Is College Degree The Only Way To Land A Lucrative Job?

In the past few years, many Irish individuals were prevented from getting lucrative jobs due to prejudice. Most of us are used to the tales of job notices saying “No Irish need apply.” But the fact remains that such prejudice still exists today and is preventing numerous Irish educated people to apply for jobs. Currently, there is a common attitude across Ireland, which is rather ill-informed, that considers a university degree as the only way to land a lucrative job. Moreover, vocational training and apprenticeships are considered to be a poor quality alternative.

Demand For Vocational Skills

Vocational Training


The truth is, presently there is a rapidly increasing demand for individuals with vocational skills. For instance, around 48,000 workers are now employed in the logistics industry, and in the coming 5 years an additional 13,500 to 15,500 people will be added as the sector will expand. The level of skills required to work in the logistics sector is expanding. Today we need advanced computer management systems along with cutting edge automated warehouses to keep the work going, which is necessitating a high demand for trained & skilled staff.

Damien English, Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, recently wrote in an article “Ireland now has one of the highest proportions of people with a third-level degree in the EU. According to Eurostat, more than half of 30 to 34 year old (51.1 per cent) in Ireland have completed third level compared to a European average of 35.8 per cent of 30- to 34-year-old who had completed tertiary education. The third-level system and the graduates it produces have been key to our economic success.”

Emerging Challenging

Knowledge And Skills


But, now problems are starting to come up with the existing system. The excess focus on university is preventing numerous youths from acquiring salable knowledge and skills that will enable them to build successful careers. Rather, these young people are being motivated to pursue courses that are not suitable for them or their future careers.

English added “One result is that on average 15 per cent of students drop out after first year (22 per cent from ITs, 9 per cent from universities and 4 per cent from teacher-training colleges). This is a waste both of the students’ time, and taxpayers’ and parents’ money.”

Workers Are Overqualified

A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that more than 42 per cent of workers in Ireland are employed in a field which is not suitable for their qualification. The figure is much more than the OECD average. Moreover, more than 50 per cent of these people are identified as overqualified for the positions they are employed in. According to the report, it has been estimated that this mismatch of qualifications and jobs cost the economy around €1.5 billion.

Education Degree


Damien English wrote “We have a very good education system but there are significant gaps in how we build skills in Ireland. Academic ability is not the only valuable talent and not every profession is best learnt in an academic setting. Business needs people with strong practical skills, and apprenticeships and vocational training are key to delivering these.”

He added “We need to recalibrate the third-level educational system to focus more on learning by doing and on-the-job training if we are to address these issues. ”

What do you think? Share your own opinions and thoughts with us by commenting below. We would love to hear from you.

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Are IT Courses Online The Right Solution For South Africans?

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Are you planning to start a IT career in South Africa? Well, it is certainly a great idea build your career in this sector as the global IT industry is booming and creating more employment opportunities? But do you have the right skills to become an IT or ICT professional? Is it a good idea to study IT courses online to boost your career? Let’s find out…

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Creating Future IT Leaders In South Africa

According to data available in January 2015 from the 2014 matriculation results announcement in South Africa, learners who are planning to pursue higher education to improve their employability for the global job market, especially for a career in ICT or IT. Academic experts and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals believe that online education plays a significant role in helping learners acquire the necessary education by offering quality academic programmes, not only in school, but also in tertiary level. This will enable job seekers to gain the necessary knowledge and skills.

Angie Motshekga, basic education minister in South Africa, announced in January 2015 that the national pass rate for matric 2014 has fallen to 75.8 per cent by 2.4 percentage points, which has decreased from 78.2 per cent in 2013. Over 600 000 students appeared in the matriculation final exams in 2014 . Statistics reveal that one in every four students failed with 28 per cent or 151,000 students qualifying for Bachelor’s degree education and 31 per cent or 167,000 qualifying for diploma study.

According to a report from Independent Online (IOL), universities in Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa are already full and it was found that “ school-leavers have only a one-in-eight chance of winning a place to study”. This has created some serious debate regarding the fate of the students who were unable to pass to have not been able to secure adequate marks to become eligible for university study.

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Challenges For IT Sector 

So if you want to enter the IT sector, then this can create some prominent challenges for you. In fact, many ICT industry experts have become seriously worried about the poor scores obtained by students in mathematics and science. Kobus van Wyk, head, eLearning at Mustek, said “The low pass rates in science and maths will definitely impact, not only the ICT sector, but in most other sectors, due to fewer skilled employees. Introducing ICT in schools (from Grade 1 to Grade 12) will certainly improve the quality of education.” He added “Is enough being done? Definitely not. And it is all very well for the ICT sector to ‘be concerned’ about the situation, but what are the different ICT companies doing to assist the national and provincial education departments?”

