In the recent past many people had a perception that degrees are way better than diploma courses. This has just turned to be different as many of those who have taken diploma courses are given priority as opposed to those with degrees in the same field. With the recent directive that universities should only offer degree courses alone and diploma and certificate courses be transfered to colleges, its clear that these diploma courses might be much better than degrees as colleges will only concentrate on sharpening the diploma guys.
In the education sector, a rise in universities has seen many youths opting degree programmes for diplomas so that they can be competitive in the job market.
The fact is that there are diploma courses in Kenya that are better than degrees and pay better.
My advice to the youths is that having a degree doe not mean you will automatically secure a job as many employers tend to shun degree holders and settle for diploma and certificate holders.
Here are the best diploma courses that are better than degrees;
1. Diploma in Architecture
This is one of the best diploma courses in Kenya irrespective of the perception that many Kenyans have.
In this country there is a deficit of architects and therefore that goes without saying that one who has pursued this course will automatically secure this job in Kenya.
The starting salary for this course is over Ksh. 50,000. In the long run, you will realise that you are making more money than your degree counterparts.
Alternatively, if you take a diploma in this course, you can start your own consultancy company where people will get advice on architectural designs.
2. Diploma in Web and Graphic design
Those in this field are self employed and are always outsourced by companies.
With technology taking roots in the country, many companies and businesses are being conducted online hence a higher demand for those who have taken this course.
The two course can be done together and are among the best paying diploma courses in Kenya.
3. Diploma in project management/Monitoring and evaluation.
This diploma course is very marketable in kenya. Those who would like to work in NGOs, then this diploma or project management or monitoring and evaluation are the hot cakes for now.
In an NGO, you can earn over Ksh. 70000 per month with flexible working hours.
4. Diploma in Accounting and Finance
The corporate world is in need of accountants and financial experts. Many people tend to seek for this diploma courses in kenya since its on higher demand by corporate organizations.
Best college that offer this course excellently is the Kenya Institute of Management.
5. Diploma in Journalism and Mass communication.
A majority of Kenyans believe that this course is flooded but who said that there is no demand for journalists?
This is one of the courses that is best suited for the most talented individuals.
With a diploma and a starting salary of 40K depending on the media house, this salary is likely to increase throughout the years.
6. Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology.
A diploma in this course gets you a chance to work at the likes of GlaxoSmithKline, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Kenya.
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.
7. Diploma in Quantity Surveying
This one of the diploma course that does not require very high qualifications. With a grade of even less than C+ you can venture into this course.
Students from Technical University of Kenya is believed of producing very excellent graduates in this course.
The better part of this course is that you can secure a job immediately after graduation and if things do’nt work right for you, you can’t lack something to hold on.
8. Diploma in Human Resource Management
HR professionals are some of the key decision makers in the organization and companies cannot do without them.
Because of this demand, diploma graduates are in high demand as compared to their degree counterparts in this course.
9. Diploma in Purchasing and supplies
Purchasing and Supplies is the best diploma course if you are looking for a diploma course in Kenya.
Its one of the fastest growing profession hence it’s one of the marketable courses in Kenya that is better than a degree.
10. Diploma in Estate Agency and Property Management.
This is one of the diploma courses that has the ability to open a floodgate of opportunities.
Currently there is no industry that is booming like real estate and the demand for real estate agents is at an all-time high.
And this means that without a doubt, you will easily land a job in real estate with your diploma.