Asked by Anonymous

Could anyone give me some advice on what I should focus on at this stage of my life? Earning more Money or gaining more Experience?

I'm turning 21 this year, I just finished NS and I'm waiting to enter UNI. I plan to work before i enter uni. I'm deciding between a good paying job (however I won't be learning much skills or be exposed to much) and a 6-month internship experience.

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    • Zann Chua
      Zann Chua

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      Answered 3d ago


      I personally would choose the 6-month intership over the good paying job. I think it is very important to be able to learn as much skills as possible when you have the opportunity. I am currently in uni and i realised how important skills are in terms of getting exco positions in clubs and also when applying for internships during the holidays. If you are not in need of the money i think that internship would be a better choice as compared to a high paying job.

      hope this helps and enjoy yourself before uni starts!

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    • Brandan Chen
      Brandan Chen, Financial Planner at Manulife Singapore
      156 Answers, 228 Upvotes
      Answered on 14 Feb 2019

      I was at the same stage as you about 8 years back. I chose to go into the sales line selling Time Magazine and other educational editorials to schools. The pay was great then about S$3k per month for 3 months considering that I just finished NS. The skills and people that I met during that short stint really taught me some life skills such as Communication, Relationship Management, Sales, Public Speaking etc.

      As for internships, it would also be beneficial if you know what you intend to pursue later on in the career. Given an option to turn back time, i woud still have gone for the sales job which i took up since the next 4 years in University would easily expose me to internships after internships every summer break

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    Nicholes Wong
    Nicholes Wong, Diploma in Business Management at Nanyang Polytechnic

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    13 Feb 2019

    You are waiting to go university. I think experience would be better as the experience and knowledge can not only help in the future, can also be useful when you enter university. If you are in need of money, good paying job will be beneficial but getting experience would be a better choice since you are still young.

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