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Jonathan Tan Ser Ern

Please tell us more about where you are currently working at and what you are doing.

I am currently working as a policy officer in the civil service.

What made you choose to do a degree in Social Sciences and why choose to do it in SMU?

I chose to do a degree in SMU Social Sciences as it offered students a unique pedagogy that stood out from what was being offered by other universities locally – Seminar-based learning environments, hands-on practicum, and application of knowledge to solve real-world problems.

How has your education in the social sciences been useful to you at the workplace?

My education in the social sciences has taught me to approach a real-world problem from multiple perspectives, engage in critical analysis and most importantly, leading me to craft in-depth, well-thought out solutions.

Do you have any advice for your juniors that are currently in SOSS or for those who are planning to join the SOSS family?

To my juniors, make full use of every opportunity to learn as much as you can from your Profs – they hold within them a wealth of knowledge – and also enjoy every moment of SOSS life.

To prospective students, if you have always held a fascination towards social issues – be it at the domestic or global level – SMU School of Social Sciences provides a conducive environment that is laden with many resources, and will be an excellent starting point to begin your inquiry into the social sciences.

Last updated on 13 Sep 2017 .