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Communication Skills are Often Underrated But Here Are 3 Ways it Can Help You in Your College

Communication skills can help in more than just one way. To help you understand, we have listed the key skills it involves and helps enhance

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Good communication skills will give you an edge over your peers.

College years are the formative years for every individual and communication skills play a vital role in that phase.

Every and any activity in college or after would involve some form of communication – verbal or written. The confidence you exhibit during such situations would come from how fluent and comfortable you are in presenting your case with words. From speaking in front of your class to a college event, your communication skills can help leave a lasting impression.
Communication skills can help in more than just one way. To help you understand, we have listed the key skills it involves and helps enhance.

1. Verbal and listening skills:
While communicating, good listening skills are quintessential to be a good communicator. To be able to answer properly to the question posed, one needs to be attentive while listening, interpret the meaning and then express ones’ views. However, more so often than not, we find ourselves struggling to gather the right words and send a message across to the hearer. A good business communication skill can ensure that you have a good vocabulary and know how to pronounce them properly with the right usage.

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To be a good Speaker, one must be a good listener first. Pixabay

2. Writing skills:
Even eloquent people may feel challenged to string the right words when it comes to writing. But writing is essential part of any college life. To be able to understand the person or the activity you are writing for, it is important to break it down as per the intent or occasion. The knowledge of proper communication skills will help you in putting your point forth in short and crisp manner thus engaging the reader through it. It would also help provide you with the etiquettes of business communication via e-mails and messages.

3. Interpersonal skills:
To be able to build relationships with peers and key stakeholders is essential in maintaining a professional yet effective communication. These are character traits that involves your body language and social skills of engaging the hearer with more than just words. At every step of your college and later stages you would have to interact with people and put your point forth in the most effective manner. For you to be able to do so you would have to be confident about what you are speaking or writing, and good interpersonal skills ensure that you come across as a powerful speaker.

Now that we are clear on the importance of communication skills, you might be wondering where and how to improve or learn communication skills?
Online training can help introduce you to business communication, improve your speaking skills, enhance your professional writing ability, and build your interpersonal skills. It will also help you learn the role and importance of communication and understand the different modes of communication while learning the principles and techniques of written and verbal communication.
Improve your pronunciation, fluency and listening skills and learn how to communicate powerfully and stand out during the application process, from writing cover letters and resumes along with the principles of business communication.

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Writing is essential part of any college life. Pixabay

The training offers flexibility and can be done from the convenience of your home. It would also provide you with an opportunity to apply and practice the skills learned through various tests and assignments.

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There is a stark difference between the number of students graduating every year and the number of opportunities available. So, it is essential to realize that you would have to put your best foot forward and better your resume to seize the opportunities available. No matter which field or step of the ladder you’re on, communication skills are a great first step in progressing towards your goal!

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (trainings.internshala.com)

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5 Things Students Can do in the Face of COVID-19

This lockdown is the best time for students to expand their knowledge

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More than 300 million students are missing out on classes worldwide due to COVID-19. Pixabay

After WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic, schools, universities, and coaching institutes in many states of the country including Delhi, Assam, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh have been shut down. More than 300 million students are missing out on classes worldwide as the authorities are restraining people from participating in public gatherings. Amidst all this, educators are taking critical steps to make sure that students don’t lag academically. Online classes have turned out as the most fortunate solution to make sure that the syllabus can be completed on time and it does not pose serious implications on the examinations. To ensure equal participation, here is what students could do to manage their studies. 

