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    Hi Falcon,
    An honours degree will be better than no honours at all. Esp in the public sector (govt). Think that you should go for it. As a graduate you are expected to handle more responsibilities like running an IT project and so on. You may do some coding but if you do not intend to specialise in one area, then most likely you will find most of your time spent on gathering requirements and fixing bugs.

    The extra certs (MCSE, Cisco) in themselves are not useful if you have zero experience.

    Guess you have to weigh the opportunity cost of both choices.
    Btw, job market now is not too hot now...

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    Definitely. Don't worry about earning your salary too earlier. Knowledge is invaluable. If you have time, go for a part time master also can. If you are really crazy, PhD can kill more of your time.

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    Yeah ... recruitment is really minimal. Only take in when there are new projects.

    At the end of the day, you have to decide what you feel is the best for you. You can have the paper, but make sure you have the experience .. otherwise it is rather worthless.

    My 2 cents

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    Thanks for the information, klause. Do u know where can I find out more abt the courses they offer?


    For me i reckon u'll be better off saving ur time pursueing something else better than getting caught up in this paper chase juz to get a 'gd job that pays' thus ultimately getting stuck in the rat race.
    Thanks for the advice.

    Like I say, I do not provide the answers but u yrself have to find answers to these questions so that u gain a better understanding of what yr next course of action shld be. Gd luck.
    Thanks jeff for taking the time to write out the long list of questions. I must admit I do not have the ans for some of the questions.

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    Originally posted by tomshen
    Definitely. Don't worry about earning your salary too earlier. Knowledge is invaluable. If you have time, go for a part time master also can. If you are really crazy, PhD can kill more of your time.
    For now, I dun see the few additional modules in the HONS stream as being useful.(I might be wrong) This is one of the reasons why am I considering dropping out.

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    Originally posted by Zplus

    Guess you have to weigh the opportunity cost of both choices.
    Btw, job market now is not too hot now...
    Big headache.

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    Originally posted by Retro

    At the end of the day, you have to decide what you feel is the best for you. You can have the paper, but make sure you have the experience .. otherwise it is rather worthless.

    My 2 cents
    Totally agree.

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    Originally posted by Falcon
    For now, I dun see the few additional modules in the HONS stream as being useful.(I might be wrong) This is one of the reasons why am I considering dropping out.
    during our academic years, we often feel that we're learning stuff that's useless.

    now, with 2 years of working experience, I realize that I'm using close to nothing of what I learnt in my university years.

    but then again, a close friend had once said to me before... our time in university is has made us we are today. i find it very true.

    fret not about what the subject is about, or how well you are doing compared to your peers. what matters most is how you carry yourself and your attitude towards learning.

    life is not all about paper qualifications. i don't have any IT related qualifications, but here i am working as a software engineer.

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    Originally posted by Falcon
    For now, I dun see the few additional modules in the HONS stream as being useful.(I might be wrong) This is one of the reasons why am I considering dropping out.
    We learn the METHODOLOGY of learning in university. In that way, you can pick up anything quickly so long as u know how to find reference and, more importantly, how to think. If u deem university education as merely a few courses, you might be misleading, my friend.

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    but then again, a close friend had once said to me before... our time in university is has made us we are today. i find it very true.

    fret not about what the subject is about, or how well you are doing compared to your peers. what matters most is how you carry yourself and your attitude towards learning.

    We learn the METHODOLOGY of learning in university. In that way, you can pick up anything quickly so long as u know how to find reference and, more importantly, how to think.
    Tks alot! U guys have helped me see things in a different perspective. All that I considered was being pointless to waste another year of time and money if I can't get 2nd upper and above. Shame on me.

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    Have you ever considered if you can take up a second specialisation? This I mean studying something else that you can apply that knowlegde in programming (I am assuming that you are into stuff like programming), e.g. accounting software (dead boring but pays well) or financial software (risk management software, various types of risk management techniques, must be good in maths and pays very well). Don't know what else it can be applied to, cause I am a pure accounting/finance person.

    Ultimately, whatever you study, what sets you apart from others is your ability to distinguish yourself from your peers. You might like to consider this. I know I did, and I don't regret it especially in tough job market conditions like this.

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    Your degree is important - not so much what salary it brings but what you got out of the education system. The system in Singapore is not great but it's better than many others.

    You should figure out why you do better if you are not worrying about the marks. I have no idea what the courses are like nor what the exams, tests etc expect but focus on learning - not on results.

    When hiring entry level people, I do look at their education levels but I am much more interested in their attitude and ability to contribute as part of a larger team. I have hired people without degrees simply because I thought that they would be the best fit for the job.

    In short, just concentrate on doing your best in your studies and enjoy your time in school because life only gets tougher after that. Perseverence and dedication do show through as valuable character attributes.

    I hear too many people lamenting about graduates (varied results) having bad attitudes. This single factor counts for much more than whether you have a 1st, 2nd Upper etc.

    I hope this helps and good luck with your studies.

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    The honours year isn't all about how much more pay you're going to get with it. It is a priviledge opportunity to be involved in more in-depth research work.

    Also, if you intend to pursue further studies or a career in research, you _must_ have a good honours degree to be eligible for Eng or CS Masters and PhD courses in most reputable universities.
    Last edited by Acieed; 29th June 2003 at 07:34 PM.

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