We have all grown up learning ‘A’ SE ANAAR AND ‘AA’ SE AAM. It was recited in chorus and somehow, we still remember it all. In the same manner, we committed to memorizing multiplication tables. Our ability to learn and recall the study material was impeccable. Vocational education was not even invented in India.
But now, In the year 2022, the world is not what it used to be. Rapid strides have been made in all spheres of life. We are now living in a Digital Decade. But our current curriculum and educational framework are not keeping pace with the advances made.
The curriculum in Indian schools and colleges seems to have been prepared decades ago. Cobwebs have settled around the syllabi which are used again and again or rather ‘Recycled’…!!
So, our education system and the way of imparting knowledge and enhancing skills should have been revamped and revised in tune with the changing trend and ideologies. It should have been progressive in nature, particularly in colleges and institutes providing professional degrees.
So, the real question here is, how can we overcome this shortcoming?
The answer is to simply adopt new and improved methods of learning that promise a better future. Everyone must take the plunge into new methods of learning. The ship is safest when it’s in port, but that’s not what ships were built for. They have to go on the high seas, change course and deliver whatever they are meant to deliver.
So, you must ensure the use of new innovations and vocational learning especially keeping in mind the urgency for the same after the pandemic!! Vocational learning is simply a curriculum that trains you to be better professionals with noteworthy and best outcomes.
Vocational learning boosts confidence, boosts employability, and enhances professional development in this dynamic and demanding era that too with certificates from the institutions or the professionals which goes a long way.
Benefits of Vocational Learning
1. Vocational courses available in every field
Vocational education is based on the idea that everyone has a different skill set. Some are good at technical skills whereas some can possess artistic capabilities. The courses range from fashion, coding, accountancy, pharma, medicine, hospitality, finance, architecture, or any musical instrument. It helps you to gain insight into your chosen careers.
2. It prepares you for a Global Environment
The introduction of vocational training from a nascent learning stage also helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and help you work in different markets and with people with different ethnic backgrounds, language and belief systems, and educational backgrounds. You can avoid cultural shocks by learning vocational skills.
3. It’s a platform to Learn from the best in the industry
Vocational courses open an endless door to possibilities. It is one of the best platforms that provide an opportunity to interact with professionals and tycoons in the industry. Experts know the industry better and have expert knowledge of all the tricks of the trade. Their experience comes in handy when dealing with challenging situations.
4. Flexible and pocket-friendly education
If you are already pursuing another curriculum from any other institute, you can still enroll in a plethora of training programs online (Distance Learning) where you can choose the time for the training sessions and the duration in which you want to learn and understand the said skillset and that too without paying or paying a minimum amount and the return on investment is surely great.
5. Great for building a network
Under vocational education, the students build stronger communities of their own, build close relationships with fellow students, and that allows them to create a tight-knit group of people that hone the same skills. Strongly built networks are a plus when it comes to career development. It can also help to provide professional insight to others.
6. Improve Employability
Employers in every field are in dire need of reliable, responsible workers who can solve problems, and who have the social skills and attitudes to work with others. Having employability or job readiness skills is hence important for you to fit in and remain in the workplace. The learnings from vocational courses or learnings come in handy and drastically enhance your employability. Every employer prefers an employee who has a hands-on experience via vocational learning as compared to an employee who has just completed his basic education. A certification in India from credible coaches can go a long way in India.
7. Updated Knowledge and skillset
As mentioned in the beginning, vocational courses are updated and not old recycled curriculums with obsolete information. The courses are always updated keeping in mind not only the current environment but the future. The concepts are in tune with the changes that have taken place in the industry environment. We can surely say to the learners that “May the force be with you!”
8. Broad range of skills
Vocational education develops and enhances a plethora of technical skills, enhances critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, much-needed people and social skills along with negotiation skills have always been an added bonus.
Undoubtedly, in today’s highly competitive job market, being vocationally validated in performing a particular profession adds an extra edge and a lot of opportunities. In a nutshell, choosing and pursuing the right mix of vocational courses is the key to a successful career path.
To conclude by citing Plutarch “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”