Mrs. Mok likes to have her office neat and clean
Upon entering her office, I was immediately welcomed by a warm smile. I was meeting Deputy Director of the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), Mrs. Helen Mok. Her office was a cosy room with potted plants by the window and documents arranged neatly on shelves.
Donned in a crisp black dress, the 51-year-old Mrs Mok spoke about her career development in CASS.
“I love challenges. I love to know more people. I knew then that I wanted to have a hand in staff and student development,” she says.
One School, Many Opportunities
Mrs. Mok joined Singapore Polytechnic as a lecturer some 13 years ago. Yet in this span of time, her journey has encompassed a myriad of experiences. She was involved in the launching of the Diploma of Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP), the Youth Model ASEAN Conference, and school programmes like General Education, Social Innovation Project (SIP) and Singapore Polytechnic Outstanding Talent (SPOT) programme. Her job requires her to communicate frequently with key management and officers across schools and departments. Such opportunities have honed her public speaking skills, and provided her with first-hand experience in planning, organising, and executing events.
Mrs. Mok (second row, sitting, third from right) with lecturers at the YMAC event
Miss Leong (left) remains one of Mrs. Mok’s fondest memories of SP
The school may have undergone lots of changes, but Mrs. Mok still remembers the time when Blackboard was first introduced, which greatly facilitated her teaching. She says that more advanced gizmos and social media have pervaded teaching nowadays, and “there is a need to move forward”.
A dear friend and colleague whom Mrs. Mok will never forget is Miss Leong Yoke Mui. She shared the same office with her for many years.
“She had a loud voice, was funny and always speaking to us in Cantonese. Yoke Mui was big hearted in many ways and she was loved by all those who knew her when she was alive. She remains one of my fondest memories of SP,” Mrs. Mok reminisces.
A Quiet Lifestyle
Outside of work, Mrs Mok prefers a life centred around the family.
“When I am not working, I will stay at home and spend time playing with my dogs. I guess that is my lifestyle,” she quips.
She enjoys being in solitude. She prefers staying at home to going out.
Hopes and Wishes
For fresh graduates leaving SP, Mrs. Mok shares the following hopes and wishes: “Everyone will leave SP with some fond memories. I hope they continue to be proud of SP and live the vision of inspired learners, serving with mastery.”
-- Interviewed and written by Choong Deng Xiang, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media, School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences