Should eLearning serve the needs of the employers?

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For almost all of us, the years of school and college education was aimed at getting a fulfilling career path, both in terms of money and job satisfaction. The current education system is also designed to streamline this process to some extent. The segregation into various streams after class 10th is one such example. And, of course, everything after school – polytechnics, entrance exams, and career counseling functions to create separate funnels that lead students to jobs that interest them and also provide a good living.

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While this might work in theory, in reality not a lot of graduates or postgraduates are job ready. Almost all companies have to provide some form of on-the-job training to new employees. In this scenario, alternative forms of education such as eLearning can help tremendously.

eLearning goes a step ahead

Online learning platforms can actually fulfill the role of education in creating job-ready professionals. Unshackled from the rigid official syllabus structure, Ed-Tech companies like Talentedge are creating course content aligned to the needs of the companies and the job market. The courseware is designed to be practical and easily applicable; the focus is on using teaching methods such as case-studies and discussions to maximise retention and understanding and the content is also pared down to focus only on the most important aspects of the topic.

Popular Talentedge courses such as Digital Marketing and Big Data Analytics are good examples of courses that meet the gaps in the job market and at the same time provide the learners new and valuable skills in an up-and-coming area –  a win-win situation for both parties.

So what’s next?

The question is not whether eLearning should take into account the needs of the job market – it is already doing that – but how can it close the gap between employers and potential employees even further.

Compared to traditional higher education systems, eLearning has a huge advantage in being flexible to adapt to the changing job market – this makes them more attractive and relevant to students and professionals. To further leverage this advantage Ed-Tech firms need to work even more closely with industry leaders and HR heads to fine tune their courses to industry requirements and open these prospects to professionals in search of better opportunities.

Maybe even work on providing customized courses that reflect a company’s specific need or open direct placement opportunities between learners and recruiters – eLearning industry is still on an upward curve and the future models of Ed-tech companies are open for change and innovation.

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