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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!
     

Man of steel

Dear and I met up after work at vivo to chill and have dinner, having heard from his aunt that Man of steel was awesome and it's a must watch . We decided to catch the midnight show.


I have been following the superman series for as long as I can remember, be it the animated version or drama series, I was a huge fan. Superman is definitely one of my favourites apart from x man and batman. Superheroes definitely are a part of my childhood, watching them on screen and learning values and morals beside that action pack stuff.


  I bet some of you remember this right ? This awesome series ran from 
September 1996 to February 2000

                                                         
The New Adventures of Superman , Lois & Clark. Featuring  Dean Cain as Superman/Clark Kent and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane. I felt that this series was Teri our beloved desperate house wives's break as a lead actress . The series ran from September 1993 to June 1997, haha I still remember watching this series during my primary school days on channel 5.

Ok now back to the movie man of steel, WARNING stop reading now if you don't want spoilers.




Alrighty, Man of steel what's the diff from the other cartoons,dramas and movies from this superhero?
Well  for one it's definitely more sci-fi ish, be prepared to watch a bunch of "aliens" hunt superman down and aim to destroy the world.I loved the action and the flashbacks from Clark's childhood but this sci-fi stuff maybe interesting to know about his past and all but it is very hard to swallow.

Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed the film just the sci-fi stuff isn't really my cup of tea. I loved the little jokes from here and there and the action was awesome, not forgetting that the superman actor  Henry Cavill is really really hot !!! ah lol .

The film has it's softer side, with Clark's flashback to his childhood and his love of his foster mother, the only lady who could get him out of the janitors closet thumbs up mum! Being an outcast and it was heartbreaking to watch his real parents sending him away to safety from krypton.

All in all it wasn't a bad film , I for one wouldn't mind watching it again, so if you haven't caught it and is sitting at home bored... head down to your nearest cinema to catch it :)

I give this movie 4/5 clouds

Well 4/5 because it had a good script and a good ending which is a standard which most films sadly don't meet these days.