According to an Oxford University Press (OUP) survey, which included data from educators in the UK, India, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, and South Africa, online learning is expected to become "embedded in education in the future".
For Kay Cheytanov, CEO and Founder of 3RC, a South African career expo company, online learning has opened up new opportunities for SA's youth.
"In the last two years, due to Covid-19, we have seen a big shift towards online learning... It's also very interesting to note the number of private tertiary institutions that we have seen playing a dominant role in South Africa's education as well as the number of international qualifications we now have being offered through affiliate universities and colleges.... opening up the market to a wide range of different qualifications that we hadn't previously seen in South Africa".
Along with the shift in learning opportunities, the online space has also created new ways for pupils to identify suitable tertiary qualifications, Cheytanov says, like 3RC's free Career Expo, Swiwel.
'A one-stop-shop for study opportunities'
"Swiwel.com is the world's first 3D, fully immersive, VR enabled career expo that is available to everyone 24/7, 365 days a year. It is a one-stop-shop for study opportunities both here and abroad. Imagine a shopping mall online for your best tertiary education options. You can view over 40 tertiary exhibitors, interact with them via WhatsApp, view prospectuses, watch videos about their campuses and offerings," Cheytanov explains.
The free resource is perfect for pupils with only a rough idea of the industry they're interested in studying.
"If you are not sure who you are looking for, you can search the Industry listing, and we will provide all the institutions that can help you with a specific industry qualification".
A pique in interest in tech-driven qualifications'
Cheytanov says that careers in social media management, cyber security, and drone piloting have really come to the fore.
"As expected, we have seen a peak in interest in the tech-driven qualifications. Many careers that exist today were not considered 20 years ago".
And while 4th Industrial Revolution careers are the future, Cheytanov says careers in business, law, accounting and medicine will remain relevant.
"The fact is that we will always need business, law, accounting and medicine, but the way in which these careers will evolve because of technology is what we are interested in. The trend we are seeing is that those learners that have progressive parents tend to risk studies in these new directions, making them very employable across the world.
'You need to do research': Career hacks for unsure pupils
Here's a look at Cheytanov's hacks for pupils who hope to find the right tertiary qualification for them.
My top tip would be to go and register at www.swiwel.com and spend time getting to know all the different exhibitors and what they have to offer.
– don't wait until Grade 11 before considering your future study options. You need to do research, visit open days, do holiday internships, talk to people within different industries and find out if it really is what you think.
Do career assessments
I would suggest going directly to the YENZE stand on www.Swiwel.com. By means of short and varied assessments, they can direct you to an industry and career that would be best suited for you.
Get to know yourself
We firmly believe that pupils need to know themselves well before they venture into a certain study direction. They need to know their likes and dislikes regarding people, places, and spaces. All of this has a huge impact on where you will be happy and content in your career.
Don't follow friends
Do not follow your friends into a study direction because you didn't do the work to figure out what you should be doing.
Follow your heart
Do not blindly follow what your teachers and parents tell you to study. If you do that, you might end up wasting money and time doing something totally wrong for you. Follow your heart!
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