Most employers prefer diploma holders to university graduates. Why is this so? Is it that university graduates are not trained for the right skills or are diploma holders are too ambitious?
I talked to HR professionals on what they think of the issue.
Carole Muga, Human Resource Administrator with Dorbe-Leit Solutions Limited, thinks it is a two way situation
“Some job seekers take advantage because they have a degree. A diploma holder on the other hand wants to pursue more and therefore works harder since later they want to go for a degree. They need money to set them off to tertiary education,” Ms. Muga says.
She also adds that, “When recruiting HR looks at the papers and considers the degree but when it comes to hands on experience the diploma holders have it. At the end there is something pushing both parties. A university graduate wishes to pursue a Masters while a diploma holder wishes to pursue a degree.”
Elizabeth Maingi, a Recruitment Consultant at Corporate Staffing Services opines that this is a mental understanding caused by the need to fill the educational void.
“Diploma holders work harder to prove their worth. They want to be equal to university graduates. In the end they work harder and by default they become better. Degree holders on the hand have a tendency of depending on papers and not performing. They do not understand that skills, performance and papers go hand in hand. Job seekers should ask themselves ‘what am I doing with my education?’” Ms. Maingi adds.
Kevin Kerosi, HR Personnel with Rose Avenue Consultants, is of the opinion that this statement is true.
“A person with a diploma is more dedicated to work while a degree holder has their motive as salary and often feel like they are underpaid. A diploma holder cannot bring their ego to the company. They work harder and do not want an attractive salary package. A graduate will want a retainer plus commissions and still not feel satisfied,” says Mr. Kerosi.
He also adds that when it comes to issues such as head hunting and poaching, diploma holders will not skip from one job to another.
“They are loyal to the company they work for. Graduates move too quickly from company to company. On the pessimistic side, a graduate can do what a diploma holder cannot do since their academic intelligence is different,” concludes Mr. Kerosi.
What is your opinion on the issue?