Vocational education, could be the right way to go!
You must have heard people saying, ‘Don’t follow the crowd, you will go no further than the crowd’. It took me ages to realize this.
Thousands and Thousands of engineers and business graduates are being produced every year; but the economy is not able to meet the demand for skilled labour, thanks to the quality of education, rather the concept of education which is not preparing students to be employed. The education system has to take a new perspective, a perspective to help students specialize in their field of choice, a perspective to enhance their practical and research skills, a perspective to heighten understanding of application against theoretical knowledge, a perspective to complete studies in a shorter period of time with focused know-how, a perspective to appreciate vocational training.
Most people assume vocational education only caters to mechanical or civil industries. In reality it can cater to any industry. The responsibility of vocational education system is to develop curriculum that is focused on imparting skills that are relevant to the industry. It is not about what you know, it is about what you do.
Being an HR professional and having interviewed hundreds of fresh graduates every year, I got the opportunity to realise the level of skills our education system is churning out. It stirred in me the need to look at our university education system and take a fresh look at vocational education.