By the year 2020, it’s estimated that 65 per cent of all jobs will require post secondary education and training according to the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
With many automated software making their presence felt in various job industries, you need to perform more creatively than a machine or code.For that, you need to update your skills, but can online courses really help you?
The main problem with online learningOnline education has one major problem even if we do not consider that a large population of India doesn’t have access to the internet and cannot read English. “Digital Learning has no doubt taken many students under its wing, with its increasing popularity. However, live and interactive digital learning aids students better and enables course completion. This is because sometimes, in pure self-learning the propensity to drop out from the course increases,” says Aditya Malik, CEO and MD of Talentedge, a website which offers live and interactive certificate and professional courses from premiere institutes.
“When you are learning online, at your own convenience, you tend to get distracted because of many other important things of your life. Live, online classes with faculty give learners the right kind encouragement, enabling them to make the most of the learning experience,” he adds.When we learn alone, we can get bored and demotivated easily even if the course content and instruction method are good. With live and interactive learning methods, the physical classroom setting is more or less replicated which engages students better and provides motivation to complete the course. “This format helps and urges them to devote proper time to the class otherwise self-study becomes a non-committal activity where one can easily get distracted unless one is extremely self-motivated and disciplined,” says Malik. We spoke to 10 students and professionals who credit online education for their skill development and job status. Know more here:
1. Anurag MeshramJoint Director of the Transformation Cell of the Indian Railways Coursera user Meshram completed his Master’s Degree at Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, and used Coursera to fill the gaps in his studies. “Coursera helped me get into a Master’s programme at Cornell University. Since my mathematics education ended after 10th grade, I was finding it difficult to get accepted into grad programmes. While searching for certification courses, I came across Coursera’s online education courses.
I earned certificates in Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus: Functions and mentioned those in my statement of purpose when applying for my graduate degree.
2. Prashant TFinancial Analysis Prodegree Imarticus learning user “Having recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, I was weighing my options as to the relevant career path I could take. I was particularly keen on pursuing a career in finance, but realised that in order to do so, I would have to acquire specific skills that would set me apart from other candidates.
Unfortunately, training in skills like financial modelling or valuation is not something traditional universities and educational institutions offer.Soon, I found out about Imarticus Learning and the range of courses it offers in the field of finance. After thoroughly reading up on the courses and the potential career prospects each of them offered, I decided to enrol for the Financial Analysis Prodegree since it seemed like the best fit for me. The content of the online education course was extremely engaging, and its innovative delivery through interesting case studies and live projects made the learning experience extremely satisfactory.
The highly experienced and easily approachable faculty also made it much easier to understand the concepts and have my doubts cleared anytime.
3. Shivam AroraStudent of Allenhouse Business School, UP Internshala user “When I was in my second year of BBA, I went to an internship fair at DTU, Delhi. I remember how difficult it was for me to score an internship. I created my resume and started applying for internships but didn’t get selected to any, maybe because I didn’t have the right skills.
The rejections left me disappointed, and I stopped applying further. Then, I came to know about online education. I enrolled myself in three trainings — Advance Excel, Business Communication Skills, and Digital Marketing.
4. Sanyam Bhutani
Six months Later, I was invited to present at an international conference. I then bagged an internship at IIT, all thanks to the knowledge from the Udacity Nano degree!
5. Patricia Ribiero Pena
iMBA student Coursera user“I don’t think I would have been able to finish any kind of programme because after giving birth it was really hard. And having something in a modular structure that’s based on certificates makes the entire difference for me.
Getting my MBA makes me feel empowered because I don’t need to stop being myself, I don’t need to stop working, stop being a mother, stop having my life and that is everything for me.”
6. Gauri JhaHomemaker, freelance writer Coursera user Jha took Learning How to Learn, a popular Coursera course with over 1 million enrolments, and found a lot of confidence that she had lost after leaving her career to be a mother.
“‘Learning How to Learn’ helped me regain confidence in my learning capabilities. Having taken a break from the world of academics for almost a decade to take care of two children, I had sunk into this vicious cycle of failure and fear.
7. Bhumsen SData Science Prodegree Imarticus learning user
While the courses from some institutes didn’t have a wide range of content, others did not offer adequate support to students for placements, which extremely importance to me.
8. Abhishek BhattacharyaBTech student, Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology Internshala user “I had always been motivated to learn newer technological concepts and make relevant use of them, but I wasn’t familiar with any useful tutorials or trainings. After surfing the internet rigorously, I found a training module on Data Analytics.
I began my training with the excitement of building a project just after four weeks. The content was exquisite and perfect for a beginner with no or little knowledge of analytics.
9. Rajani MPGoogle Scholarship Recipient, Android Developer Nanodegree Student Udacity user “I am probably the oldest person in the Google Udacity Scholarship Programme. After my father’s death, I had to financially support my mother and family. I would work rigorously to provide for my mother and my own household.
My career saw consequences after I decided to start a family and perform my duties as a mother. In 2016, I again tried to restart my career in development. Working in the industry after such a long gap was a big challenge.
10. Cheryl ShaferiMBA student (year two MBA student at the University of Illinois) Coursera user “I’ve wanted to get my MBA, but doing it the traditional way just wasn’t possible. My online education experience has been hands down phenomenal. The quality of education has been without comparison.”
“We found that 89 per cent of Indian online learners who identified career advancement as a primary motivation reported benefits like improving their job performance or starting a new career as compared to 84 per cent globally,” he adds.