There is a widespread belief that degree programs are superior to diploma programs.
But is this always the case?
When it comes to education, a rise in university enrollment has resulted in the majority of young people pursuing degrees in order to be competitive in the job market.
The truth is that there are some diploma courses that are far superior to degrees and even pay more.
So, what does this mean for Kenyan graduates looking for work? According to Kenyan employers, having a degree does not guarantee that you will get a job. Nonetheless, some employers will pass over degree holders in favor of those with diplomas and certificates.
That being said, there are diploma courses that are far superior to degrees that most people are unaware of.
1. Diploma In Estate Agency And Property Management
This is one of the diploma courses that can open the door to a plethora of opportunities.
There is no other industry that is currently booming like real estate, and the demand for real estate agents is at an all-time high.
And this means that you will almost certainly be able to find work in real estate with your diploma.
2. Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies
I still believe that Purchasing and Supplies is a good choice for a marketable diploma course in Kenya.
It is one of the fastest growing professions, making it one of the most marketable diploma courses in Kenya, far superior to a degree.
3. Diploma in Human Resource Management
HR professionals are some of the most important decision-makers in the organization, and businesses cannot function without them.
Diploma graduates are in higher demand than their degree counterparts in this course as a result of this demand.
4. Diploma in Quantity Surveying
This is one of the diploma courses that you can take if you have a grade lower than a C+. The Technical University of Kenya is best known for producing high-quality quantity surveying graduates.
The beauty of this course is that you get a job right away, so no matter how bad things seem, you’ll always have something to do.
5. Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology
A diploma in this course entitles you to work at GlaxoSmithKline, one of Kenya’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
Here you can earn as much as 100K a month.
If you have the resources to open your own chemist which is what most people prefer, you can be looking to make 10K in a day depending on the location. That’s more that 100K in a month and way better than someone who spends 8 hours in the office.
6. Diploma in Architecture
Contrary to popular belief, this course is still one of the best diploma courses in Kenya.
The course is not overcrowded, and there is still a high demand for it.
With a starting salary of 50k, you will likely make more money than your degree counterparts in the long run.
7. Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication
The majority of Kenyans believe that this course is overcrowded, but who says there isn’t a need for journalists?
This is one of the courses best suited to the most gifted students.
With a diploma and a starting salary of 40k depending on the media company, this salary is likely to rise over time.
8. Diploma in Web & Graphic design
The majority of people in this field are self-employed and are outsourced by businesses.
As technology advances, more and more businesses are conducted online, increasing the demand for web and graphic designers.
The two courses can be completed concurrently and are among the highest paying diploma courses available in Kenya today.
9. Diploma in Project Management/ Monitoring & Evaluation
If you have always wanted to work for an NGO, a diploma in project management or monitoring and evaluation will get you there.
In an NGO, you can expect a monthly salary of more than 70k and flexible working hours.
10. Diploma in Accounting and Finance
Accountants and financial experts are always in demand in the business world. It’s no surprise that these are the most sought-after diploma courses in Kenya.
Accounting and finance diploma courses are available at colleges such as the Kenya Institute of Management.
The Truth About Why Kenyan Employers Prefer Diploma Holders
1. Diploma holders work harder than degree holders.
Diploma holders are aware that the job market is crowded with degree, master’s, and Ph.D. holders.
As a result, they tend to work harder and improve on a daily basis.
2. Diploma holders are not choosy
While most degree holders have exaggerated and unrealistic expectations, diploma holders are not picky when it comes to jobs.
In reality, degree holders will only be able to dream of working for multinational corporations such as the United Nations, Safaricom, and large banks.
Diploma holders, on the other hand, concentrate on developing skills and gaining relevant experience.
3. Diploma holders do not change jobs frequently.
Diploma holders, unlike their degree counterparts, are committed to the company for which they work for.
Graduates jump from job to job in search of “greener pastures,” making it impossible for them to be hired.
In a nutshell…
As you can see, pursuing a diploma does not diminish your humanity. In some cases, this may actually work in your favor rather than against you. While it is common to believe that degree holders have a better chance of landing a job, take a look around you. This should not discourage you from pursuing a degree, but rather encourage those who are yet to decide what they want to pursue.