Why many people choose to study a diploma instead of a degree?

It is not easy to decide on what or where you want to be in the future, especially if that future is still another 30+ years of your life. When you choose a course it is obvious that you want what is best for you.

The chances are that vocational knowledge and skills learnt while studying a diploma may help you achieve your goals effectively.

Below are a few reasons and opinions why many people prefer to register for a diploma instead of a degree:

1. Study duration

Most diplomas are two years of full-time time or 3 years of part-time studies as opposed to most degrees being 3 years of full-time or 4-6 years of part-time studies. Diplomas are often focused on specific skills and knowledge and by completing your studies sooner; you have the opportunity to enter the workforce at an earlier stage.

2. Diplomas make you job ready

There is a shortage of skilled workers. Many national diploma courses require students to do both simulated and actual work practicals. The skills gained during your studies and practicals give diploma graduates an advantage over students who only did theoretical studies, thus diplomas make you job ready.

3. Diploma studies are often more affordable

Academic institutions charges different fees for different courses but often the cost of a diploma is less given the shorter study time and various other factors.

Speaking of study fees, potential students must ensure that they are aware of what is included and excluded from college fees. Some institutions require you to purchase your own textbooks, pay extra for exams or external institution fees. On the other hand, others such a Unigrad College INCLUDE all textbooks and study material, internal and external exams and professional body fees in their course fee.

4. Many diplomas have flexible / open entry requirements

A large number of school leavers do not qualify to study a degree as the entry requirements are very rigid. Universities are very strict on the “points you need to score” to be accepted for degree studies. Many diploma courses are not as reliant on these scores as the minimum entry requirement for a National N Diploma is a pass in grade 12 or relevant N3 qualification.

To find out more about how full-time or part-time studies at Unigrad College can help you, visit www.unigradcollege.co.za or contact info@unigradcollege.co.za | WhatsApp 0760691993 | T 013 755 3503

Riaan Loubser (Principal – Unigrad College)

5 Things employers consider when hiring staff

I have been in private education for 20+ years. I have noticed many companies approaching recruitment of staff a bit differently to a few years ago. They are becoming a lot more prudent and practical when hiring staff. It is not just a matter of having to fill a vacant position. The company needs to ensure that they employ staff who is “fit for purpose”.

Here are 5 things employers may consider before saying yes to an applicant…..

1. Your CV

They will scrutinize your CV, considering factors such as spelling, grammar and accuracy. Why would you be considered a potential employee if your CV, a tool to promote you, is riddled with errors? They can rightfully assume that this will also happen in your job.

2. Communication skills

Companies are built, operated and supported by people. The ability to listen and process information is vital. Staff is required to participate in solving problems and therefore you will be expected to decipher information and translate it into solutions.

As a side note: Using text language and emoji’s should be avoided in formal communication.

3. Attitude

Today you will be judged on what you have done in the past. You need to constantly strive for personal improvement. Your attitude can positively or negatively determine the outcome of future growth, promotion and job satisfaction. Companies pay you to do a job and expect you to contribute to the sustainability of the business.

Times change, you are expected to change too. Job descriptions may lay a foundation as the core of what you are expected to do, but always do more. The days of saying “it’s not in my job description” are over and smacks of a bad attitude.

4. It’s more than just your diploma

So you graduated and your diploma is proudly displayed on the wall. This is a great achievement that must be celebrated! Employers however are starting to look beyond the qualification; they want to know your results and ability to submit projects on time. Your diploma is very important but how you achieved it is equally important.

5. Be prepared to be tested again

Your qualification serves as evidence that you have been declared competent in your chosen field of study. Be prepared to have your knowledge “tested” and applied to the workplace. This may take place in discussions during an interview or as a formal assessment or practical demonstration.

If, for example you are qualified as a graphic designer you should at any time be able to demonstrate your skills using a multitude of design software.

Learning does not stop after your final exam. Today we are expected to learn, un-learn, re-learn and continue learning as lifelong students on a journey of continuous self-improvement.

Riaan Loubser (Principal – Unigrad College)

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