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Things to consider before getting a second degree

ONE way to increase one's value in the workplace or expand his skill base is by pursuing a second degree.

Unlike a graduate program, a second degree is an undergraduate program that allows students to learn a completely different field of expertise for a change in career path.

If one is feeling unmotivated in his current job, now is the time to consider pursuing a passion, an interest or the career that he truly wants.

By pursuing a second degree, one broadens his knowledge and skills and boosts his competitiveness as a professional. This way, one is expanding his opportunities for a higher pay, wider career options and a job promotion.

Perhaps among the things to consider when taking a second degree in college, apart from passion and interests, are the emerging and resilient industries and jobs that can ensure career longevity.

According to job hunting site Kalibrr, some of the industries that can withstand the onslaught of automation include health care and medicine, human resources, real estate, educator or instructor and creative professions such as media, communication and design, as well as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Furthermore, a report released by professionals’ networking platform LinkedIn titled "Jobs on the Rise in 2021" named data analysts, specialized engineers, digital content and marketing specialists, cyber security specialists and consultants and public relations officers as emerging jobs in the digital era.

Where to enroll

As a working individual, it is ideal that one finds a degree program that is flexible and can be taken at his own pace and time. Some universities in the Philippines such as Mapúa University offer fully online degree programs that are suited for professionals.

Fully online degree programs remove geographical and time constraints in learning. Their curricula are designed to be delivered in asynchronous mode, wherein professors and students are not required to have real-time interaction, and content and course works, including assessments, are accessible and done online. This way, schooling does not interfere with work and other personal tasks.

To date, Mapúa University has six fully online bachelor’s degree programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, industrial engineering, computer science and information technology that are approved by the Commission on Higher Education. This ensures that the quality of education in these fully online programs is the same as that of their on-campus counterparts. Mapúa facilitates learning in its fully online programs with powerful educational technology tools and vast and up-to-date online resources through its own learning management system, Cardinal Edge.

Despite the remote setup, Mapúa provides assistance to students of fully online programs through online student services. There will be life coaches who will act as advisers on matters related to their fully online studies, such as academic advising and enrollment, career advising and placement opportunities, goal setting, time management and social skills coaching and other transactions with the university.

For more details about Mapúa’s fully online bachelor’s degree programs, one can visit the Mapúa Digital Academics website at https://www.mapua.edu.ph/DigitalAcademics/UndergraduatePrograms.aspx. Applications for Academic Year 2021-2022 are ongoing. Applicants may apply online at https://www.mapua.edu.ph/ApplyNow2.aspx. SPONSORED CONTENT


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