Chris Aukland is the managing director of specialist recruitment agency Ambition and is responsible for the growth and management of the Hong Kong business. He has 15 years’ consulting experience in the UK and Asia.
Post graduate diploma vs master's degree
What is the difference between a postgraduate diploma and a Masters degree?
i am willing to do Electronic & Telecommunication post Graduate Diploma. what is best option for me master or post graduate diploma? (i have a BEng degree in Digital Communication and Electronics)
Posted Friday 30th May 2014 02:58:50 AM
Hello .. I have completed my Masters in Biotechnology. now planning to do study further for a short period . i am not interested in PhD as i have other commitments. Can i go for a Diploma program ?? How far will it help me.?
Posted Friday 31st January 2014 09:00:40 AM
Your information was very much helpful. Thank you so much Sir.
Posted Wednesday 29th January 2014 10:00:46 AM
hi, my name is mohd salahuddin, i completed my B-tech mechanical engineering. now, i want to do my further studies from international university. but i am very much confused whether to do masters from germany or post graduate diploma from cannada ?????? which will act as most value??? note: my budget is low
Christopher Aukland - Career Doctor
Posted Thursday 19th September 2013 06:35:00 PM
Hi Jeyan.hat, A degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Digital Communication and Electronics) is an excellent qualification to leverage off and add to with a post graduate diploma or a Masters. Doing this can definitely increase your knowledge and expertise in electronic and telecommunication and make you attractive to future potential employers. Typically speaking, the higher the level of qualification, the more well qualified you will become, which puts you at an advantage with future potential employers, so generally, participating in a Masters degree would be the preferred option. However, a post graduate diploma is also an excellent extension of your current knowledge and education if you initially do not have the time to embark upon a full Masters degree. Many students will pursue a post graduate diploma prior to doing their Masters, so it can be used as a building block towards the Masters degree. The key advantages of doing a diploma is that these courses are typically a shorter duration than a full time degree and they also cost less than a Masters degree, but it still adds the same specialisation against your name. Remember though, academic qualifications, whilst important, only form part of the requirements to secure a role with a potential employer, so ensure you are also gaining relevant work experience or seeking internships to differentiate yourself from other applicants and show your commitment to the industry to prospective employers. To secure an internship, attend university job and career fairs as often as possible to understand which companies offer internships programs, do extensive online research and approach companies directly to offer your assistance. Networking through social media, industry events and your own contacts (family, friends, colleagues and academics) to meet with industry professionals is also often a great way to get your foot in the door. For work experience, start your job hunting process by using job boards, agency websites, the classified section of newspapers, and also consider social media and networking events. Then you can apply for roles related to electronic and telecommunication, to gain a position in this field, while you are studying and learning the theory behind the profession. Best of luck with your studies and career thereafter! Chris.