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Old 01-06-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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A brief introduction, I am currently a JC student who has had no ambitions for her past 17 years and thus, has been floating around rather aimlessly in school as it is rather hard to inspire a great intense passion for learning when one has no conclusive dreams for the future. It occurred to me one day, that a vocation in funerary services would actually be interesting. I will not go further into the reasons, but here, I was wondering if there could be any information offered in this profession?

Is there any form of licensing that a funeral director needs in Singapore? Any examinations that he has to take before he/she is qualified? Are there recommended university courses to take? Any useful websites?

I have tried looking at online career guides for students in Singapore, but so far, has been greatly unsuccessful (not surprisingly) in trying to find any form of information regarding this.

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Old 01-07-2010, 08:32 AM   #2
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A brief introduction, I am currently a JC student who has had no ambitions for her past 17 years and thus, has been floating around rather aimlessly in school as it is rather hard to inspire a great intense passion for learning when one has no conclusive dreams for the future. It occurred to me one day, that a vocation in funerary services would actually be interesting. I will not go further into the reasons, but here, I was wondering if there could be any information offered in this profession?

Is there any form of licensing that a funeral director needs in Singapore? Any examinations that he has to take before he/she is qualified? Are there recommended university courses to take? Any useful websites?

I have tried looking at online career guides for students in Singapore, but so far, has been greatly unsuccessful (not surprisingly) in trying to find any form of information regarding this.

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Hmmp, this is the most odd yet interesting post I've seen so far. I guess the closest course in college will be Forensic Science. Some colleges that offer this course include Baylor University, University of illinois Urbana Champaign, Northeastern University, George Washington University, Michigan State University and Drexel University (just to name a few).
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #3
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I read a story sometime ago in the newspapers about a guy with O levels becoming the director of a funeral parlour here. I can't remember his name or the parlour, but he wears a suit to work and is doing pretty well for his age. Perhaps you wanna try and look up the article. It shouldnt be more than 2 months back.
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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You might want to look into apprenticeships, something along that line as well? I'm pretty sure if you contact funeral parlours they'll give you some suggestions. It's rare that youngsters nowadays want to go into this line, so I'm sure they'll be helpful.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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Hmmp, this is the most odd yet interesting post I've seen so far. I guess the closest course in college will be Forensic Science. Some colleges that offer this course include Baylor University, University of illinois Urbana Champaign, Northeastern University, George Washington University, Michigan State University and Drexel University (just to name a few).
Haha! Yes, I guess it is rather odd...
But anyway, thank you for listing all the colleges. But I don't think I'd ever have the money or be able to get a scholarship to go overseas... which is why I was hoping that there'd be some way of getting the qualifications for this profession in SG itself. However, if the slim chance should arise, I'd look into them.

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I read a story sometime ago in the newspapers about a guy with O levels becoming the director of a funeral parlour here. I can't remember his name or the parlour, but he wears a suit to work and is doing pretty well for his age. Perhaps you wanna try and look up the article. It shouldnt be more than 2 months back.
Yep! I read this story too. Because it is one of the recurring articles that pop up when 'funeral director' is google searched under SG.

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You might want to look into apprenticeships, something along that line as well? I'm pretty sure if you contact funeral parlours they'll give you some suggestions. It's rare that youngsters nowadays want to go into this line, so I'm sure they'll be helpful.
I think I'll contact them after my A's are over.... should be interesting to get an apprenticeship, if it's possible.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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This topic is kinda cute.. Funeral director. I thought it's something passed down throught family or something? People actually need to study in university for that?
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:34 PM   #7
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Business would be a good choice. You need to learn how to market your products to the consumer. You need to manage your inventory, etc. It would be a good choice if you take management under business. I dont think forensic science is a good option, that is too specialised and it does not involve commerce at all.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:00 PM   #8
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On a side note, Six Feet Under comes to mind
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