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Old 20-08-2008, 12:02 AM
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hi collin, glad that you made that switch to pursue your dream job. true i've many friends who are not doing what they are trained for. better to sacrifice one year for a more relevant course and career henceforth.

in fact, i wouldn't say you've wasted 1 yr of your time cos learning a new skill or knowledge is always handy, you can for example return to IT field not as programmer (and compete with armies of programmer from lower cost countries) but in biz development or govt regulatory fn.

enjoy your student life...the road to success is long but rewarding...

cheers,

mac, nus mba candidate

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Old 20-08-2008, 06:37 PM
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Hi guys, engineering education is not a waste at all, even that your eventual career path is to be a banker.
I did an engineering degree, and now working as derivatives trading. A handful of my classmates have gone to become pte banker, structurer, risk manager, quant,... thus you can still work in bank with engineering undergrad degree.
Actually thinking back, I will still do engineering as my undergrad degree given its quantitative and analytical training.

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Old 22-08-2008, 01:38 PM
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I'm still studying engineering in poly, but not doing too well (about average) due to a lack of interest in the field. Assuming money is my main priority and not minding the long working/studying hours, what should my next step be?

Work as a engineer WHILE studying financial stuff? Try to get into a banking course and then into university? Or ... ?

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Old 22-08-2008, 01:41 PM
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Also note that I'm in Engineering Informatics and have modules in Business Information sysems, Project management, etc... would that help towards getting a banking degree?
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Old 22-08-2008, 05:23 PM
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Hi Poly Student,

Of course if possible, get a business degree from the local university. If not, you might want to try DL degrees.

But the 1st thing you should address now is to spend some time sorting out what you foresee your career path to be like. And then finding solutions or ways to help you attain that goal. Begin with the end in mind.
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Old 24-08-2008, 03:06 AM
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hi guys, i found this page while i was search for the salary chrats in sg. any way i'm iraqi studying in malaysia and i'm planning to come over to work next year in sg. i'm doing engineering so how is the salary of fresh grad. and is it ok to find a job bcoz i'm foreinger, which one is butter engineering or banking and what's the requirement to work in these high paid banks

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Old 26-08-2008, 05:06 PM
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rats, I think I'm so low paid. Am 34 this year at only 5.5k a mth
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Old 27-08-2008, 08:31 AM
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today's newspaper reports sg economy's financials do not bode well, & engineers are in line for the next wave of retrenchments ?? sing dollar is going up, so our "costs" are going up ????
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Old 27-08-2008, 02:23 PM
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Mr. Low-paid : Paid 5.5k at 34 considered low paid ? Maybe you like to elaborate....how much time and sacrifice you made at work....At times, it also depend how much you spend -- You earn 10k but have 8k expenditure also make you feel poor.

Zhenyi : Go overseas may not be happy. Another very important factor is you work under a capable superior who also take care of his men. I looking for a role model boss or superior who will make me work smart & hard to reach his level of success (money & Lifestyle)

CHeers
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Old 27-08-2008, 03:00 PM
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hi business degree

how much do sales engineer get these days ??
5.5k gross monthly for slavery dedicated engineer is no good.
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