15 October 2012

Why I Dropped Out of Polytechnic

Readers and followers who have read through my Profile Page would have noticed that I have a funny educational background entry which is graduating from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Games Design & Development (Incomplete). So what exactly happened and why did I made this hard decision which many others would not even consider?

Skills & Interests Mismatch
What comes up in your mind when someone mention to you that he is currently pursuing a Diploma course in Games Design and Development? Computer Programming right? Unfortunately, that is not the case.

The core module of this Diploma course is known as Games Design & Development Studio. There are absolutely no exams and its primary mode of assessment is through Assignments, Projects, and Portfolio Review. The assessment criteria focuses heavily on Artistic Drawing and Digital Painting skills of which both are my greatest weaknesses.

Having pursued the Diploma course for 1 year 6 months, my grades reflected who and what I truly am. My core competencies are in the fields of Business Management, Finance Management, and Creative Writing which are way off the primary focus of the Diploma course which are Artistic Drawing, Digital Painting, and 3D Modeling.

Personal Deception
I attempted to deceive myself time after time and pushing myself to continue the course after the first 6 months, believing that I can excel in the artistic areas so long as I invest a lot of time and effort in practicing. Unfortunately, things did not work out as I thought they would.

As time passes by, the grading criteria of the artistic skill sets are going up while my grades are going down. I have always wanted to drop out of the Diploma course since the start but could not muster the courage to do so due to peer pressure from my family as well as friends. And for that, I continued to deceive myself and continued to pursue a Diploma course which is not in any way related to my core competencies.

The Decisive Moment
Finally, after a prolonged period of meaningless struggle, I came to a point of understanding and accepted the fact that I really applied and pursued the wrong Diploma course. I am finally able to muster the courage to make the hard decision of withdrawing from the Diploma course. And so I did it, I stopped the meaningless wastage of time and money pursuing for that something which I can never reach.

Leveraging on your Strengths
At the end of this chain of events, I would like to share with my readers and followers the important lessons of life which I have learnt through the hard way.

Always follow your heart and be true to yourself.
Pursue your passion and live the dream!

Never do something just because someone else said so or because there is a rumor about a certain field which can earn you a lot of money. Money will, in some way, come to you when you are doing what you love, loving what you do, solving real life problems, and fulfilling the unmet needs of the people who are more than willing to pay for what you can do best.

No one knows what you can or cannot do.
You are the only one who knows yourself best.

Having left Singapore Polytechnic, I went on to pursue the Diploma in Commerce (Business Administration) course offered by Kaplan Higher Education Institute. I managed to complete the course, scoring well in the areas of my core competencies, and have been awarded with a Diploma qualification.

Career Development & You
Are you eagerly looking forward to the start of another day at school or work?

If your answer is a 'Yes', you are on the right track!
Continue to pursue your passion and you will reach your dream destination in time to come!

If your answer is a 'No', you might be traveling the wrong path.
Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. If you are pursuing the incorrect course or career path, you might want to consider switching to the correct one as soon as possible with the least wastage of time and money.

Life is short, and you only get to live once.
Pursue your passion and live the dream!

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