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How E-Learning could Help You in A Career Change

Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions

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Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. LifetimeStock

In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions. E-Learning.

A career change in the modern world has completely transformed the concept of sticking with one job throughout your life. Career change isn’t simple though; imagine securing a degree in commerce, staying employed for more than 3 years in the same field, and then planning to take up something technical! Earlier, unless you had a time machine, it wouldn’t have been possible to change your stream after class 10th. Fortunately, now with the advent of e-learning and a shift in hiring requirements, skills are given more importance than a degree.

A career change can be defined as ‘the movement of an individual from one job sector to another’. As per a survey conducted on 10.5k people by LinkedIn, 45% of people change their careers because of the lack of advancement opportunities. This is much higher than the number of people who shift careers keeping remuneration in their mind (32%). Today, lack of growth and learning is the biggest turndown point that compels people to change their career tracks.

Role of e-learning in a career change

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In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. LifetimeStock

Career change comes with multiple complications. It might require you to upgrade your skills or learn new ones while you are already juggling with your personal life and current job. In such case,  when enrolling in a full-time course is not possible along with handling multiple responsibilities, online learning comes to your aid. Forbes, in one of their articles, mentioned that as per a report by Brandon Hall Group, learning online consumes 40% to 60% less time than learning the same thing in a traditional classroom. 

Now, let’s talk about the major reasons why people prefer online learning over the traditional one in offline coaching centres. 

  • Saves time Traditional education programs have always been characterised by their time-consuming, strictly scheduled, and non-dynamic nature. On the contrary, e-learning programs are extremely versatile, short-termed, unbound, and flexible with time. The lessons can be taken as per one’s own convenience, without relying on the instructor. Online trainings are perfect for people looking for a career change as they allow you to study at your own pace, at any time of the day, and maintain a balance between your professional and personal life.
  • Affordably teaches job-centric skills – Employers’ attention today has gradually shifted from the educational qualifications section to the skills one in the resumes. Essential skills for a career change can be learned affordably as you can save a lot of resources that are spent in travelling, purchasing course materials, and taking accommodation in a new city. Technical skill-based trainings like Android app development take you through a complete transitional phase of beginner to a skilled developer, who learns to develop a new product from scratch within the study span of 4-6 weeks. While dealing with your current job, e-learning allows you to learn and implement new skills on online projects at affordable prices and from the comfort of your homes. 

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  • Interactive and up-to-date content – As per e-Campus News, 59% of traditional students claim that lectures are becoming increasingly “unengaging”. To solve such issues, online learning packs interactivity and opens up new horizons of skill development with its updated content. It encourages people to learn with fun through various assignments, assessment tests, code challenges, quizzes, and exercises. E-learning adapts to the syllabus or technology updations instantly and combines audio-visuals that make learning effective and engaging, therefore, allows you to get an understanding of the latest industry-relevant job skills. 

Overcoming problems like mobility, limited personalised attention in classrooms, and lack of time and resources, online learning not only delivers fast-paced, skill-based, and interactive learning opportunities but also allows the professionals to balance their lives while preparing for a career change. 

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)

 

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Narcissism Declines as you Grow Older

Narcissism begins to fade away as you land your first job

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Researchers found that narcissism declines as you start working. Pixabay

Parents, there is no need to worry much if your teenage kid is throwing tantrums, and just wait for him or her to land first job. Narcissism — being full of yourself, sensitive to criticism and imposing your opinion on others — declines over time and with age especially with the first job, new research has revealed.

However, some character traits like having high aspirations for yourself increased with age, said the team from Michigan State University (MSU).

“There’s a narrative in our culture that generations are getting more and more narcissistic, but no one has ever looked at it throughout generations or how it varies with age at the same time,” said William Chopik, associate professor of psychology at MSU and lead author.

The research, published in Psychology and Aging, assessed a sample of nearly 750 people to see how narcissism changed from age 13 to 70.

The findings showed that narcissism decline over time and with age.

There are things that happen in life that can shake people a little bit and force them to adapt their narcissistic qualities.

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Narcissism changes from age 13 to 70. Pixabay

“As you age, you form new relationships, have new experiences, start a family and so on. All of these factors make someone realize that it’s not ‘all about them.’ And, the older you get, the more you think about the world that you may leave behind,” Chopik explained.

The greatest impetus for declining narcissism was landing a first job.

“One thing about narcissists is that they’re not open to criticism. When life happens and you’re forced to accept feedback, break up with someone or have tragedy strike, you might need to adjust to understanding that you’re not as awesome as you once thought,” Chopik said.

“There’s a sense in which narcissists start to realize that being the way they are isn’t smart if they want to have friends or meaningful relationships.”

Chopik found that the fastest-changing age group was young adults.

Contrary to popular belief, changes in the levels of narcissism are lifelong and changes don’t stop at any certain age or stage in life.

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“One of the most surprising findings was that – also contrary to what many people think – individuals who were born earlier in the century started off with higher levels of hyper-sensitivity, or the type of narcissism where people are full of themselves, as well as willfulness, which is the tendency to impose opinions on others,” Chopik elaborated.

If you’re worried that someone is truly a narcissist, there’s hope they will change for the better as they get older, the team noted. (IANS)