“I want a qualification that gives me a competitive edge and access to a good income.” That was the answer given by my Cape Town Uber driver, when I asked him his reason for wanting higher education.
He started the conversation by telling me he was an Uber driver in order to make money to go to a higher education institution.
I reflected on his answer to my question and whilst I agreed, I considered the following, additional reasons he could have given:
- I want to meet like-minded others.
- I want a great student experience.
- I want to network and get practical experience in an industry I enjoy.
- I want a college that believes in giving students great service.
- I want to be in an environment that cares about me learning and qualifying.
- I want to be totally immersed in my learning, in a field that I love.
- I want a qualification that is accepted globally.
I wondered If he had thought about student protests and whether he considered this a hazard to his plans. Fortunately, protests seem limited to public institutions reliant on government funding whereas private colleges need their students’ fees for sustainability. I like to think that we keep doing everything possible at eta College to provide our students with a competitive edge and access to a better income. The eta qualification puts our graduates at the front of the employment queue, it also gives them a chance to start their own practice. That’s not all though…. Read the seven reasons that I mentioned above.