Jumping straight into a uni degree (or a career) when you’ve just finished high school is like meeting the parents after you’ve only gone on a few dates.

It’s a big commitment pretty early on and, most of the time you don’t really have enough information to decide if it’s a good idea or not.

Thankfully there are other options out there, especially if you’re normal and haven’t already decided what you want to be when you grow up.

Studying a diploma is one of those perfect options because you’re not tying yourself down too much and you’re still working towards your future while getting your parents off your back.

Here’s all the other reasons why studying a diploma is the best way to cover all your bases.

1. It’s shorter than a degree

While degrees can take between three to six years to finish, most diplomas take around 40 weeks, so you’ll be done and graduated within a year.

This means that you won’t be committing yourself to such a long pathway and you avoid the risk of losing your progress if you change your mind after a few years.

You’ll also get qualified quicker and get to jump into earning solid cash well before your mates who went to uni.

2. It can lead to further study

If you decide later on that you do want to go to university, your time spent studying a diploma won’t be time wasted.

Your diploma can help you get accepted into a related course and better yet, you might get it credited towards your degree and graduate sooner.

3. Transferrable career skills

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about ‘transferrable’ skills lately. Basically, diplomas are great because even though you’re qualified in something specific, like Business, you’ll also gain a tonne of skills that can be used across different careers in all kinds of industries.

4. Employability

Studying a diploma gets you a nationally recognised qualification that makes it easier for you to get a job.

In fact, 79.5% of students in Australia that completed a diploma or higher were employed after training, a higher rate than uni grads.

Some training institutions boast an even better rate thanks to their extensive industry connections and quality of teaching.

Our mates at Patrick Careers Academy (PCA), have a 95-100% placement rate for diploma graduates looking for full time work or choosing to go onto uni.

If a diploma sounds like something that would work for you, and you’re located in Sydney, you can check out PCA. They offer a heap of different diplomas and their Diplomas in Business and Business Admin are a pretty good start if you have no idea what you want to do after high school.