Meet Audrey Foo Bao Yun
Talent: Health and Social Care
Institution/Organisation: Nanyang Polytechnic
Award/s: GOLD MEDALLIST & ‘BEST OF NATION’ in 42nd WorldSkills Competition
Audrey Foo’s WorldSkills experience has made her a tougher, better nurse.
At the age of 21, she – a Diploma in Nursing student from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) – emerged from the 42nd World Skills Competition in Leipzig, Germany with a Gold Award in the Health and Social Care category. She also netted the ‘Best of Nation’ award, for being the top performer among the Singapore’s competitors.
Fast forward to the present: Two years later, Audrey now works at a Staff Nurse at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital while pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing Science with Honours from the University of Manchester. Preparing for WorldSkills has taught Audrey crucial lessons about time management and critical thinking – attributes that allow her to juggle work and her studies.
She said: “The competition taught me that no dream is too big, and you should not let anything stand in your way. This keeps me motivated whenever I encounter obstacles in my life or career, and I am grateful to have learnt this beyond-the-textbook lessons through my WorldSkills experience. To me, the medal is a bonus because the journey is the real reward.”
She added: “Participating in this prestigious international competition also served as a tremendous stepping-stone for my career, and it gave me better prospects for furthering both my career and education.”
For the current Team Singapore participating in the WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Audrey has this piece of advice: “I hope current competitors who are undergoing training remember that ‘tough times don’t last, but tough people do’. Competing in World Skills is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the skills they pick up along the way will stay with them for a lifetime.”