Career & Academic Guidance for JC Students

A good academic education for a prospective career

Educators from the JC Tuition Singapore learning portal advocate preparation, even beyond studies at the A Level. We refer to the advancement into tertiary education, whereby students will venture out to more specialized fields that will equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out professional work following graduation. For most JC students, it is natural to experience a sense of apprehension and uncertainty, since coping with the demands of university education requires utmost self-discipline. Therefore, JC Tuition Singapore provides students with a preview into the university life and considerations for career planning.

Career & Academic Guidance for JC Students

A good academic education for a prospective career

Educators from the JC Tuition Singapore learning portal advocate preparation, even beyond studies at the A Level. We refer to the advancement into tertiary education, whereby students will venture out to more specialized fields that will equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out professional work following graduation. For most JC students, it is natural to experience a sense of apprehension and uncertainty, since coping with the demands of university education requires utmost self-discipline. Therefore, JC Tuition Singapore provides students with a preview into the university life and considerations for career planning.

Common questions relating to the university experience

Progressing from Junior College to University

Following A Level education, students are more likely to hold greater responsibility in deciding how to make full use of their time, particularly in deciding a suitable university course to study. In contrast to earlier stages of education, in which the education-related issues are handled by parents, students are expected to be accountable for their own academic pursuits that will determine their career paths in the future. Hence, JC Tuition Singapore lists some of the key concerns that students are likely to have, so that they can make informed decisions when embarking on this momentous journey.

Which course should I study at the university?

The most pressing concern that students have regarding university education is the appropriate course to undertake. Students should examine their own strengths and weaknesses before listing down the possible options. For example, a student may have a stronger inclination towards handling mathematical calculations as compared to the expression of ideas through writing. From this understanding, it is advisable for the student to take up science- or math-related courses. Furthermore, students should avoid selecting courses based on the latest ‘trends’ as they may struggle with the comprehension of concepts due to the weak foundation in certain aspects.

How to cope with university life?

The transition from JC to university education may be an arduous process for some students as the latter requires extensive self-discipline. Students are expected to bear the responsibility to attend lectures and tutorials punctually. Students are required to bid for the modules that they wish to take up for each semester. Alternatively, some modules are pre-allocated to students, depending on the course. In addition, students have to get used to the notion of taking the initiative to submit assignments and revise for tests and examinations independently. Therefore, students should prepare a personal timetable to organize their activities on a weekly basis. Also, students can consult the tutors at the schools for guidance on how to manage the relevant challenges.

Should I take up an overseas or local university course?

Students who are considering the preferred university to enrol in should bear in mind the purpose of university education. It is to prepare students for the working phase of life. By acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills, these future graduates will have to accumulate working experience to deal with the challenges ahead. In the case of overseas university education, the fees are much more steep than the local counterpart. If possible, apply for scholarships that will cover the education expenditure substantially. Alternatively, pursue a local university degree then advance to Masters in an overseas university, since the local course is heavily subsidized.

Are internships necessary while I study at a university?

Yes! Internships provide students with realistic insights on the work experience that they may go through after graduation. Internships are excellent opportunities for students to learn the ropes from experienced professionals that will impart their knowledge and skills during the programme. Furthermore, students need not fear the consequence of making mistakes as employers will understand that interns are still trying their best to learn. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge and skills gained from the university education to actual work scenarios. Given this understanding, it is strongly encouraged for all undergraduates to search and apply for internship positions as early as possible.

Should I attend a student exchange programme during my university life?

During the course of study at a university, students have the option to undertake student exchange programme at local or overseas educational institutions. The purpose of this programme is to provide students with the opportunities to understand the varied school culture and partake in social interactions with fellow students from other schools. The diversity of education is observed in the programme as students will take up modules offered by the host university. So, yes, attending an exchange programme suring university life is highly recommended to increase exposure and experience. In most cases, the grades obtained from the exchange programme have minimal bearing on the overall results that determine the graduation outcome.
For students who are concerned with the large expenses incurred for the programme, they can seek grants or other forms of subsidies from their own universities. The exchange programme usually coincides with the existing term schedule, meaning that the window occupies one full semester or more. Therefore, the choice of attending the programme depends on the objective of the student.

Which course should I study at the university?

The most pressing concern that students have regarding university education is the appropriate course to undertake. Students should examine their own strengths and weaknesses before listing down the possible options. For example, a student may have a stronger inclination towards handling mathematical calculations as compared to the expression of ideas through writing. From this understanding, it is advisable for the student to take up science- or math-related courses. Furthermore, students should avoid selecting courses based on the latest ‘trends’ as they may struggle with the comprehension of concepts due to the weak foundation in certain aspects.

How to cope with university life?

The transition from JC to university education may be an arduous process for some students as the latter requires extensive self-discipline. Students are expected to bear the responsibility to attend lectures and tutorials punctually. Students are required to bid for the modules that they wish to take up for each semester. Alternatively, some modules are pre-allocated to students, depending on the course. In addition, students have to get used to the notion of taking the initiative to submit assignments and revise for tests and examinations independently. Therefore, students should prepare a personal timetable to organize their activities on a weekly basis. Also, students can consult the tutors at the schools for guidance on how to manage the relevant challenges.

Should I take up an overseas or local university course?

Students who are considering the preferred university to enrol in should bear in mind the purpose of university education. It is to prepare students for the working phase of life. By acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills, these future graduates will have to accumulate working experience to deal with the challenges ahead. In the case of overseas university education, the fees are much more steep than the local counterpart. If possible, apply for scholarships that will cover the education expenditure substantially. Alternatively, pursue a local university degree then advance to Masters in an overseas university, since the local course is heavily subsidized.

Are internships necessary while I study at a university?

Yes! Internships provide students with realistic insights on the work experience that they may go through after graduation. Internships are excellent opportunities for students to learn the ropes from experienced professionals that will impart their knowledge and skills during the programme. Furthermore, students need not fear the consequence of making mistakes as employers will understand that interns are still trying their best to learn. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge and skills gained from the university education to actual work scenarios. Given this understanding, it is strongly encouraged for all undergraduates to search and apply for internship positions as early as possible.

Should I attend a student exchange programme during my university life?

During the course of study at a university, students have the option to undertake student exchange programme at local or overseas educational institutions. The purpose of this programme is to provide students with the opportunities to understand the varied school culture and partake in social interactions with fellow students from other schools. The diversity of education is observed in the programme as students will take up modules offered by the host university. In most cases, the grades obtained from the exchange programme have minimal bearing on the overall results that determine the graduation outcome.
For students who are concerned with the large expenses incurred for the programme, they can seek grants or other forms of subsidies from their own universities. The exchange programme usually coincides with the existing term schedule, meaning that the window occupies one full semester or more. Therefore, the choice of attending the programme depends on the objective of the student.

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