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Thread: A general thought on education

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    Default A general thought on education

    Lets us all assume this scenario...

    U are 18, just fresh out of JC, got your glowing A level results and preparing to enter the next phrase of education to University, getting ur Bachelors and Honours. Your family isn't too well-to-do, working middle-class, your parents can comfortably see u thru Uni way after Honours without breaking their retirement piggy bank. But ur parents expect u to find a job cos they are not indefinitely rich to support u till u retire and croak.

    You've got a couple of choices now:
    1) A popular course, extremely marketable course after 3yrs. And will guarantee u big bucks, social status and be granted power beyond ur imagination after u graduate. But the area of studies doesn't really lie within ur personal interest.

    2) A not-so popular course. Not marketable currently, but foreseen to be one of the 'rising stars' in the job industry after 5yrs. Area of studies somewhat lies within ur personal interest.

    3) A 'dark horse'. This course is never known to be marketable in the local job industry and will never be (think along the lines of Philosophy and literature). However, u are extremely interested in this area of studies and is within ur personal interest.

    Which of these course would u take and state ur reasons for doing so.

    Juz wanna get a feel of what do ppl think of education these days.
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    My ideal education is along this line: 念书不是学知识, 而是学做人。

    It's about life-long learning... and about how one applies himself/herself in life...

    This is interesting... I'm looking forward to seeing the responses from others...

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    4) Take the money & start a business...
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    chosen 2, not because of future rising star, but because of have some interests in it yet can earn well enough for living.
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    take the one you like most.

    just like photography, if you give some1 who doesn't like photography a 1DsMkII he will still shoot badly

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    Really depends on wat u want..

    Are you the type tt like to plan, set goals and priorities... must set landmarks on your career path? If so, then stick something predictable and relatively risk-free tt u can plan ur future (by in these days of change, no job is really safe.. including the civil service).

    Sometimes, life can really throw u a real curve ball and u hav to make a decision on wat u want. Can share more but let's hear wat the other bros & sis hav to say...

    But at 18, my advice is to really do enjoy the whole learning process. U will reap wat u sow eventually.

    Wish I was 21 again

    (If 18 - must go thru NS again, dun wan!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsbn
    Lets us all assume this scenario...

    U are 18, just fresh out of JC, got your glowing A level results and preparing to enter the next phrase of education to University, getting ur Bachelors and Honours. Your family isn't too well-to-do, working middle-class, your parents can comfortably see u thru Uni way after Honours without breaking their retirement piggy bank. But ur parents expect u to find a job cos they are not indefinitely rich to support u till u retire and croak.

    You've got a couple of choices now:
    1) A popular course, extremely marketable course after 3yrs. And will guarantee u big bucks, social status and be granted power beyond ur imagination after u graduate. But the area of studies doesn't really lie within ur personal interest.

    2) A not-so popular course. Not marketable currently, but foreseen to be one of the 'rising stars' in the job industry after 5yrs. Area of studies somewhat lies within ur personal interest.

    3) A 'dark horse'. This course is never known to be marketable in the local job industry and will never be (think along the lines of Philosophy and literature). However, u are extremely interested in this area of studies and is within ur personal interest.

    Which of these course would u take and state ur reasons for doing so.

    Juz wanna get a feel of what do ppl think of education these days.
    While one maybe highly marketable the fact that you have no interest in it probably means you will not try that hard within the subject. Why study something for 3 years + which you may fail because your not interested in it? The whole point of university is to advance your knowledge in something your very interested in right?

    Id choose the one im interested in, I would work because id enjoy it, the research would be 'fun' because i want to know about the subject more, compared to the one im not interested in, where i will not work that hard and probs end up failing and dropping out.
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    Default Re: A general thought on education

    You've got a couple of choices now:
    1) A popular course, extremely marketable course after 3yrs. And will guarantee u big bucks, social status and be granted power beyond ur imagination after u graduate. But the area of studies doesn't really lie within ur personal interest.
    I assuming that though this is not as interesting to you but you are confident of achieving a good grade. If that is correct, go for No. 1). You have to get real, this is your future.... after settling on what's necessary for your future then pursue your interest whatever that is.

