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Old 31st January 2012, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Im setting up this thread to discuss about most of the common misconception of a Diploma course.

Firstly, i will be starting off with the word, " Practical ". Even if u had attain a good O level result(Below 10 pts), and u get yourself into a courses that indeed needs to have a good COP to get in, but u must know what are the jobs available after u graduated from the course. Eg. Most ppl wanna be a DJ in a local Radio station. But do u think every year, our local radio stations will recruit ALL the few hundred diploma students?

Secondly, Arts and designs matters. Misconceptions is that if u get into a Arts school, Eg. Lasalle or NAFA, u will have a hard time getting a job related to waht u studied. But do u think u can get into a job u wanted when u go on to one of the 5 Poly's design school when u guys are studying the same Diploma? Not to say, NAFA and Lasalle are specialised in Arts and Design, who will stand the chance?

Getting into a Poly doesn't means a definite sercured future. It all depends on your interest, passion, perserverance and also hardwork in the Course. If u are getting in to a Poly for the sake of a Poly, rest assure, ur job/further education after ur graduation will sure to differ from what u studied in Poly.

For those aiming for art schools like NAFA or Lasalle, do not be discouraged by people whom says u will have a dull future ahead of you. THINK. If a school renown for its Arts and Design can't produce good student, do u think the 5 other polys can produce a even better ones? I mean, i saw alot ppl saying this, " Aiya, dun go NAFA/Lasalle la, waste ur time, in the end can't get a Job. I rather u go to ****-Poly to study their Design course. "

This is ignorant. If studying in a specialised sch cant give u a good future, do u think studying in a school not FULLY concentrated on Design/Art concepts can give u a BRIGHTER future?


Please be practical, intelligent and realistic when planning ur Diploma course. I had seen people from Fully PRIVATE diploma schools getting ALOT better pays than normal poly students. Don't just follow the crowd and end up wasting ur 3years.

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Old 31st January 2012, 08:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

I do agree with you that choosing a diploma does depend on mostly passion for it.
But now I'm facing a problem. I have been asking myself "What am I most interested in?" Unfortunately, I cant find the answer. So right now, my choices are basically a business course in TP.
Retail management or Leisure & Resort management? any advice?

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Old 31st January 2012, 09:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

just go JC lah.brighter future

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Originally Posted by matthew93 View Post
just go JC lah.brighter future
This is an even worse suggestion.. JC syllabus is not easy. You screw up your A levels, you can bury the 2 years of your life that you just wasted.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

And if ur jc and dun end up in uni, theres a chance u get the pay of an ITE if im not wrong cuz the stuffs done in ITE is like 1k times more revelent than what u do in jc in the outside world. Go poly for any type of engineering courses, u wun go wrong until wer one lol . .

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

in singapore you spend your 18 good years studying and having fun thinking about what u might want to do in the future by the time you it around 20ish? you'll know what to do be it by force you need a job or u just landed one and unfortunately for the guys by that time you have to waste 2 goods years in NS

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Originally Posted by IzumiAiko View Post
Secondly, Arts and designs matters. Misconceptions is that if u get into a Arts school, Eg. Lasalle or NAFA, u will have a hard time getting a job related to waht u studied. But do u think u can get into a job u wanted when u go on to one of the 5 Poly's design school when u guys are studying the same Diploma? Not to say, NAFA and Lasalle are specialised in Arts and Design, who will stand the chance?
Yeah. I agree with this. Most employers in the industry prefer NAFA/lasalle grads over poly grads.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

IN CONCLUSION.SINGAPORE EDUCATION IS ****ED UP,NUFF SAID ._.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Originally Posted by haruagio View Post
IN CONCLUSION.SINGAPORE EDUCATION IS ****ED UP,NUFF SAID ._.
Go through the education system in a few other countries first before you make that statement.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

For those who have totally NO IDEA what are ur interest and etc, and u had alrdy been posted to any of the Poly. I have no idea what to say or waht to comment.

Just make sure u work really really hard when u are officially starting the course. Don't waste ur time there. Mayb when u really come to a conclusion of what u really want, thn u can do it from the point u stand.

Dont worry about the long path u will be taking. It will be better to take a longer route thn to confine urself in ur entire life doing somethng u hate most, and suffer.

It doesn't matter what sch u r in, just make sure u excel in what u do and keep ur passion burning. Ignore those who said, " No future / Study for nothng / Earn so little. " they are the ones that cost u ur future.

