Sailing to His Destination of Dreams
After signing on with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Gerry Chan enrolled for the Diploma in Telecommunications course at Temasek Polytechnic (TP) under the SAF MDES Study Award (for Polytechnic).
In his second year at TP, Gerry was invited to participate in the WorldSkills Singapore (Industrial Electronics category), a national competition where electronic specialists showcase their skills and knowledge. As this was not his area of specialisation, Gerry had to brush up on his knowledge on Industrial Electronics. His effort paid off as the rigorous training that he underwent for both theoretical and technical skills also enhanced his ability to perform critical analysis in stressful situations, thus giving him an edge in his own course of study. However, his greatest takeaway from the entire experience was the strong friendship forged among his teammates.
Gerry graduated as the top student of the course, and was awarded the Course Gold medal. He returned to the RSN as a Military Expert, and took charge of the operations and maintenance of a combat system on board a Formidable-class stealth frigate. Gerry went on to complete his midshipman training in the Officer Cadet School in 2012. For his outstanding academic and military performance, he was offered a scholarship to pursue an Engineering degree.
In 2015, he graduated from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) with First Class Honours. Today, he is a Naval Warfare Systems Engineer in the Naval Logistics Command, responsible for the engineering and logistical readiness of the combat systems under his charge.
Gerry feels that his career with the RSN is a rewarding and fulfilling one because what he does ensures that the Navy is equipped to carry out its daily operations of safeguarding Singapore’s sea lines of communication. He is also able to develop his skills professionally through applying his Engineering knowledge in his field of work, and getting the exposure to the dynamics of the military logistics’ vast ecosystem.
Gerry firmly believes that one of the keys to success is to be forward-looking. He affirmed, “Where you are at present is not really important; more important is where you wish to be in the future.” Drawing a parallel to his navy experience, he explained, “When you are out at sea, you can’t tell where you are by just gazing out into the vast expanse of water. The only thing that matters is where your destination is.”
Name: Gerry Chan Jun Wen
Polytechnic: Temasek Polytechnic
Year of Study: 2006 – 2009
Former Secondary School: Temasek Secondary School
- SAF MDES Study Award (for Polytechnic)
- Diploma in Telecommunications (Gold Medallist)
- SAF Local Study Award (for University)