A trend that was already well underway before the pandemic upending higher ed was the proliferation of certificates. You can now get a Master’s degree in a whole bunch of different flavors of business-related topics, and there’s a veritable explosion of availability of certificates.
Certificates are offered by many top universities, and they are mostly designed as practical training to enhance expertise in a specifically focused area of a functional domain. Think skills, not theories, though a good certificate is going to be a combination of both. Now, there are a plethora of these available online, in a self-directed, start-anytime delivery format, where you don’t even have any direct real-time interfaces with other people.
Does it provide value to your career to go for a certificate? If you didn’t make it into an MBA program this year, is there reason to consider doing a certificate right now as you think about whether you’re going to reapply in the fall?
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