With remote learning and virtual education coming to the forefront, the education sector has opened up a billion different opportunities for students to pursue careers that they like; especially for students in the 10th and 12th standard, who are currently standing at the brink of this tough decision making.
While traditional education models (even though online) still require candidates to clear competitive entrance exams and go through a rigorous selection process – the entry of Edtech players has changed the scene magnificently. Pursuing a degree of your choice after you pass your 10th and 12th grade is no more dependent on grueling entrance exams or putting your thoughts across perfectly in a high-pressure group discussion.
Then how does it work, you may ask? Well, the answer to this is simple – Online Degrees! Edtech platforms have time and again tied up with leading global universities to bring to candidates degrees of their choice without the hassle of going through a rigorous admission process.
These degrees offered by premier Indian Universities include a host of Mumbai University and Chandigarh University programs for example, as well as courses from leading international universities and professional colleges of India.
Further, the programs offered by these platforms are completely self-paced and online, and the candidates have the comfort of pursuing them right from the comfort of their homes. Plus, they even have internships and placement assistance!
For a novice to online education, the vast number of options may well be enough to fluster you. However, in this article, we bring to you some of the most practical and fulfilling courses that you can pursue as a fresh graduate, to help you set a strong foundation for your future career aspirations.
1. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
For 12th standard pass outs interested in studying business administration and gaining the technical know-how of running a successful organisation, online degrees offered through Mumbai University and Chandigarh University are worth every penny spent. These bachelor programs can be pursued immediately after your 12th grade result is out, and are fully remote.
With a special syllabus methodically curated by the esteemed faculty of these established universities, these programs provide the exact same training and knowledge that a classroom course would ideally provide.
These Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs train candidates in all aspects of business management, financial management, business accounting, marketing management, human resource management and digital marketing; thus, ensuring that the degree holders have the perfect mix of technical and real-time skills, as well as high employability.
Post completion of this degree, you can successfully apply for opportunities like management trainee, social media manager, marketing manager, and financial manager. The starting salary for these positions can be anything between INR 3-6 Lakhs, depending on your expertise level and the organisation that you are working for.
2. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Post the completion of the Bachelor in Business Administration program, you can also move forward to pursue the Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Here again, this program is completely online and self-paced, for a total duration of two years.
For the benefit of students and to provide them with as close a practical experience as possible, these courses offered, for example through Mumbai University and Chandigarh University programs, also have mandatory internships as a part of their curriculum, as well as placement assistance.
Further, if you are pursuing this course while preparing for any kind of competitive exams, then there is an added advantage for you here. Along with a legitimate MBA degree from a UGC recognised university in India, this course will also provide you with foundational training for your competitive exams; thus, helping you sharpen your skills further.
If you’re interested in learning beyond a general management degree and chasing a specialised stream in your career – then most of these degrees also have specialisations incorporated in them for you to choose in your second year.
These specialisations include, but are not limited to Human Resource Management, Digital Marketing, Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Depending on the courses and the platform that you select, the courses may offer more or fewer specialisations.
3. Computer Applications and Data Science
Keen interest in the banking sector, but a BBA or MBA is not your thing yet? You can also pursue a degree program in Computer Applications or Data Science. These online Bachelor’s and Master’s programs will put your math and analytical skills to good use, while also teaching you wholly practical concepts, making your job/ employment-ready as soon as you pass out.
Generally, for a period of two years, Edtech platforms like upGrad that offer a special degree program in these subjects provide a number of advantages to students, from interactive classroom training to 24×7 on-ground support; not to forget the comprehensive understanding of concepts in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning that these courses provide, thus, making candidates suitable for any kind of job in a private or government sector enterprise, especially the banking sector.
So, what are you waiting for?
There was a time when universities offered classroom programs for full-time, as well as distance learning courses for students. However, for an employer, a classroom program was always considered more worthy than an online degree. The entry of edtech portals and virtual education has changed this perception completely now.
With platforms like UpGrad curating programs that have inputs from international faculties and can accord alumni status to its graduates, these programs are slowly catching the attention of employers; thus, bridging a very important gap in our education system.
Moreover, who wouldn’t like to study from a university of their choice, without having to give any entrance exams or competitive tests of any kind? With these programs, you can study whatever you wish to, without any limitations or restrictions, right from the comfort of your homes, and even while pursuing another degree, employment, or activity of your choice. A total win-win scenario, isn’t it?
Which entrance exam is a student supposed to take after the 12th?
There are many competitive exams that a student may end up taking for commencing a career in a particular field. The most prominent are the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences Admission Test (BITSAT) for engineering from renowned institutions. There is the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS or dental studies. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is given for the pursuance of law. Not all courses require an entrance test. Few like B.Com, B.Sc, BBA, etc., do not have a test, but this does not apply to all institutions. Many institutions at an individual level conduct the entrance test to scrutinize the eligibility.
What does Edtech mean?
Edtech, as the term defines itself, blends technology with education. With the changing times and fostering technology, there was a need to re-equip education. Edtech platforms played this role. Initially, with the use of tablets and smart screens, educational technology has come a long way with completely digital learning. The use of technology and the Internet to overcome the barriers of distance and resources was the aim of Edtech. A lecturer from across the globe can be seen teaching on a computer screen before you, providing notes, giving assignments, and evaluating assessments, was previously merely a contemplation.
Are remote degrees equally valuable?
Online degree courses may offer flexibility but not absolute freedom. The course has to be completed, assignments are to be submitted, and examinations are to be taken and cleared. An online degree course edifies a student to be a cut above in time management when one is learning while earning. The feasibility of online courses does not bespeak its value. To evaluate the value of online degrees, an institute may look over many other factors like the accreditation of the university or college, its ranking, quality of education provided, courses attended, etc. Many prestigious universities offering online courses or hybrid courses do not trim the value of the degree they provide.