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September 21, 2017

5 Reasons – Why to Get Vocational Skill Training?


Did you not liked to go to schools in your childhood days?
Did you find interest in learning by doing rather than cramming the textbook lessons?
Have you ever felt traditional ‘Academic Education’ boring?
Does your parents pocket not allowed to spend hefty on your College Education?
Would you like to earn significant amount of money without investing too much of your time & money on academic education leading to stressful job hunting?

If your answer to most of the questions above is ‘YES’, then you must read ‘5 Reasons – Why to Get Vocational Skill Training’

Here’s something key to understand: A whole lot has changed since the time your parents were in college and starting their careers. In the 21st century, tangible skills and industry qualifications are what get most people in the door. And those are often most easily gained by attending schools that specialize in career, technical, vocational, or trade school education.

In fact, it’s been shown that professionals skilled from technical or career-focused programs earn significantly higher incomes than people who major in strictly academic fields. If you calculate the income of a Plumber, Carpenter, Hair-Stylist, Lift Mechanic, AC Mechanic, Chef, Mobile Phone Mechanics etc. you may easily find that they earn significantly higher than their non-technical counterparts such as Office Executives, Clerks, Accountants etc. having same years of experience. So consider the below points and evaluate what extra you can get if you get skilled as vocationally trained. Here are five good reasons to get career-focused training:

1. Higher Income Potential

Let’s begin with the very first thing people tend to investigate when exploring whether to go to college: return on investment (ROI). For most of us, that means money. How much will we make after we graduate? Will it be more than we would have made without going to college? What if we have done graduation through distance learning from some good university like Delhi University, IGNOU, JNU etc. and short term skill training such as a Solar Panel Electrician, Hair Stylist, Lift Mechanic, JCB Driver etc. with a surety of minimum earning of 10-12 thousand in just 6 months and potential to become self-employed with income of 25000-30000 in span of 2 years.

2. Better Job Prospects and Employ-ability

Here’s an eye-opening statistic: Seven out of 10 people in the U.S. workforce do not have a bachelor’s degree. But that’s because most jobs don’t require a four-year education. In fact, many of the most reliable jobs only require two years or less of formal vocational training.

Today, it’s all about skills—the practical application of knowledge. Employers want to know what you can do, not just what you can think. As a result, trade and technical skills are among some of the world’s most marketable commodities. And the reality is that, for many occupations, the only way to acquire the skills and qualifications that get you noticed is to complete a career-driven program.

Just take a look at these facts:

  • According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations only require an associate’s degree or less. And 18 of the 20 occupations projected to have the most new jobs by 2020 have the same minimal requirements. From Indian perspective, even only certification with skill competency can even fetch a job which may start with less but sufficient amount after just 2-3 years. Trainees from ITI and good skill institutes have more job opportunities than Degree holding engineers.
  • By 2020, in US about 55 million job openings could be created. Of those, about three out of 10 will require only a two-year degree or some college. Even the Indian students willing to work abroad would also require vocational skill to enter US or other international job markets.

Despite those facts, a lot of employers say that they have trouble finding qualified workers with the right skills. It seems that, in some fields, too few students are pursuing the short but focused training options that lead to the above opportunities.

Here are just a few examples of sectors facing a shortage of workers in the U.S., which means they give you more opportunity to benefit from getting industry-specific skills:

3. A Faster, More Convenient Path to a Career

Programs at vocational colleges and trade schools tend to take less time to complete than those at other institutions. In fact, many are designed to last from only a few months to two years at the most. But even the ones that award higher credentials like bachelor’s degrees tend to be more streamlined and focused than what you’ll find at many traditional places of higher learning.

And the programs often aren’t just short; they can also be quite flexible. Many vocational schools cater to working adults who need the option of attending class at night or even online from home. Plus, a lot of them include externships in their programs for real-world, on-the-job practice before graduation. It’s all meant to help students enter their fields as working professionals as quickly as possible.

4. Respect and Credibility

In the coming time, due to skill workforce scarcity, Skilled Workforce will enjoy more respect and credibility due to higher remuneration leading to better lifestyle and prosperity. A change can be easily visualized in case of house maids in metropolitan cities of India. In last decade their demand has raised significantly leading to their demand of higher remuneration and better status in the society. They are given more respect and more money than previous years in order to keep them retained to serve. Similarly saloons have improved only because of better earning of the Hair Stylists, Grooming artists etc.

5. Greater Flexibility and Mobility

Getting a vocational skill qualification tends to have a flexible career options such as self-employment, working abroad, doing jobs as well as freelancing. In traditional education generally there is a only option to join a workplace, equip with the workplace requirements and so as directed but in case of vocationally skill trained, they are generally allowed to take decisions. Just think, if you call a plumber how much instruction you give and how many time. Only a basic requirement or outcome expected is shared and then he manages at his own. He enjoys the right to suggest the way outs or say he enjoys the liberty to be heard whereas a clerk has to listen and not to give suggestions generally. Skilled workers enjoy better opportunities in terms of interstate as well as global migration. Overseas demands are also there in the system for vocationally skilled people which is very limited in case of pure academically qualified people.

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