How Internet Is Opening Up Educational Opportunities For People In Emerging Economies

(Business Day, February 23rd, 2016) How Internet Is Opening Up Educational Opportunities For People In Emerging Economies


The Internet is arguably the biggest facilitator for connecting talented individuals across the globe presenting further opportunities to thrive and succeed. It has broken down the barriers to entry for many well-paid professions, such as IT programming and coding, as people can now access online courses and apply their knowledge to forge a career. The impact it has had on education in developed countries is profound as E-learning has offered a viable alternative to the traditional educational path. This impact is now also being felt in emerging economies as the digital age brings about a democratization of education, leveling the playing field and opening up new avenues for people anywhere in the world to pursue their dreams.


Online learning


The Internet and digital technology has transformed the education sector, even for those that frequent colleges and universities. The most notable change is an anywhere, everywhere mindset due to the reach of online courses, guides and exams. Many institutions now offer an array of online courses that can be accessed by students located in practically any country in the world. These courses often involve video conferences using applications such as Skye. This global platform has enabled both teachers and students to share knowledge in a simple and convenient way and use a variety of e-books from online libraries to supplement their education. Mobile learning is also growing in popularity as applications accessed on smart phones are offering a more innovative take on traditional methods.


Higher education is no longer consigned to the classrooms of private universities or community colleges, as official degrees can now be obtained by applying for and completing courses online. The University of the Potomac enables students to earn a MSIT Degree Online by completing courses, including Network Defense and Countermeasures, Data Analysis, Executive Leadership and Asia-Pacific Rim Management. These core courses are completed entirely online and can lead to a lucrative career in Information Technology Management and Cyber Security. Potomac’s online program provides the same comprehensive education as a more traditional learning environment, so students will gain the same leadership, cyber law and strategy skills as they train to become an IT specialist.



 Emerging economies


The largest emerging and developing economies in the world are currently the BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Internet has been key in helping to create new jobs that contribute to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, the emergence of new services and industries, business innovation and workforce transformation in these countries. Vietnam is also currently experiencing rapid economic growth which has resulted in more consumers purchasing superfast broadband connections and mobile devices such as tablets, vastly increasing the number of people that can get online. The surge in demand for online services makes it an ideal new hub for growing business. Iran is another country where the impact of the Internet is being felt, with forecasts predicting that the number of Internet users will expand by more than 10% every year. In addition, social media is becoming more prevalent in the countries, which is increasing the awareness of education and career opportunities.


An increasingly tech-savvy youth segment will embrace new education methods in these emerging economies in order to seize new opportunities and find a job that will change their lives. Access to education in schools in non-developed countries can often be patchy at best and may not be sufficient for a long term career. Online education and talent platforms enable anyone to take advantage of work opportunities. The growing digital marketplace is an incredible platform for job opportunities with Mckinsey Global’s ‘A labor market that works: Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age’ report showing that it could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP and increase full time employment by a staggering 72 million by the middle of the next decade. Online talent platforms such as LinkedIn also increase the transparency of demand for particular skills, so people are able to make better education choices for a chosen career.


Route to success


If you are located in an emerging economy and want to take advantage of the Internet age to acquire a dream job then beginning an online course is the ideal route. Online degrees, such as those offered by Potomac University can help you to become a computer systems analyst or a market research analyst for example. Students all over the world are now completing online degree programs in numerous fields including political science, engineering, healthcare, business and criminal justice. You can find out about the skills you may need for a particular career by browsing the jobs available on talent platforms. A bachelor’s degree in business administration would prepare you for a career in industries such as banking, finance, manufacturing, business analysis and human resources. The course is the first stepping-stone to a career; there is often a wide range of choices upon graduation.


It is also important that you think about your current computer skill set and how often you will be able to access the Internet. It is likely you will only need basic skills to begin with but make sure that you will be able to get regular, preferably daily access to a reliable broadband connection. You can then think about carefully selecting a virtual online course to suit your requirements. You can also supplement your formal education by accessing free guides and other tools on the Internet to further your understanding and expand your online learning potential.


Learn from the best anywhere


The proliferation of mobile devices, the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and improving home and mobile broadband infrastructure during the next decade will open up more educational opportunities for people across the globe. Research indicates there will be 263 million students eligible for higher education by 2025 and the Internet will be key in helping talented individuals to access the courses theyneed to acquire qualifications. It is true that almost anybody is now able to learn from the best from anywhere at their own convenience.