to display our products and sell it to people who gym there. Our products will be suitable for gym-goers because they're healthy and they're also delicious!⠀
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Subsequently in the long run, we may consider venturing into food vending machines so that it would be much more convenient for people to purchase our products. We are also considering going into pantries of corporates as the items we are providing are vastly different from the snacks outside.
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Most snacks tend to be unhealthy but our snacks are exact opposite - we use whole-grain ingredients and natural sugar from fruits. It'll really be guilt-free midday snacking when office-goers get hungry along their course of work!"⠀
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- Ong Jun Hao, Co-Founder of Nutty’s Kitchen and a Year 4 Business Management student at SMU who also have big plans for his business #storiesofthetribe

"While studying for my GP Prelims and looking for statistics online, I accidentally chanced upon a company called ThinkParallax. They're an advertising firm that strongly believes in building brands with a purpose and that got me very excited. I thought, "This is exactly what I want to do in the future!"⠀⠀
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Many ad agencies only focus on fulfilling the immediate needs of their clients. I like the idea of having a greater purpose in advertising - where the agency itself stands for a purpose that their clients support. It makes me think that we can effect positive change in the world, even as individuals.⠀⠀
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And now, I have this big dream. (smiles) My dream is to set up my own advertising firm which focuses on building brands that are invested in environmental responsibility, and at the same time, promote environmental conservation. I want us to take better care of the environment we live in, and not just take it for granted."⠀⠀
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- Justlyn, one of the social media creatives who manages @talenttribeasia account and is entering university as a mass comm student this year. #storiesofthetribe

"I’ve always been interested in Finance, especially when I realised I did exceptionally well in Principle of Accounting in secondary school. So I pursued my interest in this area at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) as a Global Account Manager.⠀
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There are a lot of people who don’t know what CME does. So basically CME is just like SGX, whereby it is a marketplace where people buy and sell products that are also known as stocks. So CME works just like SGX but it regulates commodities such as gold and natural gases. As a Global Account Manager, I am the first point of contact when clients want access to prices of our products and I would set up accounts for them to regulate their transactions. ⠀
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As compared to banks, they have high demand for compliance officers, which can be interesting as they analyse accounts to look for suspicious activities. But I think towards the future, it will be taken over by technology. As for Global Account Manager, I get to interact with customers and it exposes me to different aspects of investments such as Options (contract sold from one party to another) and Futures (obligation for buyers to buy an asset or for seller to sell an asset). It allows me to better understand the needs of different customers through these interactions. ⠀
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In my opinion, if you want to work in a Finance industry, you have to be choosy in finding jobs or experience. The job you work must be significant so that it will help you to pursue your dream job. Don’t just work for the sake of working - do something related to a specific area you want to work at. If you want to pursue a career in trading, find a job related to it and not just work in any bank because that doesn’t help you pursue what you want."⠀
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- Yusuf, Global Account Manager at CME, with immerse passion for the Finance industry #storiesofthetribe

Endlessly amused by this boomerang of us from Friday night.
Last day of work for some of these interns! Work's gonna feel different after the long weekends with the usual ones gone and new ones coming in. 😞
#storiesofthetribe #talenttribeasia #behindtalenttribe

"We The People is a new concept in Singapore, where we sell products from the Kickstarter platform.
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Being a new face in the market, our biggest challenge was bringing in a strong variety of Kickstarter brands prior to our opening event. We sent out 250 emails to different brands, but only 12 brands came onboard by our launch date.
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It's understandable. At that time, we didn't have a physical store and our Kickstarter brands were from all over the world. All we had was the event layout - but would you trust that? It took us plenty of tireless meetings and ideation, to convince the brands by explaining our concept through Skype interviews.
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In We The People, we attend to every customer in our store personally. We don't try to be aggressive - we take time to explain each Kickstarter product in detail to them, even if some may not purchase anything. And you'll never know what kind of customers you'll meet!
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The reason why we could open our new outlet at Changi Airport? One of our part-timers actually served the CEO of Changi Holdings without knowing his identity. She walked him around the store and explained everything he asked in detail. We didn't even realise his identity until we went for the boardroom meeting. (Laughs)
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I wouldn’t really say I am successful right now, because the moment I think it’s a success, I would stop pushing. For me, I am always thinking of new products and how things can be improved."
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- Nison Chan, humble co-founder of We The People who believes in taking one steady step at a time. An aspiring young entrepreneur with mature thoughts and outlooks in life.
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"If you were to ask me for career advice, I would definitely prioritise work experience over studying.⠀
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After I finished my Polytechnic diploma, I was considering if I should follow the herd and continue my Mass Comms degree in university. That required 4 more years of my life.⠀
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In the end, I decided to take a gap year and I ended up working in a photographer company for 2 years. It was a great decision. Within 2 years, I believe I have gained more hard and soft skills through real-life experiences as compared to if I have gone to school.⠀
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I wasn't just a photographer in the company – I also met and worked with different people and personalities, did a bit of account servicing, and sent out an overwhelming number of emails to clients! These honed my communications skills. And in a way, I understood both the back-end and front-end of the service.⠀
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After I ended my 2-year stint in the photography company, my friends still had 2 more years of school. (Laughs) Subsequently, I took a degree for a year and continued working for another year.⠀
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FootLoops is my family-run business, founded by my dad. I was initially helping out in the interim. But things got fast-paced so I took charge of the marketing here at FootLoops. And I've never looked back since.⠀
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So when people ask me, "What should I study?" I will ask them, "Are you sure that you need a degree in the first place?" I only chose to get my degree because it was an 8-month thing. (laughs)"
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- Ling Tay, Marketing Manager of FootLoops, a retail store which sells and services a wide range of bicycles and accessories. Her family got this "bikes in the city" idea while travelling in Europe. They also attended a bike show in Taiwan where they got exclusive distribution rights from different brands.⠀
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"To be really honest, my dream is to do YouTube as my future career, or at least as a hobby. Not really being a YouTube artiste per se. But simply creating videos, doing makeup tutorials, making my own vlogs and all of that.⠀
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For me, I really enjoy working at TheSmartLocal (TSL). It is a great environment to work in - fun; a really awesome team and a flexible work schedule. I enjoy the things I do and the content I produce. ⠀
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Yet at the end of the day, my heart still craves for a career beyond a 9-5 job. In the future, I hope to be able to control my own time. To push myself and realise my potential, while doing it at my own pace.⠀
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Hence for me, my dream is to be my own boss. But I'm not very business savvy, so I want to build my own brand in another way through doing what I like - YouTube videos.⠀
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I don't think I'm delving into the 'influencer' scene yet. I mean, you can't just say that you want to be an influencer and then be one - it doesn't work this way. You need to be able to really influence others. Make them resonate with your content and evoke feelings from your followers. That's the only way to be worthy of the title.⠀
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I think what's cool about creating YouTube videos is that it has the flexibility of starting off as a passion and hobby. If people like it, you build a following and start growing your own little community. It can become your career. Otherwise, it can always remain as a hobby - and you still get to do what you love."⠀
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- Amanda Felise Lim, Year 3 NTU Mass Communications Student who is just establishing her very own YouTube channel. Amanda is passionate about beauty and makeup, and currently has her own makeup tutorial up on her page. #storiesofthetribe

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