Upgrade your Diploma to a Degree to be competitive in the Job Market in Malaysia
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As the job market in Malaysia has a lot of degree graduates, it is important to remain competitive and continue on to a degree after completing your diploma. Most diplomas can be transferred to another college or university into the Year 2 of the relevant programme. You should choose a top private university in Malaysia to study your degree programme so that you gain the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career.
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Why continue to study the Degree Course After Completing Diploma in Malaysia?
Some students have said that they would like to work first before continuing on to study a degree programme. From experience, my suggestion is to continue immediately after you complete your diploma. This is because when you begin a job, it is difficult to stop. In addition, if you have stopped studies for a while, it may be difficult to find the right frame of mind and motivation to start studying again.
To move up in the corporate world or into management level, the basic requirement is a degree. In addition, the starting salary for a degree holder is higher and the opportunities for promotion is faster because the degree holder is equipped with problem solving, decision making and in-depth technical skills.
Starting Salaries for diploma graduates are about RM1500-RM1800 while degree graduates can command salaries from RM2500 to RM3500.
If you want to go for your degree, then your decision now is to either continue on at your current college, if it offers the degree, or choose another university. Most of you know that English is a very important part of the working world.
If you did not improve your English during your diploma studies, you may seriously want to consider choosing a university with an English-speaking environment so that you are forced to improve your communication skills. If you don’t do this, it would be too late to improve it while you work. Many graduates have lost out on job interviews at top multi-national companies because they cannot communicate in English.
It could be cheaper to continue on at your university but remember, what you decide now, may mean 60 years of high salary versus 60 years of low salary and slow promotions.
It would cost roughly about RM30,000-RM60,000 in tuition fees for the final 2 years depending on which private university you choose in Malaysia. As EduSpiral Consultant Services represent reputable institutions with a wide range of degrees, please contact me to find out how you can transfer to an institution that best fit your needs.
Exemptions into Year 2 of Related Degree at Top Universities in Malaysia
Most diplomas can be transferred to another college or university into the Year 2 of the relevant programme but it depends on the exemptions.
If you have taken the Diploma in Accounting, it is highly likely that you can enter into Year 2 of the degree in Accounting or Accounting & Finance. For the Diploma in Business Administration, you can enter into Year 2 of the degree in Business Administration depending on the exemptions.
However, if you go from the Diploma in Business Administration into the Degree in Accounting, then you may not get the optimum amount of exemptions because the subjects in your diploma are not similar with the degree course of the university that you want to transfer to.
I had one student who graduated from TARC or TARUC Penang with the Diploma in International Business and wanted to continue on for the Degree in Finance at a university with an English-speaking environment because he wanted to earn a high salary during his work life.
We submitted his documents to HELP University and obtained exemptions off Year 1. He came down from Penang and I took him around the campus to tour and helped arranged to view the hostel and other accommodation.
I also helped two students who graduated with the Diploma in Interior Design from Lim Kok Wing University and they have managed to transfer into Year 2 of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (3+0) awarded by Nottingham Trent University, UK and offered at KBU International College.
So, to transfer from the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering to the degree in Mechanical Engineering, then you will get more exemptions than transferring into the degree in Electrical or Civil engineering at UCSI University.
It would not be possible for you to transfer from the Diploma in IT into the Degree in Accounting because the subjects are not related at all. Therefore, you have to keep in mind to transfer into the degree that is similar to your diploma.
Diploma in IT or Computing students can transfer their credits into the best university for IT which is Asia Pacific University (APU) and enter into Year 2 depending on the exemptions. I had a student from TARC KL who did not complete his diploma in IT because of the complicated system at the college. I helped him to get the most exemptions possible to enter into APU so that he could complete his diploma and then continue on to degree studies.
Students who have taken the PTPN Loan during their diploma studies can continue on to apply for the PTPN Loan for their degree studies. You just start paying back for both your diploma and degree after you graduate. It would cost roughly about RM30,000-RM50,000 in tuition fees for the final 2 years depending on which course. You can apply for the PTPN Loan for the degree studies
How to transfer your credits from your Diploma to a Degree in Malaysia
In order to process your transfer smoothly, you will need to send me the following:
- Transcripts of all the subjects taken
- Photocopy of diploma certificate or Letter of Completion
- Course outline for all the subjects taken
- Copy of SPM Certificate
- Photocopy of IC – both sides
Take a clear picture of the documents and email them to email@example.com