Degree or Skill Education?

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Having a degree versus being experienced in a particular field has always been a hot debate. While many prefer a certificate from a university showing their expertise, others favour hands-on experience and adept technical skills to speak for their character. In a constantly changing job market, experience is a definite plus point in a resume. Traditionally college and university are considered an obvious choice, especially in Asian households. People seldom give vocational courses a chance. But before we go down the long and expensive road of college, let’s talk about what vocational courses have to offer.

What is a vocational course?

Vocational courses are designed to prepare you for a certain job by focusing on practical work and skills. Unlike academic degrees, they equip you with the expertise you will need in your desired area of interest. For example, a sewing course will teach you the fundamentals of patterns and dress-making. It will also open doors for a career in fashion. They can be helpful for gaining the necessary qualifications for a university-level course. Through a vocational course, you may open yourself to new opportunities and make meaningful progress in your work life.

Vocational courses and a degree can also go hand-in-hand. Through a vocational course, you can explore an interest/job field while gaining valuable experience and use this to attain a higher/different degree later on. Many vocational courses also allow you to work and earn money, leaving you with virtually no student debt!

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Today so many people with colorful degrees are sitting at home jobless. While there are those without any degree to their name who have carved themselves a wonderful life all thanks to right skills and knowledge. It will be safe to say that knowledge and degree may get you a job. However, you need the right skill and attitude to survive that job.

Article By:
Diksha Garg

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