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Old 24-04-2018, 12:44 AM
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Hi all,

I have been offered a placing in SUTD and Accountancy in SMU. For SUTD, you only declare your major in second year with ISTD being the most popular as it is more or less computer science/engineering.

Personally, I would like a stable career and a healthy amount of work-life balance. I heard that accountants are going to be replaced by AI and there is a hype for the computing field now.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance

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Hi all,

I have been offered a placing in SUTD and Accountancy in SMU. For SUTD, you only declare your major in second year with ISTD being the most popular as it is more or less computer science/engineering.

Personally, I would like a stable career and a healthy amount of work-life balance. I heard that accountants are going to be replaced by AI and there is a hype for the computing field now.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance
Congrats on your offers to 2 local universities! Hope I'm not too late. Cannot really share about experiences in SUTD but I know of many account graduates.

Some advice:
1. Consider your interests and the fields you would like to enter eventually.
Computer science and accountancy are really different. Talk to some grads to ensure you have the right understanding of what it means to be in those courses. I've heard both are pretty rigourous.
2. Stability = Accountancy; Up and coming = Computer science
But do note that not all aspects of accountancy are growing, i've heard that only audit is doing well. Also, consider the need to get into a big 4 accounting firm by the time you end university, in order to pave your path to better positions

Some articles on being a fresh grad in SG:
https://smiletutor.sg/do-you-want-to...-in-singapore/
https://smiletutor.sg/best-paying-jo...-in-singapore/

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First of all, don't believe the hype that accountants, doctors and other white collar professionals are going to get replaced by AI. Those are largely unfounded overarching statements - think about it, do you want to enter an operating theatre devoid of human presence and touch? Would you leave you bank accounts solely in the hands of software robots that can go rogue? When people say automation, they meant taking away laborious, repetitive and time consuming trivialities, freeing up people to do other critical work which cannot be left solely at the "hands" or software agents.

Secondly, while late to reply, I believe this is still applicable to anyone. If you can't pick something based on your interests, then do a cost benefit analysis at least. Weigh the good points versus the shortcomings. For example, accountancy is stable, and you can switch to finance later. The bad points are, if you are in the auditing business, the long hours and lack of work-life balance.

Is computer science/engineering any better? You need to keep learning new things everyday. When you are young, that might not be difficult, but as we get older, it gets mentally taxing and you'll feel the effects of burn out early in your career.

Do more research or talk to anyone who are in these fields to verify first hand accounts for yourself and then decide. Don't get taken in by the tide of the moment which will fade almost as quickly as it came.

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First of all, don't believe the hype that accountants, doctors and other white collar professionals are going to get replaced by AI. Those are largely unfounded overarching statements - think about it, do you want to enter an operating theatre devoid of human presence and touch? Would you leave you bank accounts solely in the hands of software robots that can go rogue? When people say automation, they meant taking away laborious, repetitive and time consuming trivialities, freeing up people to do other critical work which cannot be left solely at the "hands" or software agents.

Secondly, while late to reply, I believe this is still applicable to anyone. If you can't pick something based on your interests, then do a cost benefit analysis at least. Weigh the good points versus the shortcomings. For example, accountancy is stable, and you can switch to finance later. The bad points are, if you are in the auditing business, the long hours and lack of work-life balance.

Is computer science/engineering any better? You need to keep learning new things everyday. When you are young, that might not be difficult, but as we get older, it gets mentally taxing and you'll feel the effects of burn out early in your career.

Do more research or talk to anyone who are in these fields to verify first hand accounts for yourself and then decide. Don't get taken in by the tide of the moment which will fade almost as quickly as it came.
Go SMU ..... only NUS, NTU, SMU are well recognised. SUTD is created to take in second class students that cannot make it to the 3 uni.
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Secondly, while late to reply, I believe this is still applicable to anyone. If you can't pick something based on your interests, then do a cost benefit analysis at least. Weigh the good points versus the shortcomings. For example, accountancy is stable, and you can switch to finance later. The bad points are, if you are in the auditing business, the long hours and lack of work-life balance...
It seems to me that the modern labor market is so dynamic that no sector can be considered stable. I would still choose Finance since it will always be in demand. With good knowledge and good technique, you can work very productively. Even a modern financial calculator can help - https://bestcalculators.net/ti84-vs-ti83-vs-ti89/ If we recall specialized financial software, then it isn't at all necessary to sacrifice your personal time even during an audit. Cultivate technical literacy)
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