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Thread: A general thought on education

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    Quote Originally Posted by student
    You specialise in selling film cameras?
    no lah ... aiyo, getting further and further ... architect is a dying profession in case most of you didn't realise

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    no lah ... aiyo, getting further and further ... architect is a dying profession in case most of you didn't realise
    Architecture is dying cos construction been negative growth for dunno how many donkey years. However u could change ya field. Maybe something related to designing. I presume an architect need to be innovative and creative.

    I believe education is for knowledge. Dont worry abt not able to find jobs. The world is so big.. Go grobal... Im sure someone will need ya expertise in watever u do. Be confident and know wat u doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smsoh
    Architecture is dying cos construction been negative growth for dunno how many donkey years. However u could change ya field. Maybe something related to designing. I presume an architect need to be innovative and creative.

    I believe education is for knowledge. Dont worry abt not able to find jobs. The world is so big.. Go grobal... Im sure someone will need ya expertise in watever u do. Be confident and know wat u doing.
    i'm in japan now, can tell you safely it's a dying profession everywhere in the world. we do it for passion, otherwise we're just draftsmen

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    i'd rather take sth that i like a lot than sth that brings big bucks but brings along unhappiness as well
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    Sorry, I boh tak chey one.

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    my choice: none of the above. (tho i still polled for the sack of polling ha)

    bcos i always let my kids go for the things they like. money is secondary.

    i know people who are in the high paying job but hated their jobs. studied and got these jobs bcos of $ and they are very unhappy.

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    There is no reason why what you study should dictate what you do in life. Many people study law but become bankers, venture capitalists, financial planners, etc. Some go on to start their own companies. Others even become COO's or CEO's. And a famous one (Ong Keng Sen) even became the artistic director for Theatreworks. Another famous one (LKY) went on to become a Prime Minister.

    Hence I don't think that what you study now will pigeonhole you into any particular career path in future.

    As for whether a degree is marketable, that's unimportant. There is no reason why not studying a "marketable" degree should starve you per se. Your degree doesn't matter if you want to be a cleaner or work in Burger King or drive a taxi. You can always earn enough to feed yourself and live in a rented one-room flat.

    Ergo, your parents don't have to support you just because your degree is not "marketable".

    However, if you want to do more than feed yourself and live in a one-room flat, then it's a question of how badly you love to study literature vs how badly you want to have more material comforts. A professional degree does give you the ability to earn a certain income, which can fuel your passion for literature.

    Some people love to be starving artists. Others feel that they cannot enjoy art if they starve, and that to work as a full-time artist means having to pander to the demands of the market, which comromises their ability to produce real art. So they would rather be a banker in the day and a closet artist at night.

    You decide.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    i'm in japan now, can tell you safely it's a dying profession everywhere in the world. we do it for passion, otherwise we're just draftsmen
    That's interesting, I hadn't realised that architects were in the doldrums? If you dun mind sharing, what are the forces that are driving the profession that way?

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    The Construction industry links closely with Architects I believe.

    However, there are so many speciality areas within the architecture industry that I believe what eikin is referring to is the area of buildings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    i'm in japan now, can tell you safely it's a dying profession everywhere in the world. we do it for passion, otherwise we're just draftsmen
    Well said!

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    choice 2, of course
    choice 1 will make pp unhappy
    for choice 3, my advice is...nv collide ur interest with ur uni course or future job. that will just drive the interest out of u. Imagine 24/7 u are into the same thing. like if u like photography, go and take up a course that's ur 2nd or 3rd interest. or at least sth u don't mind. And if u r interested in sth, it's better for u to do research by urself rather than listening to the lecturer rumbling on.
    and can earn $ + support urself and family mah

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    I'd go for something I'd like..
    I'm interested to know of the many who choose choice 2, how you spot a rising star?

    Some stars just never rise, and some stars become suns overnight. A good friend of mine, almost failed A levels, got dumped into computer science/engineering because no other course would take him in (early/mid 90's), and graduated the year the government announced grand IT plans, made him super wanted everywhere due to talent shortage.

    Going choice 2 is the main reason why I personally know alot of university graduates without job. Everyone was rushing for Bioscience/Bioengineering (still is, due toe THE old man speaking good of it).. In the whole of Singapore there's like job opening for 10 people in this field, and no more forecasted till 2009..

    I personally know of many 1st class and 2nd upper bioscience/bioengineering graduates who can't get a single job related to to their degrees. (other than going back to work as lab assistants in NUS/NTU). One 1st class student ended up doing finance management (i.e. insurance selling) because she went 1/2 without a job. Many went on to study Masters in hope that when they are done, they'll be able to get jobs.
    In stark contrast, I've many friends from computer engineering who failed to attain honours, and are employed straight out of school, with starting salaries higher than students many other courses with honours.

    That said, I'll go with a marketable course.. Being very practical here.

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