Career in Vocational Courses
Winds of a new change are blowing across the global job market. And the impact of this change is evident in the way a vast majority of students, in their bid to at least land up with mid – level jobs, are fast waking up to the urgency of following the vocational route instead of treading on the beaten path as plain graduates.
Does it imply that the students – more specifically their parents – have finally given up on their degree fixation ? The answer lies somewhere in between. As a matter of fact, vocational courses fulfill both the needs of the students – they impart traditional knowledge with vocational skills.
Take for instance, some course in a field like Tourism. Such a course includes three papers in Tourism, three on English, three on Hindi / Punjabi / Political Science / History and another three in History / Economics. In the same way, Insurance, which is closely allied to Economics and Commerce, has one paper each on the two subjects, apart from a paper on English. Same is several other fields or areas of applied significance, which point to the increasing focus on specialised as opposed to a generalised understanding of different disciplines.
The ongoing trends in the global job market categorically suggest that while specialists grab the centrestage in every field and at all levels, generalists, being unable to adjust to the dynamics of competitiveness, are pushed to hustings.
It is in this regard that a vocational course comes to the rescue of those who consider successful job hunt to be the veritable outcome of specialised learning. A vocational course is primarily designed to offer a pragmatic insight into the requirements of particular types of jobs or sets of jobs. Such courses are thoroughly application – based wherein theoretical – conceptual dimensions of a field are not studied independently, but are subordinated to the understanding of techno – operational aspects of specific jobs.
Contrary to the earlier perception, a look at the cut – off marks and rush for the courses in various universities throughout India demolishes the myth that vocational course is an inferior stream, suitable only for less brilliant students. In fact, there has been a closing of the gap between knowledge and skills. This is reflected in the profile of the students whose parents are in the allied fields like travel agency. The other category is that of those who want to be self – employed and join the vocational courses to learn about the niceties of the business.
Apart from these two, there is also a third group which comprises those who are looking for openings like office secretaries and store – keepers, business process outsourcing ( BPOs ), etc. Needless to say, candidates to get suitable job are equally focussing on knowledge acquisition as well as skill enhancement.
Eligibility for Vocational Courses :
For the various undergraduate ( UG ) and postgraduate ( PG ) courses, there are no eligibility criteria in particular, except that you should have marks in the end – off list. Generally, if you have studied something similar at the 10+2 level, you are given a bonus weightage by some institutions and universities. For those who get enrolled finally, merit list is prepared and a very few meritorious students get scholarships as well, in certain institutions.
Vocational Courses :
There are various fields of study for which vocational courses can be designed and offered. Depending on the background and interest, a candidte can opt for any related courses – related in the sense that if one has not studied or does not know anything about science, he will hardly opt for, say, mechanical diplomas or courses.
Various disciplines of vocational courses have been given separately in a box elsewhere. Apart from one’s own interest in a particular field, a candidate’s decision to opt for a particular course may be guided by quite a few other motives.
For instance, a candidate may choose to pursue a diploma course may be guided by quite a few other motives. For instance, a candidate may choose to pursue a diploma course in Ceramic technology or Hospital housekeeping in the light of other people’s high opinions regarding placement and income prospects in those areas. At times, such decisions may put you in a tight spot. So, it’s imperative study the prospects of a specific course before joining it. Since a vocational course covers the latest developments in a particular field, which are subject to imperceptible as well as unpredictable changes, candidate cannot afford to miss at least the most crucial contents of the course.
Besides, a vocational course, being completely based on application and practices, lays stress on visual presentation of the key subjects of study. Courses are formulated accordingly evolving a special culture of practical learning as in workshops and laboratories.
The Polytechnics :
The Department of Training and Technical Education, Government of Delhi, offers full – time diploma programmes at government polytechnics and its affiliated institutes. There are a large number of courses which are being offered by these organisations.
New Delhi – based South Delhi Polytechnic for Women also offers various polytechnic courses for women in different fields ranging from interior and fashion designing to marketing, advertising and public relations, journalism and mass communication. The important to the conventional is that in contrast to the conventional mode of education, vocational education has a specific goal to provide employment to the person pursuing it and specific training is given to achieve that.
All sorts of degrees and diplomas pursued in the areas of management, engineering and technology or IT field that are becoming so popular in our country, today, come under the vocational stream. However, as the market is large and unregulated, it is necessary that only authorised institutions, which can ensure quality, are allowed to proliferate, so that only the best reaches the student community.
In India, as a huge section of our population remains unemployed, vocational education can play a vital role in providing employment. In fact, it seems the only way out to provide them employment.