No, degree programs are not necessarily superior to certificate programs.
In fact, some diploma courses are considered to be superior to degrees and even offer higher pay. Despite the common misconception that degrees hold more value, it is not always the case in Kenya.
Through extensive research, it has been found that having a degree does not guarantee employment, and some employers even prefer candidates with diplomas or certificates.
The following is a list of diploma courses that are highly regarded and in demand:
1. Real Estate and Property Management Diploma
With the booming real estate industry, this diploma offers various possibilities and opportunities.
Currently, there is an all-time high demand for real estate agents.
2. Human Resource Management Diploma
HR specialists are highly sought-after decision-makers in any company, and diploma graduates are in higher demand in this field.
3. Quantity Surveying Diploma
With a grade of less than a C+, you can enrol in this highly regarded diploma program with job prospects upon graduation.
The Technical University of Kenya is best known for generating high-quality quantity surveying graduates.
The beauty of this training is that you receive a job immediately, so no matter how terrible things get, you’ll never be bored.
4. Pharmaceutical Technology Diploma
This diploma offers opportunities to work with big pharmaceutical companies and earn up to ksh100,000 monthly.
When you have the financial means to operate your own chemist, which most people desire, you may make sh10,000 daily, depending on the region.
That’s more than ksh100,000 in a month, far more than someone who works 8 hours a day.
5. Architecture Diploma
Contrary to popular belief, this diploma program is highly regarded and still in high demand.
The program is not yet full, and there is still a great need for architects in the area.
6. Journalism and Mass Communication Diploma
Contrary to the common belief that the sector is overcrowded, journalists are still in demand and highly regarded in the media industry.
This is one of the courses that is best for the most gifted students.
This pay will likely improve over time with a diploma and a beginning salary of 40K, depending on the media business.
7. Web and Graphic Design Diploma
The rise of technology has increased the demand for web and graphic designers, making this diploma highly marketable.
As technology advances, more and more companies are done online, resulting in increased demand for web and graphic designers.
Both courses can be completed simultaneously and are among Kenya’s best-paying diploma programs.
8. Project Management/Monitoring and Evaluation Diploma
A diploma in project management or monitoring and evaluation can offer opportunities to work in non-profit organizations with flexible working hours and a salary of over 70K.
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9. Accounting and Finance Diploma
Accountants and financial professionals are always in demand, making this one of Kenya’s most popular diploma courses.
10. Purchasing and Supplies Diploma
This is one of the fastest-growing occupations in Kenya and is highly marketable.
This makes it far superior to a degree.