Uni degree advice needed

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Uni degree advice needed

Postby badoo1313 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:52 am

Well, my son has recently been accepted into accountancy in the local U. Basically, he just chose that because of his results and the money. But, I don't understand why most people think accountant earn alot of money (They have to hit partner/CFO stage i believe. But how many people actually make it up there?) As an accountant, the stress level and working hours are very high (work past midnight daily during peak periods which lasted for months). In addition, i am not sure if it is his cup of tea either as he seems to be the kind who values his social life.

Hence, I would like to suggest that he should pick up engineering degree and then an MBA as it is more flexible and be able to apply for most jobs outside. What's more with the new QP, a 6months foundation course (+3yr of work exp) would suffice after getting a degree if he really wants to be an accountant.

I would like to seek the your advices before I persuade him. What do y'all think? :?:

(Sorry i seem nuts as most parents would love their son to study med,law,biz. But I think boys are more suited for engineering.)

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Re: Uni degree advice needed

Postby FrekiWang » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:43 pm

1. Interest comes first before everything else. If your boy chose it because he likes it, let it be.

2. High salary = long/stressful working hours, this is true for most of the highly rewarded jobs.

3. Many of the engineering firms accept graduates with accountancy background at certain position, likewise, many of the banks accept graduates with engineering background at certain positions.

In conclusion, choose a course which your boy likes so that he can have an intrinsic motivation for his studies. A first class honour is always somehow an advantage for applying to any 'ideal' job. Encourage your son to try out different internship in his vacations between school terms. It will help him make a more rationale decision for his life-long career through experience.

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Re: Uni degree advice needed

Postby dolphinsiah » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:11 am

badoo1313 wrote:Well, my son has recently been accepted into accountancy in the local U. Basically, he just chose that because of his results and the money. But, I don't understand why most people think accountant earn alot of money (They have to hit partner/CFO stage i believe. But how many people actually make it up there?) As an accountant, the stress level and working hours are very high (work past midnight daily during peak periods which lasted for months). In addition, i am not sure if it is his cup of tea either as he seems to be the kind who values his social life.

Hence, I would like to suggest that he should pick up engineering degree and then an MBA as it is more flexible and be able to apply for most jobs outside. What's more with the new QP, a 6months foundation course (+3yr of work exp) would suffice after getting a degree if he really wants to be an accountant.

I would like to seek the your advices before I persuade him. What do y'all think? :?:

(Sorry i seem nuts as most parents would love their son to study med,law,biz. But I think boys are more suited for engineering.)


Maybe try to understand your child why does he has the concept that Accountant makes a lot of $$$$.

I know graduates from accountancy when entering the working industry work very long hours .......
And those doing Finance Audit...always work late at night...

Youngster always have a concept that a degree will land them with high pay ...

In a company top positions are limited....so to be a CFO or CEO....needs to be hardworking and also to possess both high IQ and EQ and better still LUCK...

when climbing the Corporate Ladder, a person must constantly upgrade to stay ahead of industry....

Employees expects yearly increment, Bosses expects Staffs to constantly upkeep their skills to justify for the increase in pay.

Doctors jobs are stressful too -
For a start they have to learn a lot in the Medical School
Work long hours as a Houseman before they can specialise .

My DD is entering U this year too....
I told her most important take the course that you have interest...

She was accepted to do Bio Science , but she cannot imagine that she has to wash test tubes as part of her Career.

She was interested in doing TCM offer by NTU....but I told her how is she going to compete with those PRC doing TCM from China.

As a parent I think most rewarding is to see your child succeed in her/his education /career and lead a happy life.

行行出壮元 Every profession produces its own Topmost Master!!!

Nowadays , Cooks also and be Celebrity Chef.... :xedfingers:

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Re: Uni degree advice needed

Postby TravelMummy » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:24 am

In uni, I think the most important criteria is to have interest in the subject you read. If the interest is there, then the likelihood of doing well is much greater. When one does well, then the potential of landing a job that pays is greater. In reality, you don't have to be tied to the subject you study at all. Engineers work in banking, accountants work in engineering firms. Money will come if you are good at what you do. Good luck!

