It’s never too late to gain knowledge in life and excel in a professional career. Distance education has been a solution for those students and working professionals who face hindrance in their life while opting regular courses in the hope of gaining knowledge due to numerous reasons. This mode of education has been appreciated because the mode of teaching is very flexible for both students as well as for teachers. Along with that, it’s affordable, and the quality of education and syllabus is very much similar to that of regular courses.
Distance mode of learning is growing vigorously day by day and is also attracting new people who want to pursue their dreams by completing their higher studies. Students opting distance learning have a huge scope in their future.
This mode of education has always come into mind when professionals have thought of getting promotions or students thought of improving their resume. Regular courses no wonder have a better angle if we compare, but even distance education has numerous advantages over regular courses.
Students willing to pursue or pursing this mode of education always have a fear in their mind if they are going in the right direction as it can hamper their careers. Having concern regarding their future is absolutely obvious.
It’s high time that we clear all our doubts and ignore myths regarding distance mode of learning.
Let’s compare career opportunities for a student after regular education and distance education as per different perspectives:
1. Comparing Distance and regular courses based on salary
Taking into account the job perspective, people always consider the certificate they hold has well paid off if the salary received is good as compared to the money invested during studying. For example, if someone spends 15, 00, 000 INR while studying and earn 20, 000 INR salary then that degree is never considered fruitful but a person paying 50, 000 INR in his/her education if gets a job of around 15, 000 INR then that will be considered as a good return. So, keeping in mind the above fact if we compare the jobs provided by good institutes across the nation and placements offered by distance or part-time courses, then regular courses offer a better package than part-timers.
But if we consider the course fees, then distance education has always been better. After considering both the facts, we can say regular courses do offer better package opportunities, but distance education is no far behind.
2. Degree for the fresher versus degree for professionals
Generally, a professional opts for distance education in order to get a promotion or better incentive. To achieve it, he/ she need not even have to give up their job for the very purpose. Distance education has been very much flexible regarding its time and mode of teaching, so professionals get a better catch from this mode of learning.
But if we consider a fresher, then distance education may sometimes not help the candidate get a good job in a good company at the very first chance.
3. Distance education in achieving skills
If a candidate already has a regular course degree but want to improve some of his/ her skills regarding a particular sector, then he/ she would generally prefer a distance course. Distance course has been helping applicants to improvise the resume of the candidates who are already eligible for the required job but in order to stand out as compared to other candidates part-time courses has always been affordable and better.
4. Approval from Distance Education Bureau
All the Institutes offering distance courses across the nation are approved by Distance Education Bureau (DEB). This approval states that if a candidate has a degree from any such Institute approved by DEB, then he/ she is also eligible to apply for the posts under any government or private sectors along with regular course candidates. So, every candidate must go through the approvals before applying in the interested Institutes.
5. Placement Cells
These days many distance education Institutes have a placement cell. In some colleges, these groups have been very much in active mode to find jobs for their students. Certain placement cells provide training for interviews and even for campus drives. This training has many times helped the candidates in achieving positions in many good companies as well. Online portals of this team even help applicants make a good resume and hence helped in achieving better placement.
6. Sectors for employment
There are numerous public and private sectors in which a student can apply after pursuing a course through distance mode of learning. Students can even go for start-ups. Some of the sectors where a candidate can apply after completing their distance course are given below;
- Call Centres
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Media and Communications
- Public Relations
- Product Design
- Software Development
- SEO Optimisation
7. Colleges offering distance education
There are many government and private institutes, colleges and universities offering distance courses in various fields. Some of the colleges offering distance education are given below;
- Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
- Delhi University Distance Education, New Delhi
- Chandigarh University
- Graphic Era University (GEU), Dehradun
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
- Institute of Management Studies (IMT), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
- ICFAI University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
- Jagannath University (JU ), Jaipur
- Jain University, Bangalore
- Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
- Lingaya’s Vidyapeeth (LV), Faridabad
- NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education, Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Sikkim Manipal University, East Sikkim, Sikkim
- Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL), Pune, Maharashtra
- Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Tirupati
So, taking into considerations the above mentioned facts and theories, the candidates must apply wisely and get themselves enrolled into their interested colleges based on the career opportunities.