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Master’s degree: Necessary for that career move or a luxury item?

I refer to the Straits Times article, “Master’s degree: Necessary for that career move or a luxury item?”(Dec 27).

It is time for the society to discuss whether a university graduate should go for his/her post-graduate degree, such as attaining a master’s degree or not? And, would it really heighten an individual’s career prospects or progression?

In my opinion, it is purely a personal choice or decision. There are always two sides of a coin, and there are no good and bad, right or wrong answer to it.

We should always ask ourselves a few relevant questions before making a rational decision for it: -

Could you spare your time for the stipulated duration of the course that you are keen for it? And, do you foresee any unexpected interruptions in the midst of the course?

Could you financially afford for the course fee? Or trying to apply for any scholarships, or any difficulty in getting a bank loan?

Whether your objective is for fulfilling a meaningful purpose as stated below?

a. Self-upgrading and self-improvement
Although there are many ways to obtain knowledge and skills in life and work places, but one of the effective and disciplined methods is attaining them through the former education institutions or systems.

Self-upgrading is a lifelong learning process especially when you have been in the employment or self-employment environment for a period of time, you will find it necessary and lacking.

Hence, we can see many individuals going for it. Many young, capable and entrepreneurial people pursue their master’s degree or doctorate in respective universities.

b. Career’s progression or development
This objective might be fruitful or futile, as it would all depend upon your immediate superior and the organisation that you work for, whether they place strong emphasis upon your academic qualifications, achievements or your work performance, competence or for both of them.

Also, would it be an value-added asset to the organisation’s business or its operations after the attainment of your master degree?

Anyway, a person’s working ability and competency should be able to be displayed under rigorous trials of time and critical situations.

In short, one should not follow or adhere to “herd behaviour”. Instead be your true self. Think through it seriously, weigh in all the pros and cons, and then decide what have suited you best.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

 

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26 Responses to “Master’s degree: Necessary for that career move or a luxury item?”

  • xoxo:

    Getting a degree in Sg is like studying for a,Masters in even angmoh countries; yet so many local graduates have been replaced systematically via the daft FT POLICY over the past 2 decades that ,ironically,witnesses a DIP IN OUR NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY.
    I say again,NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY fogures were much higher before the G began to DUMP ALL SORTS OF TOMS N HAIRY DICKIE$ into Sg to REPLACE good productive sgs and that is the cause of our LOW NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY for years now.

    If FTs are much more TALENTED,we would see SUPERSONIC INCREASES IN OUR NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY NUMBERS OVER THE LAST 20 ODD YEARS INSTEAD OF THE OPPOSITE.

    THAT genuine FTs are NEEDED HERE is not totally unacceptable but to dump planeloads of FTs here that have,thus far,produced such LOW PRODUCTIVITY NUMBERS is DUMB N DAFT,PERIOD.

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  • Asd:

    I think fake degree is better cheaper faster

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  • Depend:

    Depend on each situation and financial ability.
    Always good to develop each to his fullest potential, be it study or on the job learning.

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  • only stupid people vote pap:

    teo kueh liang has gotten it all wrong. maybe because he is a pap supporter.

    in the english speaking world, those who read write speak english, there are basically 2 systems, one british the other american.

    all american Us, the basic degree is like our A Levels plus. not yet degree level but somewhat more advanced than our A Levels.

    because the americans believe in a solid foundation in the humanities, almost all american basic degrees are general degrees, and mostly 4 years.

    thereafter, the american system goes for real training. for medicine, it is a 4 year postgraduate. for law, it is a 3 year postgraduate. for business and teaching and such, it is a 2 year postgraduate.

    so for a person holding a so called masters from an american U, the person is bascially almost the same as a person holding a specialist first degree from a british U.

    for the sake of completeness, we shall say something about the british basic degree. it is a specialist degree right from the start. 3 years for a general degree. 4 years for a specialist degree. the british, changing now, used to believe in professional associations. most british associations, such as engineering, believe the right to entry for their exams, if any, is a 4 year degree from a british U.

    only at the PhD level does the 2 systems meet, almost meet, but not quite. in the american system, the requirements are passing a few more exams before writing the dessertation. in the british system, there is often no need for any more taught courses but straight to the thesis.

    when teo kueh liang talked about need or no need for masters degree, he has shown that he does not know what he is talking about.

    in the american system, nobody can be a doctor or lawyer without spending another 4 years in medical school or 3 years in law school. in other words, a masters degree in the american system is a MUST if one wants to be a doctor or lawyer. one can be a CEO without an MBA or such but the path is easier is one spends another 2 years getting a masters, whether MBA or such.

