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Old 14-05-2018, 11:47 PM   #1
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SMU Economics Good or Bad?

Hello any current or graduated SMU Economics or NUS Architecture student kind enough to answer some of my questions?

I just graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in architecture with a relatively high GPA of 3.89 and was offered a placement in SMU Econs but after going through polytechnic, i came to realise that in terms of working in the built industry (archi), the payout doesn't seem all that worth it and i have heard lots of rumors of how archi graduates have long hours and ot but have relatively lower salary as compared to many of its' counterparts that requires a license as well (doctors, etc.)

Architecture : Long Hours but average salary, mundane work that involves lots of Autocadding, revit, producing renders and tender packages. With occasional opportunities to design. Requires license to be an accredited architect

Economics : Possibly long hours and ot but higher than average salary (unsure about industry) Opportunity to work in investment banks (DBS, OCBC not talking abt goldman sach or any other major investment firms)

Here are the questions:

1. Do economics graduates really earn more than architecture graduates?
2. Will i be able to keep up with my studies in econs if i were to switch?
3. In terms of job opportunities which of the career has a better chance of landing a job
4. Lastly your thoughts about which degree should i pursue SMU ECONS or NUS ARCHI?
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Old 18-05-2018, 03:02 PM   #2
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Hello any current or graduated SMU Economics or NUS Architecture student kind enough to answer some of my questions?

I just graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in architecture with a relatively high GPA of 3.89 and was offered a placement in SMU Econs but after going through polytechnic, i came to realise that in terms of working in the built industry (archi), the payout doesn't seem all that worth it and i have heard lots of rumors of how archi graduates have long hours and ot but have relatively lower salary as compared to many of its' counterparts that requires a license as well (doctors, etc.)

Architecture : Long Hours but average salary, mundane work that involves lots of Autocadding, revit, producing renders and tender packages. With occasional opportunities to design. Requires license to be an accredited architect

Economics : Possibly long hours and ot but higher than average salary (unsure about industry) Opportunity to work in investment banks (DBS, OCBC not talking abt goldman sach or any other major investment firms)

Here are the questions:

1. Do economics graduates really earn more than architecture graduates?
2. Will i be able to keep up with my studies in econs if i were to switch?
3. In terms of job opportunities which of the career has a better chance of landing a job
4. Lastly your thoughts about which degree should i pursue SMU ECONS or NUS ARCHI?

Hi,

1) It depends. If you manage to get into IBDs side then the answer is Yes, you will earn more than architecture graduates.

2) Econs is very Quantitative, so you should be able to handle math well in order to keep up with the studies. All top Unis in UK standard requirement for Economics requires at least A/A* for A Level Maths.

3) This is hard to define which has a better 'chance'. It all depends on the opportunities presented to you and how you grab it. For example my friend's parents own a Architecture company so it's easier to grab a job.

In my opinion, Singapore Econs are not world class ranking, so you have to be the top/ at least 2.1 in order to get a good job. If not, you be looking more towards being a teacher or journalist.

My thoughts on between which 2? The answer is where does your passion lie in? I believe if you choose the one you have more passion in you will be able to score better since you already got the interest ignited in you.

Not a graduate of Econs/Architecture but i have friends who is in UCL & LSE studying Econs now so i did ask them why not Econs in Singapore and etc. 1 more going this year after we ORD.

Hence, take my opinion with a pinch of salt, All the best and good luck.

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Old 05-10-2018, 12:53 PM   #3
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Hello any current or graduated SMU Economics or NUS Architecture student kind enough to answer some of my questions?

I just graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in architecture with a relatively high GPA of 3.89 and was offered a placement in SMU Econs but after going through polytechnic, i came to realise that in terms of working in the built industry (archi), the payout doesn't seem all that worth it and i have heard lots of rumors of how archi graduates have long hours and ot but have relatively lower salary as compared to many of its' counterparts that requires a license as well (doctors, etc.)

Architecture : Long Hours but average salary, mundane work that involves lots of Autocadding, revit, producing renders and tender packages. With occasional opportunities to design. Requires license to be an accredited architect

Economics : Possibly long hours and ot but higher than average salary (unsure about industry) Opportunity to work in investment banks (DBS, OCBC not talking abt goldman sach or any other major investment firms)

Here are the questions:

1. Do economics graduates really earn more than architecture graduates?
2. Will i be able to keep up with my studies in econs if i were to switch?
3. In terms of job opportunities which of the career has a better chance of landing a job
4. Lastly your thoughts about which degree should i pursue SMU ECONS or NUS ARCHI?
1. Depends on job as always (but choose what you love. if you love archi and you're good, you'll do great. don't force yourself to do cons)
2. If JC kids can come into uni without prior experience it seems pretty possible to me. There is math but not like too technical (vs engine)
3. Please do not think all econs students get to go in IB/ banks. I would say LSE/UCL students get chosen first > then top tier biz students > then outstanding econs students (due to nature of uni + course overlap). Do a survey and check if econs students manage to easily get into banks because competition from biz students are quite stiff.
4. Choose what you love. If uncertain, might wanna consider business as it is more generic and has opportunities to specialise in the future + potential of working in banks if thats your calling
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