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Why are more people choosing diplomas over degrees?

By Ben Madden

More and more people are looking to study diplomas over degrees, and with good reason. Diplomas are a great way to fast-track your entrance into the job market, while also allowing you to study specific skills to get you job ready. 

If you’re looking to find out why people are looking to choose diplomas over degrees, or you’re curious about the difference between both, then read on!

What is the difference between a diploma and a degree?  

There are quite a few differences between a diploma and a degree, as they’re both designed to suit different sorts of people. Before completing a diploma or a degree, some of the things you should consider include:

Course Delivery 

Both diplomas and degrees can be delivered in a variety of ways. Diplomas may involve a lot of in-person learning but can also be taught effectively online (and online learning means you can be more flexible with your schedule). Degrees are largely in-person, and require a more significant time investment, meaning you may have to shuffle around other parts of your life in order to complete your studies.

Course Costs 

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The Government provides fee help schemes for both diplomas and degrees, however diplomas tend to be much, much cheaper than degrees. The cost depends on what you choose to study, but you can expect to pay upwards of $15,000 for a degree, whereas a diploma can be as cheap as a third of that cost, while allowing you to enter the job market sooner.

Time Limits 

Diplomas tend to go for 6-12 months, while degrees usually take 36-48 months. This is because diplomas focus on practicality, not theory, meaning you can learn the skills you need to while simulating the experience of working in your chosen field.

Learning Style 

A degree provides a lot of theoretical learning, while diplomas involve a lot of competency-based training. Diplomas provide a lot of technical learning, while degrees focus on comprehensive knowledge of a particular field. 

What are the benefits of a diploma?  

There are many benefits to completing a diploma, especially if you’re looking to become job-ready, sooner. A diploma allows you to either enter the workforce, upskill or shift careers, depending on the path you’re looking to take upon completion. Some of the many benefits of a diploma include:

1. Flexible learning.

Many registered training organisations (for example, Upskilled) allow you to study online, so you don’t have to study in-person. This can be especially convenient if you have other commitments like family or work, and you’re looking to pivot to a different career. A diploma doesn’t require you to give up the rest of your life just to study.

2. Job ready faster.

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Most diplomas only take 6-12 months, rather than the multiple-year investment of a bachelor’s degree. If you’re someone that’s already in the workforce, or you’re looking to start on your career journey sooner, then completing a diploma can get you ready to enter the workforce in a short period of time, while giving you the exact skills you need to chase your dream career.

3. Diplomas, and the skills they teach you, are highly-valued.

Diplomas are designed to get you ready for the workforce, and research has shown that’s exactly the case. A recent study from Skilling Australia showed that 78% of diploma graduates are employed after completing their education, 9% higher than university graduates. A diploma is more likely to see you employed after completion, which gets you on the right path sooner.

What career options can you do if you complete a ICT50120 - Diploma of Information Technology?  

Upskilled offers a ICT50120 – Diploma of Information Technology, including a range of specialisations. Some of the careers you can potentially embark on after completing an IT diploma include:
  • Database Developer, which is a software developer that specialises in the design and implementation of computer databases using a variety of programming languages.
  • Video Game Designer, who design, debug and solve problems within video game production, as well as collaborating with the game’s development team.
  • System Designer, which involves creating detailed design documentation to help develop and integrate computer systems to meet the complex needs of businesses.
  • Systems Administrator, who is involved in organising, installing and supporting computer systems for businesses and organisations, including local area networks, network segments and intranets.

How can I apply for the ICT50120 - Diploma of Information Technology?  

Keen on a career in Information Technology? You can begin the application process by enquiring via the Upskilled website. From there, an Upskilled Education Consultant will get in contact with you within 48 hours, and you can complete the enrolment form after that!

Study a diploma course with Upskilled today! 

If you’re someone that’s looking to enter the Information Technology sector, then the ICT50120 – Diploma of Information Technology is perfect for you, as it can provide you with the necessary skills to land your dream role. 

Alternatively, if you’re looking to enter another field, get in touch with our education consultants on 1300 009 924 to learn more about the options available when you study with Upskilled!
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