As Confucius famously said: “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; Involve me and I will understand,” the age-old wisdom resonates in myriad ways as the world of education undergoes metamorphic changes.
The very purpose of education is to raise children to be responsible, happy, and successful citizens of the world. As technology sweeps the world in unprecedented ways, it’s no surprise that it’s transforming the jump from education to career to create a glut of opportunities for young people.
How Virtual Reality is changing career navigation
Although virtual reality has existed since the 1990s, its use has been fairly limited and mostly confined to high-tech gaming consoles. With growing awareness and far-reaching industrial applications, this technology is making waves beyond just entertainment.
The scope of virtual reality in applications such as training and education, design and prototyping, marketing, travel, therapy and more is far greater than can be imagined. Its infinite reach lies in the immersive environment it offers, allowing users to fully immerse themselves in the virtual world, stimulating all the senses of smell, sound, taste, touch and sight.
In such changing paradigms, career exploration is no longer limited to traditional avenues. Navigating the world of virtual reality enables learners to overcome some of the biggest challenges faced when choosing a career.
Access to practical experiences from practice
According to Sushma Sharma, Global Leader-Counselling Solutions, LaunchMyCareer, “Having an understanding of what actually happens in a job, roles and responsibilities, and employer expectations is essential on the journey to discovering the right career.
Virtual reality allows students to delve deep into a virtual world where they can immerse themselves in the environment of a dream job. Immersive career experience programs powered by VR allow learners to understand what to expect in a potential career.”
She further added: “Having the opportunity to access and experience the real world at a young age helps them gain a previously unseen insight into the world of work, thereby enhancing their understanding of different careers. With the help of VR, young people can improve their compatibility with specific professions and hone skills that can improve their chances of career success.
Employers are increasingly looking for candidates who have the skills needed to take on the challenges of the workforce while being productive. VR allows learners to immerse themselves in the work environment, giving them a better view of workplace readiness.”
Explore the untapped world of career opportunities
One of the biggest challenges learners face when choosing a career path is limited knowledge of the rapidly evolving career landscape. Getting to know diverse careers and diverse opportunities through VR opens up new perspectives of knowledge and awareness.
Exploring New Age careers in augmented reality paves the way to a better understanding of future opportunities and helps young people make better, more informed career decisions. Experiencing a real-world environment in a virtual dimension has opened up unlimited possibilities for exploring lesser-known careers. Virtual reality has unlimited potential to prepare students for potential careers and capture the world of work with enhanced clarity.
According to Sharma, “The benefits of virtual reality are far-reaching; it provides access to active experience rather than passive information, simplifies complex concepts, encourages creativity, and increases learner efficiency in acquiring knowledge. With the benefits of futuristic technologies, as VR continues to gain traction, the way youngsters perceive and understand concepts and apply them to their daily challenges has transformed the way students prepare for the future.”
The way VR brings concepts to life and increases excitement is revolutionizing the way young people navigate career paths. Virtual reality has become a game-changer in career exploration, from helping young people learn about the expanding career universe to being able to experience the work environment first-hand and step into the future with confidence.
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