bahamajoe Posted August 12, 2013 Share Posted August 12, 2013 Guys, Need some candid advice on the value of certificate/diploma programmes as a CV booster based on anyones personal experience or knowledge of the decision making process of Adcoms. I already have an bachelors dbl hnrs in crim and econ along with an mpa. Applied for a phd in public policy but was not able to get into any of the schools that i preferred. As opposed to settling for a school i wasnt enthusiastic about, I am deciding to take a break from re-applying for 2-3 years. I am anticipating a transfer at work that will move me into more relevant and unconventional work experience in the short term which will enhance my CV. I am also thinking of doing a relevant certificate/diploma programme - either in an area relevant to my research or an area that is relevant to the kinds of courses i'd be taking in a phd public policy programme - alongside my new work opportunity. Any idea whether certificates/diplomas are looked upon favourably as adding weight to a CV or are not given any serious consideration due to the fact that they are akin to the equivalent of a minor concentration in something? I was thinking of looking into a part time phd but am not sure a part time phd is a work load i want to take on with my new job and not sure of how part time phd's look when it comes time to seek out jobs in academia. Hence, considering the certificate/diploma option, which would be around 4-6 courses, as something potentially doable that might keep me academically engaged and possibly enhance the CV. Thanks for any help provided. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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