Ecomania Article 6

Non-formal education

One of the main reasons for the large number of unemployed in our country is the mismatch between formal education and the real needs of the labor market. Every year, young people come out of schools educated for profiles that are not current and sought after, which creates a surplus of educated people for certain professions.

Thus, they are automatically destined for many years of waiting for employment at the labor office or for self-initiated retraining through non-formal education for a more sought-after occupation.

We are also witnessing an outdated education system, mostly based on theory, which has been the same for decades. And what a modern employer needs is a skilled worker with current, practical and immediately applicable knowledge.

Undoubtedly, we live in a world where everything is happening fast and changing, progressing and improving. It is the same in modern business. The labor market is being modernized and new professions are being sought, while at the same time some are becoming obsolete and no longer relevant. New occupations appear every day, while knowledge of information technologies becomes imperative for almost every job.

In today’s time of fast life and lightning changes in all spheres of life, professional knowledge has a limited lifespan and is quickly becoming obsolete. Namely, it is necessary to constantly supplement and modernize knowledge. If you are not up to date with the changes, your knowledge loses value and becomes insufficient. And with that, you have already lost in the race for a job, because I can easily replace you with someone who has more modern knowledge that can be immediately applied in practice. A qualified and professionally trained worker saves the employer money and time.

The modern age has imposed the need for constant learning and improvement both for people in leading positions and for all employees.

Because of all this in the world and even in our country, the so-called informal education. People have realized that they have to take matters into their own hands and on their own initiative improve and modernize the knowledge acquired during formal schooling or completely retrain for the occupations that employers are looking for.

The advantages of non-formal education are especially used by people interested in working abroad, where the rule has long been valid that practical and immediately usable knowledge always has an advantage over theoretical.

What exactly is non-formal education?

Non-formal education has the role of supplementing formally or providing an opportunity to acquire completely new contents and knowledge from a certain profession that were not available during standard schooling. This type of education is conducted through various activities such as seminars, lectures, courses, workshops, trainings, etc.

The educational content of non-formal education centers is mostly flexible, based on practical work and adapted to a larger number of students of different ages and previous education.

Non-formal education provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge from the most competent experts in a particular field. In addition, the way knowledge is transferred differs significantly from that in formal education. Learning is carried out through practical work, interactive exchange of skills and experiences in contemporary literature and in well-equipped rooms. Participants are active participants in the learning process, which is the best way to acquire useful and immediately usable knowledge. So don’t wait for the job to come to you. That will certainly not happen. Open yourself to new knowledge and opportunities. Invest in yourself and your knowledge and offer employers exactly what they are looking for and it is the only sure way to a steady and paid job.

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