Just lately, a blogger wrote a put up to declare that Poly youngsters (together with his) haven’t any future in Singapore and that their non-public college certificates will not be going to get them anyplace. Thus, they’re higher off skipping that ineffective non-public college training, get into the workforce early to begin incomes some revenue to create their passive funding portfolio. After which, they need to maybe migrate to someplace low-cost and reside their low lives there. Singapore has no place for them.
Since I’m a graduate from poly, I believed I ought to write a put up to console his poor child and plenty of different quickly to be poly college students, uni rejects, and fogeys that their life is NOT over in Singapore.
I graduated from one of many high JCs in Singapore. Thus, not making the mark into native college was fairly an disagreeable expertise. I am glad my dad or mum did not have the web or social networks to rant on then :-p. The one smart selection was to go poly and later did I noticed this was one of the best factor that ever occurred to me.
#1 Discover your ardour
The wonder about going poly is that you just get to choose programs you actually take pleasure in. In keeping with a examine by expertise agency Awn Hewitt, Singapore staff are the least engaged in Asia. Why is that so, perhaps this has to do with our training system. Everyone seems to be simply learning to meet a sure rating which hopefully will get them right into a seat within the native college. Thus, when our graduates get into the workforce, we’re simply working for a wage and hoping to ultimately attain the highest of the ladder. It will not be what we actually beloved or take pleasure in, thus least engagement.
I seen that at any time when I had gatherings with my JC mates, I might be the one one excitedly speaking concerning the work that I’m doing and goals. They appeared fairly depressing and unmotivated with their work.
#2 The world is your stage
After poly, going right into a college continues to be a smart selection. You’ll be able to both choose to enter the native universities (2 years, I feel) or abroad college(1-1.5 years). Our poly has associates with many overseas universities (usually UK and Australia) the place you get exemptions to finish your examine, For instance, it solely took me approx 1- 1.5 years to complete my research. Your certificates is identical as any regular graduates from that overseas universities and these universities may be fairly well-known and revered inside their nation and even worldwide. In truth, I remembered throughout considered one of my early interviews with an MNC, the hirer really commented that I got here from a very good college and he was from the opposite aspect of the continent.
The expertise staying and learning abroad will change and remodel you. Your world turns into larger and your ambitions usually are not simply restricted to Singapore. That was the distinction I noticed between me and my JC mates. I used to be consistently making an attempt to get myself posted everywhere in the world. Their world is all the time Singapore, Singapore and Singapore. I feel this may occasionally have modified not too long ago as our native college graduates now have trade packages.
#3 Your profession has nothing to do with that paper after the 2nd transfer.
The one time individuals checked out the place you graduate from is throughout your first interview. After that, no person cares until you’ve got written a extremely awful resume otherwise you graduate from Harvard or Stanford or you are attempting to get into the federal government or analysis models.
The Singapore authorities has a system that basically discriminates in opposition to poly graduates. I used to be working in a authorities company for six months to earn my college faculty charges. They’ve totally different ladders for various courses of graduates. If you’re a first-class honors or above, you’ve got a particular path the place you get a mentor to groom you up the ladder. If you’re something under and diploma graduate, you’re only a employee. If you’re a poly graduate, you’ll by no means attain the extent of a college graduate regardless how laborious you attempt. It is a utterly totally different promotion ladder altogether. I’m not certain whether or not this has modified. So poly graduates, do not waste your time there.
#4 The long run is for the creators
One of many magnificence about learning in poly is that it’s extremely hands-on and sensible. They’ve initiatives that basically prepares you for the workforce and challenges your creativity. With the upcoming 4th industrial revolution, I consider that the creators and innovators are the winners sooner or later workforce.
BTW, are you aware that the Carousell Founder Quek Siu Rui and Artistic Founder Sim Wong Hoo graduated from poly?
#5 I’m a girl
If it consoles you additional, I’m a girl. In keeping with statistics, I’m suppose to earn 18% lower than man. In case you scroll by way of my timeline, you will notice that my first pay verify was solely $2,200. My poly training did not cease any native or MNCs from hiring me. In truth, I even managed to safe an expat contract abroad.
My revenue to this point has been respectable (I do not assume I earn a lot lower than my JC mates) and I feel my journey to this point has been very fruitful and fulfilling. If I have been to show again the clock, I might nonetheless choose poly + overseas college over native college.
Yet another factor, please don’t skip college to earn revenue to construct a passive funding portfolio and all the time hearken to Loopy Wealthy Warren Buffet, “It’s best to by no means borrow to put money into the inventory market”.
I hope this put up provides the soon-to-be poly college students, uni rejects and fogeys some views. Your solely restrict is YOU.