28 May

What do you want to do after school? This question has been troubling students since the beginning of this developed educational society. While some know what they might, others still have no clue, neither about their major nor about how they want to go about it.

Even in this so-called advanced and modern era, for some, the only respectful way to gain higher knowledge is by getting a college degree, otherwise, you will reflect ill qualities like laziness and that you are not dedicated to your studies. Getting a diploma or certification course is considered of low value. However, that’s not true as many students with a certificate are more skilled than a degree holder.


One of the most explored routes to higher knowledge is getting a College Degree. It is considered to be designed carefully, keeping all the majors in mind. It is one of the exceptional options to gain proper knowledge of any field.

Its sole interest is to provide students a deep understanding of their major but also focuses upon other core or elective subjects to widen the thought process of students.


It is a brief but comprehensive program which targets on the practical skills, which are required in any sector to practice it professionally.

Its goal is to make you, market-ready or to say, make you learned enough about the subject that you can use it to start climbing the ladder of your career.

To have an idea about which one you should opt for- let’s count all the pros and cons of both the course, so you can make an informed decision.

Why say yes to Degree-

  • With an advanced curriculum, you walk with more than just the important knowledge.
  • While you study your major thoroughly, you also bag upon subjects which do not directly concern your major but will help you look it from different angles, giving you more than just an edge.
  • For most companies, it is considered a must to qualify for any job.
  • It helps you to develop many important skills like Social skills, analytical skills, leadership qualities, etc. They are some important skills that an employer looks for in their employees.
  • It is more effective in terms of getting a higher salary and other company benefits.

What makes it dull?

  • As desirable as it is, this medium is quite time-consuming. Depending on your course, it can take from 3-4 years to get an undergraduate degree.
  • All the pros come with a hefty price tag. You are not just committing your time but with an enormous amount of money as well.

Certification is the way to go-

  • It is time-efficient. It usually takes about 8-12 months to complete one course, depending on your subject.
  • You can opt for more than one course at the same time, making it more practical.
  • It is far more economical than a college degree as it is concise.
  • It gives you enough knowledge and practical skills for you to start your career or switch from one.

Should I turn it down?

  • It provides a finite comprehension of the field which restricts the creativity of an individual.
  • You won’t be the first choice of an employer as you will lack other essential skills.
  • You will always have a backhand when compared to degree students when it comes to things like salary, reputation, and other benefits.

Make a Choice

Think about what you want

If you want to do a thorough study and come out as an all-rounder, Degree is what it is.

If you just want to start your career with a push of a button then go for Certification.

Do you have sources?

If you have sources to support your choice, opt for Degree.

If you are a little tight on it and still want results, Certification is the way.

Have the time and dedication?

Can you stay committed to one sector for 3-4 years straight? If yes, then the answer is Degree.

If you want it to be quick and effective then Certification is what you should choose.

In the end, it all comes down to what suits you, and what you decide to do.

About Ashi Jain

Second-year student, pursuing English Honours from Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies.


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