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Old 04-06-2008, 04:06 PM   #11
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I have been offered a place at oxford to do biochemistry. However, I have read online that many life science grad have problem finding jobs. As such, I am not sure of the job prospects if I go to oxford. Will I be able to take up jobs in finance and business in the future?
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:48 PM   #12
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universities confer their own degree. definitely the choice of university matters a GREAT DEAL!
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:50 PM   #13
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one other thing... different universities are good in different fields. example: a 6 years vet course at cambridge university is not accredited by the american veterinary board, but a vet course at murdoch university is. so do your homework accordingly.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:12 PM   #14
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students often get the impression that studying overseas is better or more prestigious than studying in Singapore. not true. (and i study overseas, so this is not sour grapes!!! haha)

studying overseas is not the holy grail
. there are a lot of things you should consider before going overseas to study. adapting to different environment, different people, different culture. some days things get real crazy. let's just leave it at that for now
could u tell me more, because I am considering studying overseas 'if' I am not accepted into local uni, also what are the consideration in choosing an oversea uni preferably a Australia uni. Thanks for ur help.
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Old 09-06-2008, 04:44 AM   #15
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could u tell me more, because I am considering studying overseas 'if' I am not accepted into local uni, also what are the consideration in choosing an oversea uni preferably a Australia uni. Thanks for ur help.
whats your intended major in Oz?
whats your consideration? since U have narrow it to Oz, I bet proximity is 1st on the list.
what are your other consideration?
- duration
- cost
- Singaporean/Asian Community
- Renown program
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:56 PM   #16
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More to add to this.

There are several fields of study where going local and overseas do not matter. There are law, medicine and dentistry.

I am quite sure an NUS law grad does not command lower pay substantially than a law grad from Oxford, though the latter has a branded degree. If the former is on the dean's list, his starting pay is higher than his peers who are not substantially and also will be higher than an Oxford grad not on dean's list!

Medicine graduates as well. If i'm not wrong however, foreign medicine graduates did not enjoy the government subsidy, and can move to private practice earlier than local medicine graduates. This is how they can get higher salaries. However a foreign medicine graduate who chooses to stay in the public sector will not command a higher pay than a local medicine graduate that chooses the same.
The brand of the degree REALLY matters a lot more if you're talking about general degrees. That's when the difference is pronounced.

For eg an Oxford PPE graduate has many more open doors and easily commands a much higher salary and has job offers from top banks and consultancies than a local NUS FASS grad can only dream of.

Other courses of study like engineering, general science (physics, chemistry, etc) and Mathematics, a branded degree opens more doors and in higher places than local one. Why? Because for these courses, the brand really matters since the course is not (as) specialised. Engineering graduates from IC and Cambridge can apply and get job offers from top banks and consultancies, which local engineering grads do not. Same for the other courses. I know a couple of investment bankers who got Maths degree from IC, and analysts and consultants who got Sci/Engin degree from IC/Oxbridge/IvyLeague/MIT. Local grads from these disciplines do not get the same opportunities as them.

This is where the course you choose matters. So if you're doing medicine or law, it's better to do local and can save more money, unless you are willing to pay a premium for the overseas undergrad experience.

Mingling with the people in top overseas universities, who may be heirs of huge empires and princes of royal families and having a nobel laureate as your lecturer are just some of the benefits you pay for shelling out so much more money to go abroad.
Is this probable? Where did you hear this from?
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:55 PM   #17
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i don't think there's any reason why foreign medicine grads would be more valued than local grads in the public sector. most top students go to NUS medicine to become doctors, and their grads are actually better than most foreign medicine grads and at least comparable to the top foreign ones.

of course, personally I don't think that speaks volumes about the quality or style of education at NUS medicine - just the quality of grads.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:45 PM   #18
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i don't think there's any reason why foreign medicine grads would be more valued than local grads in the public sector. most top students go to NUS medicine to become doctors, and their grads are actually better than most foreign medicine grads and at least comparable to the top foreign ones.

of course, personally I don't think that speaks volumes about the quality or style of education at NUS medicine - just the quality of grads.
Ha, good grades does not necessarily make you a better doctor than another with a lower grade from other universities (Let's leave out those degree mills).

Still is there this pay discrimination against foreign medical graduates?
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:52 PM   #19
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that is why I included the disclaimer in the second part of my post. Let's just say I've had more than a few unpleasant encounters with local grads serving out their time in polyclinics. NUS produces brilliant doctors - with a brilliant mind but not necessarily a brilliant heart.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:33 AM   #20
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that is why I included the disclaimer in the second part of my post. Let's just say I've had more than a few unpleasant encounters with local grads serving out their time in polyclinics. NUS produces brilliant doctors - with a brilliant mind but not necessarily a brilliant heart.
And I'm sure you were there to get an MC to skip lessons right?

True, during the admission, one may say one has all the compassion and empathy in the world, but no one will monitor one really does.
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