Don't know what to study in varsity?

Don't know what to study in varsity?
Students at University Town in NUS. A pragmatic place like Singapore views a degree as primarily a way to secure a job.

SINGAPORE - A recent pastime among young working adults has been to muse over whether we had chosen the right course at university.

There have been discussions on social media and even quizzes about which courses best suit your personality.

Would an arts degree ignite your imagination? Or do you have the oratorical skills to do law and win over courtrooms?

My friends often think that they would have done better in life, if only they had picked a different major.

Perhaps it is the old adage about the grass looking greener on the other side. In any case there is very little my peers can do about it, outside of going for post-graduate studies.

But it is not too late for another group - young ones who just received their GCE A-level results this month.

Having cleared the A-level exam, which university course should you now choose? It is by no means an easy decision for a wide-eyed 19-year-old, and you may have more questions than answers.

Your parents may well urge you to go for the courses that will land you the best-paying jobs - and it is indeed a good place to start.

Beyond all the talk among young people about "pursuing your passion", we cannot deny that a pragmatic place like Singapore views a degree as primarily a way to secure a job.

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