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A portrait of an Asian student in a libraryA postgraduate study or degree seems to be a great addition to one’s CV. But are there any tangible benefits from it? Case in point, will it increase your chances of getting hired?

Whether it is a full-time or part-time degree in Singapore or elsewhere, there seems to be some sort of prestige that comes with a postgraduate diploma or certificate. Here is what you should know.

The Basics

The modern job market is challenging to navigate. There is ample demand for workers and an equally stacked roster of applicants. Competition is fierce and jobseekers need every bit of advantage to set themselves apart. Graduate school finishers are eligible for higher-tier employment because of their skills (and the mastery of said skills). As for higher salaries, postgraduate finishers might not be a lock, but they have a better chance of warranting one.

Many believe that a postgraduate certificate or degree is not just some piece of paper with recommendations on it. All the skills from the undergraduate level are good, but they are far from mastered even in a four or five-year course. A master’s degree builds up on said skills. You can consider postgraduate degree holders as ‘levelled up’ versions of their undergraduate counterparts. They have improved time management skills, self-discipline, and overall maturity.

What Do Employers Think?

Employers are likely to welcome anyone with a postgraduate degree. While it is not automatic, it certainly gives any holder an advantage. Bu they will not stop there. Any employer would want to know what a specific applicant gained from continuing education. Any person can show up with a certificate or a diploma, but fail to back up his or her qualifications. This is not an uncommon occurrence.

In the UK, postgraduate degrees matter most of the time. In fact, the Commission for Employment and Skills states that by 2022, about 1 in 7 jobs (roughly 15 percent) will require a postgraduate degree. Considering that it is only five years down the road, it might be a good time to start going back to school.

A man in a Autonomous driving test vehicleIt's the age of advanced technology, and machines have come a long way since their earlier versions. Gone are the days of wheels and axles, as well as crude pulleys and levers. Today is the age of autonomous and even 'thinking' machines. This brings to mind the field of robotics, among others, which presents many opportunities for the society of the future.

Will the world be like as mainstream media puts it?

The Robotics Workforce

Robotics didn't even exist mere decades ago. To find a robotics career is as difficult as finding a Dodo bird. But now, robots are almost automatically a part of our daily lives, and companies like Tanna Partners are making finding a robotics-related job easy.

Though not like their mainstream media counterparts, today's robots are much simpler and perform straightforward tasks. They dispose bombs, visit places where humans can't safely enter, help keep valuables (and homes) secure, explore uncharted places, and even help in medical procedures.

This obviously requires a specifically skilled and experienced workforce. With that, it seems individuals pursuing robotics careers have a bright future.

There are two main career paths: be a robotics engineer or a robotics technician. Technicians earn less, though require a less rigorous academic path. As for engineers, they comprise the more advanced areas of the field. These two professionals work in many sub-fields: automation, cybernetics, medical robotics, and all processes intended to make things easier for humans. Most of the applications intend to keep human workers safe (i.e. working in chemical plants).

Changes in Daily Life

Robots are intended to help humans perform tasks and they will still likely do in the future, although the tasks will be a bit more complex. Businesses will benefit greatly from the speed and efficiency of an automated workforce.

Also, there is talk of replacing human drivers with robots for safety purposes. Today's self-driving cars are an example. A future full of autonomous cars may lead to less road accidents (and by extension, injuries and fatalities).

As for robots replacing humans? Not likely. Engineers are looking at augmentation rather than replacement. The human intellect is still superior compared to a robotic one. Creativity is not something a machine is likely to have any time soon. This leads to humans augmenting robots for better efficiency. People will still have jobs despite the emergence of a machine-focused workforce.

It's a good era to be alive in.

A Couple with Their Newly-Bought HouseThe prospect of owning a home ranks high on many people’s to-do lists. In fact, a house is the single most expensive asset that the vast majority of people own. As such, individuals go to great lengths to make this dream a reality.

While some people go through the process with relative ease, others face major hurdles along the way. Since buying a home calls for a significant financial commitment, you should make every effort to streamline your finances.

It is therefore important that you approach a reputable mortgage company here in St. George for advice before making a decision. Here are some suggestions.

Do Not Incur Too Much Debt

Young adults, straight out of college and onto their first job often make numerous costly money mistakes. Most of them have a penchant for expensive luxury items that leave them buried under a pile of debt. While such extravagant tastes might seem vogue, they are likely to ruin your home-owning dreams.

Given the premium price tags on the modern homes, you are likely to need a mortgage plan to buy one. A lender will have to dig into your financial history before they approve your application. If you are struggling to repay a massive credit card debt along with your student loans, they will decline your loan.

Hence, you have to take charge of your finances from an early age.

Do Not Take Too Much Mortgage

While big palatial houses are romanticized in the most appealing way, you should not rush out to buy one without due consideration. Other than the steep asking price, you are likely to incur a fortune in running cost as well. You would also have to procure a huge loan to afford one.

Seek mortgage professionals for help. Such experts can help you pick a mortgage plan that suits your financial situation. They can keep you from making costly mistakes that can ruin the home-owning experience.

Given the high asking prices on houses, mortgage plans are an integral part of the process. However, you need to take proactive measures to make the experience easy and fruitful.


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