What Are Your Options After Diploma?

Posted on: 12th March, 2021

So you’ve graduated from polytechnic finally after three eventful years. Congrats! What’s next after getting your diploma? Well, here are some options that you may want to consider.

Take a Gap year to do something you like.

That’s right. Life is after all about enjoying your journey and doing what you like. Taking a Gap year can be that much needed “rest and reset” period you have been waiting for. By the end of the Gap year, you may find yourself not only refreshed and recharged, but also brimming with creative ideas for your life’s goals to make a positive difference in the world.

“Wait a minute — what’s a Gap year?” As the word “gap” implies, a Gap year is a year between leaving school and starting university that is usually spent travelling or volunteering or learning new skills, etc. There is no hard and fast rule on how to spend your Gap year.

Studies have shown that rest boosts health and creativity. By the end of the Gap year, you may find yourself not only refreshed and recharged, but also full of creative ideas for your life’s goals to make a positive difference in the world.

Find your first job or look for an internship.

Some polytechnic graduates choose to find their first job or look for an internship. While waiting to enter university, you can look for a part-time job to gain industry experience. The 2020 Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey (GES) found that close to nine in ten polytechnic students found employment (permanent, freelance or part-time) within six months of their graduation in 2020.

On the other hand, you may explore internship or traineeship with a company in order to get experience of a particular type of work. You may wish to take advantage of the government’s support during the current economic climate due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The SGUnited Traineeships Programme aims to support those who graduated or will be graduating in 2019 to 2021, including those from polytechnics, to take up traineeship opportunities across several sectors. Not only will the programme equip you with valuable industry experience, it will also allow you to gain a firmer foothold in the job market during the economic recovery.

Doing an internship or traineeship has several benefits, such as allowing you to know yourself better, earning spare cash, networking professionally, learning new hands-on skills, and picking up soft skills such as building relationships with colleagues and working in a team effectively.

Further your studies with an autonomous (publicly-funded) university.

The six autonomous universities in Singapore are National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Together, they provide a wide range of academic, research, work-learn and student life options to cater to your diverse interests and learning styles. You get to study and acquire knowledge and skills both inside and outside of the classroom.

What can a university education do for you? Besides boosting your chances of landing a good, well-paying job, it can prepare you to be future-ready. For example, some degree programmes emphasise on applied learning and challenge students to use their academic knowledge to solve problems around them. They do so by collaborating with industry partners, where students get to reinforce their understanding of basic theories through practice.

Further your studies with a Private Education Institution.

PSB Academy

The Ministry of Manpower’s Labour Force Survey 2020 shows that private degree graduates over the longer term enjoy better employment prospects and increased earning potential. By earning your degree, you get to stay competitive in the job market. Also, according to PSB Academy Graduate Employment Survey 2020, the class of 2019 has an employment rate of almost 8 in 10. The employment rate refers to the number of graduates employed as a proportion of graduates in the labour force, and includes all graduates from full/part-time degree courses in 2019 six months after examinations.

Do you know that Polytechnic graduates can gain advance entry to PSB Academy degree courses? That means you can complete a course in a shorter time frame! Not only that, PSB Academy partners with distinguished universities from Australia, and the UK to offer external degree programmes.

If you wish to study a degree course with PSB Academy, you can choose from various disciplines, including Business, Digital Marketing, Life Sciences, Sport Sciences, IT and Computer Science, Engineering, etc.

Work and study.

What if you prefer more flexibility in your lifestyle? Maybe you want to have the best of both worlds by being able to work and study, so that you can earn money and upgrade your knowledge and skills at the same time. If so, there are part-time degree courses that you can take, where you can attend the classes after working hours or during the weekends. They allow you to maximise your time and build up your task management skills, among other benefits.

It may interest you to know that PSB Academy offers part-time courses across a wide variety of disciplines, as mentioned earlier.

Want to know more about PSB Academy? You can sign up for their upcoming Online Open House in March 2021. During the event, you can chat with their programme consultants to learn more about their programmes and attend webinar sessions conducted by alumni and industry speakers. You can also enjoy up to S$10,000 rebates and stand a chance to win a Secretlab chair*.


*Terms and conditions apply: https://openhouse.psb-academy.edu.sg/march2021