Deciding On Your Education
Some critical points you need to keep in mind to make a better choice!
1. The best education teaches lateral and creative thinking, enabling a student to adapt to the modern world, which is changing faster than ever. Experiential learning is widely recognised internationally as being much more useful for long term career prospects than Competency Based Training.
2. Education may not be ‘up to date’. Many universities and colleges are delivering courses that were designed for needs identified a few years before the course was developed. As a result, some universities and colleges are producing graduates with skills that are less relevant than when they began their studies.
3. Service varies greatly from one college to the next. Ask:
- Can you access tutors fast and whenever you need them?
- What other support services are available to help with studies?
4. Qualifications can vary a lot.
Some certificates may only be 20 or 30 hrs, while others can be 600 or 700 hrs. Some diplomas may be 3 months while others can be 3 years. Graduates studying a high quality certificate may in fact be more successful than graduates from a poor quality qualification.
5. Being different gives you an edge. Popular courses produce lots of people with the same set of skills, who all have to compete with each other. Courses from quality boutique colleges, offering variety and something different, produce people who have a different slant and a stronger capacity to compete.
6. The world is increasingly driven by money and productivity. People who can produce, succeed. A qualification helps get a job application noticed; but after that it is all about how you perform in the interview AND in the job. Courses that focus on getting the qualification only help you get an interview. Courses that focus on making you productive, help you actually get the job and build career success.