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Old 12-09-2013, 04:33 PM
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I'm a sociology fresh graduate. I unds how people feel about sociology, but please do not undermine our degree or think that your degree is much better than ours.
It doesn't mean that if you study biz, you'll definitely head into banks or biz corp. Many of my NBS friends had a hard time finding jobs, now they're doing contract works in banks; which I think is a good exposure too.
If you're taking an accountancy degree, good for you, because this is one of the few degrees which offers near 100% employment.
Frankly, my sociology degree has gave me some worries after I graduated. It's indeed harder to find jobs with our degree, but so are my friends who major in EEE, Biz (banking and finance), Bioengineering etc. It all boils down to your luck. I did have my regrets when I think about my future prospects, but I guess at least I was happy with what I learnt in school.
After 3-4 months, I've found a job, some of my soci friends have already been employed prior or right after graduation; some found in a few months time; and there are others who have yet to find jobs.
I believe such situation is similar across different disciplines.
To the TS, just study what you think makes you happy. In the end, whatever job you choose, not only is it based on your luck, it also depends on your prior work experiences. Go to school, study something you like, join CCAs, make friends, network, go for internships and etc.

Good luck
been working for a few years after grad and seriously what you study doesnt really matter. companies really care more about your experiences and achievements in your fields. i rmb when i first went for interview, my degree was totally unrelated but i had related part time work experience. i got the job and i rmb throughout interview duration, nothing was really asked on my degree at all and all about my experiences. and its quite a technical job somemore.

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been working for a few years after grad and seriously what you study doesnt really matter. companies really care more about your experiences and achievements in your fields. i rmb when i first went for interview, my degree was totally unrelated but i had related part time work experience. i got the job and i rmb throughout interview duration, nothing was really asked on my degree at all and all about my experiences. and its quite a technical job somemore.
what's your degree?
and what kind of technical job is yours?

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Chanced upon this thread, and really glad because I am stuck in this situation as well.

I've actually got offered NTU Biz, but I am thinking of changing to NTU Soci. But before anyone says this is a stupid decision, let me explain my situation first.

I am actually offered a scholarship with a company and at that point of time, they know I was offered to read Biz. But now I've seek approval to change to soci, and the organisation is cool with that. The reason behind it? I chose biz initially because it seems to be the degree that opens up many doors of opportunities. But now I've got a scholarship in an industry & company that I like, it is somewhat secured employment for me.

Due to that, I am actually thinking of dropping NTU Biz. Firstly, I am extremely bad with numbers. Struggled with stats, econs, accounting when I was doing my diploma. I'm pretty sure it'll be even worse in university. Secondly, my scholarship requires me to maintain a 2nd upper hons, which will be difficult in biz because of modules that I may potentially struggle in. Thirdly, the cohort in Biz is generally much more competitive and people inside (comprising of smart students in JC & poly) makes it harder to score. I've had many friends who did well in poly and went on to NTU Biz, and most of them are struggling to even get a 2nd lower.

I've always shown interest in humanities, and I looked through the modules and description that soci undergrad have to take. Personally, critical thinking & writing is something that I will prefer to do, rather than having to do numbers, math, econs, accounting. Also, friends inside soci have told me that the culture is less intense than in biz school as the competitiveness level is not as high.

If you were in my situation, will you advise me to drop Biz and take a degree in Soci? My bond with the scholarship organisation is 4 years, and it is in the retail industry. After the 4 years, even if I want to change job, it is the experience that matters more than the degree itself right?

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Firstly, I am extremely bad with numbers. Struggled with stats, econs, accounting when I was doing my diploma. I'm pretty sure it'll be even worse in university.
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My bond with the scholarship organisation is 4 years, and it is in the retail industry.
Hey, no offence but I don't understand why anyone who is bad with numbers would sign a bond with a retail company. your job opportunities are severely limited if you are not a numbers person. eg. even for marketing positions you'll need to be good with stats to be able to crunch market research data.

you can run away from it now, but you wont be able to run away forever. it'll come back to haunt you when you start working and you realize your stats/acct knowledge is not strong enough compared to your colleagues. imo, better to challenge yourself and face your weaknesses in school (which is a more forgiving environment) than in the workplace.
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i am a 47 yrs old.. working in a stat board.. with a diploma in engineering. Am wthjnking to take part time sociology as a personal improvement..
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Hey, no offence but I don't understand why anyone who is bad with numbers would sign a bond with a retail company. your job opportunities are severely limited if you are not a numbers person. eg. even for marketing positions you'll need to be good with stats to be able to crunch market research data.

you can run away from it now, but you wont be able to run away forever. it'll come back to haunt you when you start working and you realize your stats/acct knowledge is not strong enough compared to your colleagues. imo, better to challenge yourself and face your weaknesses in school (which is a more forgiving environment) than in the workplace.
I disagree actually. Writing skills are important. Sociology helps u think.
Im from a hard science course. 6 years after graduating i finally see the value that my arts colleagues bring
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Hi dumb dumbs. Sociology has quantitative research which needs stats and numbers. Sociology is a subject that incites critical thinking that changes your life beliefs. However it will be rough finding ur dream job at first. After doing the shitty jobs and with ur job exp u will then have an upper hand with ur doci background. Prepare for hardworknbeforenu enjoy the fruits of ur labor
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Hi dumb dumbs. Sociology is for people who failed A levels or poly grads. Dun ruin ur life and do an actually useful degree
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The thing about soci is the department themselves ainít got a clue about career opportunities. They donít foster alumni networks. The ones who manage to build decent careers do not go back to share their stories for some reason.
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And I say this not only for NTU but also NUS. The soci department is really bull when it comes to fostering some meaningful alumni networks.
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