However, some others are more concerned about how this is going to affect the IT readiness of the students. Alfie Hamid, Cisco Corporate Affairs regional manager in Sub-Saharan Africa, said “Without that basic IT knowledge, a learner would be lost in their first year of studies. ICT as a subject must get more attention and focus… and this is where the ICT private sector has to come in.”

Study IT Courses Online

Yes…this is where online IT education comes in. Online IT diploma courses enable you to gain the required technical skills and knowledge with high levels of flexibility and convenience. As online ICT programmes are designed to expand the reach of education, you do not have to worry about the lack of seats in a particular course. Moreover, you can choose to study directly from the convenience of your home as it offers high levels of flexibility. Hence you can also choose to do a day job and acquire relevant work experience.

But if you are concerned about the quality of education, then let me tell you that most Information Technology courses online provide you a top-notch learning experience as the courses are developed and conducted by reputed professors and industry experts. You will get to learn about various IT aspects like design, configuration programming, database designing, applications and routine maintenance.

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 Boost Your IT Career

Online IT programmes can effectively help South African learners and job seekers master various technical and professional information and communications technology skills which will empower them to push their careers forward in the IT industry.

What do you think? How will you build your IT career? Feel free to share your views with us by commenting below. We would love to hear from you.

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Nigerian Education must be Purposeful & Vision-driven, concludes NESG



It was only a couple of weeks back when education was enlisted on the agenda out of a national discourse initiated with the private sector-driven organisation, National Economic Summit Group. They held their 20th annual conference where the primary theme was related to:

  • the role of education that can strengthen a society’s foundation
  • how education can lead to national transformation and growth

Keeping these goals in mind, the organisation decided to raise awareness towards the gradual deterioration in the sector which must therefore provoke strategic engagement. Well, the entire outing was super successful for which Mr Frank Nweke, the NESG Director General; Mr Foluso Phillips, the chairman and several participants from both public and private sectors deserve appreciation.

The 1-week summit ended with the conclusion that:

  • Nigeria must now require education that would not only be driven by vision but should also be purposeful
  • There must be competent professionals who must take the initiative to execute this strategy
  • The nation must extend their objectives from education spending to education investment
  • Nigeria must reconstruct their learning ambiance and accentuate on making students achieve trendy skills that are relevant globally
  • Help schools initiate abilities to develop and establish research that can keep enhancing their standards with time
  • There must be transformation from the prevalent conventional examination pattern to a system that highlights on the learning outcome

Since critical stakeholders from both public and private sectors along with Namadi Sambo, the Vice President, participated in most of the sessions, a key note of optimism popped up in regard to fixing fundamental issues on Nigerian education. Now, it’s going to be a new challenge that would let Nigeria move from action through talks to restructured education.

Implementing reforms is education is crucial

A serious aspect that has been discussed here is implementing reforms in the education sector. Having chaired by one of the retired UNESCO Directors for Education, Professor P.A.I. Obanya, along with departments and institutions under membership, far-reaching recommendations were made by the panel. As per the presidential panel, both the state and federal levels have witnessed a steady rise in the number of bureaucracies along with an increasing demand. Despite, a proportionate improvement in service delivery was not achieved and there was instead a huge amount of transactional costs.

What the findings have moreover exposed is that the current management models cannot effectively promote education policy as well as educational service delivery in the nation. So, what’s essential now are:

–         Decentralisation of power

–      Necessary resources for developing and managing basic education that can serve education authorities run by the local government

–    Existing top-down approaches must be reversed by making states work with federal authorities since the phase of conceptualising the initiatives

–         Involvement of expanded stakeholders must be there at almost every level of education in the nation

Besides, digital learning has played a key role in strengthening the educational standards of Nigeria. As per reports, the country now holds around 48.4 million internet users, and this clearly shows that the nation is gradually equipping itself to compete with the developed ones.

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Online University Graduates have Potentials Similar to Traditional Learners



Can online university students be as potential as those studying in conventional universities? Does the education obtained by online graduates assure quality in comparison to those provided in the brick and mortar institutions? Well, these questions have been raising debates for years among experts and career professionals, and now the Vice Chancellor of NOUN has come up with a crystal clear answer.

Nigeria’s Open University students have equal potential similar to full-timers



As per Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, graduates studying in the National Open University of Nigeria are as potential as those studying in the brick and mortar universities. While talking to the journalists at the opening ceremony of Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF) on Open Learning, Tenebe said that they not only intend to theorise but also work on the practical aspect of online learning.

