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Finished With Your Exams? What to Learn During Your Break?

Here is a list of some of the popular trainings you might want to do while you enjoy home-cooked food during the vacations

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Prerika Jain, a B.Tech in Computer Science from KIET, Ghaziabad had her semester break and she was keen to learn a new skill; however, she was also desperate to get back home as soon as possible. Quite a conundrum! Wasn’t it? Luckily, she shared this with her senior who recommended her online training. She had qualms but got herself enrolled in an Android training. She had never been acquainted with Java before, but the content of the training suggested that it was perfect for a beginner like her. By the end of the training, she had made Calculator and Notepad apps as assignments. After her college started, she also got an opportunity to test the practical applications of her learning. She created a ‘Mutual Book- Sharing’ app for a contest during her college’s technical fest and within a year, she also created an app, Uddeshya, for the social welfare group of her college. Now, she is planning to pursue a career as an app developer.

Like Prerika, everyone wishes to acquire new skills but more often than not, it becomes a
task to choose the right one. It goes without saying that one must go for the field she is
passionate but to provide you with some guidance here is a list of some of the popular
trainings you might want to do while you enjoy home-cooked food during the vacations.

1. Web Development

This training program will involve working in fields of HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, PHP, and MySQL. It is a perfect training for you to learn how to create a website from scratch. This training will help you understand the UI/UX (user interface and user experience) of a website and with start ups booming than ever, there are myriads of opportunities to hone your skills while earning.

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Web Development. Pixabay

2. Android
This program will help you learn how to create an android app along with various in-app
features. You will learn XML for front-end development and Kotlin language for back-end
development. This would provide you with the skills to develop an app that will work
seamlessly across different Android devices.

3. Core Java
This training will cover the basic concepts of Java and Object-Oriented Programming such as arrays, methods, and inheritance, polymorphism, classes etc. You will get to learn about Java FX and develop games using the same concepts.

4. Programming with C and C++
This training will help you learn the C++ and C language basics, techniques of integrating
function sets, generic application development and general method of architecture of
business solutions. This will be a perfect guide for you to create software using C++.

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5. AutoCAD
This training will help you understand computer-aided drafting and design using AutoCAD.
The learning from this will help you work on various civil or architectural related projects in
the future.

6. Python
This training covers the essential concepts on the building blocks of Python, object-oriented
programming, the use of SQLite database and development of GUIs for Python applications.

These trainings can be pursued without having any prior experience. The only pre-requisite
is hard work and perseverance and the learning and experience gained from it will help you
in getting a job or an internship.

The break is a great time to utilize the hours to build up your skill-base and garnish your
resume. Even if your inhibitions stop yourself from taking the plunge, have faith and embark on this journey of self-discovery and we’re sure it will a great stepping stone to your career.

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (trainings.internshala.com)

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Launch of Internshala Trainings Faculty Development Program

Opportunity for the college professors and lecturers across India to learn latest in-demand skills free of cost with Internshala Trainings

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Eligible teachers could apply for the initiative by 15th May 2020. Pixabay

Internshala Trainings has launched its Faculty Development Programme to assist the college teachers in India to learn new skills and upgrade their skill-set. Under this initiative, Internshala would be providing the college faculty members across India with free of cost trainings in the latest industry skills. The eligible teachers could apply for the initiative by 15th May 2020 using the official email ID provided to them by their academic institution where they are currently teaching.

In the wake of COVID-19, the education industry has seen a shift towards online learning from conventional classroom learning. In a developing country like India, teachers play a critical role in nation-building by shaping young minds and guiding them towards their career paths. With the dynamically changing education scenario and career prospects in India, the responsibility to prepare the student community for the same lies on the shoulders of our educators. Under these circumstances, the teachers have to constantly acquaint themselves with new skills, tools and technologies, and concepts in order to teach the same to the students and prepare them for jobs of the future.

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The faculty members can learn many skills  including programming with Python, web development, ethical hacking, Android app development, creative writing, French language, advanced Excel, etc. Pixabay

All the faculty members teaching in a government recognised college including public, private, and institutes offering distance education can benefit from this initiative. The initiative is first being rolled out for the first 1000 teachers enrolling for the trainings and will gradually be rolled out for all the college faculty members across the nation.

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The faculty members could choose to learn any skill from 19 short-duration training programmes including programming with Python, web development, ethical hacking, Android app development, creative writing, French language, advanced Excel, data science, machine learning, Angular, business communication skills, photography, and Solidworks.

On the launch of the Internshala Trainings Faculty Development Program, Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala said, “Teachers are the guiding lights of our society who handhold students through their learning journey and lead them towards their career paths. An essential part of effective teaching is to keep on learning. Catering to the teachers’ learning needs and thanking them for their contribution to the country, we have launched this faculty development initiative and we hope that it aids them in their mission to educate the youth.”

