Ken Tan

Class of 2001 Diploma in Marketing

Former Reporter, The Nanyang Times

Ken is currently Vice President of Sales for a US-based company. He is also a Certified Career Coach, Sales Mentor and a Business Advisor for two start-ups in fast-moving consumer goods and e-commerce. 

We caught up with him to find out more about his journey in NYP and


You achieved great results in the Sales industry. What inspired you to embark on this route?

I was a quiet student in secondary school with only one key passion - football.  I didn't know what I wanted to do after graduation.  It was then that I came across the Diploma in Marketing Course in NYP. It sounded appealing and I guess it’s no harm trying out something fun and wacky.

After going through the lessons in NYP, I was certain that I’ve made the right choice. I enjoy building rapport, doing presentation and negotiating with people. The course ticked all the right boxes and I was glad that what I’ve picked up in marketing was applicable in my daily life.


About the Nanyang Times…

I believe that having fun in what you do is important. To make my life in NYP more fulfilling, I decide to further explore my interest as a reporter by joining The Nanyang Times, a newsletter for students by students.  I’d still remember those fun times covering various campus events and the most memorable one will be the news coverage of the best singer in NYP.


Contributing back to NYP…

I remembered how it felt when I was searching for a direction in school. Hoping to help graduating students in making career choices and guiding them in exploring various career pathways, I joined the NYP industry mentorship programs as a Career Advisor.  I’ve also conducted a hands-on workshop - The Real Experience of a Professional Salesperson with SBM where I shared my experience and the challenges I’ve encountered when I was growing the coconut water market.


Any advice for the graduating students?

My advice for fresh graduates is to focus on developing a core skill and turn it into mastery as no one knows you better than yourself. Remind yourself to stay humble in life and continuously improve yourself through learning.