Poly VS JC: Which is better? Here’s What You Got to Know


It is the time of the year again for our O level students to decide on their education path. “Poly or JC?” This question has been going on forever, debating on whether one is better than the other.

The truth is, there isn’t a clear-cut “better path” for everyone. It all boils down to your personal needs and interests. Here’s what you got to know!

1. What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

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If you wish to find the fastest route to University, then JC is the way to go. 2 years might seem pretty short, but the amount of studying you have to put in is no joke. Say goodbye to your social life and sleep unless you have excellent time management skills. 

If you want to be able to earn a diploma that will be able to grant you access to workforce, then poly is for you. Although JC is a much faster route to University, there are also poly students that are able to enter into our local Universities. In fact, up to 20% of poly students are able to do so.

2. Pursuing Your Interest

Do you have any specific course in mind? If you would like to study a course that would be specific to what you are interested in, poly would be a catch for you. Polytechnics are designed for students to specialise in their areas of interest, giving them hands-on experience of the specific courses to facilitate their transition into the workforce.  

If you are clueless and unsure of what you would like to pursue, perhaps JC would be a better choice for you. JC is catered to students who would like to experiment on subjects and areas where they might be interested in. They cover a wide range of subjects that you are exposed to, such as Economics, Biology and Literature. However, they aren’t specific skill sets and are more content-based knowledge as compared to poly’s style of learning.

3. Student’s life

JC is very much like in secondary school; you will be with the same batch of people for the whole of 2 years. You still have to wear your uniform to school every day and adhere to the typical school rules that we are all familiar with.

It’s a phase in your life that you will definitely miss when you enter the workforce. If you are one who doesn’t mind the strict rules and tight timetables to adhere to, JC might just be the one for you. 

You can really get a glimpse into university or even adult life when in polytechnic. No one will call you up when you skip or score badly in school. Also, the projects and internships will definitely equip you with real-life work experience and give you first-hand insight into the working world.

Best thing is that your lecturers are industry professionals themselves; you will gain insights into the industry standards that you are in. The greatest perks of Poly is probably the freedom to wear your choice of clothing to school. To some, it might even be the main factor to join poly!

Ultimately, it still depends on your interests and your personal preferences. Just make sure that it is something that you want, not something that your friends want. Choose wisely!

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