Vocational Training- The Career Enhancement. The education system of our country is the legacy of the colonial rule. Probably we have not yet shake ourselves off that legacy completely. Universities churn out thousands of graduates and postgraduates every year. These men and women, after acquiring the degrees, consider themselves fit for white collared jobs only. These young people find themselves unemployed or unsuitable for many jobs.
It is true that after spending six or seven years in a college or a university, struggling day and night to crack their JEE Advanced 2018, NEET 2018 exams, they dream of a bright future. But had their thoughts been moulded and had they been properly guided, they would have preferred to train themselves in some field and instead of studying aimlessly they would have been earning for their families.
Lately, this need has been felt and a number of vocational courses have been taken up by colleges. Vocational education is the need of the hour. It trains young people for various jobs and helps them acquire specialized skills. Majority of the young people need a job to support their families.
Vocational education can also be termed as job-oriented education. It helps a person in becoming skilled in a particular field at a comparatively lower age. Those who want to set up a small establishment of their own can enjoy the benefits of vocational education.
At present, vocational education in India aims to develop skilled manpower through diversified courses to meet the requirements of mainly the unorganized sector and to instil self-employment skills in people through a large number of self-employment oriented courses. Vocational education is being imparted through Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics. However, this has to start at school level itself. When children leave school, they should possess some skill which can be further developed and they can get a job based on that skill. Students can be taught skills like painting, drawing, and clay modelling etc., as a part of the syllabus.
They could have it as an extra-curricular activity which they would enjoy and at the same time get groomed for the skill. These children, as they enter college they can start learning repair and mechanical jobs etc. This process would enable the students to develop some skills and also show their aptitudes. For these children, the college would be their vocational centre. These centres could, at a higher level also give degrees or diplomas in the skills of the study.
Now let’s look into some popular vocational course and their details in India
Electricians install and maintain wiring and equipment for power, communications and computer systems. They conduct inspections to ensure compliance with building codes. One usually learns to be an electrician as an apprentice for four or five years. On-the-job training is supplemented with classroom instruction. Alternatively, one can take the classes at a community college or technical school. The United States Bureau of Labour Statistic says the 2016 median income for electricians was $52,720. Demand for electricians is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the national average.
- Advertising and marketing
Advertising is a form of marketing communication used to promote or sell a business product or service. It generally encourages consumers or buyers to buy their products, services or ideas by drawing their attention on various media. It is usually designed for an identified sponsor by an advertising agency. An advertiser generally tries to influence buyer emotions such as occupation, beliefs, personality, lifestyle, relationship, etc. To become a good advertiser you need to understand your market and target audience keeping a budget of a sponsor in mind. The advertising industry is highly dynamic and creative field where you are required to develop an innovative idea for your clients.
- Information Technology
Information Technology is defined as the application of computers and internet to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data or information in the context of a business or other enterprises. Field of IT study generally covers the design, administration and support of computer and telecommunications system. Individuals who wish to pursue their career in the field of Information Technology, they are required to develop solid logical and critical-thinking skills. It has gone beyond just cracking the JEE Main. Information Technology helps the business world by allowing organizations to work more efficiently and ensuring productivity. It helps you to have faster communication, data exchange, electronic data storage, and business secrets and records protection.
If you are the one who is fascinated by the world of Narnia, Avatar, Ice Age, Wall-E, etc. And wish to create the same magic then animation industry has boundless scope for you and in the coming year, India will give employment to thousands of 2D and 3D animators. The animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and change by the means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that are slightly different from each other.
There are also several different vocational training courses in different fields like Beauty Course, Banking & Finance, Disaster Management, Physical education etc.
So, let’s explore the benefits of vocational training. One big perk of vocational training is that it can help one obtain a job faster because vocational workers are generally in high demand. These programs often take relatively little time to complete and are often relatively inexpensive in the larger scope of education. Also, since vocational schools tailor the programs to match what employers are looking for, the rate of job placement after graduation is generally high.
- Vocational schools impart direct skills that help largely to build a career. The students can apply for a job in the specific field as early as six months.
- Most vocational school or colleges just require high school completion and basic knowledge of Math and English. The students don’t need to have top grades.
- Vocational courses can be taken online, which supports convenience and easy learning process. The students can pursue their education along with their jobs. It saves times and transportation costs.
- The biggest drawback in choosing a vocational college is that the credits are not as prestigious as that of traditional colleges. Moreover, they may not be considered as prerequisites if a desire to attend a regular college later.
- Since vocational schools focus on hands-on training and typically they have minimum academic work, the courses are not seen academically on par as compared with traditional colleges.
- A disadvantage to vocational education is the low score when it comes to job competition against applicants having a traditional college degree.
Everything in this world comes with several advantages and disadvantages, but our duty is to pick up the benefits among all. Vocational courses are certainly providing new wings to the career of the students by enabling their professional skills. But a level of study and competition is a really big worry for these courses. If the problems can be solved, then we can surely say that vocational training will no longer be given less importance.
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