Studying short term computer courses have many advantages. First of all, the course duration is less, making it possible to complete the course quickly and take up a job soon after it. Another main advantage is that short term courses can be pursued along with a main course (like schooling program). If you are a student studying in 10th/12th standard, you may easily squeeze in a short term course into your schedule and go ahead with the two of them! Better yet, you may pursue such courses during vacation time! There are a number of computer institutes across India offering such courses. Thus, finding an institute near your location won’t be much of a problem! You will be reading more about such job oriented short term computer courses in this article. They sure will help you gain new skills and knowledge (and even a job, based on your aptitude).
Job oriented short term computer courses
Before going to the main list of courses, I’d like to reveal some important facts and figures about such courses. Typical short term course lasts for duration of 3-6 months. Sometimes the duration could even be less than that. It all depends on the institute and the way they have tailored the course material. The course could lead to a Diploma or Certification. Again, it depends on the institute and the way they have tailored the course material.
Diploma or certification course– whichever you choose, make sure that you do the course from a recognized and approved institute. I mentioned how large numbers of institutes are operating in India at the moment. Not all of them are reputed and recognized ones. Before taking admission in an institute, students must give attention to its reputation, approval and recognition status, fees structure, quality of the faculty, quality of the labs etc. Admission should be taken only after making sure that the institute fares satisfactorily in the above mentioned factors. Priority must be given to the placement record of the institute, if landing a job is your main target.
Let us check out the list of courses-
1 Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing is a vast and wide field. It covers topics such as- SEO, Content writing, Content marketing, Social Media, Email marketing, Affiliate marketing, Lead generation, Analytics, A/B testing, SMO, Brand management etc.
When it comes to Digital Marketing course, there are two popular formats available in India- online and offline. Online course can be pursued right from your own home. All you need to do is purchase the course material (e books, PDF files, audio and video material etc) from online education portals and study the trade using them. Offline course means the traditional classroom approach. Classroom course may last for a period of 3-6 months. Diploma and certificate courses are offered by Digital Marketing institutes in India.
After completing the course, one may take up the following job posts and roles-
- Digital Marketer (independent)
- Digital Marketing professional (working for agencies)
- Online Brand management professional
- Social Media manager
- SEO professional (independent/working for agencies)
- SEO consultant
- Digital Marketing instructor
Since Digital Marketing is a vast field and covers many topics, mastering a specific topic may become a bit difficult. This is why there are individual courses available, like the one mentioned below-
2 SEO course
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is all about using techniques to boost the rank of websites and other web entities in the search engine results page. It is one such field that is evolving constantly. Ranking techniques and methods become outdated quickly. New techniques are introduced frequently. This is the main reason why skilled SEO professionals are in huge demand and are paid well.
Like Digital Marketing, there are two main formats of SEO course available in India- online and offline. Online course consists of e books, PDF files, Audio and video study material. Traditional classroom course lasts for 3-6 months. Institutes in India usually offer certification program only.
After completing the course, one may take on the following job posts and roles-
- SEO professional (independent/working for agencies)
- Project manager
- SEO Consultant
- Website auditor
3 Graphic Design course
This course will suit the creative ones! Graphic design is one such discipline which has applications in many other fields. Typical short term graphic design course lasts for a period of 6 months. There are shorter versions of the course available too (like 3 months long certification course).
The course usually covers topics such as- image editing and enhancing, editing software programs (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator etc), sketching, logo designing, UI designing and printing technology.
There also exists courses focusing on the subsections of graphic design field. An example of such a course is- Photoshop specialist course. It focuses on the editing software Adobe Photoshop. Other notable specializations are- Animation and Multimedia, Digital photography etc.
After completing this course, one may take on the following job posts and roles-
- Graphics designer (independent)
- Graphics designer (Corporate team)
- Brand identity manager
- Printing specialist
- Creative director (at MNCs)
- Graphic designer (at Digital magazines and other publishing firms)
4 Animation and Multimedia
Animation and Multimedia has become a field of specialization these days. It is a part of the Graphics design field. But, as of now, more and more students are pursuing Animation and Multimedia as a specialization course!
The long term Degree course related to this field is- B.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia. For those interested in short course format, there exists Diploma and certification programs too!
Animation and Multimedia course covers topics such as- VFX and VFX Pro, Basics of Animation, Film Design and Animation, Game Design and Animation, Multimedia design etc. Note that the course material may vary from one institute to another.
After completing the course, one may take on the following job posts and roles-
- VFX Professional (independent)
- VFX Professional (at Studios)
- Film Animation professional (at Studios)
- Visual Effects Artist
- Advertising agencies
- Art and Creative Director
- Digital publishing firms
- E Commerce sector
5 Creative writing
Creative writing can be said to be a part of the Digital Marketing field. This short term course focuses on improving the writing skills of the student. It aims at developing a writing style that will come handy in Digital Marketing endeavors.
Creative writing course covers the following topics- English Grammar, Content layout, marking and highlighting etc. After completing the course, one may take on the following job posts and roles-
- Content writer (independent/for agencies)
- Content editor
- Content marketing professional
- Digital publishing platforms (as Content writing professional)
6 Web Design and Development course
This short term course (3-6 months long) deals with creation and maintenance of websites, blogs and E commerce sites. The two main topics that this course deals with is- web scripting and graphics & multimedia. The course also covers other technical aspects like CMSs, Hosting and Servers etc. Both these sections are important in creating visually stunning and high performing websites and other web entities.
With the importance and penetration of internet rising in India, the web designing trade is all set to get a big boost! More and more e commerce sites and businesses are entering the world wide web space in a bid to enhance the size of their businesses. In this scenario, skilled web designers will be able to find good jobs in design agencies. They may also work as freelancers.
