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Why Short Courses Are Beneficial For Singaporeans

by | Jun 14, 2023

Are you thinking of taking up a professional course to boost your employability chances? Or perhaps you’re looking for a course to help expand your current skill set at work? There’s often a misconception that short courses in Singapore may not help you achieve this goal. However, we’re here to share with you why short courses can be especially beneficial for Singaporeans like you!

What is a short course?

As opposed to a normal course, a short course is one that may be shorter in duration or less heavy in content. Short courses in Singapore were created by the government to encourage lifelong learning amongst Singaporeans. 

After all, almost anyone can take up short courses regardless of which stage of their life one may be at. This can include students, senior members of the community, stay-at-home mothers, or freshers looking to test a specific field of work!

Are short courses in Singapore worth it?

Are short courses in Singapore worth it

The most pressing question that runs through minds when short courses are mentioned – is it worth it? Honestly, the answer would be dependent on each individual and their circumstances. With that being said, we’ll share some reasons as to why we think short courses in Singapore are worth it!

1. The courses can help to boost your career

Short courses in Singapore are often created with certain objectives set out right from the get go. As such, they tend to be goal-oriented within a specific work sector. By choosing the right short course, you can take up a class to enhance your knowledge or existing skill set.

By doing so, you’d be increasing your chances of employability for a future position. You could also negotiate for a pay raise or promotion at work since you’re taking steps to boost your career progression!

2. Short courses in Singapore won’t affect your lifestyle 

Taking up a short course in Singapore lets you keep your freedom. You get to maintain your personal routine while also acquiring new insights from your short course. Classes tend to be held at more convenient time slots or there can be multiple sessions so you can choose one!

Some courses may also have the option of location to choose! Where certain classes may require you to go to a physical space, some are held online – all the more convenient.

As such, there’s no need to disrupt your schedule if you’re interested in taking up a short course in Singapore!

3. These courses can provide an introductory sense

Engaging in a short course in Singapore has many pros to it. One such pro is the opportunity to gauge the course’s relevance to your interest and goals. Unlike a normal course where 3-4 years of commitment may be required, a short course allows you to test the waters!

This way, you can confirm if you’re genuinely interested in pursuing that particular line of focus. If so, this short course can give you an introductory sense and motivate you to take a deeper look into the field.

List of short courses that you can take at Vertical Institute

These are just a few of the short courses that are available at Vertical Institute. If you are looking to upskill or change careers, Vertical Institute can help you get started.

1. Data Analytics

Data Analytics Course

Take up Vertical Institute’s Data Analytics short course and learn how to use industry tools like Excel, SQL and Tableau from expert data analysts in Singapore!

By the end of this course, students can expect to have developed a capstone project to solve a real-world big data problem. Thus ensuring that you can put the skills you’ve learned through the short course to good use.

2. Advanced Data Analytics

advance Data analytics Course

Looking to take things a step further with Data Analytics? With a prerequisite of prior knowledge or experience in DA, you’d be eligible to give Vertical Institute’s Advanced Data Analytics course a shot. 

There’ll be some pre-work involved in the beginning of the course, 7 modules to go through and lastly, a portfolio project you’d have to complete.

3. Digital Marketing

digital marketing course

Sign up for our Digital Marketing course with Vertical Institute and learn relevant digital marketing skills for FaceBook, Instagram and more!

Pick up skills such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Google Analytics, content marketing and more. 

Participants can expect to gain hands-on experience by executing their own digital marketing campaign after receiving expert guidance too!

4. UI/UX Design (User Experience Design)

ux design course

In our modern world today, building a digital presence is extremely important for every organisation. UI/UX Designers are in high demand as they help to create user-friendly and attractive interfaces. 

Creating intuitive digital experiences and user journeys by tapping on creative thinking and data-driven research. Participants will have to complete a UI/UX capstone project and develop a high-fidelity prototype of an app user interface.

5. Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

blockchain course

Are you curious to find out more about Bitcoin, blockchains, cryptocurrencies, NFTs and more? Then, Vertical Institute’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Short Course may be right up your alley. 

Dive deep into blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies from a historical, theoretical, and technical and practical perspective. The pedagogy is hands-on with in-class practical activities and real-world examples you can learn from.

6. Cybersecurity Course

cybersecurity course for beginners

Vertical Institute’s Cybersecurity course will explore everything you need to know about cybersecurity. By the end of the course, you will be able to implement cybersecurity strategies in your organisation, or embark on a career in the cybersecurity field.

Additional Information about our Short Courses

For all the 6 short courses mentioned above, classes are held online via Zoom and will be supervised by 1 instructor and 3 teaching assistants each.

There will be a total of 7 lessons, with each class lasting 3 hours long. Participants can choose from the flexible course schedules made available outside working hours. Time slots are available on weekday evenings and on weekends.

Students can expect to receive individualised feedback and support from their instructional team with free 1-on-1 consults. All the above-mentioned courses are beginner-friendly and upon completion, you’d achieve an accredited certification in Singapore.

That’s right, become a digital marketing expert, data analyst or a UI/UX Designer from the comforts of your home!

Available course subsidies for Vertical Institute’s Short Courses

Picking out where and whom exactly you would want to learn from is essentially half the battle won. After all, it is tied to the certifications you’d be earning as well!

With that being said, are you feeling concerned about the course fees? Fret not – there are multiple course subsidies available for Vertical Institute’s Short Courses! Read on to find out what some of your options are.

Offset a portion of your course fee with SkillsFuture credits as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. And let’s not forget the assistance offered from IBF-Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS), obtain funding from these guys to offset your course fees!

Plus, put your worries aside as NTUC UTAP (Union Trade Assistance Programme) can help to defray the cost of learning! 

Learn new skills and advance your career with our short courses

Signing up for a short course in Singapore can be extremely beneficial for you. After all, it is surely a less daunting option available when put next to full-time courses with their much more demanding commitments. Here’s what our alumni said after taking one of our tech courses.

According to Edison Cheng:

“Attended the Data Analytics Course and Stan (the trainer) was very helpful to ensure that we are able to keep up with the pace of the course. Also dropping us very practical advices based on his experience from real-life work applications. The TAs and staffs were also extremely helpful to assist for the Capstone Project and admin related matters. Highly recommended!”

Get started on your learning journey with Vertical Institute by taking up a short course in Singapore today!

About Vertical Institute

Vertical Institute prepares individuals for the jobs of tomorrow. We specialise in teaching in-demand skills, building the next generation of changemakers and inventors through our world-class tech courses and certifications. 

Singaporeans and PRs can receive up to 70% IBF Funding off their course fees with Vertical Institute. The remaining fees can be claimable with SkillsFuture Credits or NTUC UTAP Funding.