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    https://mothership.sg/2023/01/ib-exam-results-singapore/

    How many of these perfect-score Sinkies found job in Sinkland, is important.

    Asd:
    I think fake degree is better cheaper faster

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Many jobs actually don’t need degree.

    Also if you get Masters, you’ll want Masters degree pay and a job that matches the MBA. This only happens in civil service for people who are approved by their bosses to read for advanced degrees. eg scholarships.

    Otherwise a self finaced masters very difficult to find a job to match qualifications and pay expectations. Also many companies will feel threatened by highly qualified people. If you apply at SMEs or even large companies, they’ll probably not hire masters grads because even the boss/immediate superior don’t have a masters.

    Best is be your own boss. You decide how you want to work, the hours etc.

    Regret spending on high tuition and stressing myself out on degrees. Might as well get a fake in today’s job market. More relevant.

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  • Kaiju:

    Most people here are so dumb.
    Education is one of the most $$$ generating mechanism.

    In totalitarian countries, it is the architect to the fundamental of doctrine forming.

    How do you tell if the education is ‘fake’?
    1. If there is ‘scholarship’ funding and it comes with conditions of compulsory employment.
    2. If most top 20 economies do not recognize your paper for employment. Or associations in those countries do not recognize your education.
    3. If you are unable to use it to further your education elsewhere.
    4. If you are not using your trained qualifications in its sector/ industries.

    Any of those above, you had basically wasted your time and money.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    If you see take degree, you are emplying the school and staff. In Australia, you are funding Australians whose tertiary education is free.
    People accept fake degrees as they are no threat and they are cheap.
    So many smart people don’t realize

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  • stupid 1st class education:

    majority dont understand . degree and masters is mainly for civil service – to legitismise their rule based on propaganda of meritocracy. Singapore’s third world economy doesnt need degree or masters( this is why they open the floodgates to so many bottom of)the barrel Fts. This is due to low TFR of locals.secondy the other asean countries are developing in the 2000s and ont he way to steal business from singapore . Lastly, utlimtedly singapore is a third world economy. U only need more workers, not more adminsitrators,

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  • only stupid people vote pap:

    stupid 1st class education:
    majority dont understand . degree and masters is mainly for civil service – to legitismise their rule based on propaganda of meritocracy. Singapore’s third world economy doesnt need degree or masters( this is why they open the floodgates to so many bottom of)the barrel Fts. This is due to low TFR of locals.secondy the other asean countries are developing in the 2000s and ont he way to steal business from singapore . Lastly, utlimtedly singapore is a third world economy. U only need more workers, not more adminsitrators,

    in many ways, you have said it well, especially the part about how pap “has opened the floodgates to so many bottom of the barrel Fts.”

    we want to highlight gimmicks, bad gimmicks, by pap in the process of pap opening the floodgates to so many bottom of the barrel Fts.

    by pap regulations, nobody can practice medicine or law in pap Singapore unless that person holds pap specific qualifications. sinkies who want to practice law or medicine in pap Singapore must toe the pap lines.

    yet pap bends over its backside for ceca ah neh doctors to practice in pap Singapore.

    let us explain. under current pap regulation, only 2 medical schools in ceca ah neh land are recognized to practice in pap Singapore.

    yet pap is going to bring in 180 doctors from ceca ah neh land.

    we don’t believe all the 180 ceca ah neh doctors are from the 2 medical schools recognized by pap to practice in pap Singapore. many of the 180 are from medical schools which pap does not recognize at the moment. (of course pap can change the list the moment the first of the 180 comes in.)