According to Tenebe, “We are not only theorising this concept but practicalising it. We are demonstrating to people that if you get your certificate from the Open University or the national teachers institute, compare that graduate with the ones from conventional universities.” He also said that traditional university students would be given a challenge through a competition where they have to face the online university students.

Online university courses – a holistic transformation

Professor Tenebe who is also PCF’s co-chairman said that the intention of the National Open University is crystal clear. They want to make the entire globe witness as how quality education can be obtained through university courses online and can therefore let individuals undergo a holistic transformation. He explained that this system of learning is so flexible and comfortable that one can learn at one’s own pace and become highly professional with time.

Tenebe conceives distance learning as a holistic package and therefore he says that they are not only providing education out of business to let students achieve qualifications but a lot more beyond. He added, “That is why open and distance learning is the education of the people and is for the people and it democratises education”.

The professor was moreover quite enthusiastic in saying that the Open University along with the system of distance learning helps almost everyone to obtain education with ease. NOUN moreover is adopting diverse approaches to help students receive education with absolute perfection.

NOUN joins hands with NTI



The National Teachers Institute has joined hands with NOUN to work together and help the rural population access different channels of media for meeting their education standards.

We don’t have the connectivity in the rural areas. In some rural areas, we don’t even have electricity but we cannot exclude these people. So we have to find a way to take this education to them even if it means recording these programs and taking it to them”, said Tenebe. (Quotation Source:

With such an incredible initiative by NOUN, online education will acquire a new meaning in the underdeveloped nations. Students who never dreamt to complete higher studies for lack of resources will now be making their dreams come true. In fact, the working professionals who had no choices left than to travel overseas and spend lump sums to enrol in a reputed university will now be continuing their work and studying under a reputed online university at the same time.

Student Testimonials for Internationally Recognised Online Universities Qualification

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It is a misconception that studying from an online university means not gaining accreditation from a world recognised university. UK Universities collaborated with online providers offer a range of courses that are globally recognised.  Since courses are available through internet, students can access them from any part of the globe without difficulty.

It is every student’s dream to access courses from globally recognised University that mark exemplary status. Take a look at what these two students have to say about their experiences studying from globally recognised online institution.

Excerpts of Student Experience

Example 1:

Josina France had enrolled with a reputable online provider for an MBA course. A native of Antigua, she wanted to study MBA that could be globally recognised. Her experience was excellent and she had experienced it best at the time of enrolment. Finally, the enrolment process went smoothly and she was admitted for the course. She not only found the course useful but she learnt new techniques and methods that assisted her to work in a fine environment. Gradually, she enhanced her skills on writing and researching capabilities, and time management.

“I would recommend RDI to anyone who intends to obtain a degree to distance learning because of its credibility, the professionalism and level of support given by the staff, the flexibility it offers to study, and the affordable cost of the programmes,” Josina concludes.

Josina must have had the most resounding experience of accessing courses from an online provider, associated with the UK University. At the end, she gained flexibility of learning without encroaching on employment time, thus being able to finish a course within time.

Example 2:

Yulando Lee from West Indies was in a full-time professional in Accountancy and her career demanded opting for an MBA course. She was looking for an opportunity of flexible study mode, where she could set her own study hours and continue with studies from any part of the globe.

This is what she has to say about her experience. “The enrolment process with RDI was fairly easy and there was no specific intake date or request for registration fees. Having decided on the programme of study and reviewing the requirements and tuition costs, I submitted all the necessary paperwork for admission. They acknowledged receipt of my application and within the specified response time, I received a call from the Programs Co-ordinator advising of my acceptance to the programs. The formal acceptance package was received well in advance of the beginning of the program.”

In addition, she had more praises to sing regarding the extensive study support, flexible financial process and the flexibility of the course itself. She has more to say about her relationship with RDI, “I had and continue to maintain a good relationship with the RDI Team. They are very supportive and efficient in the delivery of their administrative services and have always communicated effectively with me and other students on pertinent information or “things to know”.

RDI is tied with UK Universities, which reflects the very fact why this online provider has world class service to provide. She also recommended RDI to all her colleagues. Indeed, she found that RDI is both service oriented and dependable. She also opines that RDI partners with the top-notch Universities in UK that are engaged in offering courses, which are also offered to on-campus students. Besides, the fact is the provider has exclusive support team that offers guidance and advice tailor made to your demands.

The above two instances reflect the fact that the students in disguise of working professionals gained massively by accessing courses through RDI, which is associated with the most reputable UK Universities. Thus, on completion of courses you can gain accredited or globally recognised academic qualification just like Josina and Yulando. (Source)

The internet is replete with an array of online providers whose vision is to change your world by delivering flexible and high quality education as offered by most renowned UK Universities. The best in the herd will cater online tutorial support combined with flexible funding options with 60% less in aggregate compared to other providers. Thus, look for international online universities that offer courses through distance communities for an accomplished and enriching learning experience.

