Education

War of the Words

Many students enter a degree programme with no clue of what to expect. Some flounder and some survive but what matters most, according to one Law student, is finding your path by the time you graduate from the programme.

By Mabel Tan

If you are an aspiring lawyer, like 20-year-old Zeslene Mao, she has the one piece of advice for you: You really can’t tell how much you’ll like law school until you’re in it.

The NUS Undergraduate (Merit) Scholar initially wanted to major in English Literature but was convinced otherwise by her parents, who thought having a Law degree would be a better option.

Despite her initial apprehensions, the second-year Bachelor of Law student is now having the time of her life in university.

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Double Degrees, Infinite Possibilities


Left: Jin Wei Krishnan | Right: Lim Xin Yi

A double degree may require much more academic effort but to these two NTU students, developing oneself, meeting new people, and spending time in school fruitfully are just as important.

By Benjamin Lim

One would be surprised to learn that Jin Wei Krishnan, a Nanyang Scholarship recipient at NTU once envisioned a different educational path.

The 21-year-old initially wanted to study in an overseas university but on the advice of his family, Jin Wei decided that studying in a local institute would be more beneficial instead.

“When I was deciding on a university course after receiving my ‘A’ level results, it seemed natural for me to choose business and accountancy because both my parents are working in the industry,” says the ex-Innova Junior College student.

With all three universities in Singapore offering business degrees it was a tough decision to make, but after doing some research Jin Wei was ultimately won over by the Nanyang Business School (NBS) of NTU.

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Post-graduate qualifications: Is it worth it?


By JobsCentral editorial team

Further education is essential for career progression, or even survival, in the modern corporate world. Yet, there is a declining trend in the number of Singaporeans intending to upgrade their skill sets in recent years.

According to the 2011 JobsCentral Learning Rankings & Survey, which polled 3,413 Singapore residents between the ages of 16 and 65 between August and September 2011, about 3 out of every 10 respondents reveal that they have no intentions of pursuing further education – an increase from 2 in every 10 in 2009.

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1 in 5 expects to be paid at least 50% more after attaining better qualification

By Juliet Soh


70.3% of the respondents expect pay increases of at least 25% more after obtaining their next level of academic qualifications, according to the 2011 JobsCentral Learning Rankings & Survey. Further, 22.8% of young working adults expect to be paid at least 50% more.

A total of 3,413 respondents took the 2011 JobsCentral Learning Rankings & Survey, which was conducted online from August to September this year. The survey respondents were predominantly young working adults aged 21-40 years old. This survey has an error margin of 1.68%, at a 95% confidence level and has been conducted every year since 2009.

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The Chancellor Comes To Town

UC Berkeley is responsible for discovering 16 chemical elements, more than any other university in the world, and at least 66 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Berkeley – as alumni, faculty or researchers. We talk to the Chancellor when he dropped by Singapore for the Spring Reception at the Ritz Carlton.

By Farhan Shah

Established in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is one the world’s most renowned academic institutes for producing distinguished and talented graduates.

Recently coming in at fourth spot in the 2011 Times Higher Education University Ranking, UC Berkeley continually attracts some of the brightest minds to its campus despite experiencing cuts in funding from the state of California.

We talk to Robert Joseph Birgeneau, Chancellor of UC Berkeley, and find out more about the university, its numerous collaborations with Singapore, and what he plans to do after he finishes his term.

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How to choose a college that will get you hired

by Kaitlin Madden

One of the goals of researching a college before applying is to find out what life would be like if you chose to attend that school -- what your classes would be like, what kind of dorm room you'd live in, what you'd do on weekends and how far away from home you'd be.

But perhaps even more important than finding out what your life will be like while you're at school is to find out what it'll be like after you graduate.

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An Affordable Honours Degree Here Or Abroad

TMC Academy is one of the leading private education institutes in Singapore with its wide array of accredited degree courses. We talk to two students and find out how being a student in TMC Academy is like.

By Philip Tnee

For some tertiary students here, studying for a degree at a private school, be it locally or abroad, might sound like an expensive option, or even a pipe dream that is financially out of reach.

The lack of an Honours option in certain programmes is also a deterrent for people looking for recognition along with their degree.

These two concerns are addressed fully by TMC Academy’s (TMC’s) latest Mass Communications offerings from the University of Hertfordshire (UH) and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

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On Fish & Chips and Chilli Crab

23-year-old Hany shares her experiences discovering friendship and independence in the UK.

By Kevin Lim

Hany had, by her own admission, a “trouble-free childhood”.

Having lived her younger days safe in the comfort of home, Hany desired to take a leap of faith and challenge herself, and her ability to live independently, overseas.

Since young, Hany knew she wanted to be a lawyer and that was the reason why she chose to study a diploma in Law and Management instead of taking A-levels. In her opinion, it will provide a better foundation for her degree.

In fact, the internship opportunities during her polytechnic days made her even more determined to further her studies in Law.

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Those Who Can, Teach

Being a teacher is usually one of the most common aspirations of a child when growing up. Meet a scholar who took that dream and turned it into a career of a lifetime.

By Farhan Shah

When Ruth Yong was in Primary Three, she was already conducting classes from the comfort of her home. She would teach origami from a book and make her student read. Granted, she only had one pupil in her class, namely her younger sister.
“If she didn’t do anything the way I liked, she would either leave willingly or I would throw her out of the class,” Ruth reminisces with a laugh.

“But not to worry, I do not treat my students this way now,” she remonstrates jokingly.
Her love for teaching never diminished throughout her growing years as she drew inspiration from her educators throughout different stages of her life.

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