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Old 11-03-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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Help! Can't make a decision which course to study in Uni

Would really appreciate if you guys can help me out and give advice on the courses I am interested in but can't make a decision which to apply for.
Thanks.

I am from JC, took A levels. I am interested in IT related courses in UNI.
Now i am having a headache in regards a few dilemmas
1. Which to place as first choice for NTU (IEM or SCE) [urgent]
2. Do i want to go into SMU SIS
3. If i want to take computer science, do I want NTU or NUS?
4. If i want to take information systems, do I want SMU or NUS?

So for the various courses I have come up with the pros and cons:
NTU Information Engineering and Media
Pros:
looks fun with the various arts component
graduate pay is not bad.
Cons:
Arts and Computing components going to take up a lot of my time (but what isn't? so it is about deciding what is going to still keep me passionate about what i am doing despite much work)
Have more physics related things than other courses (i got B for h2 physics, so not exactly my forte)
i need to be creative in this course?

Comp Sci
Pros:
Programming is something that seems interesting to me. (though i know it is not what is in the whole course)
NTU Pay not bad (though lesser than IEM this year?)
NUS Pay very attractive
Cons:
LOTS of Math
going to spend a lot of my time on math and programming i suppose?
heard need to be very logical and have high IQ
NUS vs NTU?

SMU Information Systems
Pros:
Get to do techno-preneurship which is something that i am open to and quite interested in
Very good pay
Will become more confident and vocal??
Cons:
Very heavy workload (I suppose even more than nus and ntu?)
more expensive
have to take econs classes (kinda dreading it as i got C for h2 Econs)

NUS IS
not very sure. tell me more if u can!

So as u can tell, i am not really sure about my strengths (like am i more logical or creative) I would like to think that i enjoy puzzle solving but i don't know if i am at that kind of level (like the super zai FTs that i am also slightly concerned about)

Also, how about job prospects?
Thanks!
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:12 PM   #2
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Would really appreciate if you guys can help me out and give advice on the courses I am interested in but can't make a decision which to apply for.
Thanks.

I am from JC, took A levels. I am interested in IT related courses in UNI.
Now i am having a headache in regards a few dilemmas
1. Which to place as first choice for NTU (IEM or SCE) [urgent]
2. Do i want to go into SMU SIS
3. If i want to take computer science, do I want NTU or NUS?
4. If i want to take information systems, do I want SMU or NUS?

So for the various courses I have come up with the pros and cons:
NTU Information Engineering and Media
Pros:
looks fun with the various arts component
graduate pay is not bad.
Cons:
Arts and Computing components going to take up a lot of my time (but what isn't? so it is about deciding what is going to still keep me passionate about what i am doing despite much work)
Have more physics related things than other courses (i got B for h2 physics, so not exactly my forte)
i need to be creative in this course?

Comp Sci
Pros:
Programming is something that seems interesting to me. (though i know it is not what is in the whole course)
NTU Pay not bad (though lesser than IEM this year?)
NUS Pay very attractive
Cons:
LOTS of Math
going to spend a lot of my time on math and programming i suppose?
heard need to be very logical and have high IQ
NUS vs NTU?

SMU Information Systems
Pros:
Get to do techno-preneurship which is something that i am open to and quite interested in
Very good pay
Will become more confident and vocal??
Cons:
Very heavy workload (I suppose even more than nus and ntu?)
more expensive
have to take econs classes (kinda dreading it as i got C for h2 Econs)

NUS IS
not very sure. tell me more if u can!

So as u can tell, i am not really sure about my strengths (like am i more logical or creative) I would like to think that i enjoy puzzle solving but i don't know if i am at that kind of level (like the super zai FTs that i am also slightly concerned about)

Also, how about job prospects?
Thanks!
I will just answer you briefly
1) If you are asking about the pay even before you go through the course, you are jumping the gun. There are high flyers and people with great earnings such as managers, cto/cio, ceo in every industries, so whether you are good enough is your capabilities.
2) You will never knows how ZAI you are unless you went though with something harder. That has nothing to do with which course you go into. If you are not learning something new and more difficult in a course, why are you even there in the first place ?
3) Even if you graduated from Comp Sci, supposedly the course that is to prepare you for advance computing career, that doesn't necessarily place you into a particular sector in the computing industry. At the end of the day, what you specialise in, may it be semi-con, hardware development, web, security, database, networking and so forth is up to your preference and what you want to do. I know of CS/CE students ends up as businessmen managing web design house, so nothing is cast into stone at all.
4) Soft skills like being vocal, confident, knowing how to present, how to manage and lead is not relevant to which course you attend. There is no reason to believe IS courses or less hardcore ones that have more business modules makes you a better speaker. It's all in you and what you want to be. I believe at certain point, it's situation and environment that sometimes mould you into what you are later on in life.
5) My last point is simple, choose what you love to be, not what you are desired to be in.
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