What do you mean by Vocational Education?
Vocational Education has become very popular today. This form of education helps the students to get many qualifications for a particular profession.
The students are taught how to use their skills for practical application and only theory is not important to gain knowledge and progress in life.
By studying this, the students learn about various applications which helps them to go further in a profession or involve themselves in any art or activity on their own.
They are not dependent on anyone. This happens if they get the right type of vocational education or training.
Vocational education focuses on both abstract knowledge and professional skills for many jobs. As the field of vocational education is very broad, the students get many options to choose.
No matter which of the option or field they choose, there are proper training and education for all of the fields. There are many colleges that offer different courses on vocational education.
The teachers or professors who teach or give vocational education use many modern tools and lesson plans to teach the students.
From the starting of the course itself, they teach the students that whatever they study in the form of theory, they should learn to put them into practical use as well. This is because this practical use will help them in the future.
Importance of Vocational Education
Vocational Education is beneficial not only for the students but for the adults as well. It is because of vocational education that people become more specialized.
This later helps people to choose the specific field they want to work later on. By this it becomes easier for the people to choose in which particular field they want to work.
If they know which field they want, they will help that field to progress and even they will be able to progress in their life.
Vocational education is important because it helps the people to recognize the skills and improve whatever skills are present in them.
In today’s world, almost every job or organizational wants people to work for them who have proper skills that will benefit their company and organization.
When a student receives vocational education in college or any other educational institution, they are not getting prepared just to study and pass the college. But they are also being prepared to get a job in the future.
Vocational educational gives people a new learning experience and even their performance is increased.
This shows that vocational education does not benefit just in the academics but beyond that too as well for practical applications. Very often people get confused what course they must choose.
But the existence of vocational education clears out all their confusion. Thus, the students get clear idea about the field they want to study and work in the future.
By vocational educational people learn to work themselves by using their skills for the benefits of others and for themselves as well.
They do not become dependent on machines or someone else because it is their skills which are helping them to work.
Parents must understand the importance of vocational education and help their children to improve their skills.
If they ask them to choose the field they want, the children will never be able to progress in the life. In order to progress in life, the children must go in that field where they can use their skills properly.
Personal experience on the concept of Vocational Education
In the year 2017, I completed my graduation, that is, the Bachelor’s Degree in a vocational course.
My college has all the UGC (University Grants Commission) vocational courses that includes Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) and Bachelor of Commerce- Tourism and Management (B.Com. TM).
In the Arts stream there are six courses. But out of those six courses only two of them are vocational course. These two courses are HETT and CEOEP.
In HETT the subjects included are History, Economics and Travel and Tourism. While the subjects included in CEOEP are Communicative English (Media), Optional English (Literature) and Psychology.
Other courses in the Arts stream that does not come under the Vocational course are PENGS (Psychology, Optional English and Sociology), HENGS (History, Optional English and Sociology), PECOS (Psychology, Economics and Sociology) and HECOS (History, Economics and Sociology).
Apart from this triple subjects with the degree the students are also supposed to study some additional subjects and some compulsory one s as well. Making a total of them, the total subjects students study is either six or seven.
The number of subjects which the students study are not fixed some of the combinations or the course either have extra subjects or one subject is divided into two.
In the year 2014, two new vocational courses were added in the college. This new course was B.Voc.
One is for the commerce people so their course is known as B.Voc Banking and Finance.
There is another one for the Arts stream. This one is called B. Voc Visual Communication and Performing Arts with Psychology.
Along with all these subjects, the administration and staff of the college also encourage the students to involve themselves in non-academic activities as well.
This will make them an all rounder student because just academics is not important for one to progress in life. It is important to balance between both academic and non academic activities.
The vocational course I chose was CEOEP which was about Media, Literature and Psychology.
Literature was mostly about books, stories, novels, poems and plays. But the concept and content which was taught to us in the three years was very good.
There were some of the works of different writers, novelists and poets which if we read and try to understand them, we will be able to connect with that in our life and see that practically in reality as well.
Many times we see that some of the stories, novels and poem are sort of similar to our life and environment. So, in that way literature helps us to connect with our life.
Vocational education or training is mostly about making use of the skills for practical applications and are specifically for particular business, occupation or trade.
The meaning of vocation has undergone many changes. So considering that, the subjects Psychology and Communicative English have really helped me to improve my skills for practical applications.
Compared to Communicative English, Psychology has not made such a major impact but from one point of view it really has helped me for the development skills for different practical applications and occupations.
Moving on to the subject of Communicative English, from the first semester till the sixth semester, in every semester I learnt something new.
Today, due to a new learning every semester, I know many new things which I otherwise would not learnt so many things. In the first semester we were taught about art, different types of art and how to analyze any type of art.
By studying this, today whatever I see or observe I look them as an art and analyse them. In the second semester we studied about blog writing and media laws.
Today there are many bloggers who are earning a lot and becoming famous. In the third semester we had radio and creative writing.
Both of them are helpful because writing skills have improved and now it is easier to put down any creative work, be it a story, novel or a poem.
Everything has become easier when it comes to bring out creativity. After that studying radio jockey has also helped us because we can do any work in the radio stations.
In the fourth semester, we were taught photography and public relations. One knows the importance of photography in the modern world at the present day. While public relations helps to solve various crisis and agendas.
In the fifth semester the syllabus included film making and research paper. Film making was taught from the basics to the end.
So today one can alone make their own films by taking small help from others. Not only this, the software used in this is very helpful in today’s world.
While in the research paper we learnt the various problems which occur in the field of media. While in the 6th semester the syllabus was about advertisement.
We were taught what advertisement is all about and how different companies do advertisement for their own work.
So, by this we learnt how to advertise anything given to us. All of these can be used to put practical applications.
I never thought that by studying so many things I will be able to learn many things.