For more information or to apply for the  Faculty Development Program, visit: https://bit.ly/faculty-initiative

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27% Increase in STEM Students Opting For Non-Technical Trainings, Digital Marketing Tops The List

Other popular non-technical trainings include business communication skills training with 17% enrollment, advance excel with 14%, beginner's trading certification training with 9%, and creative writing training with 7% enrollments

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Out of all the trainings, digital marketing has been the most popular training among STEM students with 46% of the total students enrolled in the same. Pixabay

Students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) are always considered as smart decision-makers and are congratulated for choosing a lucrative career path in our society. However, in the past few years, the number of STEM majors ending up finding satisfaction in non-technical jobs has grown immensely. 

Lack of knowledge and interest, lack of job opportunities, lack of available alternatives to polish the domain skills needed for technical jobs, are few reasons why students’ interest has been shifting towards learning managerial and creative skills and finding a non-technical, non-operational job. As per Internshala’s latest report, there has been a 27% increase in the number of STEM students opting for non-technical online trainings since 2018. 

Which training attracts STEM students the most?

Out of all the trainings, digital marketing has been the most popular training among STEM students with 46% of the total students enrolled in the same. As the supply of engineering students is much higher than their demand, it becomes extremely difficult for them to find a suitable job. As a result, students find their comfort in digital marketing training as there are endless opportunities for them in this field. 

Digital marketers are expected to have job-specific skills like analytical rigour, strategy making, problem-solving, and technological competency. Engineering graduates during their coursework acquire all of these skills and with their strong technical and mathematical skills, they produce exceptional results while working as digital marketers. Earlier, digital marketers were expected to plan and execute creative campaigns, but today in addition to creativity, professionals need to be data-driven too. After completing an online digital marketing training, STEM students get to work in lucrative job roles including content managers & strategists, virtual reality developers and editors, SEO/SEM specialists, email marketing specialist, analysts & AI specialists, and digital marketing managers & directors.

Other popular non-technical trainings include business communication skills training with 17% enrollment, advance excel with 14%, beginner’s trading certification training with 9%, and creative writing training with 7% enrollments.

What are the major learning objectives of these students?

45% of students from STEM are enrolled in non-technical online training to gain a new skill. 35% take online training to land a job or internship in future, 12% of the students wanted to be certified in a new skill to add weight to their resumes, 7% were interested to build their own project, and only 1% students took an online training to fulfil their college requirements. While the students gain an understanding of theoretical concepts in their colleges, they tend to acquire practical knowledge of other fields through affordable and accessible online trainings. This allows them to upskill and continue self-paced learning without disturbing their regular schedule. 

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Students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) are always considered as smart decision-makers and are congratulated for choosing a lucrative career path in our society.

Which streams do these students belong to?

The majority of students who pursue non-tech skills are from an engineering background and they make up to 74% of total enrollments. This set is followed by students from Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) (Hons.), and other technical streams. 

An interesting pattern that emerged in both 3-year courses like B.Sc and 4-year courses like engineering is that the majority of enrollments are from students in their pre-final and final year. This clearly explains how students tend to pursue their curriculum in their first year of college and eventually explore options to gain practical skills from their 2nd year in college onwards.

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Online trainings have been providing interesting opportunities to various students from every corner of the world, belonging to any stream, to learn new skills at the comfort of their home. Through such unique, short-termed, and practically driven online training, students no longer have to study and work in a field against their interest as they can explore their passion and can opt for interesting job roles without enrolling in a full-time course for the same. 

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

 

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Students who Use Internet Excessively Likely to be Anxious During Tests: Study

Excessive internet use reduces study skills in students

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Students reporting more internet addiction also found it harder to organise their learning productively, and were more anxious about their upcoming tests. Pixabay

Students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies, and are more anxious about exam tests, according to a new research.

This effect was made worse by the increased feelings of loneliness that use of digital technology produced, said the study, published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.

“The results suggest that students with high levels of internet addiction may be particularly at risk from lower motivations to study, and, hence, lower actual academic performance,” said study researcher Phil Reed from Swansea University in UK.

For the findings, 285 university students, enrolled on a range of health-related degree courses, participated in the study. They were assessed for their use of digital technology, their study skills and motivation, anxiety, and loneliness.

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Students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies. Pixabay

The research found a negative relationship between internet addiction and motivation to study. Students reporting more internet addiction also found it harder to organise their learning productively, and were more anxious about their upcoming tests.

The findings also found that internet addiction was associated with loneliness, and that this loneliness made study harder.

About 25 per cent of the students reported that they spent over four hours a day online, with the rest indicating that they spent between one to three hours a day.

The main uses of the internet for the student sample were social networking (40 per cent) and information seeking (30 per cent), the researchers said.

In addition to the links between levels of internet addiction and poor study motivation and ability, internet addiction was found to be associated with increased loneliness.

The results indicated that loneliness, in turn, made studying harder for the students.

The study suggests that loneliness plays a large role in positive feelings about academic life in higher education.

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According to the researchers, the poorer social interactions that are known to be associated with internet addiction make loneliness worse, and, in turn, impact on motivation to engage in a highly social educational environment such as a university. (IANS)