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Old 17-11-2020, 03:37 PM   #1
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Required to get a part-time diploma or specialist or skillsfuture study/work? Need a career change.

Hi,
I really hope someone is reading this thread will help me.

I was studying a degree majoring in human science & minoring in IT in Malaysia (I'm a Singaporean though).
After that got a job in video editing (surprisingly not degree-related, but more on past works/portfolio) for 5 years and ongoing.

I'm intending for a career change for a couple of reasons.
Had enough being in this media industry, with all the late night, burnout, which affects with me having little time to spend with family.

The pay is ok ok can last end of the month. Really appreciate my wife able to work as well to ease the house/bills payment.

Hope to get into IT because of better pay & work/life balance (please correct me if I'm wrong. I don't have any friends in IT to refer to)

I saw the skillsfuture study&work which I'm interested.. but it's a fulltime study and the allowance is up to $1,200 which not ideal for me and my family.

Another option I saw on Temasek Poly, there's a part-time specialist diploma in cloud data or part-time diploma in ICT ... which might be my option
since I can work and study.

Also will company hire if I just get a specialist diploma in cloud? or i'm not eligible enough to get hired in IT industry.

I really, really hope someone can guide me on this. Thank you for reading.

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Old 17-11-2020, 05:51 PM   #2
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Hi,
I really hope someone is reading this thread will help me.

I was studying a degree majoring in human science & minoring in IT in Malaysia (I'm a Singaporean though).
After that got a job in video editing (surprisingly not degree-related, but more on past works/portfolio) for 5 years and ongoing.

I'm intending for a career change for a couple of reasons.
Had enough being in this media industry, with all the late night, burnout, which affects with me having little time to spend with family.

The pay is ok ok can last end of the month. Really appreciate my wife able to work as well to ease the house/bills payment.

Hope to get into IT because of better pay & work/life balance (please correct me if I'm wrong. I don't have any friends in IT to refer to)

I saw the skillsfuture study&work which I'm interested.. but it's a fulltime study and the allowance is up to $1,200 which not ideal for me and my family.

Another option I saw on Temasek Poly, there's a part-time specialist diploma in cloud data or part-time diploma in ICT ... which might be my option
since I can work and study.

Also will company hire if I just get a specialist diploma in cloud? or i'm not eligible enough to get hired in IT industry.

I really, really hope someone can guide me on this. Thank you for reading.

#BurningTheMidnightOil #burnout

Hi,


I do not know how much do you know about the IT industry as why do you think that it IT job will enable you to have more time.


Eligibility to work in IT industry really depends on how desperate a company is in getting staffs and of course, the supply of qualified candidates. I am also curious how much are you expecting with a specialist diploma?


Now seems a bit fuzzy as gahmen is pushing people to get new and more skills but salary is still been tied to qualifications and experiences.
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Old 17-11-2020, 06:59 PM   #3
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Hi,


I do not know how much do you know about the IT industry as why do you think that it IT job will enable you to have more time.


Eligibility to work in IT industry really depends on how desperate a company is in getting staffs and of course, the supply of qualified candidates. I am also curious how much are you expecting with a specialist diploma?


Now seems a bit fuzzy as gahmen is pushing people to get new and more skills but salary is still been tied to qualifications and experiences.
Thank you for noticing!
Yeah, I don't know much about the current IT industry as I don't have anyone who I can refer to. Reddit might be my only unofficial source.

I assume it's like office working hours & isn't like my editing job where I'll be chasing dateline, really tight dateline weekly, for me to enable to have more time or work/life balance. It's one of the main reason for me to go into IT career change.

Still considering that specialist diploma cloud tech coz it's new in the industry and will gain an add-on value for me as well, and the duration of study is 1 year. While diploma in ICT duration of study is 2.5 years

What are your thoughts on work & study scheme? For those have a family to feed and bills to pay with that measly allowance and it's full time. And not guaranteed a company will hire you.
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Old 17-11-2020, 07:29 PM   #4
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Thank you for noticing!
Yeah, I don't know much about the current IT industry as I don't have anyone who I can refer to. Reddit might be my only unofficial source.

I assume it's like office working hours & isn't like my editing job where I'll be chasing dateline, really tight dateline weekly, for me to enable to have more time or work/life balance. It's one of the main reason for me to go into IT career change.

Still considering that specialist diploma cloud tech coz it's new in the industry and will gain an add-on value for me as well, and the duration of study is 1 year. While diploma in ICT duration of study is 2.5 years

What are your thoughts on work & study scheme? For those have a family to feed and bills to pay with that measly allowance and it's full time. And not guaranteed a company will hire you.

Hi,


IT is a big industry ranging from IT administrator to programmers to ML engineers and so on.... In fact, many IT jobs are probably as bad as (or worse than) your current job in term of work/life balance.



I am just wondering if you have time to study this one year diploma, why not aim for something higher?



The measly allowance is not meant for people like you who currently has a job. To be frank, you may not qualify for it when you apply or it might be filled up very fast by those who really need it. But some SGUS programs have problems starting due to lack of participants.



Specialist diploma is, in fact, not highly valued in Singapore. I am afraid that you are pinning too much hope on a CET qualification. And chance is that even you do get a related job, your new salary is just a fraction of what you are getting now. As mentioned in earlier post, salary in SG is tagged to qualification and experience. So no experience with a not so recognised specialist diploma, may I know how much do you want to ask for salary? People with cloud computing skills may not be as rare as you think...
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Old 17-11-2020, 07:47 PM   #5
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Hi,

I forgot to add...

If you want to can consider

- PCP (this one is probably the "best" as it is cofunded, you recieve a "salary", it has different modes like attach and place etc)
- Work and Study are typically meant for poly/ite FRESH grads
- IBM I.Vitalise / Google Skill Ignition with allowance of 1.5k (Google has 2 pathways but registration was in AUG I think)
- Other SGUnited Mid-Career programs like with Shopee, also 1.5k
- SGUS - allowance of 1.2k for 6-12 months (but no guaranteed of job)

Allowance may not be as high as what you want... I guess your income is probably not "low"...

Do explore...
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