    in other words, pap regulation on medical practice in Singapore is changed at pap’s convenience. and the bad thing about this is, instead of solving the problem with local born sinkies, pap admits Fts to solve the problem.

    let us illustrate with 2 more facts. NOT a single pinoy pinay medical degree is recognized by pap for practice in pap Singapore. yet go to changi general hospital. there are tonnes of pinoy pinay doctors there. ONLY 2 ceca ah neh medical degrees are recognized by pap for practice in pap Singapore. go to raffles hospital. there are tonnes of ceca ah neh doctors there. how come?

    sinkies who vote pap are screwed by the very people they voted into power. sinkies who want to be lawyers and doctors in pap Singapore must toe the lines laid down by pap in its regulations for lawyers and doctors. but pap can admit tonnes of ceca ah neh doctors or pinoy pinay doctors into pap Singapore bending the very rules pap has laid down.

    it is correct to say degrees, whatever levels, are not necessary for many things other than pap civil service. but for those in the professions of law and medicine, then, things are wrong in many ways due to pap open legs policy.

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  • stupid 1st class education::

    only stupid people vote pap: in many ways, you have said it well, especially the part about how pap “has opened the floodgates to so many bottom of the barrel Fts.”

    we want to highlight gimmicks, bad gimmicks, by pap in the process of pap opening the floodgates to so many bottom of the barrel Fts.

    it is correct to say degrees, whatever levels, are not necessary for many things other than pap civil service. but for those in the professions of law and medicine, then, things are wrong in many ways due to pap open legs policy.

    Well singapore always been run for and under PAP’s convenience. it is the elite -serf complex which many of the singaporeans fing themselves in brainwashed by the survival narrative dished out to their unthinking dull minds. As far as i am concenred, itss till a 3rd world economy even though ther eis technology , this technology only faciliatests the 3rd worldness of the economy not bring it up or forward. Example GRAB ffood delivery job. Before in th nokia phone era we used to call catering companies to supply us with food , now we use the app to do that. Same goes for taxi/cab ride, we used to flag down cabs/taxis on the road in the past, we use ride booking apps now. Whats the difference. same old shyt made easier.

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  • Kleptomania:

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:
    Many jobs actually don’t need degree.

    Also if you get Masters, you’ll want Masters degree pay and a job that matches the MBA. This only happens in civil service for people who are approved by their bosses to read for advanced degrees. eg scholarships.

    Otherwise a self finaced masters very difficult to find a job to match qualifications and pay expectations. Also many companies will feel threatened by highly qualified people. If you apply at SMEs or even large companies, they’ll probably not hire masters grads because even the boss/immediate superior don’t have a masters.

    Best is be your own boss. You decide how you want to work, the hours etc.

    Regret spending on high tuition and stressing myself out on degrees. Might as well get a fake in today’s job market. More relevant.

    2 decades ago ,most of my nieces and nephews went to overseas unis and eventually migrated to those western countries after finishing their studies. They are well off now and one of them eve came back to Singapore on expat package and managing the locals in his company . His salary is many times higher than a local Singaporean with nus degree. Guess who has the last laugh now ? Singapore is a stupid country that doesn’t value local talent. U ever hear of a y Singaporean educated and brought. Up.here working as expat in west ? None. And yet the pap boasts about world class education system. Imfursd.the POFMA MUST APPLY.TO.THEM FIRST

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Happy to hear of your relatives’ success. Unfortunately, spore is very guarded about giving chance. Even my nus friends say their bosses gave chance grudgingly and act like they are not worthy.

    I got my degree from SIM
    But it is not eligible for emigration to Australia as I did not live there

    Ànd spore got this mindset that foreign is always better. Without the ability to discern.

