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Project Title:
Flash Demo & Card Design

2Evolved Pte Ltd

Mr Alvin Sim
Mr Cedric Lee

Group Members:
Brandon Tan
Nicole de Silva

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Nicole's Reflections

Working with Men At Sea was a very exciting experience for me, mostly because I honestly jumped straight into the attachment without any prior knowledge of trading card games (a field I was to meddle in for a month), with my eyes wide open and my mind ready to learn.

As like any other start-up company, the company had no fixed work place and we spent most of our time at various card shops that sold Men At Sea cards. It was precisely because we did not have to face the same blank wall every day that we found everyday very different from the last and always learnt something new as we were work environment was constantly changing. A lot of our work for the flash demonstration and the card game design was done outside the time we spent at the shops and took up a lot of our time. One of the problems I faced was that of time management, having to turn up at school for PDP some afternoons after work and spending whatever was left of my day on the card design. As much as it made the month more hectic, I’m grateful for the opportunity that Men At Sea presented me to design a trading card to be a part of their future card pack.

In addition, we had the privilege of attending two sessions of an NUS Undergrad course in New Venture Creation on the second Tuesday of the attachment. The students there were friendly and very interested in finding out more about our attachment program. They also shared with us their entrepreneurial ideas and insights on their university life.

On the last week of the attachment, not only did I manage to FINALLY complete my card design, both Brandon and I took up the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship workshop at Gallery Hotel by Mr Douglas on 26 and 27 January 2010. Then first session was a lecture on New Venture Creation and was similar in term of content to the lecture we attended at NUS a few weeks back so we took it as a chance to revise what we had learnt. On the second day, we had a chance represent the company and do a short presentation in front of the rest of the people attending the workshop. I learnt that it is important not to disagree with the comments of the investors and that I should have turned the situation around by convincing him of my cause.

The most interesting thing I observed of the people in the attachment was how bilingual our external mentor, Mr Alvin, was. When talking to us and briefing us on our attachment, he sounded very professional in perfect English. However, when interacting with the players at the card shops, his tone immediately changes to a more relaxed one, speaking fluently in Mandarin.

We all know that social etiquette, punctuality and good work etiquette are a must in the working world, but it was only through this attachment did I really understand the importance of them all. One’s appearance is the first impression we make on our potential clients and investors so it is important to be neat, tidy and dressed appropriately depending on the location. For example, while at the card shops, we were asked to dress casually as that would make us look more approachable to the players as the shops are located in neighbourhood areas, whereas we were told to dress in business attire during the entrepreneurship workshop as we were representatives of the company in front of many professionals.

Overall, I'm very glad I had the chance to work with Men at Sea and am very thankful for all the learning opportunities that they presented us. I think my biggest take away from this whole experience was part on writing business proposals and scaling a business idea.

I'm glad went into this attachment with an open mind as now not only do I have something to add into my art portfolio, I have also developed an interest in entrepreneurship and have a few ideas to start my own in the future! The contacts I've made at NUS, at the workshop and at the company will be very useful in the future too!