When one, the youth in particular, embarks on the academia journey: the arch aim is seeing their transcript detail “degree obtained” after an arduous and laborious three year of being committed  to studying. What follows after that the student foreseeing themselves in their regalia in front of a huge hall with masses waiting to applaud them for their great work. Enter COVID and the tables turn dramatically, thrashing a dream sought after.

However companies and educational institutions alike are more and more creating virtual courses and accreditations where one can now learn skills online and get a virtual certificate. With more and more virtual courses and graduations happening, this trend is the new order of education and qualifications. Businesses in turn are recognising these virtual certificates to give employees an opportunity to further their education and skills through this.

Let’s face it, youth unemployment will forever be on our lips, given the amount of swindling there is politically. What is, however a painful sight to watch is the measure taken by our African parents to ensure that we have a good education versus the reality of not find a job for years.

However the virtual certificate is another way to cushion these harsh education and employment realities we are facing during this Pandemic.

About the author

Khanya Mali is a marketing and brand communications enthusiast with a penchant for building brands on both client and advertising agencies and a “creative” in his own right. “Insights are the bark to every wondering creative work”