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What course to take when working?
« on: October 25, 2015, 11:32:07 pm »
if i want to improve my prospects in life,
what studies or courses should i take?

i tried going for MBA preview at SMU, the head of MBA is this indian guy, very smart.. i feel can learn a lot at their MBA, but my colleagues told me MBAs are useless now....  :(

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2015, 09:19:58 am »
if i want to improve my prospects in life,
what studies or courses should i take?

i tried going for MBA preview at SMU, the head of MBA is this indian guy, very smart.. i feel can learn a lot at their MBA, but my colleagues told me MBAs are useless now....  :(

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 10:50:52 pm »
i'm taking a business degree in SIM while working full time now. SUPER xiong.. everyday very tired.. after work rush to school or do assignments. i'm looking forward to graduating (finally, in my final yr!) and maybe changing to a new job!

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2015, 09:19:15 am »
if i want to improve my prospects in life,
what studies or courses should i take?

i tried going for MBA preview at SMU, the head of MBA is this indian guy, very smart.. i feel can learn a lot at their MBA, but my colleagues told me MBAs are useless now....  :(

i did my masters in engineering while working part time as i couldn't afford doing it full time upon graduation due to financial constraints. that took 2.5 years and its like a mini milestone for me becoz i wanted to get my masters before 30 back then. i consider that as a course becoz i was continuously learning new things. i recommend you take an MBA if you're prepared for a rigorous 2-3 years ahead.

now im going for PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and the final exam is in end december. the PMP certification exam content is really heavy, i'm still struggling with juggling with work and studying for this exam. :( i recommend this certification if you're willing to commit your weekdays and weekends for intensive revision for at least 6 months.

of coz i also took up short 3 days courses like microsoft excel expert, word expert and got myself certified (the exam is 2 hours). such courses are content intensive for the first 3 days and the last 4 hours on the last day are left for a simulation exam and the final 2h exam. that one not much preparation, just listen in class and bear with the extremely dry content for 2-3 days.

assuming i pass my PMP exam (failure rate quite high for this one :-[) i'm planning to do my micromasters in supply chain mgt with MIT. im also considering if i shd do a masters in proj mgt with nus, but not anytime soon i guess.. i think im addicted to learning new stuff sometimes :)
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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2015, 10:28:49 am »
i did my masters in engineering while working part time as i couldn't afford doing it full time upon graduation due to financial constraints. that took 2.5 years and its like a mini milestone for me becoz i wanted to get my masters before 30 back then. i consider that as a course becoz i was continuously learning new things. i recommend you take an MBA if you're prepared for a rigorous 2-3 years ahead.

now im going for PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and the final exam is in end december. the PMP certification exam content is really heavy, i'm still struggling with juggling with work and studying for this exam. :( i recommend this certification if you're willing to commit your weekdays and weekends for intensive revision for at least 6 months.

of coz i also took up short 3 days courses like microsoft excel expert, word expert and got myself certified (the exam is 2 hours). such courses are content intensive for the first 3 days and the last 4 hours on the last day are left for a simulation exam and the final 2h exam. that one not much preparation, just listen in class and bear with the extremely dry content for 2-3 days.

assuming i pass my PMP exam (failure rate quite high for this one :-[) i'm planning to do my micromasters in supply chain mgt with MIT. im also considering if i shd do a masters in proj mgt with nus, but not anytime soon i guess.. i think im addicted to learning new stuff sometimes :)

wow auntie sotong has a huge appetite for knowledge. I think my 9 lives would be used up at the study + working full time phase already...

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2015, 10:58:38 am »
wow auntie sotong has a huge appetite for knowledge. I think my 9 lives would be used up at the study + working full time phase already...

no lah... to each his own..   ;D ;D
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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2015, 11:06:03 am »
no lah... to each his own..   ;D ;D

@littlesotong auntie sotong, how do you find the motivation to go for classes everyday after work? Even if I managed to drag myself to attend the lesson, my brain would be switched off due to tiredness liao :(

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2015, 01:06:28 pm »
if i want to improve my prospects in life,
what studies or courses should i take?

i tried going for MBA preview at SMU, the head of MBA is this indian guy, very smart.. i feel can learn a lot at their MBA, but my colleagues told me MBAs are useless now....  :(

I think MBA is good if you are already in a management role. However, if you are thinking of using MBA as a stepping stone to get a higher paid job, i doubt it because I feel that MBA is used to supplement your career because you need experience in managing staff.

