IT Diploma at UNISA

louiswol94

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Hi guys,

I'm not sure if I can ask this question here, but anyway here goes...

I'm thinking about getting an IT Diploma through UNISA. But I am already working full time 8am-5pm...

Do you guys think it is possible to manage this?

I am currently working as a Web Developer and I have done web related certificate courses through UNISA, so a lot of things won't be completely new to me... And maybe I can already be credited for those?

Thanks in advance for the replies.
Louis
 

roddyp

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Everything is possible. You just have to choose where you spend your time.

After getting rid of my TV and making a few changes, i am able to work a full time, high pressured job, spend time with my kids (both under 4) and still study for my MSc through Liverpool university (i need about 20-30 hours per week for this)

Get to work at 6am and study for 2 hours then. (thats 10 hours a week already). Stay an hour longer after work and study during lunch. This alone gives you around 15 hours and this is without any major interruption to your existing schedule. Add Saturday and Sunday morning to the mix, throw an extra hour or two at night and you should have around 30 hours of study time a week.

If you really want to do, then nothing can stand in your way. Don't find excuses.
 

louiswol94

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Thank you. I just needed to hear from someone else is doing it :)

I'll have to review my schedule and probably leave some extra mural activities for the time being.

I appreciate the reply. And I agree if you really want to do something you won't find excuses.
 

OHNO

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Just a question Louis, since you are in the IT industry already, why do you want to do the degree. Is it to learn more about IT, or it is it to land a good paying IT job ? Or, is it to have a better chance to emigrate.
 

Messugga

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Hi OHNO,

To land a better paying job or have a better chance to emigrate.

Louis
A diploma may help with the salary thing, but will it be beneficial for emigration? Last I checked, you needed honours for many countries to give your education any sort of significant weight. That was part of the reason I did my honours.
 

mr_norris

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Guys,

Do you have to take a lot of time off at work to go write tests etc?

Regards.
If the structure of diploma's are anything like the degree I did, then you just need to take time off to write exams. I took the day before and the day of the exam off (so I had time to mourn after I was done).

Assignments, etc, can be done after hours.
 

louiswol94

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If the structure of diploma's are anything like the degree I did, then you just need to take time off to write exams. I took the day before and the day of the exam off (so I had time to mourn after I was done).

Assignments, etc, can be done after hours.
Did your employer have any issues for taking all those days off?
 

Brawler

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Diploma is fine for getting a first job but you will reach the ceiling pretty quickly.
Got straight for the degree.
 
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