Working and Studying to Pursue Your Dreams

Here are some tips for hitting the books and getting professional certifications even if you are working full-time after your diploma.
Anne Grace Savitha
Writer, gradsingapore

After graduating from the polytechnic, you have the option of working while studying. In that way, you get to be financially independent and strengthen your knowledge for your chosen industry at the same time.

1. Look out for companies which promote working and studying

To kill two birds with one stone by working and pursuing further studies at the same time, you need a supportive employer. Some companies offer polytechnic graduates the opportunity to work while taking up more qualifications. This can range from getting a degree or a professional certification.

Employers appreciate employees who are constantly looking for ways to upgrade their skills. So, while you’re still young and have time to spare, jump on these opportunities to be better at what you do!     

2. Join the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme lets fresh graduates from polytechnics and  the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) apply the skills and knowledge gained in school into the industry, giving them a head-start in a career related to what they studied.

The programme lasts for a year to one and a half years, including facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects. You will benefit from on-site trainings and receive an industry-recognised certification. Based on your performance, candidates also stand to gain from potential wage progression or career advancement from the specific employer.

All polytechnics in Singapore offer the Earn and Learn Programme, while participating employers get to recruit local young talent to grow industries critical to the nation.

3. Manage your time well

As a full-time employee, you will have a lot on your plate especially when you’re pursuing your degree on a part-time basis or taking extra qualifications. You will need to prioritise your professional and school work, and even make sacrifices for time spent with family and friends.

Juggling between work and your studies, you’ll need to work efficiently and focus on your books when the need arises. Double hatting is not easy but it might take you far in terms of career development opportunities.

It is possible to work and study at the same time, provided you’re willing to go the distance. Seize the opportunities available to you as a diploma graduate!