For those aspiring for a degree, masters and above, let me remind you that NUS, NTU and SMU only have 25-30% Singaporeans. My MP told me about it in an email replying to my queries. That was back in 2010 I think. I still have the email.
Oh come on, there’s still private degrees here… Singapore is a hub for private university education. If you can’t get into local uni, go private lah… I can imagine ignorant people saying this to me… Well I took their advice and took up an RMIT degree in SIM.
When I got out to work, my friends in The Human Resource field told me my degree is considered 3rd class and no government agencies will hire you unless they very desperate. You are unrecognized, categorized perhaps in the diploma category. I was mindful that the government owns 60% of the economy here. Anyway, at the workplace, I knew paper qualifications didn’t matter as long as I am intelligent enough, adaptable and work hard. I’ve made it all by myself, in sales. I have mastered the art of persuasion. However, deep down, I know i don’t need the degree to qualify for the job.
Taking another degree for a career change etc in Singapore is not possible unless you have more than 100k minimum. That is you go overseas to a reputable university to get a recognized degree. For my case, armed with the RMIT business degree, and 4 years working experience, I applied for a masters degree in NTU, NUS and SMU. You know lah, confirm rejected. Only the part time MBA from uniSIM will consider me. I am not going to disappoint myself again. Then again, I considered accounting degree here in NTU or NUS. Its 3 years for a CPA. As I researched further, a CPA masters in the TOP 3 universities in Australia is only 2 years. Then, the idea of migration crept in…
There comes a time when the job becomes stale, lots of money with lots of uncertainty. You either move on to management, career change or upgrade yourself with a masters or another degree in another field of work. Initially, I have chosen management but that job was to manage and motivate your people to get the numbers. Looks good, but I was told to sell insurance, something which I never believed in. You sell a piece of shit telling your customers that its a pot of gold. I would never betray my conscious.
I did apply to some govt jobs and took interest in teaching. NIE never replied my application. Perhaps my degree sucked. Anyway, I had a couple of offers from my CEO customers to work for them. One from Melbourne and one to start a company for him in Singapore. I chose to start the company with him as a consultant and a shareholder. Did that only after i resigned from my bank job. I was paid handsomely. As for the Melbourne job, the CEO said he could wait for me until I finish masters degree in Brisbane. At that time, my mind was already set on migration as well as taking my masters degree.
I am not saying that a private overseas degree in Singapore is bad. It’s actually good in essence but then again you have 200-300 students to one lecturer, I doubt the situation helps. Besides, there is a systematic discrimination from Singapore inc. oh yah, I remembered from wikileaks some dumb ass civil servant claimed that Singapore don’t need too many university graduates.
Lastly, I want to point out that all local universities were built with the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors as well as taxpayers. To admit majority foreigners as well as funding their stay here is ridiculous. The funds should be channelled to young Singaporeans.