Distance education also known as distance learning is the medium of learning without attending the regular classrooms. During distance learning, candidates go through online lectures, virtual classrooms, etc. The mode of education is virtual but the career opportunities after distance learning are real and promising.

Distance learning is inexpensive with no age bar and is convenient. It is sought after mostly for  Masters courses where the prospective students are already working or do not have the time to attend regular classes. These courses help enhance employees abilities and are encouraged by various companies as well. It is valid in the eyes of the Government and are under the Distance Education Bureau (DEB) opening plethora of government career opportunities after distance learning.

The Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of the UGC in its norms and guidelines clearly states that  recognised and approved courses makes one eligible for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government of India.

Distance learning courses include Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees. Both are valid as long as the course being pursued is duly recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

There are many career opportunities after distance learning for students graduating from, for example Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), School of Open Learning (SOL, DU), Distance Education of Sikkim Manipal University (SMUDE),Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) e.t.c.

The courses provided are standard courses that are provided to regular students as well. Traditionally, multinational companies prefer to hire freshers with a regular degree. However students of distance learning need not lose hope as there are job offers available to them as well. The initial salary might not be in comparison to regular student gets but it is mostly satisfactory. Jobs at high profile firms can be achieved as you rise in your careers.

Many companies offer their employees to enhance their resume through various online certification programmes and training. The companies bear the costs of these courses as well to ensure that their employees are trained skillfully and are updated. This trend underlines the fact that a lot of distance education candidates are indeed working professionals. These are working professional who want to continue with higher education or upgrade their skills to perform better at work.

Universities offering distance education have now established dedicated “placement cells” to provide the best career opportunities after distance learning. The cells actively seek to get their students placed in reputed multinationals, government jobs, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. These placement cells make sure that all registered students get help with job placements, counselling for employment and even self employment.

Career Opportunities after Distance learning: DU SOL

The Central Placement Cell (CPC) of the University of Delhi also offers its placement services to the students of the School of Open Learning (SOL, DU). “Students pursuing distance education from SOL and students pursuing regular programs from other colleges in Delhi University are treated at par and offered the same services by the CPC,” Dr. Gulshan Sawhney, Deputy Dean, CPC, Delhi University said in a statement to a leading education portal

Career Opportunities after Distance learning: IGNOU

Here’s an insight into the kind of job profiles and recruiting companies that the Campus Placement Cell (CPC) of IGNOU, offers to its students:

  1. Customer Relationship Management with FashionandYou.com (Rs. 1.8 lakhs per annum)
  2. Trainee Research Analyst (TRA) with WNS Global Services, Gurgaon (Rs. 2.2 – 2.4 lakh per annum)
  3. Java Developers with Manhattan Associates, Bangalore (Rs. 3 – 3.75 lakh per annum)

For instance, after pursuing a B.Com course from any open university, you can pursue Financial sectors includes company secretary, chartered accountants and banking etc. Non financial sectors are civil services and mass communication etc

Higher Education Opportunities

As a commerce student you can join CS ( Company secretary) and CA ( Chartered Accountany) both are promising career options after B.com. There is large scope as a chartered accountants in India one of the prestigious position. You can even go for higher studies or Master of Commerce  in fields of Cost Control and Control Account, Corporate Accountancy, Advanced Accountancy, Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Taxation, Accounting and Auditing, Accountancy and Business Statistics and many more.

Options like Master of Business Administration in Cost and Management Accounting are also open. Higher studies in accounting provides access to a lot of job opportunities available in various sectors.

Some of the common areas where job openings include the following:

  • Customs department
  • Economic consulting jobs
  • Indian Economic services
  • Tax consultancy
  • Insurance industry
  • Actuaries
  • Investments e.t.c.

In conclusion, distance education is growing tremendously day by day. There is a huge scope of distance education in near future. They can be used to learn various skills at low cost and high convenience. Distance Education is encouraged all over the world. In a developing country like India, one should always aspire to learn more skills and techniques to develop one’s potential.

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