    Kleptomania: 2 decades ago ,most of my nieces and nephews went to overseas unis and eventually migrated to those western countries after finishing their studies. They are well off now and one of them eve came back to Singapore on expat package and managing the locals in his company . His salary is many times higher than a local Singaporean with nus degree. Guess who has the last laugh now ? Singapore is a stupid country that doesn’t value local talent. U ever hear of a y Singaporean educated and brought. Up.here working as expat in west ? None. And yet the pap boasts about world class education system. Imfursd.the POFMA MUST APPLY.TO.THEM FIRST

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  • Kleptomania:

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:
    Happy to hear of your relatives’ success. Unfortunately, spore is very guarded about giving chance. Even my nus friends say their bosses gave chance grudgingly and act like they are not worthy.

    I got my degree from SIM
    But it is not eligible for emigration to Australia as I did not live there

    Ànd spore got this mindset that foreign is always better. Without the ability to discern.

    First of Singapore economy is very slave like. U don’t find any innovative things or someone who can do things that can create a seismic shift in socioeconomic conditions. It’s a stale dull economy that here and there uses technology to market itself. The tech itself doesn’t even originate from Singapore. It’s silly place with lots of Wayang but in actually reality very similar to a third world sweatshop. Besides over the last 2 decades technology shift in the form of personalized gadgets like Solar panels smartphone and wireless IT means they’re is no need for large scale infrastructure like power plants telephone lines or power stations to be out in place. This sort of personalized technology actually benefited the other aseasn countries in terms of cost and expenditure and let the business employ these tech even in remote mountains or villages. Singapore lost is advantage in infrastructure when this technology came about. It means that there is no longer a need for large scale deployment like in old times.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Many great inventors and artists were mocked and scorned during their life. Yet they persevered and triumphed.

    Singapore culture is fear of failure and loss of face.so we tend to latch onto something when it proves successful.

    In the process, we become market followers rather than leaders

    Kleptomania: First of Singapore economy is very slave like. U don’t find any innovative things or someone who can do things that can create a seismic shift in socioeconomic conditions. It’s a stale dull economy that here and there uses technology to market itself. The tech itself doesn’t even originate from Singapore. It’s silly place with lots of Wayang but in actually reality very similar to a third world sweatshop. Besides over the last 2 decades technology shift in the form of personalized gadgets like Solar panels smartphone and wireless IT means they’re is no need for large scale infrastructure like power plants telephone lines or power stations to be out in place. This sort of personalized technology actually benefited the other aseasn countries in terms of cost and expenditure and let the business employ these tech even in remote mountains or villages. Singapore lost is advantage in infrastructure when this technology came about. It means that there is no longer a need for large scale deployment like in old times.

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  • ah seng:

    What degree also useless, they only want FTs

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  • China is really powerful:

    ah seng:
    What degree also useless, they only want FTs

    Actually, they want cheap cheaper cheaperest.

    That is why sinkies waste time in NS and then can only work as grab driver food deliverer property agent insurance agent.

    sinkies can change current status quo by just not voting pap when they vote.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Gambling cheating has become a high Tech PHD qualification not just a master degree.Don’t believe,watch this Tik Tok.So don’t gamble at those underground gambling tables.

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  • presence and domicile here:

    //THAT genuine FTs are NEEDED HERE is not totally unacceptable but to dump planeloads of FTs here that have,thus far,produced such LOW PRODUCTIVITY NUMBERS is DUMB N DAFT,PERIOD.//

    aiyoh the white idiots need A LOT OF people to buy their ‘highly priced’ real estate be it industrial or residential units (with high land cost ??), hence 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy ?? and hence a lot of tax and stamp duties in all the transactions (some attracting GST somemore ???) going on ??

    as for productive work and reasonable living wage to survive, let the FTs and daft sinkies compete and fight for one another’s lunch once they have invested their presence and domicile here lor ??

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  • secrets of ivroy tower:

    Kaiju:
    Most people here are so dumb.
    Education is one of the most $$$ generating mechanism.

    In totalitarian countries, it is the architect to the fundamental of doctrine forming.

