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What do you think is the best course of action: Choosing a degree program or diploma?

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  • mjmnl
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    In our country, most of the tertiary level provider offers degree programs. It is quite rare to find universities or colleges offering diploma courses. When I moved to 3 other countries to study for my master's, I learned that it is common in all those countries for people to take certificate and diploma courses after secondary school and still have a great chance to be in the workforce. Guess my country has a higher standards even for basic wage jobs 😫

  • Bjun
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    Do you mean freelancing while OP completes his diploma or degree? That's the beauty of freelance, isn't it, you can work and study at the same time.

    Also, I need to look into these paralegal and transcription jobs you're talking about. Which platforms are you using?

  • Bjun
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    Good point. A lot of industries do not require a college degree but a college degree will certainly help you climb up the professional ladder. I agree that you can always start with a diploma program as a stepping stone. It would be good to note too, that if you would be using your diploma to gain credits for further studies, to make sure the uni or college you'd be applying to would recognise your diploma.

  • Bjun
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    What path have you decided to take? I mean, enrolling to an online course might be a good option if you haven't decided on enrolling to uni yet.

  • mjmnl
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    The pandemic has made us rethink all our decisions in life. For now, our goal is just to survive and continue to be healthy. And because of the pandemic, we're uptight when it comes to our finances. A lot of people have lost their jobs. It's always smart to check your financial status before divulging into something especially if it may affect your life in the future. For some, they get the diploma or certificate, earn money and experience then take the degree afterwards. It's never too late for formal studies.

  • Bjun
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    Good point on working part-time. One of the perks of online learning where you're in charge of your own schedule. I agree, he can always get a diploma to boost his chances of employment. It's faster than getting a degree.

  • Kamille
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    I agree Alex_Ivanovski. It all depends on the career goal. However, with this pandemic, I wouldn't risk incurring thousands of dollars in debt for a degree that will not assuredly get me a job in this economic climate. Nowadays, a great skill set will net more opportunities for income than a simple degree.
    Last edited by Kamille; 07-20-2020, 08:25 PM.

  • Bjun
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    Have you decided on what career path to take? I think knowing what job you'd like to have would have a big impact in determining if you need to go to uni or if you can opt to get a diploma from a vocational or online college instead. For my friends that didn't have the financial capacity to study in uni, I advised to get a diploma first. This would give them a better chance at employment, which may allow them to (hopefully) save up to study in uni.

  • Lou
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    I believe it depends on what industry you are trying to aim for. If you aspire to be in the health industry, most likely than not, you need to get a license for you to get a job. In this case, a degree is most appropriate. However, if you aim for unregulated industries such as photography, floristry, horticulture, or other unregulated industries, I would recommend a Diploma. Distance learning gives you an advantage not only because the course fee is much cheaper compared to universities, but you can also work and make some money while studying. There is no need to compromise your daily tasks and activities.

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  • JerryYan
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    This is true Decide based on the scope and scale..and that too depends on the industry you will want to participate in. A degree will take time and it can be time well-spent too! On the other hand, taking a career course can be a great jump-off point that will allow work experience to develop even as you invest in a degree a year or two down the road.

  • Alex_Ivanovski
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    Gday Isac. It really depends on your needs and objectives. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer I would say the degree is mandatory. But you are going into other professions a degree is just a waste of time. A vocational diploma is still a qualification, a credential that with demonstrating to an employer that you have the skills to perform certain tasks or work. It will save you time and money and give you the time to clock up more experience which in the long run will earn you more and everyone is looking for more real-life experience than someone who has spent years studying for a degree but has no experience.

    These days universities are producing more graduates then there are jobs and this is a problem. University once used to be a special and prestigious thing but now everyone seems to have a degree, graduates end up working in areas not even related to their studies. If I look back to my graduating classes of 2003. Out of my group of 30 or so friends, only 2 or so are actually working the professions we studied for (advertising/ marketing). If we had just done a diploma we would have the skills and be out their more quickly. The investment would have been lower and the turn around time quicker.

    Those are my thoughts! Wishing you all the best in search and contemplations.

  • Isaac Edoh
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    Both are good but degree broadens your scope better than the diploma. On the other hand check your financial status to suit what's best.

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  • jcoppi29
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    I think it would depend on the job market you're aiming for and your goals and preferences. Some jobs do not exactly require degrees because they're focused on particular skillsets, like coding, programming, or web design, for example. If the skill you're looking for is very marketable and in high demand, you can focus on non-degree programs once you find out which skills are in demand. Degrees usually apply for very technical courses that require degrees or masters qualifications like registered nurses, psychotherapists etc.

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  • GladysMae
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    The answer will depend on your resources and your objective. If you do not have the financial resources, the time capital, forego getting a degree. For now, at least. Take a diploma course, work, have all your ducks in a row. Then if you still want to go get that degree, by all means, do so.

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  • mjmnl
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    I agree with LifelongLearner with his thoughts that it will depend on the person's career goals. I know a lot of people who are still paying back their student loans even after working full time for 3 years. Some of them really didn't mind the fees because they always take pride in taking up their degree program and it brought them to the stable job they have now. However, there are also others who have slight regret spending so much and realized they could've spent this in training, certificates, and diplomas. That really depends on your goals. So before you go for something, think about it a million times.

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