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. ”

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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.

Online Learning is Preferred More Than Traditional Colleges

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Distance learning, or online education is a new of getting acquainted with knowledge and it seems that people are getting attracted towards it more than traditional colleges and universities. Some are also of the view that soon technology in education will take over the traditional schools and colleges and who knows, online education might remain as the only way to study in the coming years!

Why online learning?

  • The first and foremost need of incorporating technology in the classroom is to make education a fun thing for the learners. Especially in the schools where BYODs have become quite popular, educators are of the view that it has helped the children to learn to lessons and remember things in a better way. Technology simply makes learning easier and grabs attention of the learners by providing the subjects in a creative way.
  • The college costs are just skyrocketing day by day. The student debt is a very big issue and Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that there has been an escalation of $902 billion in students’ loan debt. The online courses, on the other hand, are very much affordable for the learners. Also, the learners can avoid the conveyance costs, food and lodging cost thereby paying for only the course fee, which is much lesser than that of a traditional one.
  • The most renowned universities are now offering their courses online. Starting from MIT, Cambridge to Leeds and Bristol in UK, all have accepted technology in education with open arms. When a learner can get a degree from such popular universities from home, why go abroad?
  • Online education is a globalised endeavour. The learners from all around the globe can go for a course from their favourite universities which might be located in a different part of the world. This is a great opportunity for the learners who are not financially well-off.

Online learning in the corporate world

The various organisations worldwide are implementing e-learning to train the employees. Previously, the training sessions were done at office hours which would consume a lot of time and affect the office work. Also, trainers would have to attend the organisations and also a room would be needed for the same. This would cost a lot of penny. Hence, by implementing online training sessions, they can actually do a cost cutting.

The office working hours wouldn’t get affected with e-learning training sessions. This would mean that the employees can go back home, and then go through the training videos at their own flexibility. Also, the trainers can now be appointed from various parts of the globe as they can present their lectures via web cam.

Hence, for all the above reasons, online learning is simply loved by the organisations, educators as well as learners all around the globe.

Evolution in the field of Virtual Learning

A lot of people are still unaware of many things that are now being done online rather than in reality. Learning, for instance, is one of the most vigilantly done activities online. Yes, one can be educated and can learn exactly similar to what is being taught in an educational institute via the internet. This is called virtual learning.

Virtual Learning demonstrated


There are many unrecognized and unacknowledged advantages of virtual learning. These include:

  • The ease of studying at home

  • The ease of studying at suitable timings

  • Very affordable way of studying

  • Very understandable and recognizable methods of learning

Similar to the above mentioned ones, there are various other countless advantages to virtual learning that are left unacknowledged.

The question now remains, how did virtual learning evolve along the ages? Obviously it wasn’t something that took place over a night. It might have evolved through ages without us noticing. Let us have a look at the changes and the time period through which virtual learning evolved.

The pioneers explaining it

Virtual learning has numerous pioneers who have struggled day and night in order to make this form of education adaptable and easy for people sitting at home with the ability to learn, one of the pioneers include Bernard Luskin. He specifically says that he defines virtual education or learning as e-learning, and that the “e” in it should be considered as something exciting and enthusiastic. This is what the pioneer wants to make the people feel about having an educational experience at home.

Some pioneers of this kind of education call it computer assisted instructions, some call it web based training and some something else. The basic motive of this kind of education is to teach those who cannot make it to an institute.

Gradual evolution of learning virtually

It was in the 1960 when this system of education was first introduced to a specific class at the University of Illinois. The students in this particular class room could have a direct access to the notes of their lectures online. Then later on in the early years of 1960, Stanford University professors started replacing their lectures with the voice coming out of a computer. They wanted to see if the students were able to learn that way or not. It was also in the similar years when the elementary schools had their story telling teachers replaced with computers. The children started adapting to this electronic environment.

Steps toward electronic education

Bernard Luskin finally took the most daring step and installed the very first computer in the community college that could teach and convey the right and needed kind of information to the students. This computer then got incorporated with other instruction computers at Stanford and other educational institutes. This made communication and method of instructions easier.

After 1970, the educational institutes started taking advantage of this very extraordinary and rapid way of teaching. They started offering educational courses to far off places virtually. This gave more importance and recognition to their degrees and the people all around the world started getting educated.

By mid 1980s, it became possible at various universities in Canada and other important countries to offer courses from their campuses to other states and countries. This was because the internet started becoming more frequently available. It was not long ago when the internet was discovered. It was in the near 1969 when the internet took step in the field of communication. So this evolution of virtual learning isn’t actually a very gradual thing that developed over time. It almost seems as if it was the very next thing to be discovered after the internet had been accessible from easier locations. Yet the facts and figures state how over the decades the virtual education became popular and available to all those who couldn’t get to the institutions they wanted.

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Who can get benefitted by online education the most?

One of the most answered queries these days is, “can online learning really benefit us?”. The answer is given differently by different people but almost all of them are certain about one thing, online education is actually beneficial for all of us. Let us now see a few categories of people who can actually get assisted by this technologically advanced mode of education.

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a)     Busy Working Professionals

It is often the tag line of various online education forums, “educating the professionals”. As a working professional, it becomes very difficult for anyone to earn a degree from a regular college or university. Therefore, they can always apply for the online courses which are updated, contemporary and full of facts. Undoubtedly, online education has proved to be a boon for such busy working professionals all around the globe.


b)     Super Busy Moms

It happens with one and all. After getting a baby, life becomes tough for every mom. From changing nappies to make the little one sleep, the mom gets no time for herself. At such point of time, she cannot even dream about going for her regular classes. So, she can always opt for the various online courses. She can do her studies whenever she wants and can submit her projects and assignments according to her feasibility.

c)       Minorities

For the kids in juvenile detention centres, non-consumption areas, drop out recovery and the places where there is scarcity of schools, colleges and advanced resources of learning, online education has proved to be a helping hand. By getting themselves enrolled in the courses through online and getting the degree much before the traditional learners, they can now get acquainted with the facts and facets of life easily.


d)     The ADHD Teens

The teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) are found to have troubles in grasping their subjects in a regular classroom. Therefore, due to the flexible study shifts and full concentration of the faculty member, they are getting benefitted through online education. They can now easily carry on with their courses from home, at any point of time and thus they get benefitted by their curricula.

e)      Foreign Students

Suppose you are from India and you always had dream to go to UK to get your postgraduate degree. However, because of various reasons, you dream couldn’t get true. May be you had your family whom you cannot leave behind, or the course fee is huge and you do not have the proper savings for that, or may you will have language problem in UK. So, at that point of time, you can always apply to an online course of your choice under a reputed UK University. This way, not only will you get your dream degree, you will get to learn a lot more than any regular classroom as well.

So, if you too want to experience online education and if you too fall somewhere in the above categories see the benefits of online learning and apply for a degree for yourself.

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