Trust me.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

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Go through the education system in a few other countries first before you make that statement.
tell you something funny i know someone in AU same age as me i was there for a while too due to certain reasons i came back
now lets say we both same age
school that time also same something like sec school
i came back to SG
studied at secondary school
after went poly
the NS
while him during the time i was in sec school he was in some-kind of sec 5 there ( they count year by year school )
while i was in 2nd poly he was taking his uni degree
when i entered NS 2-3 months later he had a degree and was working

that's the big different and the years we are behind certain countries

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Old 31st January 2012, 09:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

To add on, Choosing a Diploma is not like choosing a Elective Module in Secondary school. What u are choosing now can give u a 90% impact on ur life-time occupation and path.

Secondly, nvr think of stopping @ Diploma level. It is not enough. If its the case of monetary problem, get a job RELATED to ur diploma, work for 3~5years. And thn continue ur Degree. As by thn, u will have enough experience with the workforce related to ur diploma, and ur mind will also be matured.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Choose a Poly Diploma that you are interested in, that you plan to work towards the targeted industry. I think there is no point getting a diploma for the sake of doing so, unless you have further educational plans...

I have done so, since I didn't had much choices as I didn't get good results for my O levels...So far so good, surviving well nevertheless, though.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Uh, someone in my family insists me to go get a diploma(any one as long as I get one, regardless of interest)if i'm able to get into any poly. Just wondering, if I have a diploma(even if i'm totally not interested in..), will it help me at all?


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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Just remember this. Passion comes first. Passion can really keep u going for almost ur entire life.

Imagine urself doing something u don't like for the rest of ur life just by choosing a "wrong" diploma course in Poly.

If u feel TOTALLY stressed out and feel like giving up even when u were in Secondary school doing something u don't like, say, Chinese? Mayb its like only 6 periods a week, each period of 40mins.
Take this, Times by 99 times(or even more). And that will be the stress and pain u will be taking for the rest of ur life if u choose something u don't like in Poly.

Choose well.

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Uh, someone in my family insists me to go get a diploma(any one as long as I get one, regardless of interest)if i'm able to get into any poly. Just wondering, if I have a diploma(even if i'm totally not interested in..), will it help me at all?
Definitely NO. N.O, NO. Say, u get diploma in Sports and Wellness Management? Do u think u can get a job in the business industry or Arts/Design industry? Totally NO. It MIGHT be even hard for u to even get a job related to it.

When u added on by saying, " TOTALLY not interested ". Do u think u will even have the "heart" to get a job that u are totally not interested in?

It will NOT help u in ur future AT ALL. U will be as good as wasting 3years studying something worthless.

Eg. Studying Engineering and u are aiming to work in a Design Industry.

As good as not getting a Diploma.

Please choose somthing u like. Don't regret later on.

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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

Originally Posted by FriedRice View Post
tell you something funny i know someone in AU same age as me i was there for a while too due to certain reasons i came back
now lets say we both same age
school that time also same something like sec school
i came back to SG
studied at secondary school
after went poly
the NS
while him during the time i was in sec school he was in some-kind of sec 5 there ( they count year by year school )
while i was in 2nd poly he was taking his uni degree
when i entered NS 2-3 months later he had a degree and was working

that's the big different and the years we are behind certain countries
Which part of AU? Different states had their own system. Most states have roughly the same system as sg, ie. enter uni at age 18-19. Only in a couple of states would a student get a degree at that age. And honestly, when a state gives out degrees to 18 yr olds when other states/countries give them out to 22 yr olds, you wonder whether those 18 yr olds had the same standard of education as the 22 yr olds had.

And NS can't be used as an excuse. It's not part of the education system, but it's a national requirement.


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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

That's what I thought too.
Anyway, thank you very much. =]


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Re: Common misconceptions for Diplomas.

I will be graduating with a MDIS Diploma in Business Management soon. A private school. Does it determine that my future is not bright? I'm feeling so inferior now. Everybody is talking about poly here.

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Originally Posted by -Rhythm View Post
Uh, someone in my family insists me to go get a diploma(any one as long as I get one, regardless of interest)if i'm able to get into any poly. Just wondering, if I have a diploma(even if i'm totally not interested in..), will it help me at all?
It will if you join SPF. As a diploma holder, you'll join as a SGT. If you don't have a diploma, you'll join as a CPL. That's one rank extra for a diploma holder.


Other than that.. I have no idea..

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