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Education vs Experience: Which Is More Important For Your Career?

As a working professional, what is the best thing you can do to advance your career: Pursue further education or gain more experience?

This article was written in collaboration with Kaplan. All views expressed in the article is the independent opinion of

As a working adult, you will naturally wonder about a few things about your career.

According to World Health Organisation, the average life expectancy in Singapore was 83.1 years in 2017.

And that begs the question of how many years we can actually spend on our jobs and earning enough for our retirement and family needs.

To progress in your career, you can either spend time gaining job experience or study for a qualification to enhance your prospects or switch to a different industry.

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The Value of Experience

The value of experience is pretty obvious. After all, when you can highlight actual achievements during your work, you can prove your capabilities in getting things done, paper qualifications notwithstanding.

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The Case for Education

If the current job does not provide you with the opportunity to grow or you feel the grass is greener on the other side, then earning a qualification can be a very compelling avenue for you to improve your employability.

As for those who feel stagnated after years on their jobs, further education can be helpful for anyone to demonstrate their willingness to pursue relevant and current knowledge to take on a new job or better role.

Both Experience and Education Are Important: Can You Have Both?

Enrolling in a Degree programme requires time and financial commitments.

Fortunately, many higher education providers such as Kaplan understand the needs of working adults and have specially-tailored Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programmes, which allow them to upgrade without interrupting their careers.

A Degree is ultimately about a credential for life, so you will evaluate the ranking and recognition of the University, quality and relevance of the programmes, schedule flexibility and total sum of your investment.

If institution ranking and global accreditations matters, you might want to take a second look at University College Dublin (UCD). Here are some facts.

The Times Higher Education World Ranking 2018 ranked UCD within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.

And it is one of the few elite business schools to be accredited by three global bodies, namely the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Foundation for Management Development Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Delivered by a mix of local and UCD faculty lecturers, the University also offers Business Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees with specific pathways for students to concentrate on specific disciplines.

So if you need to gain better understanding of business organisations and insights into fields such as logistics, marketing, finance, human resource, law or even information technology, their programmes may be well suited for you.

And what makes it better is that you can complete any of their part-time programmes in a minimum of 18 months, which makes it a great time investment.

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Do Something For Your Future, Today

Come on down on 28 July (Saturday) to Kaplan Wilkie Edge campus between 11am to 5pm to find a degree of your choice.

Find out more about Kaplan Open House here!