As 2022 is coming to an end, we are somewhat back to living like we did in the pre covid world. However, Covid has turbo changed our thought process permanently. A thought process which would have taken nearly a decade to change normally was changed in matter of couple of years.
We have been catapulted into a virtual world where zoom meetings are now a norm, studying virtually is more common than studying face to face. Working from home is not an option but a routine way to work.
We shop online for everyday necessities like groceries to luxury goods like electronics and everything in between without a second thought.
While the interest rates are sky rocketing putting people in so much more debt than they bargained for, we are looking for new ways to upskill ourselves without sacrificing our jobs nor investing too much into it.
So how does all of this change the job market?
As employers will be looking to decrease office space and employ people with skills to work from home, soft skills like taking ownership, working independently, and working towards targets will take precedence. Employers will be looking for people who can get the job done. University qualifications will not be given importance in all industries. While there will be specific industries where these might still have value, majority of industries want people with a specific skill set and knowledge to be able to work unsupervised and achieve the targets required. Training will be provided more virtually and less face to face, so employees should have the necessary skills to cope with this.
What does this mean for education?
Educators will have to concentrate on providing courses more targeted for the skills required with emphasis on quickly upskilling the knowledge to be able to do the job independently.
The courses need to be self-paced, so they can be worked around working or a lifestyle choice. Courses which can be completed in small time frames but can be stacked up towards a qualification will be the ones most people will be turning to.
Also courses which can quickly teach a targeted skill set which could be applied to the job at hand also will see more demand.
Where does this place Health Courses Australia and Health Academy Australia?
Exactly where we always were!
As course providers we are thrilled that finally everyone has caught up to what we have been offering and believed from over a decade and see the value in the format we offer.
We have always offered courses which are short and targeted for the job market and are stackable if students want to put it towards a bigger qualification. We always offered only self-paced courses people can tailor around their other commitments and we were pioneers in 100% online education in health from 2008.
Our short courses have been complying with the rules of the national microcredential framework which came into existence only in 2020 from 2008. The main principles of the framework are that the courses need
- Provide outcomes
- Are fully assessed
- Target to provide lifelong learning
- Transparent and accessible
- Industry driven
- A title and a certificate
We tick all these boxes; in fact, we have been doing just this for the past 14 years.
Courses which are not assessed and are self-driven with a just a digital badge are not considered to meet the standards. Employers also will be looking for courses which meet the National microcredential framework.
It is exciting new world for education, educators and students in 2023 and beyond and we are very excited to be part of this and continue doing what we have always been doing.
About the Author: Vahini Panda is the CEO and Founder of Health Academy Australia and Health Courses Australia. She is multi faceted in her skills and expertise which is backed by 20 years experience in the areas of education, health, ecommerce and Information Technology. She is a CEO, Passionate business owner, Author, Blogger, Nutritionist, Digital marketing expert and a Mum.