Singaporean students are notoriously pragmatic when it comes to choosing a course of tertiary study. Basically, there is only one rule: enrol in the “best” course your grades will let you get into. And “best” means “the one that will enable you to get the highest paying job upon graduation”. So scores of students fight for spots in accountacy, law, business and finance, only to find upon graduation that they can’t find jobs, or don’t want to work in that field anymore. So they become what the government terms “underemployed”.
With graduate numbers rising year on year, strategically choosing a course of study is becoming more and more integral to finding success and fulfilment in one’s career later on. Here are 3 factors students should be thinking about before they pick their courses, but aren’t.