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I have a 3 month long term break coming up (studying accounting in university). Should I use the time to go for new courses (thinking investment/coding) or use it to get an internship?

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  • Charmaine Goh
    Charmaine Goh
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered on 26 Mar 2019

    Just curious, which year are you in actually? I think as a freshman internships may not offer as much because of the limited knowledge you have in accounting, assuming you are looking at internships in an accounting firm. Hence it might be more beneficial to acquire new skills that can go a long way in helping you in both your university courses and future internships. As a senior, having an internship to put what you've learnt to practice in a practical environment would definitely be helpful and also help you remain competitive amongst your peers in my opinion.

    Or of course as other commenters have mentioned, why not do both! the internship experience is definitely valuable since work and school have undoubtedly different environments and 3 months is a fairly long period of time that can surely be dedicated to more than 1 thing:)

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  • Junus Eu
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    Answered on 20 Mar 2019

    I definitely would go for the internship, because:

    1. It adds to your real work experience
    2. One has to learn on the job for the internship in any case!
    3. Apart from knowledge, you also get to meet people in the industry you are interested in.
    4. No harm earning money on the side.

    Besides, you can use your free time to study, especially for subject matters like investment or coding!

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  • Jonathan Chia Guangrong
    Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 23 Mar 2019

    Why not do both? Investment courses usually take place over the weekend for one weekend only, with follow ups taking place via fb/telegram or webinars / physical meet up sessions. At least for the one I go for. So it's very possible to have both in your schedule during your 3 month period

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  • Kishor Bhagwat
    Kishor Bhagwat
    Level 4. Prodigy
    Answered on 23 Mar 2019

    Both.

    Internship is priority. But you can spend a couple of hours every week reading up on investment.

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  • Gabriel Lee
    Gabriel Lee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 27 Dec 2018

    Go for a short internship stint as the experience will give you a competitive edge and add more value to your portfolio which should come in handy when you're job hunting after you graduate as compared to your peers who might have no experience

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  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 27 Dec 2018

    If accounting is what you want to do, then internship would be better. Investment/coding can be learnt whenever you are free.

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  • Yixiong Chang
    Yixiong Chang
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 27 Dec 2018

    Internship will be worth much more. It will help u greatly after u graduate. Try to get into a big name firm. The mere name of the firm on your resume will give u an edge over your peers. Another important thing is the contacts u will be getting, build a good relationship with all your superiors during your intern. They can be powerful referrals.

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  • Daniel Ling
    Daniel Ling
    Level 4. Prodigy
    Answered on 27 Dec 2018

    Internship is much better if this is your choice of career.

    It's not require but it helps.

    Who knows you might even decide to switch after going through it. Make sure You do it seriously though.

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