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Should I take up a government bonded scholarship (5 years) to study political science? Or should I work part-time to pay my school fees?

reason I'm asking is because my cousin recently graduated with this bond, and every day she just wishes she could change her job. And sh'e only 8 months into her job

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  • Serene Toh
    Serene Toh
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    Answered on 24 Dec 2018

    If you are going to study political science, with or without the scholarship it might be better to take the scholarships. If you don't like the job after, its more likely that its the course that's wrong for you and not the job (most jobs are the same no matter where you are).

    If you are taking the course just for the sake of a scholarship and the secure job. You really need to think about it. Research what the course is about and what type of job it will lead to. Then consider if you can tahan or not. Its not just the 5 year bond, its the time & effort in university as well.

    Most of the time people who take a government job are not looking for excitement, but just want a stable job that they can hold till retirement.

    Financially, it does make sense, to take the scholarship, only if you want to take that course or if you have no idea what you which course you want to study. if you are the type that can tahan and hold on. take it and use the 5 years to build your first pot of savings.

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    • Loh Tat Tian
      Absolutely. Nobody knows what job they like. The only issue here is the 5 years bond. Tahan and got your first pot of gold.
      26 Dec 2018
  • Steph Yeo
    Steph Yeo, Auntie Uncle Whisperer at Agency for Integrated Care
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    Answered on 20 Jan 2019

    Hi there, I studied pol sci too! But I think your question is more on the job that comes with the bond, instead of studying that subject right?

    What is it that your cousin dislikes about her job right now? Is it something that you think you can work with? Your personalities could be different, so maybe you’ll see the job differently. Anyway by the time it’s your turn to work, the job you’re gonna be bonded to could be v different already.

    I’d say give the scholarship a chance, ask as many questions as you can during the scholarship interview to help you understand more. I believe it’ll help your future employer see that you’re really sincere in wanting to fulfil your bond.

    All the best!

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  • Gabriel Tham
    Gabriel Tham
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    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    stable job. stable income. amazing!

    Get a bond is the safer choice. You dont even have to hunt for a job or worry no job!

    Anyway there is no guarantee you will find a job you love even if you break the bond.

    What's worse is no bond, hate job, no job security!

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  • Nicholes Wong
    Nicholes Wong, Diploma in Business Management at Nanyang Polytechnic
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    Answered on 24 Dec 2018

    Government bond means you will secure a job and have stable income. You wont have to worry too much about money and can focus on studies. It really depends on you. Some people are able to hold on for 5 years even if they dont like the job. Your cousin dont like, doesnt mean you wont like as well. Working part time while studying will be tougher and you will have to work hard to get a job after you graduate. Your resume and interview have to do good as well. Your part time job knowledge and skills may or may not be able to help you secure a job easier.

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