How do plumbers use science
"In the future, a plumber must also be an IT specialist"
There are universities that offer courses on healthy stress management or presentation training. Is that really the job of a university?
The question is aimed at which market models work and which don't. So far, many universities have relied on complete degrees when they offer continuing education. But there is of course a limited demand for this: not many can imagine a complete further education course for several years in addition to their profession. Delimited modules that can be used individually and that are certified separately work better. For some interested parties this is enough. And if you are aiming for a degree, you can combine these individual modules into a complete course.
Some companies take the initiative themselves and offer their own courses in which experienced employees train their colleagues.
This is happening more and more often, especially with the use of intelligent learning systems and digital platforms. Here, too, the following applies: The measure of all things is the skills that someone is taught and not the way in which they are acquired. Digital offers will play an increasingly decisive role in this. Incidentally, there are more and more educational providers in the digital space that you would never have believed had anything to do with further education.
Now I'm curious!
When it comes to job networks like LinkedIn, everyone thinks of recruiting portals: I submit my résumé and find a better job as a result. That was also the original idea. But now the following is happening: In an advertisement, a company is looking for an IT manager who is familiar with data management, who can program websites and demonstrate four other skills. If someone has only five of these six competencies, they will automatically be shown courses on these platforms in which they can acquire the missing knowledge.
... and have to go back to university for that?
No not at the moment! For example, you can find videos produced by companies where someone explains how something works. There are also university courses with elaborate learning environments where there is a specific mentor who answers individual questions. Some are free, some have to be paid for. By the way, it is not uncommon to find courses from universities abroad. Platforms like "Academy Cube" are interesting because both companies and educational institutions post their further training offers there - and everyone can decide with one click what they like. That's the future!
But nobody tells me whether the content I'm learning is really high quality. Isn't that a major shortcoming?
You also have the problem in the area of certified higher education. Even in the first semester of English studies, you can get caught up in the boring lecture of a professor who has been holding it unchanged for decades. I am convinced that everyone can quickly see what is high quality and what is not.
Do you sometimes catch yourself thinking: No, I don't want to deal with lifelong learning now?
No, on the contrary: I am happy if I learn something new every day. There's this wonderful story by Bertolt Brecht.
Which do you mean?
The "Stories from Mr. Keuner". In it, the protagonist meets an acquaintance who tells him: "You haven't changed at all!" I think there is a lot of truth in these short lines: moving forward is something that should drive us all.
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