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Keppel Offshore And Marine Scholarship Essay


I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Keppel Offshore & Marine.


I was contacted by an HR executive about a week after a job fair who scheduled an interview for the following week. Keppel Shipyard itself is very far from the MRT, so make sure you reach Boon Lay about an hour before you intend to reach, the bus ride took 40 minutes for me. (I believe the company provides shuttle buses for their full-time employees) In addition, none of the HR had prepared me for a long wait for the security (It took me 20 minutes), hence I ended up being late. They only mentioned to arrive half an hour before my scheduled time to complete administrative document, but only managed to arrive 10 minutes earlier at the office. The office is a long walk from the security as well, do take note and give yourself ample leeway. I believe this might be one of the reasons my interviewers were extremely harsh on me.

The start was steady and the usual questions like tell me about your experiences, strengths and weaknesses etc. Slowly, one of them strongly fixated on the fact that I had no relevant experience. He also asked me questions related to the role which differed from my previous experiences, so I was not the most prepared. He felt I had no understanding of the industry and company, which I admit is true, but I assumed that these were things that could be learnt on the job since they were the ones who selected me for an interview. He mentioned that the role is extremely boring, routine based with a lot of paperwork and long hours. In my opinion, this interviewer was also extremely unprofessional, rude and condescending because he laughed and rolled his eyes at my answers. At that point, I knew that this company, this type of employers and this role was not for me, so I withdrew on the spot. In addition, I felt I was misinformed about the management associate program during the job fair because I was under the impression there was rotation within various roles within the team. During the interview, they told me the rotation is to orientate you with operations, which frankly every company does at the start.

Overall, the reason I put this as a very easy interview is because I knew immediately through the interview that I would be terribly unhappy for working with a company and people that believe putting down your potential employees is the way to go, especially when the current best practices clearly indicate that how important the interview process is in a person's decision to take up a job in the company. As successful as Keppel is world-wide and in Singapore, throwing around an extremely high bonus does not give you a ticket to be rude and condescending. Also, in my personal opinion, the returns on these long hours are extremely poor, there are other companies and jobs (such as investment bankers, recruitment consultants, lawyers etc.) with a better environment and culture that provide better pay, progression and respect. Keppel needs to step up in all aspects of the HR processes, from recruitment to compensation to work-life balance.

Interview Questions

  • Why should we hire you when you have no relevant experience?   Answer Question
Keppel Offshore & Marine 2014-10-18 20:48 PDT

We offer aspiring talents opportunities to be immersed in a challenging and dynamic global working environment.

Offshore and marine is a highly specialised industry that requires a constant pool of talents with the right skills to support its growth and development.

At Keppel O&M, we offer many exposure and development opportunities for youths aspiring to be a part of our dynamic industry. These include various scholarships, internships and industry projects that allow talents to immerse themselves in the exciting world of offshore and marine.

Keppel Group Scholarship  | Keppel Offshore & Marine Scholarships | Joint Scholarships with ASMI  |  Internships  |  Employee Development Scheme

Keppel Group Scholarship

The Keppel Group Scholarship provides individuals with excellent academic and co-curricular records the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate studies in local universities and opportunities to grow in the Keppel Group.

Value of Award
Each scholarship will provide for:
• Tuition fees
• Annual allowance of S$12,000
• Reimbursement of computer/notebook purchases of up to S$2,000 
• Reimbursement of air tickets and hostel fees incurred for university exchange programmes
• Local or overseas vacation attachments in sponsoring companies to enrich classroom learning

Click here to find out more about the Keppel Group Scholarship

Scholarship applications open in February each year and close two weeks after the release of the GCE ‘A’ Level results. Interested applicants may drop us an email at

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Keppel Offshore & Marine Scholarships

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) offers scholarships at the Higher Nitec, Diploma and Undergraduate level. The scholarship packages provide deserving students, who have the passion in the offshore and marine industry, with a rewarding career.

Educational InstitutionsScholarship TypeCourses/DisciplinesBenefitsBond Duration
Keppel O&M - Undergraduate Scholarship

National University of Singapore

Nanyang Technological University




  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Electronics & Electrical
  • Civil
  • Industrial & Systems
Annual AllowanceTotal years of study under scholarship award 
Singapore Institute of Technology (Newcastle)Full-term 


  • Electrical Power
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Engineering
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees
  • Annual Allowance
  • Overseas exchange and Notebook Allowance  
Total years of sudy plus one year
Singapore Institute of Technology (Newcastle)Mid-term


  • Electrical Power
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Engineering
  • Offshore Engineering
Annual AllowanceTwo years
Keppel O&M - Diploma Scholarship

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Singapore Polytechnic 

Mid-term / Full-term


  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Marine & Offshore Technology
  • Automation & Mechatronics Systems
  • Civil Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Electrical & Electronic
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees
  • Annual Allowance
  • Notebook Allowance  
Total years of study under scholarship award
Keppel O&M - Higher Nitec Scholarship
Institute of Technical EducationMid-term / Full-term

 Higher NITEC in:

  • Marine & Offshore Technology
  • Offshore & Marine Engineering Design
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
Annual Allowance Total years of study under scholarship award 

Who can apply

The scholarship awards are open to students with: 
• Interest in building a career in the offshore & marine industry
• Passion for engineering
• Good academic results and CCA records
• Leadership qualities
• Strong alignment with Keppel O&M core values

Students interested in applying for the Keppel O&M Scholarship would be recommended to undergo their official internship with Keppel Offshore & Marine business divisions during their vacation periods.

Application period:
• Jan - Mar
• Jun - Aug

To find out more or to request for an application form, drop us an email at

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Joint Scholarships with ASMI

Keppel O&M offers scholarships jointly with the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and its member companies.

For enquiry, please write to

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We offer internships for Higher NITEC, Polytechnic and University students who are keen to gain valuable work experience before starting their careers in this industry.

Internship placements are subjected to the skills level and job experiences of the applicant. Students interested in an internship with us may send your resume to and state the job category you wish to apply for.

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Employee Development Scheme (EDS)

Keppel O&M provides sponsorships for deserving staff who would want to continue their studies through the Employee Development Scheme (EDS). This scheme will equip the staff with the relevant skills to apply to the company based on the knowledge gained from the schools.

The sponsorships includes
• Diplomas
• Specialist Diplomas
• Bachelor Degrees
• Masters degree
• PhD

The school may range from the local institutions to recognised overseas institutions, subject to approvals from the Management.

For more information on the sponsorship scheme, please contact

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