What’s better; a new job or a scholarship ?

Friday July 19 2019

Alice Nankya L. Nsibuka

Alice Nankya L. Nsibuka  

By Alice Nankya L. Nsibuka

I was recently offered a scholarship to study at a university in the UK. At about the same time, a company I have been applying to a number of times eventually offered me a job. I now have to choose. Help me make the right decision. Nancy

Dear Nancy,
Most scholarships are merit based or awarded for certain achievements which make them very prestigious and competitive. Besides the financial relief to study at the University of your choice, scholarships have significant benefits to your education and career. International education promotes global learning and develops globally minded individuals.

Earning a prestigious or merit based scholarship can boost your resume and make you more competitive since it is recognised as an accomplishment by employers. This opportunity will expose you to increased career prospects and broaden your global networks.

The wider your network, the greater the likelihood you’ll be connected to exciting careers and social opportunities.

With an increasingly globalised world and cultural diversity at work places, the scholarship can be a life changing experience. Oftentimes, our cultural background has a huge impact on how we respond to different situations. You will get the opportunity to experience distinct cultural perspectives.

A cross-cultural awareness may help you develop valuable life skills needed for personal and professional growth.


The more transferable skills you have, like self-reliance, resilience, adaptability, leadership and communication the more diversity you can offer to any potential employer. Some of these skills may be boosted through class projects with a group of international students.

Nonetheless, your decision is dependent on where you are in your career and life in general and also reflect on your objectives for seeking this scholarship.

Alice Nankya L. Nsibuka
HR business partner
NMG - Uganda