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2015, 01:13:57 pm »
In retrospect, it seems many successful businessmen only take their private degree/MBA after they have gotten their first pot of gold. It's like filling in the gaps.

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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2015, 11:19:26 pm »
if i want to improve my prospects in life,
what studies or courses should i take?

i tried going for MBA preview at SMU, the head of MBA is this indian guy, very smart.. i feel can learn a lot at their MBA, but my colleagues told me MBAs are useless now....  :(
I think the more important question is what is the goal in your life. For example, if you are in an Engineering & Manufacturing company, you can:

(1) Aim to go along the managerial track. i.e. learn leadership, motivational, budgeting skills.

(2) Aim to go along technical track. i.e. learn more technical topics, learn technical communication and mentoring skills.

MBA is good when you have worked for 3-4 years at least. The course is mainly project base and the inputs to your project are best sourced from your current company.
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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2016, 09:13:39 am »
i did my masters in engineering while working part time as i couldn't afford doing it full time upon graduation due to financial constraints. that took 2.5 years and its like a mini milestone for me becoz i wanted to get my masters before 30 back then. i consider that as a course becoz i was continuously learning new things. i recommend you take an MBA if you're prepared for a rigorous 2-3 years ahead.

now im going for PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and the final exam is in end december. the PMP certification exam content is really heavy, i'm still struggling with juggling with work and studying for this exam. :( i recommend this certification if you're willing to commit your weekdays and weekends for intensive revision for at least 6 months.

of coz i also took up short 3 days courses like microsoft excel expert, word expert and got myself certified (the exam is 2 hours). such courses are content intensive for the first 3 days and the last 4 hours on the last day are left for a simulation exam and the final 2h exam. that one not much preparation, just listen in class and bear with the extremely dry content for 2-3 days.

assuming i pass my PMP exam (failure rate quite high for this one :-[) i'm planning to do my micromasters in supply chain mgt with MIT. im also considering if i shd do a masters in proj mgt with nus, but not anytime soon i guess.. i think im addicted to learning new stuff sometimes :)
Didn't know @littlesotong so studious, gave you a like!

At least the spamming helps to stir up some old topics.  :P
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Re: What course to take when working?
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2016, 11:56:05 am »
Its better to study something that will land you a better job in the future.
Studying is a lifelong process...
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http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/moe-strengthen-aptitude-based-admission-polytechnics-universities

If you are taking a course solely to improve your salary, I think you will end up grinding through it which may improve your resume at the expense of performance in your current job.

I agree with the points made by Mr Ong Ye Kung in the above article so I think it is better to choose a course which you will enjoy learning.
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http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/moe-strengthen-aptitude-based-admission-polytechnics-universities

If you are taking a course solely to improve your salary, I think you will end up grinding through it which may improve your resume at the expense of performance in your current job.

I agree with the points made by Mr Ong Ye Kung in the above article so I think it is better to choose a course which you will enjoy learning.

I think they should have a "special" admission for those who are already in their 25-30 because most youngsters do not know what their interests are. Most likely, they just study any course that their grades land them in etc. However, when one is more mature and with enough "life" experiences, they would more or less have an idea what their interests are. For those who have received heavy subsidies (from govt) for their first degree, they should be paying a higher tuition fees as compared to those who are first timers.

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For those who have received heavy subsidies (from govt) for their first degree, they should be paying a higher tuition fees as compared to those who are first timers.
I think something like that is already in place but for those who are taking their master's or grad diploma  from the uni that they graduated from in the 1st place, the uni usually offers some other form of discount.
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