Lifelong learning: Key to traversing the dynamic job market



Human resources assistant, Ms Nurul Atyqa Binte Zainal says her recipe for success in the competitive job market is having a degree from Murdoch University

In a developed society like Singapore with a large educated population, the job market is becoming increasingly competitive.

Data from the Singapore Department of Statistics shows over 900,000 Singapore residents aged 25 years and above have attained university degrees as their highest qualification last year, a 70 per cent increase from 2008 – raising the benchmark further for entry-level positions in the market.

“It’s a competitive world out there, so I need to acquire skills, knowledge and a Double Major Degree to enhance my career prospects,” says Ms Nurul Atyqa Binte Zainal, 26, a human resources (HR) assistant.

Given her industry knowledge as a HR professional, she realises that getting her Bachelor’s Degree is key to advancing her career further.

Completing a Degree programme also has another upside: the 2018 report from Ministry of Manpower’s Comprehensive Labour Force Survey shows that a Degree holder earns more on average over their peers over time, allowing your hard work to pay greater dividends.

According to calculations of the gross monthly annual income of tertiary level graduates surveyed, a diploma holder at age 25 who defers his or her degree for three years might miss out on $27,720 (over the next three years). A diploma holder at age 30 who defers his or her degree for 10 years might miss out on $92,400 (over the next 10 years).

In May 2017, she started her journey in pursuing a part-time Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management and Management (Double Major) at Murdoch University.

“Management is a tangible skill that is hard to acquire without proper knowledge or guidance and would be very useful in preparing for an upgrade in my job responsibilities,” she adds.

Her decision to study at Murdoch University is largely due to the university’s established reputation among companies here and also the flexibility that the programmes offer for students with full-time jobs.

Students can choose the number of modules to take per semester. It also offers technology-integrated learning, which allows students to attend lessons and conduct discussions either online or in person.

“The knowledge I gained from my classes has injected in me a newfound interest in my job. I am inspired to forge ahead and overcome my hurdles, because I know I will be rewarded with a better career once I graduated,” she adds.

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Article by: Hafiz Rasid.

Source: The New Paper dated: 23 October 2019
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