Sharanya Pillai

Year CS'17:

For Sharanya Pillai, a journalist at The Business Times, her job allows her to find interesting human stories beyond numbers.

She said the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information gave her a good foundation in basic reporting skills, which helped her hit the ground running when she first started out as a writer at The Edge Singapore upon graduation.

During her time there, Sharanya’s story, ‘Are Contractors Ready to Run’, was nominated under the ‘Story of the Year – Securities’ category of the inaugural SGX Orb Awards.

And while Sharanya enjoyed studying about current affairs back in junior college, she was never completely sure about pursuing journalism as a career.

However, this changed during her GoFar trip to Iran in 2016, one of the highlights of her time at WKWSCI.

Although she was initially excited to go on the trip, she quickly realized that it was not entirely easy. As a researcher, she had to think on her feet, in order to churn out feasible and interesting stories in a short period of time.

“It was really a challenging experience as it forced us to be as resourceful as we could,” Sharanya said.

She added that the wide range of modules offered in WKWSCI gave her an opportunity to build her contacts, and strengthen her portfolio.

A module she remembers taking was business journalism, taught by lecturer Jessica Tan, which equipped her with skills such as reading and interpreting financial statements.

In addition, the support Sharanya has received from the school has helped her remain versatile in the media industry, which she feels is important for graduates.

“The job market is constantly changing, so it’s important for us to stay adaptable. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help,” she said.