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Post graduate diploma vs master's degree
posted on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:32

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)

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Christopher Aukland - Career Doctor  
Posted Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:35 AM

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!


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