Certificates and short courses have become more popular and valued today than ever before. During COVID 19 pandemic, many people have opted online trainings and short courses to enhance their knowledge and practical skills. More of courses are related to E-commerce and online industry. It might be due to shift of jobs and businesses on online mediums during COVID 19, and requirements of jobs and businesses have also been changed at some extent. Now, organizations require professionals who may grow their businesses online. Therefore, such certificate holders are providing more readily solutions to manage businesses online. This trend has not only provided jobs or business opportunities to certificate holders but also they are earning more than degree holders. Due to this, demand for diploma holders has been increased and a separate industry has been established to cover up the demand of trainings and certificates.
Before COVID, it was all opposite and degree programs were more valued in the workplace as compare to certificates. In fact, it was reported that individuals with bachelor’s degrees having 57 percent more job opportunities and earning 56 percent more than those with only a high school diploma or short courses.
Now, individuals may need to decide that what kind of knowledge or skill they may need to opt, in which they could pursue their career. Options may include:
• Setup an online store or shop
• Virtual assistance to AMAZON, E-BAY, SHOPIFY, DARAZ etc.
2. Digital Marketing.
• Facebook marketing
• Instagram marketing
• Youtube marketing
3. Designing and Video Editing
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe photoshop
• Adobe Premier Pro
The businesses which have realized the importance of online tools they are growing again, and may cover their losses soon which they had to bear due to pandemic. Similarly, the people who are still hesitant to opt online strategies they may suffer in future.
When deciding what kind of education, you may need to pursue, then it would be advised that whether you choose a certificate, diploma, or degree program should depend on the kind of job you’re looking for and the time you have to commit to the program. In general, certificate and diploma programs take less time to complete than a degree and are more focused on a specific skill, so you can get a job as soon as possible. Degrees often include more general education, in addition to coursework in a specific area of study, and are required for various professional fields. Therefore, we may conclude that degree programs are more worthy for young people who have just completed their post-secondary education, and certifications may help the people who have started their career or they may need to generate income through other sources too.