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  • Learn through online trainings – The outbreak of Covid-19 compelled a lot of educational institutions to go online and deliver lessons either through presentations or recorded videos. Those students whose universities could not process the same yet, should ideally enrol in online trainings and utilise this time to learn a new skill. As students’ dependency on physical classes and teachers would no longer work, this is the time when their time management and ownership skills would come into play. Various online training platforms have come forward to support the students by either providing hefty discounts on the trainings or letting students enrol in the same free of cost. Students could either choose a short-termed online training which aligns with their stream of study to enhance their practical understanding such as Programming with C & C++, Advanced Excel, and Core Java, or they could utilize this time to explore new opportunities through unique online trainings such as French Language training and Photography.
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As the panic around Covid-19 continues to rise, it would be difficult for the students to stay focused on their studies. Pixabay
  • Build a real-world project virtually – Every online training comes with unique industrial projects to add value to students’ learning. For example, in Java training, the students can develop a ‘connect four’ game using Java FX and basics of Java; in AutoCAD training they can learn to build 2D drafts and 3D models, and in the digital marketing training, they would create a blog and devise an online marketing strategy on it. Real-world projects put their overall learning to test as they implement the skills they learnt. Having a unique project of their own could prove to be a great achievement as it adds weight to the students’ resume. It also works as a sign of credibility for their future employers explaining that they have successfully learnt a new skill and they know its application. Students could utilise this time, enrol in exploratory trainings, strengthen their practical concepts through exercises and quizzes, and can build a one-of-a-kind industrial project on their name. 
  • Intern or volunteer virtually and get exposure – The availability of virtual or work-from-home internships allows students to intern with renowned organisations, enhance their skill-set, and make some extra income just with the help of a laptop and stable internet connection anytime, anywhere. While applying for jobs, even freshers are expected to have practical knowledge, and the ones with a better record of internships usually get preference. As students are restricted from travelling and most of the offices are following the work-from-home model to fight against Covid-19, applying for a virtual internship at this time could help them explore different career opportunities. Business development, influencer marketing, and market survey are few roles for marketing enthusiasts whereas content writing, creative writing, copywriting, editing, and proofreading are few interesting roles for those who love writing. Similarly, students can intern in various roles in diverse fields of their choices such as in accounts, animation, app development, biotechnology, chemistry, client servicing, commerce, and digital marketing. 
  • Develop hobbies – Pursuing a hobby tends to have a positive effect on the mental and emotional health of a person. In a situation like this, focusing on polishing any of their hobbies could help the students to stay refreshed and free of stress and anxiety during Covid-19. Whether it is painting, craft, dancing, photography, singing, playing music, reading books, sports, or anything else, spending at least 2 hours every day on their interests would help the students find mental peace. Moreover, continuing to do so might also help the students find an out-of-the-box career opportunity. Students can start a YouTube channel where they can teach art and craft or an Instagram page to showcase their photography skills, or even start a blog to pursue writing. 
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The outbreak of Covid-19 compelled a lot of educational institutions to go online and deliver lessons either through presentations or recorded videos. Pixabay
  • Make a schedule to prioritize tasks – Students, who aim to have fulfilling online learning experience should make a schedule and avoid procrastination. As the panic around Covid-19 continues to rise, it would be difficult for the students to stay focused on their studies. The best way for students to avoid getting affected by rumours is to keep a distance from social media, create a schedule, and spend at least 2 hours a day on learning. In an alarming situation like this, students could turn out to be more productive by prioritizing their tasks. They can simultaneously complete their university assignments and can learn a new skill with ease as their valuable time would not be spent on dressing up and commuting to attend lectures. In such a situation, students’ emotional intelligence, ability to make decisions independently, and multitasking abilities are put to test and through an effective schedule, they can fight against the odds. 

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For students, it is extremely essential to make the most of this period instead of spending their entire day on browsing content online. Other than focussing on all the above-mentioned points, students facing any sort of confusion related to the spread of the virus can take help from their parents or guardians.

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If someone in their acquaintances has unfortunately suffered or is suffering from Covid-19, parents could help them deal with the emotional and mental repercussions of the same. Students can involve in a healthy discussion with their elders and can get their facts and figures right related to Covid-19 to avoid lack of knowledge and spread of rumours. 

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (training.internshala.com) – e-learning platform to learn new-age skills from Internshala. 

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Effective Skin Care Tips for College Students

College goers should follow these tips for a flawless skin

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Proper skin care is often overlooked in this time when we are growing and moving out with our friends so much under the sun this particularly affects our skin badly. Pixabay

Although your college days might be the time when the sun shines on your skin, good skincare during one’s early years can lay the foundation for a lifetime of flawless skin.

“College time is a stressful time for skin. Proper skin care is often overlooked in this time when we are growing and moving out with our friends so much under the sun this particularly affects our skin badly. Students take shortcuts and occasional salon treatments,” Dr Navin Taneja, founder and CEO of The National Skin Centre, New Delhi told IANSlife.

He suggests some simple effective treatments for great skin.

Keeping yourself hydrated is very important for your skin care routine. Pixabay

What’s your skin type

Whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive it demands consistent and correct care. So the most important step is to know your skin type, get the right products and stick to them. Know thyself. The first step is to identify your skin type and what are the products that will suit your skin type. Buy them regularly and use them consistently.

