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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it, putting at risk the health, jobs and incomes of millions of people around the world. It has also brought to light the widening skills gap in the workforce and the importance of gaining additional skills beyond undergraduate degree level.

Management consulting company McKinsey notes that even before the pandemic, changing technologies and new ways of working were disrupting jobs and impacting on the skills employees need to do them. They found that 87% of executives experienced skill gaps in the workforce or expected them within a few years.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has said there is a shortage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals in many countries. ICT is a key economic sector and the backbone of the digital economy across all sectors. “A lack of skilled labour will constrain future growth and job creation” it said.

For savvy professionals who are looking to upskill, the skills gap presents exciting new career opportunities and greater job security. Whilst commencing face to face study is not possible for many students in the current climate, online learning is an opportunity to learn from wherever students are while simultaneously opening the door to new career opportunities. One institution that offers busy professionals flexible online learning opportunities is the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in New Zealand. EIT has introduced EITGraduate Online, providing an opportunity for postgraduate students to move forward with their plans for studying overseas, even while they are unable to travel overseas.

Postgraduate certificate programmes that lead to a Master’s degree

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Completing a Postgraduate Certificate in one specialisation and a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in another area of study means students will walk away with two qualifications. Source: Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT offers a wide range of online pathway programmes that can lead to Master’s qualifications. This includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management, Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analytics (pending New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approval), Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Business, Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology, Postgraduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

The online Postgraduate Certificates can be completed in six months full-time or on a part-time basis over a longer period, enabling students to study at their own pace to fit in with work and lifestyle.

EIT’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management programme, for instance, is designed to apply an advanced and broad body of knowledge to students’ applied management knowledge and to equip students with the skills needed to keep their knowledge current.

For those who want to deepen their understanding of the IT arena’s conceptual and theoretical elements, the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology programme will be ideal. The programme is designed to produce IT graduates who can think critically and have a number of high-level skills in the IT field that can be applied in a wide range of situations.

EIT’s online learning experience doesn’t entail passively learning through a computer screen. The Institute’s online postgraduate programmes feature live courses and a hands-on, engaging approach to learning. The online tools and modules encourage active participation from students.

Another benefit of studying online with EIT is the flexibility to learn from wherever students are, without a student visa. Courses that have been successfully completed online, can be credited into an EIT Master’s degree, which can be completed on campus in New Zealand once borders reopen. To study onshore in New Zealand, students must meet Immigration New Zealand requirements for a student visa.

Future-forward programmes for busy professionals

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Dr Ondene van Dulm, Head of School, Health and Sport Science. Source: Eastern Institute of Technology

Studying at EIT enables students to gain a world-class education from experts in their fields. Echoing this is the Head of School of Health and Sport Science Dr Ondene van Dulm: “Our globally relevant course content, innovative online teaching, and individual academic support will help students to progress their careers across a broad range of health contexts.’’

EIT’s postgraduate qualifications have a high level of flexibility. Students can upskill or retrain in a way that best suits them by customising their programme of study to cater to their areas of interest.

“Our flexible postgraduate programmes allow you to gain a highly respected qualification by studying in a way that suits your lifestyle or work,” says Schools of Business and Computing head Dr Sabine Hoffmann. “With innovative learning modules and highly personalised academic support, we will help you take your career to the next level.’’

Ultimately, whether students wish to pivot into a new industry or develop the knowledge and skills to stay relevant in their current industry, EIT’s online pathway programmes can help students achieve this.

EIT welcomes students from all corners of the globe. If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, click here to find out more.

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