Professional exams are becoming more important than the traditional university and college obtained academic qualifications.
"A four-year degree might not be needed, but certified skills will be important" for gaining profitable employment in the next three to five years, reports the journal, USA TODAY.
No wonder you can not work as a barrister at law after your university law degree until you have passed the necessary professional exam and be called to bar as a barrister!
These exams, once passed, tells the world you are qualified, with the practical experience needed to do that dream job of yours, rather than just holding a paper academic qualification. It also ushers you into the ranks of a respectable professional body.
Professional and board exams are thus commonly taken all over the world for professions like Accounting, Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, ...to name but a few.
Are professional degrees worth it? Certainly! Research has consistently shown that those with professional degrees like those listed above, and more, generally earn about $4.4 million in their life time - a $1.9 million more than those with Masters degrees from academic qualifications.
Many trade organizations also now hold some form of professional exams which may be vocationally based, academic or a combination of both, that enables the award of licenses or certifications.
You can get onto quite a few professional jobs in the UK for example with a National Vocational Qualification.
In the United States and Canada, equivalent trade organization recognized vocational professional qualifications are awarded by community colleges and vocational universities via associate degree programs. What a world of endless examinations we live in!
"As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider."
Those words by a British novelist, Edward Morgan Foster are as true today as they were 45 years ago.
So if you want to get that dream job of yours, come on, see the professional or vocational exam that you need to write. Learn about the structure of the exam, books to use and great tips on how to prepare and pass.
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