Previously obtaining a four- year degree was regarded as the most acceptable way to start a career. But now, due to developing careers and jobs, there are more alternatives to choose from to commence a career. Determining the right education route will not only make you proficient in acknowledging the difference between right and wrong but it will also reduce ignorance and myths. Education makes a person confident and self-reliant.


A degree is acknowledged, as a higher education qualification, where you study general courses with a major in a particular subject. It offers a well-balanced education. It is a certificate given by a university or a college after the successful fulfilment of the study in a distinct field. The specification can vary significantly, depending on the major you prefer. Most colleges and universities award 180 credits for a bachelor’s degree. The years of the course vary from field to field as you need to invest your four years,  as a student, to complete a science degree. Only after the completion, can you then apply for a master’s degree that generally consists of two years. Furthermore, you can proceed with a bachelor’s degree after finishing the higher secondary examination. A benefit of this is that a degree course is an opportunity to learn the general understanding of a particular subject. 

The curriculum includes the practical as well as theoretical knowledge with an opportunity to complete an internship alongside the programme. The degree programme mainly concentrates on the topics and specialisation determined by the student. Pursuing a degree helps you to kickstart your career and achieve a job smoothly. It increases the chances of a salary raise and makes you more acceptable and valuable for a larger number of jobs. 


It is more precise than the certifications but less than a degree programme and takes a year or two to achieve. These programmes are usually aimed at technical students rather than management. It helps a student with the fundamental knowledge of a subject area that can be explored, in-depth by opting for a degree. Diploma courses are outlined to offer field-specific classes to help you with the necessary knowledge about the market. It also helps you with practical courses to enhance your skills before implementing them in a job. You can enrol on a Diploma course just after finishing high school. Moreover, these courses concentrate on implementing practical knowledge for the student rather than theoretical knowledge. It is suitable for people who are willing to change their career and demands to study a new market in a short amount of time. It is relatively more economical than a degree and takes a shorter time to complete. It generally proposes flexible class schedules and helps you to network for your future employment possibilities. 

Nowadays, people are more concerned about their education and specialisation. Moreover, deciding between a diploma and a degree is a challenging task due to their benefits and drawbacks. 

-Kshitij Gupta