Being a HR professional in today’s business environment is not easy. Along with other challenges that come their way, the one at the core of their responsibilities is staffing. Finding the right person (with the right qualifications, skills and experience), to fill a vacancy in quick time, is always a tough ask.
A basic element of every job application is education. Upon this is built a person’s professional profile. It is here that a major portion of the resume fraud occurs. Studies have shown 41% of job applicants are untruthful about their educational achievements. Another survey reveals that 20% of applicants actually concocted fake degrees. Many of these fraudulent degrees were manufactured and supplied by “diploma factories.”
A Google search will bring up thousands of sites that openly advertise their wares. These suppliers offer phony (but real looking) diplomas and degrees. They will doctor the ‘genuine’ fake degree of any institution with dates and period of study to buyer’s requirements. They will also provide everything including grades in specific subjects.
Research done in the US brought up over 300 sites. They are making good money because the fake degree industry is estimated to have made over $500 million in the last year. The University Grants Commission (UGC), India has a list of 21 fake universities. That means that there are a lot of unqualified people out there.
Diploma Mills are another threat area. The UGC has a list of ‘known’ diploma mills. A cursory check on the Internet will reveal many, many more. Guess-estimates abound (both in India and abroad) but no one has an exact number on this whole phenomenon. Such is the brazenness of many of these “diploma mills” they now provide toll-free phone numbers should prospective employers call to verify and check the degrees of their clients.
In India the education verification process is complicated by the sheer number of universities that exist in the country. There are 504 universities of all dispensations – including state, private, central and deemed universities. In this scenario figuring out whether a job applicant’s degree is genuine is a major headache for any HR executive.
Genuine qualifications are the basic building blocks for job aspirants. No company can afford to have inadequately qualified employees. They are a risk to the well-being, sustainability and success of the company. Thorough and robust background screening of employees, both existing and prospective, is a major pre-requisite for any business.
If you are contemplating a career as an interior designer, then the first thing you need to do is figure out which courses will be best for you. For entry-level positions in interior designing, you need the basic bachelor’s degree or an associate degree. Some states even license interior designers!
Course Duration and Matter
Training programs and courses range from two to four years in professional institutes, colleges or schools. Graduates of two or three year programs are even awarded a certificate as an interior designer or associate degrees. Those with a bachelor’s degree are of course eligible for formal apprenticeship programs in designing.
So what will you be studying while preparing for your career? Your education program will include courses in AutoCAD, drawing, architecture, ergonomics, spatial planning, color and fabrics, furniture designing, psychology, budgeting and time planning as well as ethics. These are the basic skills and qualifications that an interior designer requires to be truly successful.
After you have completed your education, then, it’s time to gain experience of the professional world; so a one to three year apprenticeship is a must for aspiring interior designers. Here, you will be required to work under the supervision of an experienced interior designer in a professional firm. Or, if you are lucky, you will get to assist a freelancer with a good name.
These are the basic eligibility criteria for your career in interior designing. But, what can you do to gain an edge over the others? In today’s day and age of computers, if you are computer savvy and know your way around various computer software for drawing and designing, then you will automatically have an advantage.
Moreover, if you come from an engineering background or an architectural background, you will automatically be able to make out whether you designs meet construction requirements and safety codes and this is a huge advantage as well.
Apart from this, as a designer, it would be really helpful if you are well read because tastes and trends change quickly. Also, you need to have good persuasion skills and business acumen. Understanding your client’s needs and requirements is a big part of interior designing. After all, at the end of your assignment, you need to be able to deliver on your promise. A career in interior designing has very bright prospects; a careful and planned approach can definitely take aspiring interior designers to great heights.
It happens all the time. A young person drops out of school or college, and at first, doesn’t regret the decision. But as the years go by and people progress into better salaried jobs, the young person feels left behind. Continuing education lets you make up for lost time.
Consider these facts. People who do not have a further qualification are more likely to be unemployed. That’s not surprising since many jobs these days require that you’ve graduated high school. By exploring continuing education opportunities and receiving your diploma or passing the GED, you’ll not only make more money, you also will have more job opportunities.
