Ed-Tech Creating An Egalitarian Space For Education And Addressing Employability Issues
Taking an egalitarian approach to education allows one to break away from conventional career paths based on a single degree or dual degree. As certification courses evolve, stout academic parameters no longer matter in finding a job.
The long persistent insecurities faced by the youth of India striving with unemployment issues for years surfaced with the severe job crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stemming from lack of quality higher education, skills, resources, financial support, among many other issues have led to a wide gap in the skill-based job market with surplus job vacancies and a dearth of trained professionals.
According to India Skills Report 2021, only 45.9 per cent of young professionals in India would be considered employable. It is worth the notice for a decline from 46.21 per cent in 2020.
The report also revealed the contrasting difference between B. Tech's employability rate at 46.82 per cent, and B. Sc and Polytechnic at 30.34 per cent and 25.02 per cent respectively.
Students opting for B. Sc/Polytechnic degrees rather than the mainstream B.E. or B. Tech are faced with high competitiveness in the job market due to their academic incompetency to meet the in-demand skill standards. An affordable certification program can help them build a career by providing them with the necessary skills.
The employability-centric approach of Ed-techs can significantly reduce the gap between these courses by providing specialized training to job-seekers and connecting them to suitable employers. By delivering on-demand, customized coaching services, we can enable aspiring young people to address their skill deficiency.
As a result of this innovation in the education sector, students and job-seekers can improve their knowledge and skills without any limitations. Taking an egalitarian approach to education allows one to break away from conventional career paths based on a single degree or dual degree. As certification courses evolve, stout academic parameters no longer matter in finding a job. It doesn't matter if someone has a Bachelor's degree in Arts, Science, Computer Application, or Commerce, any individual can opt for the course of their choice.
The lockdown and the tumult of uncertainty afflicting the country for more than a year have led to increased enrollment in online certification courses such as Data Science, Digital Marketing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and others. Thanks to the accessibility and convenience of online education, individuals have been able to utilize this time for their career benefit. It has allowed a great number of working professionals to pursue certification courses to advance their careers besides job-seeking individuals.
As a result of ed-techs providing specialization in higher education through short-term and affordable certification courses, it has become easier for an individual to obtain market-relevant upskilling to obtain jobs in booming sectors. It increases an individual's chances of being chosen for a job by improving their employability factors related to the relevant skills. These upskilling courses can help bridge the gap between the skills required to work with the growing technology and hence increase employment and employability parallelly.
This year the hiring is expected to grow in BFSI, software/hardware, and IR and internet businesses. Edtechs will be playing a great role in providing market-relevant courses which are tailored to the needs of the growing and emerging industries.
However, the unemployability rate of jobless graduates from other tier-2 and tier-3 states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, etc. has not been determined with certainty. So, there is a dire need to target individuals from Tier 2 and 3 cities to upskill them with in-demand skills through online coaching/training. This way, we can help them land great job opportunities by providing placement training and connecting them with various reputed companies.
To address the root causes of employability gaps in our country, ed-tech companies must be able to bridge the skill gap, which is ever increasing as new technologies are being implemented. By doing so, we can change the job situation in the country and prepare our youth for a bright future.
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