I still remember the time, when my mother used to take me to those computer classes, to learn the basic computer operations, when I was 12 years old. For me, every moment spent there was an agony as I was not at all interested in computers and considered it to be redundant. I was more interested in learning dance and listening to music. But now, when I have grown up to be 22 years old now and more mature, I have considerably been able to analyze the importance of learning computers. I see people around me, who are such ‘tech-pro’ or as the word goes – ‘tech savvy’, I feel illiterate in this area and face a lot of problems while working on computer. These computer class is a part of vocational short term education, which could have provided me with a different and growing career choice altogether, if I had taken it seriously.
In the present scenario, India with its reforms in education wants to be a knowledge based economy. With advancements in technology, there is a great demand for skilled professionals. Skill and expertise are two important factors that help an individual to get a good job. It is vocational training institutes which provide specialized knowledge to individuals and make them proficient in specific jobs. The motive of vocational training is to provide courses which are self-oriented towards employment. According to one of the reports, India has nearly 300 million people in the age range 18-50 group who do not have a job because of lack in skills. This form of education could be a great help to the society as well the nation.
Few days back, my friend Shilpi joined some english and personality development classes and she says she learns more from the vocational school than she does from the traditional college where she is also enrolled. This is because vocational schools pay more individual emphasis and eventually the student tends to learn more. But in a normal school/college, so many subjects are taught and they cannot be proficient in everything they teach. Also, emphasis is not laid upon developing a student’s personal interest because there are already so many students there. But in a vocational school, few students are there compared to a school/college and a student can choose any vocational school according to his/her different activity interests and those schools have proficiency in that particular field and can raise that student to become a skilled professional in that particular field.
The main focus of vocational education is to impart technical skills in students in that particular area, so that their performance can be at par with the requirement of the job market and make the students to directly enter the job market. It provides a healthy learning atmosphere so that they can earn enough amount of money for a normal living. This form of education being a specialized one opens up doors for more job opportunities as compared to other forms of education.
Vocational Education with its specialized form of training provides other options to these students who are in need of employment and cannot afford regular education. Vocational Education inculcates values of self-independence among students. These students being independent perform better as compared to their counterparts.
The major advantage is that this form of education serves is providing students with opportunity for a career of their own choice and chances are that these people work better and have a positive attitude towards their job as they feel more interested in that and satisfied with their job. Usually students pick up a job because of need of money and lack of alternative to earn money. Job satisfaction is low for these students. This further leads to low efficiency at the work place. A major benefit of this form of education is that it is successful for school drop outs and can help country in adult education.
It also acts as an asset to the economy of the country. We do not have to be dependent on professionals from other countries, if our country has efficient and skilled professionals. If this form of education is well developed, country will have an advantage of earning revenue from foreign students as well.
Employees do not have to undergo internship and training programs in the organizations and this can help in saving both, cost and time on the part of organizations, as employees can directly apply their expertise at their workplace.
Many students say that it is easier to understand practical knowledge than theory. It is actually true because people tend to forget theory but these vocational courses make people learn skills and not just theory, and these skills enable students to apply their knowledge and think practically and solve any problem through this approach and not just a specific problem, often taught by theory. And this practical problem solving approach makes them a smart worker which, is mostly demanded by the new companies rather than becoming just a hard worker.