So where should you start? Well, if you’re only a few classes short of graduating, you can take these classes to make up for what you missed. Many cities and school districts offer continuing education classes that can help you make up missed classes in no time. Start by ringing or emailing the high school you attended. Get a copy of your transcript and find out what you need to do in order to obtain your diploma.
Another option used by many people is the GED. The GED, which stands for General Educational Development, is a five-part test administered to prove that you have high-school level academic skills. The tests include Social Studies, Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. When many people think of continuing education, they think of the GED. For this reason, you can find a lot of the resources to help you pass this test.
To prepare for the GED, you can take preparation classes, either online or in person. You also can take telecourses, courses by mail, or use preparation books and videos. The GED has one of the more diverse continuing education programmes, with many options available in most major cities.
If you want to go beyond high school and are looking to find out more about continuing education options, some colleges offer programs where you can finish high school while at the same time taking some college classes. Many community colleges offer these programs. Contact your local campus and find out what the requirements are.
When it comes to continuing education choices, you need to decide what works the best for you. What can you fit into your schedule? How best do you learn? You don’t want to get disaffected and give up. Many people find it difficult to master some of the material necessary to pass the GED. You many find it is easier to learn this material if you take a traditional style face-to-face class with an instructor. Not only will you be able to ask questions, but many people find it is easier to learn when they are surrounded by other students.
The principal point of continuing education is to help you have a better, more fulfilled life. To do that, you need to make a commitment to yourself and your future. The opportunities are there. You just need to make up your mind to go after your dream.
The Internationalization of Education has meant that even in the more remote regions of the World, Students can take an internationally recognized Test. A Test that allows them to qualify and compete on an equal level, with other students, Internationally.As the World gets smaller with online educational tools and testing, this trend should continue, standardizing an International Education for anyone, no matter were they live.
CIPAT is a Primary Education program launched by Cambridge from the UK. This program Internationalizes basic primary qualifications in the Sciences, English and Mathematics. Cambridge in recent years are continually expanding their testing centers to many Countries outside the UK.
CHECKPOINT is a secondary Educational program launched by Cambridge for Secondary students. CHECKPOINT primarily offers an International qualification in the Sciences, English, Mathematics and other subjects.
IELTS is one of the more popular English programs for Students who want to study in an English speaking Country at College level. IELTS covers standard, ongoing subjects that Students in a College may have to cover in their studies. IELTS does not offer a passing grade, only a score based on a Test conducted in your home Country. This score is often a compulsory requirement to enter certain Colleges, and Universities around the world.
4. TOEFL iBT
TOEFL iBT is an International Test that American based Educational Institutes recognize, which is score based. TOEFL iBT Test Centers are located throughout the World, and the Test itself is online. In recent years students prefer IELTS, citing more Countries recognize it as an International qualification.
5 IFB Courses
In many cases students outside English speaking Countries who are accepted into an English speaking College or University, still have to take a compulsory Foundation course before they start their first year at University. Many internationally recognized IFB courses are available in their home countries, as many Colleges and Universities expand Internationally.
Australia is one of the more popular Countries for qualified Immigrants. TAFE is an Australian based Trade rather than academic qualification. TAFE courses have expanded outside Australia, and qualify skilled people for non- academic jobs.
In order to qualify to take an MBA in some Countries, Students need to take a GMAT course to ‘qualify’ for entrance to a traditional University or College. GMAT is score based, and the score determines what College could accept you.Many of these International qualifications have expanded through the years to become net based, and even based in emerging Countries around the World. Education has globalized, and with these qualifications creates an International standard in Education.
A standard that allows students in emerging Countries to qualify on the same footing as students in more developed Countries, creating an emerging Internationalization of traditional Education once only based on local Education, rather than internationally.
The Asian European University awards you International recognition for your previous academic, and life experience in the form of a degree.
The Asian European University assesses your experience using the internationally recognized APEL method. Accepted Graduates also are awarded 15 complimentary ebooks on the subject they specialize in.