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Re: Uni degree advice needed

Postby badoo1313 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:40 pm

dolphinsiah wrote:
badoo1313 wrote:Well, my son has recently been accepted into accountancy in the local U. Basically, he just chose that because of his results and the money. But, I don't understand why most people think accountant earn alot of money (They have to hit partner/CFO stage i believe. But how many people actually make it up there?) As an accountant, the stress level and working hours are very high (work past midnight daily during peak periods which lasted for months). In addition, i am not sure if it is his cup of tea either as he seems to be the kind who values his social life.

Hence, I would like to suggest that he should pick up engineering degree and then an MBA as it is more flexible and be able to apply for most jobs outside. What's more with the new QP, a 6months foundation course (+3yr of work exp) would suffice after getting a degree if he really wants to be an accountant.

I would like to seek the your advices before I persuade him. What do y'all think? :?:

(Sorry i seem nuts as most parents would love their son to study med,law,biz. But I think boys are more suited for engineering.)


Maybe try to understand your child why does he has the concept that Accountant makes a lot of $$$$.

I know graduates from accountancy when entering the working industry work very long hours .......
And those doing Finance Audit...always work late at night...

Youngster always have a concept that a degree will land them with high pay ...

In a company top positions are limited....so to be a CFO or CEO....needs to be hardworking and also to possess both high IQ and EQ and better still LUCK...

when climbing the Corporate Ladder, a person must constantly upgrade to stay ahead of industry....

Employees expects yearly increment, Bosses expects Staffs to constantly upkeep their skills to justify for the increase in pay.

Doctors jobs are stressful too -
For a start they have to learn a lot in the Medical School
Work long hours as a Houseman before they can specialise .

My DD is entering U this year too....
I told her most important take the course that you have interest...

She was accepted to do Bio Science , but she cannot imagine that she has to wash test tubes as part of her Career.

She was interested in doing TCM offer by NTU....but I told her how is she going to compete with those PRC doing TCM from China.

As a parent I think most rewarding is to see your child succeed in her/his education /career and lead a happy life.

行行出壮元 Every profession produces its own Topmost Master!!!

Nowadays , Cooks also and be Celebrity Chef.... :xedfingers:


Agree. I remember few years back he said that he wanted to go to apply for engineering course due to his interest.

I asked him again now and it appears that he chose it due to better career prospect and he don't want to go engineering is because of influx of the foreigners.

Well, i told him that he study his own stuff and the foreigner study their stuff so he doesnt need to care about them....sigh *face palm*

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Re: Uni degree advice needed

Postby LarryG67 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:30 pm

any path mentioned is going to take quite a number of years. i think you have to really think about what interests you. don't be lured by the "prestige" or "earning power" of a degree. i know of a lot of friends who went into medical and law and didn't really enjoy it. altho the money is good and everything.

but honestly, any degree and industry can be lucrative and profitable. just to put out a few big examples, pest control and cleaning companies can be quite lucrative. so no point going into a degree for the money

unless your passion happens to be making money?

for me I like engineering and I like solving problems and with some good blessings and investors, i'm now happily in the engineering industry with a few trusted founders. of course, not everyday is a sunday, and things rise and fall. but thats a fun challenge in itself.

so go with your passion and you should be fine

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Re: Uni degree advice needed

Postby celebratelife » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:27 pm

Hi badoo1313,

Many students are often torn between the industries that they are interested in, and industries that rake in the cash. This is a common phenomenon observed in developed countries, where one's successes and achievements are often acknowledged by many through one's external physical possessions.

All is well and good should one land a job which suits his or her interest and pays well. However, most would probably vacillate between pursuing something that they want, and joining the masses to land a well-paying job.

Ultimately, one should strike a balance between one's preferred job and finding a job which pays reasonably well - since it's not economically feasible to pursue a job which doesn't enable one to sustain one's quality of life. Nor is it logical to pursue a well-paying job while sacrificing work-life balance.

Warmest Regards,
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