Private degrees: Worth it or not?

Are private degrees worth it? When paper qualifications matter, to a certain degree

File photo showing a graduation ceremony at the Singapore Institute of Management.
File photo showing a graduation ceremony at the Singapore Institute of Management.PHOTO: ST FILE

Many students believe a degree is the key to job mobility and promotions. So despite a survey showing less than half of private school graduates got full-time work 6 months after finishing their studies, the chase is very much on

A local private degree can cost as much as $50,000 but the question of its real worth in the job market has come up once more.

A recently released survey by Singapore's private education regulator found that less than half - 47.4 per cent - of private school graduates got full-time work six months after finishing their studies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline ' When paper qualifications matter, to a certain degree'. Print Edition | Subscribe