Know what you want

Know what you want

With a wide variety of courses available in universities and PEIs here, poly leavers are spoilt for choice with regard to furthering their education.

But such variety can end up confusing prospective students, and it is essential that they make calm, reasonable and informed choices.

Among the most important things prospective students for further education should do is avoid peer pressure, said psychologist Daniel Koh of Insights Mind Centre.

"Polytechnic graduates should be aware of their passions in life and follow them since they are less likely to change on impulse. Once (polytechnic) graduates know these goals, that can help pave the way for the choice of the most suitable educational courses.

"This does not mean that one cannot change the choices in future, but it just helps narrow the choices to those closest to one's heart."

Mr Koh felt that polytechnic graduates could start the ball rolling by first listing their interests and then limiting themselves to one or two that were most achievable.

Mr Leon Choong, Executive Vice-President, Kaplan Singapore, said: "Polytechnic graduates should select a PEI that offers their preferred course of study by assessing the reputation of the awarding institution, the duration and structure of the course (how it suits their lifestyle and commitments) and its affordability."

A spokesman for TMC Academy said polytehnic graduates should also check out the modules and reputation of the university partners of each PEI before making a choice of where to further their education.

"The graduates will be getting a degree awarded by the university, and that is why research on the university ranking, course relevancy and recognition are crucial in deciding on a suitable course. Classi cation of degrees (e.g. honours or ordinary degrees) is another factor for consideration."

Dr Alan Go, academic head and senior lecturer at ERC Institute, said polytechnic graduates should ask three main questions before settling on a PEI for further studies.

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