Degree or Skill Education?

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!


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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