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Undergraduate programmes taken in tertiary education include bachelors’ and associate degrees, diploma and certification. Graduate programmes involving masters and doctorate programmes often succeed an undergraduate degree.
University students who undergo their first years in tertiary education face new challenges, as university life is a learning environment where independent study is central to education. In tertiary education, analytical skills take precedence over the ability to memorise. Hence, for a successful academic result, students must strive hard and utilise all possible resources. This includes writing down all the major points from lectures and taking advantage of all available materials – using the supportive mediums provided by institutions such as online lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations.
Tertiary education usually requires a huge investment, which most students are not always able to afford. Therefore, many of them, especially in the developed world, usually rely on scholarships and state-provided student loans. Bursaries and scholarships are made available to secondary school students willing to attend colleges and universities, and such awards are based on their academic results. Some employers also assist their employees with tertiary education while they continue to be paid during the course of study.
There is a lot to gain from tertiary education. Apart from emotional, social, intellectual and financial benefits, some other benefits include:
Developing skills for the job market
In any field, from politics to healthcare and engineering, employers usually look for candidates who have skills in their field. You can gain these skills through tertiary education.
The ability to find better paying jobs
Employers are willing to pay more for employees who have advanced knowledge about their field. They are also more confident to employ a person who has already succeeded by earning a diploma or degree in their field.
Networking with other students and professors
By participating in classes and programmes at university you may have the chance to meet current professionals as well as build relationships with fellow classmates. These relationships can help in career building.
Learn more about the world
At university, you will have the opportunity to meet people who are from other parts of the world who may think differently than you do. These encounters will allow you to learn more about the world, its people, and about yourself.
Earning a diploma, undergraduate degree or graduate degree, will give you well-deserved confidence in yourself. Your diploma or degree is also proof of how hard you work and wish to excel in your field.