Why You Need a Diploma: The Tale of the 2 College Dropouts

Career analysts and experts agree that a bachelor’s degree is still an important asset that can offer professionals many advantages. At the minimum, it is a requirement for conventional jobs. Other glaring advantages are job security (employers are often more likely to choose to relieve employees without college degrees) and higher salary.

According to David Leonhardt of The New York Times, college is clearly worth it. The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high in 2013, according to new data. Four-year college graduates made 98 percent more an hour on average than people without a degree. Add to the fact that the true cost of a college degree is about negative P22 million pesos, according to David Autor, an M.I.T. economist. That’s right: Over the long run, college is cheaper than no college degree at all. Not going to college will cost you about P22 million pesos of lost salaries and opportunities.

I had my own share of near misses on getting my undergraduate diploma. I’ve let my hands full with too many things other than doing good at school. Back then, I never valued education. Admittedly, it was fun, too much fun. It was until I got failing subjects and on the brink of being kicked out. I am never proud of my failing grades in college. What I am proud of is the realizations and lessons that led me to what I am now. Since then, realized that education, my college diploma, will be my ticket to success.

Along that timeline of not valuing college education, I had colleagues and friends who share the same experiences. However, they realized the value of education at a time when they didn’t have the chance to recoup their diplomas. These people settled for a future that could be better just by getting that college diploma.

Some had too much fun that they still chose to have fun even if it means dropping out of school. They realized the value of education when they are not supported by their parents and forced to face the harsh reality of our society. “I hope I stuck my nose out in finishing my degree” were some of the lines these people usually say. Another type of college dropouts were the ones who chose to quit school to pursue high monetary compensation in the BPO industry. My hats are off to these people as they work their butts off just to support whatever needs they have to attend to. I personally know hundreds of these people. I’ve noticed, they would eventually seek the traditional (8AM-5PM) work hours to escape the stressful graveyard shifts and isolation from the world they previously had. Some would want to change careers for the purpose of settling down and have a family but unable to do due to their educational attainment.

Today, I am now on the verge of finishing my MBA degree. I still value education very much In fact I plan to take up further studies after MBA. In fact, I enrolled in the Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Training Program. When I got to know that I can take this certification course and convert it as a Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce degree I didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity.

The training program can be taken purely online by those who are after the certificate course. Certificate is issued to those who will be able to complete the research / report/ project work. Participants who have finished at least 2nd year college can submit their transcript of records for credentialing. Asian Institute of E-Commerce / AIE College will review to see if the participant is qualified to earn a Diploma in Electronic Commerce after completing the whole program. Participants who have finished at least 3rd year college can submit their transcript of records for credentialing. Asian Institute of E-Commerce / AIE College will review to see if the participant is qualified to earn a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Commerce after completing the whole program (either as primary or second degree).Participants wanting to earn units should comply with the following on a per module (complete an equivalent of 54 hours time spent per module):

  • Attend the 8 hour face-to-face lecture. Meals not included.
  • Participate in 4 live webinar sessions.
  • Take the prelims, midterm, and final exam.
  • Do the research / report / actual project work.

Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional

Curriculum of the Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Training Program are as follows:
  • Module 1: E-Commerce Business Overview (3 units)
  • Module 2: Supply Chain Management (3 units)
  • Module 3: Payment Systems & Fraud Handling (3 units)
  • Module 4: E-Commerce Marketing & Project Plan (3 units)
  • Module 5: E-Commerce Security (3 units)
  • Module 6: E-Commerce Site Development (6 units)
  • Module 7: E-Commerce Policies (3 units)
  • Module 8: Industry Exposure / Practicum (6 units)
  • Module 9: E-Learning Management (3 units)
  • Module 10: E-Commerce Improvement & Promotions (3 units)
  • Module 11: E-Commerce Consulting, Outsourcing, & Project Management (3 units)

Getting that B.S E-Commerce degree or being a Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional is price at 30,000 for the whole course. Anyone can also purchase individual modules at  three thousand pesos (P3,000) per module except for module 8 and Module 6 which is priced at P6,000.

The program will kicked-off on January 17, 2015 (Saturday) at Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City. For those who missed it, there will be another batch that starts from Module 1 this coming March 14, 2015. The online session will start on March 19, 2015.

Education is really a key factor in being successful and fulfilling a dream. Media have sensationalized the story of college dropouts being successful. But really, they are the one-in-a-million exemption. If you really want to earn a degree take the Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Training Program. If you value your education as a means for success, take the Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Training Program.

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