[The Star] Flexible courses for adults

Tailor-made programmes: SEGiRISE offers adult learners an opportunity to upskill at their own pace.

ACADEMIC and professional qualifications have gained importance among working adults prompting them to acquire certifications or higher degrees for better career growth.

The uncertain economic landscape, especially in times of crisis like Covid-19, has also placed a strain on household incomes.

As employers begin placing a greater emphasis on professional competencies and skilled labour, many adults – employed and unemployed – have started going back to school. Their goals vary from career advancement for the employed to stable income opportunities for the unemployed.

Even in the free market system, homemakers, freelancers, contract workers and part-timers are looking to climb up the gig economy value chain.

These factors have led to SEGi University and Colleges offering SEGiRISE – a flexi-learning programme tailor-made for adult learners to reinvent their future through well-established upskilling courses.

As SEGiRISE offers study modes and payment methods that are flexible, working professionals do not have to worry about missing classes due to traffic and work commitments.

Studies ranging from foundation to postgraduate levels are conducted via blended learning, online and conventional study modes.

Blended learning enables them to catch up with lessons through recorded lecture series and log on to their student account to keep track of their progress, assignments, class schedules, payments and interactions with peers and lecturers through SEGi’s online learning management system (LMS), Blackboard and learning platform Panopto. Examination schedules, selection of courses per semester, grades and attendance can all be updated through the LMS.

Adult learners can also set up their learning space at home and attend virtual classrooms carried out via platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Teams and Google Meet.

This not only promotes conducive and organised learning from home, but it also allows for better time management and work-study-life balance.

Those with working experience or are skilled, can apply via Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning Credit or APEL (C) where they can turn their accumulated experiences into credit awards to complete a relevant or specific study programme related to their career or passion.

And, those without a tertiary qualification can start with a foundation or a diploma programme and go through the accelerated pathway to earn a master’s degree within five years. Should they already possess a diploma, the same pathway can earn them a basic degree and a postgraduate degree at a faster rate so learners save time and cost.

SEGi also offers short courses at an affordable rate for beginners, intermediate and advanced level learners.

There are also credit-bearing short courses that can be used to pursue other accredited study programmes via credit transfer. From pop-up courses to online workshops, there’s something for everyone including courses that are relevant to today’s industries. All courses are also taught by credible industry professionals and add values to one’s professional qualification.