What Should You Choose: Short Courses or Degree?


The age-old question that every student face after completing their school: Go for a short course and kick start the career or have some patience, go for a degree/masters which will take years to finish but better scope? Both have their advantages and disadvantages so it can be hard to decide which one to go for? Further, there are myriad of colleges and institutes so it can make it harder to decide.

Everyone wants to find a job because that’s the first and foremost important thing for a quintessential lifestyle. But the steps an individual undertake to achieve this dream will decide the ultimate fate of that person.

“It is vital to choose the right path.  Once you make a decision then it gets really tough to change it later on. Many vocational courses in Australia are government-funded and there is a certain date until which you can change your mind but once you cross that date, then you can’t just change your mind.” says Natalie, community manager of a college in Adelaide.

She says “Government provides support to students with various programs such as HECS, VETFEE help and more. But for obvious reasons government expects you to commit to the studies, complete it successfully and as per some of these programs, payback later after getting a job”. If students can commit to such programs, then they are actually pretty great to support students. However, it is up to students how they make this decision as one of the most successful decisions of their life.

Settling in Australia is a major thing to keep in mind if your plans are to settle down here after your studies. We will talk more about it later in this blog but there are a lot of challenges you may have to face before you apply for Australian permanent visa. From starting your life in Australia to settling down, it is a long road to walk on. But we are not saying this to demotivate you but to make you more careful with the decisions you make regarding your education and visa applications.

“Things are more challenging for international students. They have a tight budget and face various challenges to acclimatize to the new environment.  Decision making is not easy with all the other things to worry about. Many have different aims: some want to get quick courses to get a job soon while most of the others wish to get the permanent residency and take courses accordingly” says John from Mediatimes

Ben, who is an active member of the educational communities says “for many local students, residency and finance may not be an issue but many are driven by a passion for a particular field and go for research”.

So we have seen all the opinions from those who represent their respective communities and this gives us an idea how individual situations may be very different from each other and how decisions are influenced by each individual’s circumstances. Some may be going for a quick career, some may prefer to get permanent residency while some are keen on doing research in a particular field.

There is another factor which is important and that is the immigration factor. There are many international students in Australia who would love to live here after completing their studies. The past record says that most who come here for studies apply for PR (Permanent Residency). As per Amity Lawyers website, PR criteria is that your course should be on the list. If your course is not in the list then you are not eligible for PR. There are various other factors like age, study duration, IELTS score, sponsorships and so on but we won’t go there in this blog. The only point we want to make is to be careful when choosing the course and consider your long term plans when deciding.

As part of this blog, we will write more stories covering what other people in the education field believe and what are their opinions. This diary is not about giving answers but trying to find out what are the factors that influence the answers.

It will be great to see your opinions and what you think to affect the decisions of individuals?