Drink water to hydrate

Water is super important for your skin health. Consume at least 10-12 glasses of water in between your classes, presentations, internships or any other outdoor activities, especially if you are losing water through sweat.

Try an organic sheet mask

Use an organic sheet mask as per your skin type to revitalize your skin. Around 10-15 minutes of application once a week is all you require.

Target your T-zone

The most acne prone zone areas are forehead, down the nose and on the chin. Targeting your face washing and toning routine to the T-zone will best eliminate acne, black and white heads.

Clean your phone screen

Your phone screen is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria which get in contact with your facial skin and cause breakouts. You should clean your phone screen with a disinfecting wipe thrice a day.

College students can opt for effective skin care treatments. Pixabay

Antioxidant rich diet

You definitely need an antioxidant rich diet with lots of fresh fruits and green seasonal vegetables. Avoid junk as far as possible, they do us no good. Fresh juices are preferred over aerated and sugary drinks.

UV protection is a must

Wear your sunblock for parties and other social events. It’s also a must when you are sitting in front of the computer screen. Wear it below your makeup and be regular.

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Regular exercise

College students can consider a regular exercise routine for overall skin health. Half an hour of walking six days a week will keep your skin firm and youthful. (IANS)

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How I Excelled in My Internship – Thanks to an Online Excel training!

Know about how a training at Internshala helped a college student excel at his internship

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A college student shares his experience of how a training of MS Excel helped him do better at his internship. Pixabay

About the Author: Rahul Dilip Ahirrao, a student of Sinhgad College of Engineering, shares his experience of learning Advance Excel and how it helped him during his internship. He also taught the basics of Excel to his father which helped him immensely with his daily work.  

Though I am an engineering student, I’ve always had an inclination towards business and marketing. During a conversation with a friend, I came to know about the importance of MS Excel for building a career in marketing. I decided to do a training on Excel and started looking for a course which didn’t hinder my college studies and was affordable. A solution showed up in the form of Internshala’s online Excel training and I enrolled in it.

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Rahul Dilip Ahirrao, a student of Sinhgad College of Engineering, taught the basics of Excel to his father which helped him immensely with his daily work. Pixabay

The training was well-organised into 4 modules with an assignment and a test in every module. The best part about the training was the flexibility it offered in terms of watching the pre-recorded videos as per my convenience. During the training, I learnt to sort and filter data and display it visually using charts, graphs, and clustered columns. I got to know about various types of charts like gauge, waterfall, thermometer, sparkline, line, and stacked charts and their applications in analysing data. Earlier, I only knew about some basic shortcuts in Excel like copy and paste. The training taught me various other shortcuts like cell addition and deletion along with functions such as index, logical, VLOOKUP, etc. The training comprised of a separate module wherein advanced functions like conditional formatting, pivot table, data validation, etc. were explained. It also consisted of assignments based on real-time industrial data which provided me with a practical exposure as well. I completed the training, received a certificate of completion, and started looking for marketing internships.

Soon enough, I was hired for an internship at WaterHealth International where I was responsible for carrying out a market survey and analyzing the data thereafter. I surveyed around 1200 people, asking them a variety of questions. The one thing that proved to be extremely helpful throughout the internship was my knowledge of MS Excel. It could be daunting for anyone to compile the details of 1200 people; however, with a sound knowledge of various Excel formulas for counting, summation, finding the average, and applying conditions, I completed my task easily and effectively.

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MS Excel is necessary for internships and marketing jobs. Pixabay

My skills in Excel not only proved to be a saviour during my internship but also simplified the daily work of my father. He is an industrial supplier, so he collects a lot of data like names, contact numbers, and billing details of vendors and manufacturers on a daily basis. He recorded all this data in a notebook, and it was quite difficult and time-consuming for him to find the details of a particular vendor or manufacturer when he needed them. So I decided to train him in Excel since it would make his work extremely easy.

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I started with teaching him the basic Excel tools, which he mastered within a week, and then moved to functions like date, autofill, search, logic error, graphical surveys, etc. Soon he became proficient in Excel, and now he can look for required details with just one click and does all the calculations in Excel itself!

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (training.internshala.com) – e-learning platform to learn new-age skills from Internshala.