So, if you are planning to enrol for internationally recognised courses, check out the list as offered by online providers in association with recognised UK Universities. After all, gaining globally recognised courses help you seek jobs or career positions of satisfaction.

Online Courses Helping the Caribbean Societies to Progress

The social condition of the Caribbean societies has undergone enormous changes in the past half a century. But the most important resource of the country – its people – still require a lot of development in different aspects of their lives. They need to be able to take informed decisions, make wise judgments and practice critical analysis not only for their personal good but also for the good of the society for the democratic Caribbean societies to function properly.

With the advancement of technology and the information they gather through them, they have realised the importance of processing the information for their own good in a way that can only be achieved through higher education. This is something that the Caribbean societies have realised they must do in order to secure their rightful place in the global arena.

Traditional way of imparting higher education and its deficiencies:

The traditional means of imparting higher education has a number of intrinsic difficulties that developing economies like the Caribbean are facing. They are:

  • Lack of infrastructure
  • Lack of manpower
  • Distance that the students have to cover in order to attend classes
  • High costs
  • Mass education intrinsically leads to the lowering of the quality of education imparted

These are a huge setback for a nation that is trying to build its economy from scratches.

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A tilt towards the online courses:

The online courses help in an enormous way in dealing with the difficulty posed by the regular courses. Let us look at some of them.

  • Increase the students’ access to education
  • No barrier of a classroom
  • Cost effective since the courses cater to a huge number of students
  • Periodic interaction between the teachers and the students increase the chances of individual attention to the students

As they require a working knowledge of Information and Communications Technology or (ICT), more and more students are getting attracted to the IT degrees in both the graduate and the post-graduate levels. There are a number of online degree providers that you can look up and find a useful degree.

Growing interest of the UK universities

A number of UK universities and providers of online degrees are becoming vastly interested in the prospect of offering their courses to the Caribbean. This is an avenue that had not been explored before and has an enormous potential that has not yet been tapped into. Since there are a number of providers of online courses, the students also get a number of options to choose from. Besides the government is also promoting the growth of the online courses because they will get a trained workforce without having to undergo the massive expense of arranging the infrastructure of brick and mortar institutions.

Online courses are helping a number of countries to move ahead. Not only are they helpful for the governments but also for the people as they are finding it useful to follow the courses from remote locations too which would not have been possible without the development of IT.

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Thanks to Online Courses, Mothers can now finish their unfinished degrees

There is no greater joy than being a Mother. But then being a mother is no easy task. Even 24 hours fall short when one is looking after a child. And for a mother it is very difficult to look after her kids, do household chores and study all that the same time. In fact many women opted out of colleges as it got difficult for them to do so many things at the same time. It was getting hectic and at the end of the day they were getting divided into so many things that they hardly got time to look after themselves least of all study.

But then all this has changed. With the passage of time and evolution of technology followed by its advancement has made computers and Internet a household name. And on-line education is a creation of the best resources available. So when all the resources are available to you and you happen to be a stay at home mothers why not make the most of it? Why not complete your educational dreams and apply to home based jobs so that you can, not only look after your kids but also studies and earn on the side. Distance learning study is a prime factor that saw to women’s enrollment in colleges and universities rising from over six million to eleven million since 1980.

Rani Kota, majoring in Public Health, says, “I chose online classes because I can spend time with my family and work full-time and those were my main priorities … With new technology, anyone can do it if they are willing to and can find a balance.”

Changing times:

Distance learning study is a bit different from traditional learning. It is not only flexible; the courses are also affordable and very convenient as it can be pursued from the comforts of your home. And since most of the on-line learners a little older considering their traditional counter parts, they have greater responsibilities and have to look after their family; they show greater initiative in completing the course studying via online distance learning.

Way Back in the 60s when women were not expected to work, but the scenario has changed completely. Just because they have become mothers it does not mean that they will not be able to have an independent financial freedom. 40% of working women are employed in management or professional roles.


Old obligations but new opportunities for working moms:

Research shows more women attend college than men but greater number of men graduate. Why? One of the major reasons for women dropout rate is that they become mothers and looking after kids is a full time job. And unless you have done graduation you will not get good jobs.

The unemployment rate for women with only high school diplomas is almost twice that of women with a bachelor’s degree: 8% vs. 4.5% and usually, the better the education, the better the job.

But the availability of on-line learning is slowly but steadily changing all these and is opening up new and exciting opportunities for them so that in spite of being a stay at home mother they can boast of their economic independence.