Is a Postgraduate Certficate a good qualification? Anyone else did a PG CERT?

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I am just finishing a PG Cert in Humanities and as it is research and essay based I do not wish to go onto do year two which is the Masters. I want to get my practical skills up instead and take a year out. I mean I can always go back to do the Masters (it is a distant learning course) in years to come if I want although my specialisation wont be on offer as it is the last year they are doing that course this coming academic year. But I can use the PG Cert for another Masters course. But am just tired of doing essays and writing all the time, and want to be more creative and practical instead. Has anyone here done a PG Cert? and did you find it a good decision?
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I am just finishing a PG Cert in Humanities and as it is research and essay based I do not wish to go onto do year two which is the Masters. I want to get my practical skills up instead and take a year out. I mean I can always go back to do the Masters (it is a distant learning course) in years to come if I want although my specialisation wont be on offer as it is the last year they are doing that course this coming academic year. But I can use the PG Cert for another Masters course. But am just tired of doing essays and writing all the time, and want to be more creative and practical instead. Has anyone here done a PG Cert? and did you find it a good decision?
Why not finish the master's?

A PGCert is going to have to overcome a lot of prejudice. Unless you have an employer that box ticks and generously regards 'any' postgraduate qualifications you're going to have a lot of people that don't understand what the hell it is or why you didn't do a master's.

The exceptions is professions that require them to get on.
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Thanks: the PGCert is a stand alone course in itself, and the Masters is very expensive even with some SAAS funding. I just felt that perhaps working on the practical stuff would be better than being able to write essays. It is a dilemma! Thanks for your input it is good to get others opinions as I intend to give this issue a lot of thought before I decide. Much appreciated.
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Why not finish the master's?

A PGCert is going to have to overcome a lot of prejudice. Unless you have an employer that box ticks and generously regards 'any' postgraduate qualifications you're going to have a lot of people that don't understand what the hell it is or why you didn't do a master's.

The exceptions is professions that require them to get on.
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Thanks: the PGCert is a stand alone course in itself, and the Masters is very expensive even with some SAAS funding. I just felt that perhaps working on the practical stuff would be better than being able to write essays. It is a dilemma! Thanks for your input it is good to get others opinions as I intend to give this issue a lot of thought before I decide. Much appreciated.
Various places have standalone ones that you can top up, I understand that, I understand it's a lot of money, was just making the point having had the gumption to do one in the first place you might as well 'finish it off' and get the master's. Even though that is a big commitment.

That's just you know, like, my opinion. One of the reasons additionally I think it is that masters' degrees are becoming incredibly common now.

What is practical stuff? Where are you trying to get?
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I am just finishing a PG Cert in Humanities and as it is research and essay based I do not wish to go onto do year two which is the Masters. I want to get my practical skills up instead and take a year out. I mean I can always go back to do the Masters (it is a distant learning course) in years to come if I want although my specialisation wont be on offer as it is the last year they are doing that course this coming academic year. But I can use the PG Cert for another Masters course. But am just tired of doing essays and writing all the time, and want to be more creative and practical instead. Has anyone here done a PG Cert? and did you find it a good decision?
Typically a PGCert is associated with being an exit qualification for someone who doesn't want to finish their master's (usually having only completed the first semester of taught modules). I'm aware that some universities offer PGCerts as standalone qualifications, but employers won't necessarily know that.

It seems like you might be cutting off your nose to spite your face here; I know that you want to get more practical experience etc., but you yourself admit that the specialisation you want won't be available later on. If you really have your heart set on it, then do it now, otherwise you will end up having very little motivation to go back and top it up to master's level later.
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I did a PgCert and then PgDip in Psychology in order to get BPS accreditation so I could apply for a Masters. To me it's really just a stepping stone to get to the next level.
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