Other ways to gain hands-on experience are:
Lots of great advice here.
I’d say that in Singapore as you are free to work in the field there are a lot of roles available that fit your requirements in FSI, Shipping, Tech, government etc. Most MNCs in cyber/tech have offices here and there are not enough talented people to go round(I owe my time in Singapore to this) - you’re a sought after commodity (interested/young), and while you’re not in a ‘name your price’ position I’d not see you having too many problems securing something that gets you the experience you need.
My recommendation would be to meet as many folks as you can, and when the time comes interview for some roles and sign up for the cybersecurity job that interests you, has the people you like/can learn from and offers the right personal development.
If it interestes you could push you career further along even further as post-graduate via a scholarship(you are probably aware - subsidised education plus something a bit like the UKs civil service fast track) - if you are eligble(pretty sure you would be as you are serving NS) you sign a bond, and this limits you in the market, but you’ll get some excellent experience(I’ve been impressed by the folks I’ve met who were on this program - not saying I’ve met them all mind):
*this included for folks outside Singapore who are interested.
Wow, interesting. But I have already got my degree from NTU and have started work. I did not know anything like this few years back and I do wonder if these are the new and recent initiatives.
But nevertheless, I started this thread is to facilitate such discussions for aspiring students & NSFs in Singapore as well as overseas folks who are in position to influence such decisions which can take reference here.
Ah right, apologies, wrong end of the stick.
The scholarship program I think is open for bachelors, it’s probably aligned to output from the polytechnics, but the link I put in was actually for post graduate study, so might still be applicable to your case.
Govtech and CSA are definitely driving cybersecurity, I’d say I noticed it getting 2-3 years ago when I got asked to do a quick presentation on machine learning for a conference(SID), about the time CSA came into existence.