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I am currently a SMU MBA Student. I used to make a living "answering" questions.

Pascal Samsoon

MBA Candidate at Singapore Management University

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I am currently a SMU MBA Student. I used to make a living "answering" questions.

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MBA Candidate at Singapore Management University

Pascal Samsoon

MBA Candidate at Singapore Management University

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Hi It depends on the type of opportunities you are seeking in the banking industry. The latter is really broad otherwise. I might have a contrarian view - If you are able to join a bank now in a relatively mobile role, you should be able to make it once the tide reverses. Hope this helps Cheers, Pascal Subscribe to www.launchers.asia for thought leadership in strategy & business models in Southeast Asia. Relaunching this January 2020!

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Hi, If you stay less than a year in a company, it will be discounted by most future employers, unless you've achieved tremendous results in a short amount of time So the choice of including in your resume is just yours to take and spin a positive learning experience during your future interviews. Pascal Subscribe to www.launchers.asia for thought leadership in strategy & business models in Southeast Asia. Relaunching this January 2020!

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Hi Firstly: Aim to hit 3 years of work experience before embarking on a new degree whether full-time or part-time. Secondly: In addition to your current job and personal finance status, here are some heuristics to consider, 1. What do you aspire to get out of the Computer Science degree? 2. Where do you want to build your competitive advantage? 3. How can you position yourself today to achieve superior returns? Comment on #1 There are many routes to become a front-end, back-end, data analyst, data scientist, data engineer among others. A computer science degree is certainly helpful, though not essential. It is with the assumption that the piece of paper does not matter. Comment on #2 If your first degree is in Mathematics / Physics, then maybe you should not do Computer Science. There are online courses to complement. However, if your first degree is in sociology (or any other social sciences) or in marketing (or business administration in general), you could consider re-inventing yourself with a Computer Science degree. Expansion on Comment #2 But no matter what you do, you will need to think whether you can build sufficient competencies to become one of (many) roles mentioned in Comment #1. And that is the hardest thing to do right now. Comment on #3 This is another tough question that I have personally faced and seen MANY others encounter. It will have to do with the degree you would be seeking, the crowd you would be hanging out with among MANY other FACTORS... To conclude: You do have a difficult journey ahead, we all do. Hope this helps to trigger your thinking process. Cheers, Pascal Subscribe to www.launchers.asia for thought leadership in strategy & business models in Southeast Asia. Relaunching this January 2020!

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Hi, At the time of writing, I am currently pursuing my MBA at SMU as a part-time student. It is heck of a difficult question to answer to be honest as your situation and mine would differ by a mile. I took a pragmatic approach (at least from my point of view), 1. Timing - I wanted to continue to earn while studying. So, studying while working made sense. Also, I had the "spare time" and to study seemed a good used ot my spare time. 2. Time to learn vs time to earn mindset. I am doing both. I learn at school and I learn at work. I learn all the time. 3. Transformation - I paid my tuition fees out of my own pocket. This gave me huge skin in the game motivation to fight to complete the programme. What did I expect gaining from the programme before joining? Network What do I hope to get after graduating? Network Effects And I don't know whether SIM Global Warwick will actually help you to solve the last part, which is the most important. Hope this helps, and you can ping me if you wish to chat. Cheers, Pascal - Launchers.Asia

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Hi, At the time of writing, I am currently pursuing my MBA at SMU as a part-time student. It is heck of a difficult question to answer to be honest as your situation and mine would differ by a mile. I took a pragmatic approach (at least from my point of view), 1. Timing - I wanted to continue to earn while studying. So, studying while working made sense. Also, I had the "spare time" and to study seemed a good used ot my spare time. 2. Time to learn vs time to earn mindset. I am doing both. I learn at school and I learn at work. I learn all the time. 3. Transformation - I paid my tuition fees (you can check online) out of my own pocket. This gave me huge skin in the game motivation to fight to complete the programme. It is like a BTO to some extent. What did I expect gaining from the programme before joining? Network What do I hope to get after graduating? Network Effects Hope this helps, and you can ping me if you wish to chat. Cheers, Pascal - Launchers.Asia

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Hi, I am taking the SMU MBA on a part-time basis, which is to attend evening classes and going on with work life during the day time. The SMU MBA has the advantage of being a 1-year long programme for Full-Time with compulsory internship (3-6 months long) while attending classes at night. There are 3 things now particular to this programme, 1. Lowering the opportunity cost - You can study while working, or work while studying and getting a degree. Acquire work knowledge in a new field or industry as an intern (or join a well-funded early stage startup) 2. Network effects - As a Part-Time student, it is harder to embrace this. As a Full-Time student, you may leverage the SMU network on Day 1 to connect with more people, all day long. There are no classes on Fridays to allow students to go and build their network. And yes, you have the whole week to do so if you feel like it. 3. Starting your side-hustle as a student is EASIER in Singapore than anywhere else in the world. Cheers, Pascal - Launchers.asia

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Never too late. I started many times from scratch. I might start again in a few years. It might not be the most perfect career strategy but it is a risk to take. On to some pieces of advice... Some great starters... - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " With regard to industry. Since you are not passionate about any specific industry, focused on your skillsets and intrinsinc motivations to find roles that could suit you. From there on, you could end up in a few industries. Join one and figure out along the way how to excel in that industry before moving to a new industry... Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, Corporate Strategy at Ninjavan
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 23 Aug 2018
As I got to mingle with more peers from the service, I believe the options are simply broad. However, it is up to you on, 1. Picking your next step 2. Refining your profile for #1 3. Hustling your way into a new opportunity Simple. Yet. Challenging. Hope it helps. Pascal

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First. As per another previous answer... - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " Second. Once you got a clearer idea abour yourself at your CURRENT point in life. Then, maybe, you can start exploring the type of industries to go into. Why? Well, if you figured out from the first part that you are interested in working in a high pressure environment whereby split decision making are crucial for the well-being of thousands of people...then maybe a career as an air traffic controller would make sense for you...that's in the aviation industry fyi. The above was just an example. There are many scenarios. Please explore. Third. Pick a good school next. Whether it is great for the type of role you wish to get into or for the industry you would consider entering. If you can't make a case for it, pick a school that can give you the right support system (from classmates to school admin). This is probably the hardest of all 3 points. Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte

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Pascal Samsoon
Pascal Samsoon, Corporate Strategy at Ninjavan
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 03 Aug 2018
There are some very useful answers shared by other community members. Do read them . First. The investment is made on you by them. You know who. As such, you are bound to serve as well as bound to have your career (and maybe LIFE) carve out for you. Sorry, you are not going to be the Master Puppet anytime soon. Give it 20 years time. Second. I go back to some previous answers I made. - Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...) - Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...) - Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time... From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy... "The only person who knows what is right for you is you " Third. While you have pointed out "government". I think the real answer lies within you. Given the limited info, go on a self-discovery journey to understand whether you believe you are suited to make use of your talents as a civil servants or not. After all, what worked for other people might not work for you. Hope it helps Pascal from Time to first byte
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