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Never too old for school

If you're a working adult and wish to go back to school, don't ever let anyone or anything stop you.




I know there must be a million thoughts running through your mind at this moment like 

1. Do I have enough money to pay for my school fees?

2. Do I have the time? After all I am working full time.

3. Which school and is the cert even recognised ?

4. What course should I take is it relevant to my job?


 I was in your shoes for many years ...


Mainly because I didn't have financial support and didn't know which school or course to choose .Until  last year, When  I got a job as an admin staff, I finally decided that I would take up a course at
SSTC - School for further education.Preparatory Course for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Diploma in Business Administration. I felt it was relevant to my job and in the long run the skills I pick up might be handy.

Do I have the time, I believe that if you make the effort you will find the time. I am taking evening classes and am thankful that my boss allowed me to take an hour off during school day and pay the hour back on another day.


For funding of your courses there is help available, in my case I am a union member and I approached NTUC to get SEP. The grant that I was given really helped a lot, I also chose to pay the rest of my school fees by down payment.

Do look out for posters that the government have at bus stops from time to time, I once saw a study grant being offered but it was meant for people aged 35 and above.


Which schools are recognised ? During my search I came to know that

Government Polytechnic

Nanyang poly - http://www.nyp.edu.sg/sbm/continuing-education-and-training-cet

Ngee Ann Poly - http://www.np.edu.sg/cet/courses/Pages/ptdiploma.aspx


These course can be completed within 2.5 to 3 years and you will will receive a CQA of S$1,000 upon graduation.

Private Schools

MDIS - Been around for a long time, Recognised in the private sector but according to a friend you can't use the diplomas to apply for university.

PSB and Kaplan - I know are recognised but it mostly depends on your employer if they accept it.

In the end I chose SSTC as they have been around since the 1970s and because SSTC was the first training centre to get approval by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to conduct the Certificate of Business Studies - Secretarial Practice (CBS-SP).

LCCI has been recognised in the private sector and sometimes when you do a job search on admin work employers ask if you have a LCCI accreditation.

Well I hope this has been helpful dear friends, Wish me luck :)












Going back to school with a dear friend

I am thrilled to finally be able to go back to school and upgrade myself. Due to circumstances my dear friend and I weren't able to get our diploma until this age.

I used to be so ashamed by only having an ITE certificate, I have tried applying for government polytechnics and was very disheartening as the traineeship course I took in ITE isn't linked to any other courses. Being rejected for courses time and time again is not piece of cake, really bashes your confidence.   

Well this year, I applied for a course in a private school with my friend, thanks to NTUC for applying the SEP for me. This grant will really help me with my school fees.

If you ever find yourself in my situation my advice to you is not to ever give up. My ex-boss from the ite traineeship course used to say he hires us because we have nowhere to run and will stick with the work we know. Well if I could see him today I would say, Dr Chua, you were dead wrong, I left reinvented myself, worked hard and carved out a lively-hood for myself.

I worked really hard to save up for my course fees. Sometimes in life the only one you can depend on is yourself. I was let down many times with empty promises and dashed dreams but I never gave up.
I strived on and worked hard to pave my way to school.

Am glad my friend's boss has offered to sponsor her for her course, off to school we go! At least we have each other to count on as we study together.

Wish us luck!