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Old 23-08-2017, 12:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy NBS Woes

Hi all,

Am studying Biz in NBS Yr 1. Find it hard to cope as I do not have a background in econs nor statistics. (Came from poly bio course) Should I change course ASAP or just stick through the 3 year programme and hope for a 2nd class honors?
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Old 23-08-2017, 12:35 PM   #2
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Most people does not have background in what they are doing either and I believe business module are much easier than what is taught in engineering.

If you still have interest in the course, believe in yourself that you can do it.
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Old 23-08-2017, 04:08 PM   #3
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Most people does not have background in what they are doing either and I believe business module are much easier than what is taught in engineering.

If you still have interest in the course, believe in yourself that you can do it.
Interest is the main reason why I'm thinking of leaving the course. I wasn't thinking about what I liked doing when I applied but rather what career prospects I could potentially get if I studied biz
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Old 26-08-2017, 12:49 PM   #4
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I think interest is really the factor that can sustain you in the long run. I took some business core mods with the NBS peeps (my major is in engineering though) but mostly i can only do well in modules like FM, Deriavatives, etc, because it is closer to what I'm interested in and is the closest I can get to my engineering mindset on optimisation and problem solving.

It is really gut wrenching to be involved in something you don't like or have zero inclination.

Hope it helps, good luck!
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Old 14-05-2018, 05:33 PM   #5
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Background knowledge is advantageous, but it is by no means necessary. After all, what you learn in NBS (Uni) would be more extensive compared to whatever knowledge that business students learn in poly. No matter where you're from, everyone starts out with a somewhat equal level.
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Old 30-05-2018, 12:47 AM   #6
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Can I roughly ask how is the student life of NBS going to be like? I was offered IT in NUS and is considering for an appeal to NBS (I was offered Business during JAE 18/19). Is it going to be a tough course as I have only science background from Polytechnic?

Appreciate any replies. Thank you.
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Old 30-05-2018, 09:31 AM   #7
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i suggest you switch to bioscience instead. Much easier exam wise. teaching format is lecture and tutorial, most people self study instead of attending.

anyway most ppl in biz dont have background from jc either. still need to learn biz law.. accounting..

depending on what you specialize into, it will get worse... need to apply lots of formulas. Most mods have group work and is more competitive in presentation compared to bioscience.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:43 AM   #8
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Hi. Just take note, if you do a degree in life sciences, you need at least a Masters or PhD to find research work in life sciences. You may struggle if you have an honours degree.
In biz courses you can find work in thousands of businesses in Sg.
So evaluate your interests. Biz course is not really that tough compared to Law or Medicine.
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Old 13-06-2018, 08:46 PM   #9
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lel dont go into nbs thinking u will get your desired specialisation.

alot of ppl including me get fked up by the sch

the specialisation will direct more or less of your career path, hard to deviate from the norm.

of cost there will be outliers but..

given another chance i wont be bothered going in, since i am sour grapes
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Old 13-06-2018, 11:51 PM   #10
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lel dont go into nbs thinking u will get your desired specialisation.

alot of ppl including me get fked up by the sch

the specialisation will direct more or less of your career path, hard to deviate from the norm.

of cost there will be outliers but..

given another chance i wont be bothered going in, since i am sour grapes
any issues with the specialisation??
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Old 14-06-2018, 01:05 AM   #11
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take ur interest
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Old 14-06-2018, 10:06 PM   #12
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any issues with the specialisation??
what i meant is u have to work for a specific grade + gpa to get into the hotter specialisation or u might get stucked in something u dont like.

Given the fact that u are from an IT science diploma, i would say u might face some trouble in first year mods maybe finance/accounting/stats for example, due to the different learning style from poly.

If u did badly for the mod, not getting the required Grade for it, u will not be able to enter the spec, which would mean u have a harder time getting into a relevant internship, which can translate into deviation from going into your desired job, since the job requires u to have internship experiences.

And since u are not in your desired specialisation, u might lose interest in your studies, which mean u will be getting lousy honors, which makes job search VERY HARD, if u are aiming for at least an Mnc or govt.

No doubt the biz degree can be used in some situations like general marketing/hr jobs, but so many ppl from other courses also apply like social sci, etc also can apply. Just need to clock some internship experience.

leveraging on your skills, maybe u are good in IT. Computer sci is a hard degree, but if u think u can score well and can master those analysis etc/coding, u are in hot demand.

So if u are interested in finance/marketing or what, u can go there easily, with a HIGH gpa + relevant internships, look at those quantitative finance and marketing analytics, all require somebody who can do stats/IT/machine learning/sql/R or quantitative mods.

The cheat code is to take a few mods as elective and show u interested in biz = win.

Maybe if u continued your IT course, u could make ur own app/software, as u understand the product/technology. But in business, more likely than not, u are a farmer for somebody else, of cost there are always outliers.

The breakdown of specialisations are as follows: Finance, Biz analytics, Marketing, HR, Risk/Insurance, Actuarial science, while other biz sch like nus/smu have other specialisations, u will have to check and see.

my take is how do you know your interest when u never learn the subject before? So when u take the subjects in sch for the first time, u will know what u like/dislike, but it is too late, since the rat race begins before the sch starts.
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Any suggestions on which NBS camp to go for?
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