    How do you tell if the education is ‘fake’?
    1. If there is ‘scholarship’ funding and it comes with conditions of compulsory employment.
    2. If most top 20 economies do not recognize your paper for employment. Or associations in those countries do not recognize your education.
    3. If you are unable to use it to further your education elsewhere.
    4. If you are not using your trained qualifications in its sector/ industries.

    Any of those above, you had basically wasted your time and money.

    I agree with u … on Singapore system… its all just plain wyaang kulit to attract investors or convice investors because they dont trust harry 40 years ago . The high class colonila masters or whotes think singapore is in the third world region and not worthy of investment… What harry did is come up with PSLE and O level to tell them ” look we have all these ecuational testing and mechanism to screen people. so dont worry.

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  • Fake show economy:

    presence and domicile here:
    //THAT genuine FTs are NEEDED HERE is not totally unacceptable but to dump planeloads of FTs here that have,thus far,produced such LOW PRODUCTIVITY NUMBERS is DUMB N DAFT,PERIOD.//

    aiyoh the white idiots need A LOT OF people to buy their ‘highly priced’ real estate be it industrial or residential units (with high land cost ??), hence 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy ?? and hence a lot of tax and stamp duties in all the transactions (some attracting GST somemore ???) going on ??

    as for productive work and reasonable living wage to survive, let the FTs and daft sinkies compete and fight for one another’s lunch once they have invested their presence and domicile here lor ??

    The Singapore economy works by imagination. For example imagination that Singapore has lots of educated people rigourouly tested arbitrarily on paper. Imagination that the place is safe and secure for property Investment (the idea broken by 2013 littleindia riots). imagination that all the jobs and service produce tangible productive results ect.

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  • dodo:

    Now CCS says
    ***changing society when the world has changed long ago
    ***teaching the teachers when current teachers must show grit and aptitude to learn on their own. At this rate, many teachers will be classified as special needs, or kanna terok terok
    ***work with industries when they make it near impossible with everyone trying to squeeze through those narrow DSA or A star holes, and so many professor/ doctorate researches good only as toilet papers
    Completely no timelines and what measurables he’s gonna use, though he has multiple timelines for his million dollar pay checks.
    All these supposed to happen decades back now then come and say. And now, say only. Fake, outdated message from someone who cannot deliver.

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  • Miw admitted lies:

    By introducing the one talents pass,miws admitted their lies that spass ep ect are not talents.

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  • Developed country lie:

    dodo:
    Now CCS says
    ***changing society when the world has changed long ago
    ***teaching the teachers when current teachers must show grit and aptitude to learn on their own. At this rate, many teachers will be classified as special needs, or kanna terok terok
    ***work with industries when they make it near impossible with everyone trying to squeeze through those narrow DSA or A star holes, and so many professor/ doctorate researches good only as toilet papers
    Completely no timelines and what measurables he’s gonna use, though he has multiple timelines for his million dollar pay checks.
    All these supposed to happen decades back now then come and say. And now, say only. Fake, outdated message from someone who cannot deliver.

    This ccs someone who still lives in 90s. He doesn’t know and and I am sure many sinkie dafts doesn’t know that some of other Asian countries were actually developing in the same time line as singapore and today they are pose as cheaper economic alternative to Singapore. He doesn’t know that. Fool. Many sinkie dafts were brainwashed in 80s and 90s to think that other countries are poor and underdeveloped. Go YouTube and search for 1990s phillipines Thailand India u will see the same malls as In Singapore.

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  • FBI:

    Go for skill future, what jobs u can get?
    I sent in hundred over CV, but look at the Banking sector?
    So many Indian National and Flipinos n Malaysians.
    Now worst, even Burmese and Indonesians are here to tell us how
    we need them!!
    Sweet talkers, can they work?!
    Fark by Indian Nationals, even Puthucheary can come SG to screw us.!
    KNN!!

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  • 154 media:

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:
    Many great inventors and artists were mocked and scorned during their life. Yet they persevered and triumphed.

    Singapore culture is fear of failure and loss of face.so we tend to latch onto something when it proves successful.

    In the process, we become market followers rather than leaders

    Living in singapore is a waste of yr time and potential

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