    2) A not-so popular course. Not marketable currently, but foreseen to be one of the 'rising stars' in the job industry after 5yrs. Area of studies somewhat lies within ur personal interest.
    3) A 'dark horse'. This course is never known to be marketable in the local job industry and will never be (think along the lines of Philosophy and literature). However, u are extremely interested in this area of studies and is within ur personal interest.
    Consult your parents in making these decisions, whether they disagree or agree with you, it goes a long way to show that you value their opinion.

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    'Marketable' is relative.

    Computing was popular. People flocked to it. End of the day it is still that the good ones get the better jobs.

    Engineering is popular. Alot of people take it. End of the day it is the good ones that get the better jobs. Many find that engineering is not for them and switch careers.

    My point is that whatever you choose, you have to work hard to be good in it. In such a case choosing something you have interest in will be extremely helpful. Otherwise you'll be one of the many drones churned out for work, doing something you don't like (no offense to anyone).

    If you are interested in Philosophy/Literature, you can do well in university, finish your honours and try to get a postgrad research scholarship. Lagi best. Supplement with teaching assistant (TA) duties, you can most probably get the same amount of $ (without CPF though !) as peers and work towards a postgrad degree.

    However the risk is that what makes you so sure you WILL be interested in this "dark horse" subject ? Your current perception of the subject might be vastly different from what is taught/concentrated on in university. Best is ask your teachers or peers who have been through it.

    cheers

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    1. Lawyers work their butt off, are considered by society to be the scum of the earth, and the drop-out rate is very high. Apparently you also have to sell your soul to the devil.

    2. Casino management is new. If you get in early, you have the prospect of becoming the top echelon management. But then they can always import foreign talent to replace you if you become too expensive. This one also have to sell your soul to the devil.

    3. Photography is a satisfying hobby, but can be tough as a full time profession. You also work your butt off. Top photographers are paid very well, but the rest slog in obscurity photographing weddings and hawker centre signboards. At least you get to keep your soul.

    You can always drop out like what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did. But then every year a few million non-Bill-Gates also drop out and end up pumping petrol at the station.

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    key word in whatever you choose to do...

    master it and EXCEL!!!

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    None of the 3 0ptions.

    Study to enrich the mind not the pocket.

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    Was taking the MRT on a route lesser travelled today and saw an article that caught my eye, "The rush of students taking corporate law is due to the market demand..." somewhere along this line.

    It made me wonder, study for money or for knowledge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetShooter
    1. Lawyers work their butt off, are considered by society to be the scum of the earth, and the drop-out rate is very high. Apparently you also have to sell your soul to the devil.

    2. Casino management is new. If you get in early, you have the prospect of becoming the top echelon management. But then they can always import foreign talent to replace you if you become too expensive. This one also have to sell your soul to the devil.

    3. Photography is a satisfying hobby, but can be tough as a full time profession. You also work your butt off. Top photographers are paid very well, but the rest slog in obscurity photographing weddings and hawker centre signboards. At least you get to keep your soul.

    You can always drop out like what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did. But then every year a few million non-Bill-Gates also drop out and end up pumping petrol at the station.
    Interesting look on life but it's true.

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    can't vote, i'm in a dying profession

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    Threadstarter said the family have just broke the retirement piggy bank, so I guess putting food on the table is pretty high on priority.

    I would love to say....to hell with pay, I will study what interest me even if I end up not getting a job.....but reality is we have to trade money for food, so I will go for 1st choice.,but it is important not to lose track of your interest, so once the dough have been taken care of , I will take care of the interest part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    can't vote, i'm in a dying profession
    You are not saying funeral service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikonnew
    Threadstarter said the family have just broke the retirement piggy bank, so I guess putting food on the table is pretty high on priority.

    I would love to say....to hell with pay, I will study what interest me even if I end up not getting a job.....but reality is we have to trade money for food, so I will go for 1st choice.,but it is important not to lose track of your interest, so once the dough have been taken care of , I will take care of the interest part.
    Erm... nope. In case u did not see it or misunderstood...

    your parents CAN comfortably see u thru Uni way after Honours WITHOUT breaking their retirement piggy bank. But ur parents expect u to find a job cos THEY ARE NOT INDEFINITELY RICH to support u till u retire and croak.
    "Wonders of the Human Mind. Unfathomable to the highest degree."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion
    You are not saying funeral service?
    erm, that's a growing profession, more people = more funerals, how can that be a dying profession?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    erm, that's a growing profession, more people = more funerals, how can that be a dying profession?

    You specialise in selling film cameras?

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