There’s been lots of talk about the importance of upskilling yourself to meet the economic challenges in the jobs industry nowadays. Whether you are a fresh graduate who’s looking for an edge in finding your new job or a professional who’s looking to further your career by equipping yourself with new skill sets, one can definitely benefit from further studies and attaining additional qualifications.
Here’s the good news: if you are looking for financial assistance, the SAFRA Bond-Free Education Scheme is offering sponsorship to its members with its partnership with various private educational institutions (PEIs). You can choose to do your Diploma, Degree or Masters programme from the list of available courses offered by each institution. For more information on the SAFRA Bond-Free Education Scheme, visit https://www.safra.sg/promotions/bond-free-education-scheme
Here are some of the more popular picks, be sure to check them out:
Work As A Psychologist
With the growing concern for mental health, social cohesion, and responsible behavior, there is also an increased demand for psychologists across various industries. These include schools, public and private hospitals, academic and applied research settings, law courts, prisons, police forces, defence forces, private practice, consulting firms… and the list goes on.
Are you interested in how people think, feel and behave? Are you curious to know how psychological principles can be used to deal with issues such as mental health, social harmony, crime reduction, and sustainability? If so, you may wish to consider the courses in Psychological Science at the Singapore campus of James Cook University Singapore (JCU) which will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to pursue a career in psychology. In these courses, you will be trained in the fields of analytic thinking and learn scientific research methods that will be relevant to a broad range of careers. You will also benefit from practical skills training in state-of-the-art facilities which include research labs and their on-campus Psychology Clinic that is equipped with a high quality audio and visual recording system.
Choose from available courses like Diploma of Higher Education (Majoring in Psychological Science), Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Master of Psychology (Clinical).
Other than JCU’s offerings of Psychology courses, you can also explore options offered by institutions, like BSc Psychology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), which provides a broad-based programme covering a range of theoretical, conceptual, analytical and functional skills in Psychology.
Immerse In Aquaculture And Environmental Science
Sustainability has become a core keyword on everyone’s mind in recent times due to its increasing importance. Want to help make an impact? Study the Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology) and you will learn how to develop a sustainable, food secure, future.
Offered at the Singapore Campus of James Cook University, this unique major explores the scientific and practical applications of breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments, at their brand new Aquaculture Research and Teaching Facility designed with state-of-the-art systems. You will learn to understand the biodiversity of species and how they are farmed, the design of aquaculture systems, and the basics of nutrition, genetics and aquatic animal health.
Possible career paths for graduates in this course includes hatcheries management, stock improvement programs and health management, fresh water and marine farming, and aquaculture research and development.
If environmentalism interests you, how about exploring its career options by signing up for the Resources, Population and Environmental Management (CSD519) course? This programme is designed to equip students with knowledge on issues of environmental sustainability and environmental management strategies, so you will emerge with the skillsets required of an environmentalist.
Become A Business/Finance Guru
Thinking of furthering your career in business administration or trying to make a mark in the finance sector? You will have an added edge with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). SUSS offers about 80 degree programmes in various disciplines which adopts a flexible and practice-focused learning approach for both fresh school leavers and adult learners.
SUSS is a university with a rich heritage in inspiring lifelong education and transforming society through social sciences. They develop work-ready graduates and work-adaptive alumni to their fullest potential through their 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness of the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning.
If you are more interested to make your mark in the world of commerce, consider signing up for one of Kaplan’s Business & Management courses which offer Diploma in Commerce (Business Administration), Diploma in Commerce (General Studies), Diploma in Commerce (Human Resource Management) and Diploma in Commerce (Logistics & Supply Chain Management), Diploma in Commerce (Marketing Management) and Diploma in Commerce (Sales & Retail Management). You can choose to complete your Diploma in a part-time or full-time basis, with online learning mode available due to the COVID-19 measures.
Other than SUSS and Kaplan, there is also a range of business and finance courses available from SIM Global Education (SIMGE), TMC Academy, First Media Design School (FMDS) and East Asia Institute of Management (EAIM) which you can pick from.
Be An Artificial Intelligence Specialist
With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) in many job industries, from the automotive industry to fintech, social media, e-commerce and entertainment, this is an area of specialization which has a bright future. At Aventis School of Management, their suite of artificial intelligence courses aim to teach the practical impact AI can have on an organization, with a focus on real-world applications that help students to recognise the opportunities and threats AI could present for their industries.
You can choose from an exciting suite of Professional Development, Graduate Diploma and Master Degree programmes. These progammes include their flagship 6 months part-time Graduate Diploma of Artificial Intelligence Strategy for Business, Graduate Diploma in Data Science and AI.
To provide their learners with the most current and industry relevant content, they collaborate with Artificial Intelligence Singapore (AISG) to incorporate the AI4I (AI for Industry) content inti their programmes. Upon completion of their programme, besides a Graduate Diploma, learners will also receive a certificate of completion from AI Singapore. Advanced learners can also consider to apply for the Master of Science in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (12 months-PT) Masters Degree programme awarded by London Metropolitan University in the UK.
Aventis School of Management also offers many other courses, including Business Administration, Digital Marketing Social Psychology and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Counselling, Applied Positive Psychology and Mindfulness, Counter Terrorism and Security and Organizational Psychology. There’s also courses which focus on the digitalization aspects of industry processes, such as Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Digital Marketing and Gamification (e-Learning), Digital Transformation & Innovation and Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.
Visit aventis.edu.sg for more information.
Get A Head Start As A Sports Professional
If you have an immense interest in sports and want to make it your career, then consider the Sport Science courses available at PSB Academy’s School of Life and Physical Sciences. Sign up for their Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences and learn the fundamentals in sport coaching, nutrition, anatomy and sports psychology which will allow you to have a head start at becoming a sports professional.
PSB Academy also offers a range of other courses that specialise in a myriad of industry-ready disciplines, from Diplomas to Degree and Postgraduate Courses.
Another course to consider is the Bachelor of Sports and Physical Education with Minor offered by the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), which is developed in consultation with the Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy (PESTA) and experts in physical education (PE). In this course, you can choose not only to focus on various areas including sports coaching, teaching primary/secondary school physical education, and outdoor education but also a Minor study of your choice.
Start Your Journey In Performing Arts
Have a love and passion for the arts? Think about studying music or dance to further your career options. At Singapore Raffles Music College (SRMC), one of Singapore’s leading schools for higher learning in music and dance that is registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE), you can find a range of courses dedicated to performing arts.
Programmes offered by the school includes Diploma in Music, Advanced Diploma in Music, Advanced Diploma in Dance, Bachelor of Music (Honours) Music Performance – Level 6, Bachelor of Music (Honours) Music Performance and Recording, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Music Management, and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Dance – Level 6.
With its team of highly qualified and dedicated academic professionals, plus its partnership with the University of West London (UWL), London College of Music (LCM) – one of the most prestigious tertiary institutions in the UK, you know you are in good hands at this college if you are intending to pursue a career in the arts.
Visit srmc.edu.sg for more information.
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