Degree vs Certificate Programs – Which should you choose?
Degree versus certificate. Do you know the difference? And how will having one over the other impact your long term career goals?
Earning a degree is admirable and even though employers do value individuals who have them, they are no longer essential to have if looking to change career paths or obtain a high paying job in your chosen profession. Depending on the field, you can achieve career heights with a combination of a certificate and experience. By earning a certificate, you show dedication and a commitment to excellence, two very important qualities that are necessary to climb the corporate ladder. If you’re just looking to learn a specific skill set and increase income potential, a certificate program may be the perfect fit for you as well.
Let’s break down the key differences between degrees and certifications:
• Require 2-4 years or more of schooling
• Cover a broader range of topics and include general education requirements, not specific to area of focus
• Open doors to get a job after graduation
• Help those looking to change career paths or advance in their current profession by allowing them to gain knowledge or enhance skills in a specific field
• Can usually be completed in less than a year, allowing the flexibility to work full time while taking courses
• Focus on a specific area of study
At AAU, we offer a multitude of online degree and certificate programs, designed to help you achieve your career goals on your own schedule. A better future is waiting. Give us a call at 888-384-0849 to learn more. Financial aid and scholarships are available!
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