QUOTE(Nana2000 @ May 23 2023, 04:28 PM)
I appreciate the sharing! And it's discouraging to know it's way more competitive than I would have expected.
Yes, I do consider to work as an RA first there, hopefully I can get one as I saw there are many positions advertised on Careerjet.
Did you apply to University in Hong Kong (eg. HKU) back then? Cause I heard one will automatically awarded with the Postgraduate scholarship (which is 18,000 HKD per month) once they get accepted. Is it as competitive as in NUS?
Well, you have to compete with a pool of talents, especially for PhD. Frankly speaking, neither NUS nor NTU are their first choice, usually these Unis are their 2nd/alternative option when they get rejected by the Ivy Leagues
But, don't be discouraged, you can just proceed to submit your application. Chances may be slim but not to none. They may offer you a Master instead of PhD (no scholarship for this).
To secure an RA, never apply through portal because those job posted on portals are for the sake of procedure (someone has already filled that posiiton). Instead, google up a supervisor of your interest, send an email to him/her ask for a position.
I have never applied to other universities aside from NTU (which I was working as an RA), but surprisingly got accepted by NUS.
I did a Master in IPTA before I worked as an RA in Singapore. So, I had quite a long history of research prior securing a position.
This may sound a little harsh.
Frankly speaking, in UTAR, the facilities available for research is close to non-existence, I was there, so I know, unless you did your research in Sg. Long campus (yet still suffer from consumables). I was at both campuses so I had the privilege to compare.
Pursuing a Master/PhD in IPTA is not a bad option either, the top 4 RU in Malaysia have quite strong fundings (if you can't secure an RA/PhD position in Sg).
My best suggestion is to try out RA in either Sg (which could be very demanding) or in Msia (more relaxing). Decide if you would like to pursue of master/PhD. I have seen many drop outs .. too many students to be frank ..
Don't pursue a postgraduate if you are only interested with the title. It will bring you no where, do it only if you're into research. If you're a protocol person, I would say just forget it. If you're a person who always try to make protocol simpler by understanding the fundamentals, yes you're on the right path.