Pursuing a long and detailed web designing course will help you land a job in good companies. Short term course will help you gain new skills and you may start taking up freelancing gigs after completing the course. Some job posts and roles available for students who have completed this course are-
- Web designer (independent)
- Web designer (Agencies/MNCs)
- Designer at Tech startups
- E Commerce sites
- Online publishing platforms
- Design consultant
7 App development & design course
This is the age of mobile internet and smartphones. Over the past few years, the use of smartphone in India has increased at an impressive rate. Apps (short name for applications) are the life and soul of smartphones. With the increase in smartphone use and internet penetration in India, businesses big and small have realized the importance of having their own apps. This trend has resulted in huge demand for skilled and creative app designers and developers.
Short term app development and design course lasts for 6 months. The course duration may vary from one institute to another. The course covers topics such as UI design, programming languages, app testing, multimedia integration, graphics design etc. The course content varies from one OS (Operating system) to another. For example there are app development courses dedicated to major Operating Systems, like- App development for Android, iOS app development course, Windows app development etc. One may choose to specialize on one particular field or may do all of them together also!
After completing this course, one may take up the following job posts and roles-
- App designer
- UI designer
- App developer (independent/agencies)
- E Commerce sector
- Game designer
- App tester
- Game tester
8 CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drawing)
This short term course suits students hailing from a technical background. But even 12th standard students may pursue this course, since it will add to their skill set! Engineering students and graduates will benefit from this course. Especially Engineering folks from trades like Electrical, Mechanical and Civil will find CADD course beneficial.
Earlier, drafting used to be done manually. Nowadays, drafting is done using computers. CADD is all about making the process of drafting simpler, more accurate and efficient.
The CADD course covers training related to various CAD software and programs. Some of the prominent ones are- AutoCAD, Fusion 360 and Infraworks.
This course will add to the drafting skills and knowledge of Engineering students and graduates. For other folks, like ITI passed students, this course will help them take on drafting related jobs.
9 MS Office certificate program
Microsoft Office is a collection of applications, which makes office work more productive. Some of the prominent and most used applications, which are part of MS Office are- MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access and MS PowerPoint.
MS Office certificate program aims at providing knowledge and use of these apps to students. The short term course lasts for a period of 3 months. A longer, 6 months long version of the course is also available.
Students are taught to make use of the above mentioned apps, as part of this program. Making use of the applications in day to day and office activities is taught.
After completing the course, one will be able to take on front end office jobs involving a computer. Some examples of such jobs are- in hotels, shops, restaurants, offices etc. In short, this certification course opens doors leading towards office jobs involving basic computer usage.
10 Hardware engineering/technician course
For a computer to function properly, along with the software, its hardware must also be in top condition. Due to wear & tear and other problems, computer hardware may malfunction and cause problems to the user. Under such conditions, a computer technician who knows stuff about hardware is called to repair it and fix the issue!
Hardware engineering/technician course is a program that helps students to take on the above mentioned role of the ‘problem fixer’. This course deals with computer hardware and provides technical knowledge about the working of hardware, their components etc. A good example is printer. The course shows how the printer works, its main components, common problems occurring in it, solutions to this problem etc. In a similar fashion, the course also deals with other parts of the computer.
After completing the course, one may start working as a technician/engineer for computer sales and repair agencies. One may also start up a computer hardware repair shop and work independently. With the right contacts, one may even land a job in authorized shops & factories of major computer hardware manufacturing firms.
11 Programming Languages
Learning a programming language has many advantages. You may specialize in one language or try your hands at more than one language! The first job opportunity that comes to my mind is that of a software developer. Short course related to this field exists. They last for 6 months. But short course will provide only basic knowledge. It is better to go for a much more detailed course!
Skilled programmers will be able to find a job in many areas such as tech startups, Companies belonging to the technology sector, teaching jobs, independent software development etc. After completing the course, one may take on the following job posts and roles-
- Software developer
- Software tester
- Companies in technology sector
12 DTP course
DTP stands for Desk Top Publishing. When it comes to DTP course, Diploma and certification formats of it exists. This course is all about using computer applications and knowledge to create documents such as banners, cards, books, book covers, manuals, brochures etc. In short, it deals with the creation of such documents (their layout, design, graphics etc) and printing them. Knowledge about useful software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe PageMaker and CorelDraw are also given.
Many graphics and image editing jobs are available for DTP course passed students. Publishing homes (newspapers, cards etc) also hire DTP professionals to help them out with layout, image editing and print related aspects.
13 Computerized Accounting
Accounting, in simple terms, means collection of payment transactions. It includes payments received, amount paid, balance etc. Accounting is involved in almost all businesses (big and small). Earlier, accounting used to be done manually, using account books. Thanks to computers, keeping accounts has become easy, time saving and much more accurate now.
There are different software available for accounting. Some businesses have also developed their own custom software for keeping record of financial transactions. One of the most popular software used for accounting in India is Tally.ERP. Certificate course in tally is being offered by large number of computer institutes in India. Tally certified professionals will be able to find account keeping jobs at various organizations and businesses ranging from small shops and hotels to medium sized enterprises! Diploma in Computerized Accounting is another such course, where additional accounting software are introduced apart from Tally.
14 Other courses
Some other short term computer courses that I’d like to mention here are-
- Data Mining and Analysis
- Cyber security and Ethical Hacking
- RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
Ethical hacking and cyber security is a promising course. But the short term course covers only the basics. And basics can be found online, free of cost! I think going for a longer, much detailed, Diploma course related to the field of Information security will be better. Such a course lasts 1 year.
The short term computer courses listed above can be pursued by students who have passed 12th standard schooling. Some courses mentioned above can also be pursued by graduates, since it will add useful skills to their skill set! If you have any query or doubt you may post it in the comments section below.Share this awesome article!