Academic Qualifications

I think I don’t need to show my academic qualifications anymore. 🙂

My tip for you is that if you’re in Primary School, Secondary School and Junior College, work hard.

If you didn’t do so well but you are in University, forget about your results from earlier years (unless you want to be a teacher), just work to do well for University.

In your University years, try to minor in something, if you have an inkling of the interests you may have. Because this would give you many options when you graduate. For example, to do a Masters or PhD or PsyD in Psychology, you don’t need a Psychology degree but often there are key modules you need to have taken in your undergraduate years. Who knows how that Geography or Business or Life Sciences minor might come in handy one day, especially since you naturally also have affinity with those subjects. Dare even to stay on a Semester or 2 to complete your minors (or “create” your own).

Also, please consider extending by a Semester or 2 if there are modules you want to take during your University days. You will probably never get this chance again, especially in Singapore, to study something random academically in a University context just because you like it or because you want to pick up some skills.

Yes! And please take modules that require you to present/talk/work as a team a lot. Trust me, you need these anywhere you go out there in the world. And if you are bad at it, do something to improve yourself. You really need these “soft” skill this lifetime – the ability to communicate effectively and to work as a team.

Then again, I gained all these knowledge on hindsight and likely, you would never think about this unless you hit some pretty hard bricks like I did after graduation.

A pretty short summary is that grades matter if you want a job with the government because whether they will pick you or how high your salary is depends on your Honours class. However, good grades is not enough, anything competitive looks at a lot more – how confident you are, how well you speak, how passionate you are etc., and yes, nothing is impossible. And even without good grades, you can beat the system. 😉 Never give up and read “What Color Is Your Parachute” by Richard N. Bolles.

So please comment if you need some more tips! 🙂



  1. Sharon Sim said,

    February 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    waah, you have such good grades!!!

  2. Michelle said,

    January 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Thank you for the information in this blog, I enjoy reading.

    • chuashuyi said,

      January 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Glad you enjoyed Michelle! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

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