Turning Flaw into Forte
Wong Kee Hui knows a thing about double-edged swords.
After all, his love for computers caused his studies to deteriorate in secondary school, after indulging in one too many computer games. Yet, this same love spurred him to enrol in the Nitec course in Info-Communications Technology, where he realised his potential in the network systems field.
His good results at ITE eventually earned him a spot in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) Network Systems & Security diploma course where he continued to shine.
While in poly, the computer whiz took on a part-time job to install security software to support himself alongside studying. There, he showed remarkable talent that his boss asked him to develop software for some customers.
The key highlight of his time in NP? His six-month internship with a software development company. “It was challenging as I had to work on several projects. One demanding task was to develop a programme to enable the client to easily retrieve data from various computer systems and present it as a dashboard. It was not something I had done before so I had to do a lot of self-learning. In the end, I managed to deliver and we had a happy client,” he shared.
Even though he has secured numerous awards and a place in Nanyang Technological University to read Computer Science, Kee Hui isn’t adamant on getting a degree. With a clear goal of embarking on a career as an IT security specialist, he is considering working in the field and taking up certification courses along the way instead.
Despite his rocky start, his resourcefulness and ability to think out of the box turned his weakness into his core strength and highlights the practical merits of pursuing a poly education.
Name: Wong Kee Hui
Polytechnic: Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Course: Network Systems & Security
Year of Study: Class of 2016
Former Secondary School: Westwood Secondary School
- Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal
- CISCO Silver Medal & Prize
- Global CloudXchange Prize
- NexWave Telecoms Prize
- Oneberry Technologies Prize