Education vs Experience: Which Is More Important For Your Career?
This article was written in collaboration with Kaplan. All views expressed in the article is the independent opinion of DollarsAndSense.sg.
As a working adult, you will naturally wonder about a few things about your career life. According to World Health Organisation, the average life expectancy in Singapore was 83.1 years in 2017.
And that begs the question of how many years we can actually spend on our jobs and earning enough for our retirement and family needs.
To progress in your career, you can either spend time earning job experience or study for a qualification to enhance your prospects or switch to a better industry.
The Value of Experience
The value of experience is pretty obvious. After all, when you can highlight actual achievements during your work, you can prove your capabilities in getting things done, paper qualifications notwithstanding.
The Case for Education
If the current job does not provide you with the opportunity to grow or you feel the grass is greener on the other side, then earning a qualification can be a very strong avenue for you to build your employability.
Especially for those who felt stagnated after spending years on their job, education can be a helpful “crash course” for anyone to show that they have more knowledge to take on a new job or better role.
Both Experience and Education Are Important: Can You Have Both?
Enrolling in a Degree programme requires a study commitment of months, as well as a financial commitment.
Fortunately, many higher education providers such as Kaplan understands working adults’ needs and have specially-tailored Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programmes, which allow them to upgrade without interrupting their careers.
With its long track-record of more than 75 years, Kaplan is an established global education provider, serving more than 1 million students in over 30 countries.
Of course a Degree is ultimately about a credential for life, so you will definitely evaluate ranking and recognition of the University, quality and relevance of the programmes, schedule flexibility and total sum of your investment.
If institution ranking and global accreditations matters, you might want to take a second look at University College Dublin (UCD). Here are some facts:
The Times Higher Education World Ranking 2018 ranked UCD within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide.
And it is one of the few elite business schools to be accredited by three global bodies namely the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Foundation for Management Development Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
Delivered by a mix of local and UCD faculty lecturers, the University also offers Business Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees with specific pathways for students to concentrate on specific disciplines.
So if you need to gain better understanding of business organisations and insights into fields such as logistics, marketing, finance, human resource, law or even information technology, their programmes may be well suited for you.
And what makes it better is that you can complete any of their part-time programmes in a minimum of 18 months, which makes it a great time investment.
Do Something For Your Future, Today
We all know that we should prepare ourselves better with the time left in our career lifespan. And 2018 is already drawing to a close. So there is really no better time to do something for your future.
Do something for your future by heading on down to the Kaplan Open House on 28 July to Kaplan Wilkie Edge campus between 11am to 5pm. With the wide range of programmes from various top-tier universities, you’re likely to find your ideal degree that suits your interest and career aspirations.
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