Studying has always been associated with boredom and stress. Thanks to the conventional ways of teaching and the restrictions it puts on creativity, education has become a synonym for poring over books, scoring well in exams and getting good grades. The major characteristic of education; learning, slowly receded under the shadows of grades and marks.
All was going well for conventional education and creativity was suffering when came the tidal wave of technology which destroyed all boundaries that were limiting education and learning. A product of this tidal wave was the fact that it broke education from one monotonous sphere into hundreds and thousands of areas. It created new career options and expanded the world in terms of knowledge.
The diversification in education proved to be a boon for students in six major ways.
1. Thriving talents
Before the education field saw the diversity in educational courses, creativity used to be nothing more than a lamb which was to be sacrificed at the altar of marks. It was not talent which decided what a student should study, it was just their marks and the whims of ‘elders’, who considered that the sole purpose of education was to attain a high paying job (no matter how bad a student might be at it in future).
However, since educational courses saw a huge diversification, students got the opportunity to pursue their interests. They were now able to identify careers and courses which matched their talents and which interested them.
2. Defining aptitudes
There was a time when certain conventional courses were the only option if one wanted a ‘respectable’ career and profession. No matter how mismatched their aptitudes may be for a course, students had no choice but to put themselves into it and suffer several long terms of mental torture as their minds were simply not able to grasp those studies. They either trained their minds like a circus animal who is forced to perform or just gave up and ended up as people with no confidence in their hearts. But as education became diversified, all kinds of aptitudes found havens in various courses and professions. New courses were discovered and the era of mental torture ended.
3. Breaking boundaries
Diversification itself became a huge advantage for education. The emergence of new courses broke the previous limitations and knowledge flourished. Now we live in an era where every course or subject has witnessed advancements and has seen dedicated explorations.
4. Advancing research
As the courses diversified and every subject saw more research and deeper studies, research itself emerged as an important and sought after activity. The more a particular subject was delved into, the more possibilities it opened for further exploration. In other words, diversification transformed research by making it more streamlined and also increased its importance.
5. Emerging jobs
New technologies brought new changes. New professions emerged and the whole chain of employment was revolutionized. The diversification of educational courses and the new job market have together created a self sustaining cycle as more professionals are needed to handle new technology and more students are attracted to different courses to fulfill this demand.
6. Increasing productivity
For those who enjoy their profession, work is not work, it becomes a hobby and a positively challenging activity. Since the diversification in educational courses, work productivity has increased. Students now have the opportunities to pursue careers which they are interested in and which match their aptitudes. They no longer have to burden themselves with choosing careers which they do not like to pursue.
The diversity in educational courses and higher education has liberated students and has given them a sort of mental freedom.
Jessie Agarwal is a passionate blogger and journalist from India. She writes articles on various topics such as Education, gadgets, travels…etc. As of now, she is focusing on University, which provides career counselling for college students. The organization also helps school students in career exploration and planning.