HIM is a world-class vocational training institute offering a vocational education bachelor’s degree in business administration that includes hands-on apprenticeships, making graduates work-ready.
Until recently, obtaining a university degree in business administration was the only way to enter the executive world and all but guaranteed a promising future. This assurance led to a fixation among students to acquire a university degree in business and became a general prerequisite for employers. However, as basic economic principles teach us, all markets rely on supply and demand. As demand for a university degree surged, it was met with a corresponding increase in supply facilitated by greater affordability and relaxed admission criteria. Initially, this had positive outcomes for students, educational institutions, and employers. However, these freshly printed diplomas lost their value over time, much like freshly minted fiat currency in a recessive market.
The proliferation of graduates at a reduced cost and with lowered university admission standards resulted in an unintended consequence that caught the attention of employers. In the flood of business degrees, most new graduates were found to be deficient in essential soft skills and relevant vocational skills, which are critical in business.
Today, we see increased demand for vocational education across all sectors, especially in the traditional business education model.
But what is vocational education, and how does it differ from a traditional university education?
A traditional college or university, particularly at the undergraduate level, offers broad education applicable to various professions within a field. A vocational training institute focuses on direct knowledge and instruction in a specific area or role, omitting unrelated subjects.
Historically, vocational education was intended for trades and crafts involving manual work, like plumbing, baking, or car repair. This practical education focused on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for everyday tasks in a specific field, emphasizing hands-on learning rather than abstract concepts and theories. These schools were often considered non-academic, but vocational education has evolved to cover industries ranging from business administration to information technology and computer programming.
Today’s vocational schools cater to a wide range of traditional and modern careers, offering in-depth training in creative industries such as photography, culinary arts, hospitality, and design arts such as fashion, graphics, interior, and video game design. They also provide training for important professional jobs such as accounting, medical or dental assistant, and court reporting, and they still are the first-choice education for traditional essential trades.
In short, a vocational training institute aims to prepare students for immediate employment by equipping them with practical industry skills which facilitate a smooth transition into their chosen profession. This is achieved through classroom and hands-on training, ensuring students grasp concepts and develop the necessary competencies for their trade. This approach differs from a university path of study which aims to provide a broad education based on theory, which may or may not produce a well-rounded graduate ready to work.
If I attend a vocational training institute, will I receive a certificate, diploma, or a degree… and what is the difference?
Certificates, degrees, and diplomas certify accomplishments in higher education, each with unique requirements, job prospects, and significance. Choosing the right option is crucial for career goals. By comparing their paths and outcomes, you can prepare for your desired career.
It’s prudent to note that any educational institution can offer its own certificate or diploma, so choosing an accredited school or program is important. Accreditation is an assessment process performed by a third party that validates schools and their programs, offering assurance of a quality education. The accreditation process is laborious, expensive, and wrought with regulations therefore, some reputable schools may choose not to be accredited. Trade schools may not prioritize accreditation if not required in the industry. Higher graduate levels tend to prioritize accreditation; therefore, be aware that credits from unaccredited schools or programs may not transfer, so accredited schools or programs are preferable for further education.
Another point to consider when assessing schools is that not all vocational training institutes will offer the same graduation level.
Certificates are vocational certifications for specific skills. They are shorter programs without core classes. Diplomas are awarded for secondary and post-secondary studies, taking about two years. Vocational training institutes may grant diplomas instead of certificates if their curriculum is more comprehensive. Degrees are earned from colleges or universities for completion of undergraduate or graduate programs. Bachelor's degrees take three to four years which include general and major-specific courses. Further education can be pursued with graduate degrees like a master's or Ph.D.
So how does HIM compare?
The HIM program is unique in that students receive a university Bachelor of Business Administration with a hospitality legacy offering strong professional and soft skills designed with a clear career path in mind. It is the best of both educational models. It is an accredited business administration program where, upon graduation, you will receive two Diplomas: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a choice of specialization from HIM and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University.
The benefit of getting a bachelor’s in business administration with HIM, as opposed to a typical university, is that the education is based on core classes similar to any business degree but also includes the soft skills of hospitality. Hospitality skills are the personal touches that elevate good business and sales practices, which are critical in all industries. These soft skills are generally not included in the traditional curriculum of even the most prestigious universities. Ironically, these soft skills are highly sought after by recruiters and employers. They have become the differentiating qualification in hiring practices. This is why over 97% of our students are hired upon graduation! It is a business administration degree that opens many doors for our graduates.
HIM is a unique vocational training institute. HIM offers an accredited vocational education program that prepares students for an illustrious career anywhere in the world – in a wide variety of industries. Swiss standards are high in hospitality, business, and education. HIM exemplifies these standards in its education and its graduates.