Exyte Engineer Siti Sulaiha Ahmad receives Study Award

There were several occasions where male colleagues doubted Miss Siti Sulaiha Ahmad’s ability as an electrical engineer.

“Maybe it is rare to find a female who is in this industry, so they think it is unusual for me to be interested in this,” she said.

However, it did not deter this young lady from continuing to strengthen her knowledge in the field that is often dominated by males.

Miss Siti, 31 who has a diploma in electrical engineering from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, is pursuing a part-time degree program at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in the same field.

The four-year degree program is self-funded and the university fees amount to $25,000.

Ms. Siti is grateful that she received the SkillsFuture Study Award amounting to $5,000. It is an award offered by the Energy Market Authority (EMA).

The award aims to give Singaporeans an opportunity to develop their potential as part of the efforts to contribute and shape Singapore's workforce.
Ms. Siti who is now in her second year of study, said that the journey of achieving a degree is not an easy one.

She has to sacrifice her rest time to attend night classes three to four times a week.

“It is tiring and I have to manage my time. I typically have to rush down after work to attend the classes,” she said.

She currently works as an electrical engineer at the construction firm Exyte Singapore Pte Ltd.

Even though it is a tough journey, she continues her efforts because she strives to be a licensed engineer.

The second child of three siblings to a single mother, she wants to achieve more in her career. The first step is to attain a university degree.

“I want to obtain a professional engineer license. I also want to represent the female community in this field,” she said.

When asked what advice she can give to other individuals who may want to improve themselves and further their studies, Ms. Siti said, “First of all, you need to prepare yourself mentally, because the journey is not an easy one. Do not admit defeat easily.”

“There must be a goal and deep interest. We need to finish the race but this is not a sprint; it is a marathon.”

“Do not be troubled about insinuations from people around you who may question your decision to further your studies. Persevere and focus on your goals.”

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