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Started school part time (2 weeks in) while working full time. I feel like I'm in it just for the paper chase...?

Feeling very sian because i feel like i am not interested/ am not 读书的料. However quitting now will make me feel like i wasted my money. I feel like I am just paper chasing. Sigh.

Worried about my future. Currently earning 3.5k as a 28 yo. Progression is slow at work. (Healthcare). No one wants to hire diploma grads (according to job portals).

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Hi, im going to share my point of view. I juggle work and school for 4 years with a salary range from 2300 - 2860. I work as a blue collar worker with a job that average singaporeans dont like it at all. Yes, im in the customer service which i serve guest from all walks of life. Be it good or the nasty ones.

When i reach the finishing line which is graduation this year and i got certificate. The biggest pandemic occurs which is the virus. Jobless increasing, paycuts, retrencement, unemployment, bla bla bla.

Do i feel sian? Definitely. I always though going back to school and upgrade myself will bring me better opportunity. But look at where am in now? Im still at my current work place. Oh well, nobody expect this virus thing to occur right?

Do i regret it? No. It truely make me appreciate the small things in life and really make me a better person. Hopefully my hardwork will be rewarded one day.

My advice is do what you want. You have control of your own future. If your course of interest is want you want than continue. Or not, focus your effort on other matters.

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In a similar situation a few years ago, but much worse condition. Working a full time job which only paid me $2400 at age 25, study part time studies at a private institution doing distance learning. Almost everyone around me said it was a stupid choice to study that uni because it was too common and low ranking ,and that hiring managers will simply throw my application. Fast forward to today, happy that I completed the programme and living a good life now, much better than all of those who think that I made a wrong choice back then. So, cheer up! Finish it and see how you can progress from there!

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Becareful not to get sucked into the Sunk Cost Fallacy. IMO, if you're intent is not in the right place then you'll most likely won't be enjoying the journey anyways.

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Hi anon!! In my opinion, it depends on your situation. If you have kids and you’re the breadwinner of the family or heavily contributes, I don’t suggest switching? But if you’re single or don’t have children you can consider taking a risk?

It would be a waste to stop pursuing your degree. But also think of it this way, if your grades cannot make it, continuing is just a waste of time and money. However, it is true that degree holders do have better pay progressions compared to diploma holders. If you still want to continue with your current job perhaps just suck it up and push through for a better pay.

But, if you are thinking of a career switch, I feel like maybe you can try to explore your options still like during your spare time to find out what you’re interested in? start building your portfolio? Like attend seminars or like courses that are relevant to what you’re interested in or even take up internships :’)

The woke salaryman also have pretty awesome articles related to career switching? Like these

https://thewokesalaryman.com/2020/09/30/before-you-change-careers-in-your-30s-read-this/

https://thewokesalaryman.com/2020/06/15/i-switched-careers-at-34-and-became-a-data-analyst-heres-how/

I really hope that I managed to help in some way :’) and good luck!!

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