Education

Gaining an Edge with a Postgraduate Degree

We need to face the facts – a bachelor’s degree is now the de facto norm. You can no longer expect a degree to secure you the job of your dreams, and will often have to compete with other degree holders for the same jobs. And as the proportion of university graduates in the working population increases, you can only expect the competition to get tougher. But if a bachelor’s degree no longer confers the competitive edge it used to, what then? A visit to the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 will allow you to browse through a range of upgrading opportunities that will make you more marketable and versatile. (Read More Here!)

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Mid-Career Professionals: Time to Upgrade?

As an experienced working professional in Singapore, one of the reasons you may not be able to grow your careers in the desired direction is because of ‘qualification inflation’, whereby a large proportion of degree graduates enter the workforce every year. To distinguish yourself from your working peers, you may need to go beyond a Bachelor’s degree. And with the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 coming up next month, there’s never been a better time to upgrade yourself with a wide variety of further education courses. (Read More Here!)

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Entering the Workforce as a Diploma Holder

By Desiree Yang

In Singapore, choosing to enter the workforce without a degree is often considered the road less travelled, especially as the majority of society has come to see the paper chase as the only way to guarantee any form of financial security in the future. Many diploma holders also find it hard to enter a local university and have to turn to private education institutions or venture overseas. (Read More Here!)

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The Value of a Gap Year

By Desiree Yang

If you’ve been through Singapore’s education system, chances are, you’ve been through a dozen or so years of formal education before you enter university. For some, the thought of diving head-first into a three or four-year degree can be mighty daunting after studying for so long. Instead, all you might really want is a well-deserved break from the academic treadmill and a chance to let your tortured brain recuperate. (Read More Here!)

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Achieving like a Victorian


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By: Edmund Wang

It was a sunny afternoon at Victoria Junior College (VJC) on 1 March as the cohort of 2012 returned to familiar turf to receive their GCE ‘A’ Level Examination results. Upon entering the school grounds, we were greeted by the hustle and bustle that typifies many a school on this momentous occasion. Amidst the crowd and excitement, we noticed an enormous banner with the word “VJCTORY” emblazoned across. Now that’s school pride, we thought.

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Live with Passion. Lead with Compassion

By: Png Han Yong

The sweltering heat of a Friday afternoon greeted us as BrightSparks stepped into the grounds of Hwa Chong Institution (College Section), where the familiar scene of a typical school day played itself out - students walking around the campus, lounging on their class benches or laughing and chatting with friends.

But what caught the eye were the many teenagers in casual attire milling about the campus – recent graduates of HCI who were back for one purpose, and one purpose only: to collect their GCE ‘A’ Level results, which were the fruit of 2 years of dutiful study at HCI.

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6 Things to Consider before Studying Abroad

By Melainne Chiew

Looking for a change in environment while you take your education to the next level? Studying abroad can be your answer to a frightening new experience or a freeway to an exciting new world. Before you jump on the overseas education bandwagon, here are some things to consider:

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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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What I learnt in school and how I apply it to work

By Juliet Soh
I read Political Science in university. While most of my friends went on to soar in their careers as civil servants, where they meet with foreign delegates and make policies, I chose to be in the media industry - where I've always imagined myself to be in.

I toiled as a writer for lifestyle magazines for most of my work life, and realise that I don't need to understand international relations and diplomacy (my specialisation) in my article about the latest mascara that lengthens your lashes by 13 times.

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