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How to Utilize a Gap Year

These skills would attribute to your holistic growth while providing you with an in-depth knowledge and practical experience

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So, which skill would you be learning to make the best use of your gap year?

You completed your school or college and took a year-long break to figure out what you would like to do next. Initially, you had a plan, but it eventually went haywire and got more complicated than before. To help you understand how you can make the best use of your gap year and not deter from your objective, we have listed some online trainings that you can enrol for, to help with your personal growth and discovery.

To acquire new technical skills, you can enrol for one of the following online training.

1. Web Development:

Web development is the work involved in developing a website. Web development can range from developing a single page to the most complex websites. There are two kinds of web developer specialization: front-end developer and back-end developer. Front-end developers deal with the layout and visuals of a website, while back-end developers deal with the functionality of a website.

2. Android App Development:

With 2Bn+ users, Android is the most commonly used mobile OS. Apps are designed to let you access different information through it and the simplicity of it makes it unique and with wide-ranging functionalities.

3. Python:

Python has emerged as a shining star of the coding world while providing you with an opportunity to transform your imagination of creating cool characters in games into reality. It is an open source language and can easily be used by every programmer without any qualms. Being an Interpretive and Object-oriented Programming (OOP) language it adapts itself to the real world and works on debugging the codes without the hassle of a compiler thus saving time on refining the code lines.

4. Programming with C and C++:

These are the basic level programming languages and are used when a better command of hardware is required. It is essential to learn C and C++ to learn other programming languages and to have a basic understanding about the techniques of integrating function sets, generic application development and general method of the architecture of business solutions.

5. AutoCAD:
This is one of the most commonly used software for Civil, Mechanical or Architectural projects and is used for drawing layouts of houses or machines and the intricacies of it on a computer.

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Not only are these courses easily available, but they’re also available in abundance. Pixabay

To acquire new management skills, you can enrol for one of the following online training.

1. Business communication skills:

Having good communication skills will always put you at an advantage in the corporate world. Good business communication means having proficiency in English (spoken and written) as well as interpersonal skills. It will not only help you in getting a job (you will be able to form a good resume & cover letter and put your point forth in interviews & group discussions), but will also assist you with better workplace communication which might include writing business emails, preparing presentations, verbal communication with partners and clients, etc. thus speeding up your career progression.

2. MS Excel:

Knowledge of MS Excel is another skill you would require to be a successful management
professional. Nowadays, almost everyone has an idea about MS Excel but the basic knowledge would not suffice. You’ll need an advanced knowledge of MS Excel to handle raw data, generate inferences, and ultimately take informed business decisions.

3. Digital marketing:

A must-have skill for a career in management. Digital marketing is a vast field comprising different segments like email marketing, web analytics, social media marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimisation, blog creation, video and mobile marketing. Every product that has ever been launched, there is a digital marketing team trying to keep the hype amongst the users.

4. Basic trading and investing skills:

If you are inclined towards the financial aspect of management, taking a beginner’s training in trading and investing could be the first step in realizing your potential. This training will provide you with the knowledge of stocks, stock exchanges, stock markets, financial ratios, technical analysis, etc.

These skills would attribute to your holistic growth while providing you with an in-depth knowledge and practical experience. Online trainings while being affordable also offer a lot of convenience and flexibility to learn as per convenience. So, which skill would you be learning to make the best use of your gap year?

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (trainings.internshala.com)

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E-learning – Here’s How Anyone Can Learn New Skills Online

Technology has made the process of learning easier and it would further simplify the process in the coming years. However, users still struggle to find the way that suits them best.

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Technology has made the process of learning easier and it would further simplify the process in the coming years.

Learning is defined as the journey of acquiring knowledge or skills through study. It is the constant change in an individual’s life that helps them evolve into wiser beings. Unfortunately, more often than not we find ourselves in a dilemma when we wish to learn but do not have the time. But what if we were to tell you that there is a solution to the problem? That is e-learning.

Let us first understand, what is e-learning?

In simple words, e-learning can be defined as the learning acquired through online content. The content has audio-visual elements and uses gamification as a primary mode of imparting knowledge. Some of the advantages it offers over offline learning are – flexibility, convenience, and affordability.

Now that we are clear about what it means, let us discuss the various mediums through which you can learn online.

  • Trainings:

There are various platforms that offer trainings on in-demand skills and to help explore interest and find your passion. These trainings are designed for a fixed duration, with a proper channel for getting your queries answered. You will also receive a certification at the successful completion of the training. Also, to ensure that you have a flawless experience and avoid any issues, you could search about the platform to check its credibility and also read about the experiences of previous users who did a training.

  • Online tutorials:

With a wide variety of tutorials available, almost anything can be learned online. The tutorials could be in the form of audio, video or a mix of both. These tutorials are designed for the masses, so some students might understand a topic, and some might face difficulty. Moreover, for a user who isn’t sure about what to pursue, it might feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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online tutorial are helpful for everyone to acquire skills.

This medium does offer knowledge but without a certification, hence it might not appeal to everyone. Also, having a sound knowledge about how to research online would come in handy while seeking answers to your queries. 

  1. MOOC:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses where students can enrol as per topic preference. They are well-structured and offer the user the choice to mould the curriculum as per convenience. It also offers an edge over online tutorials because the content is consolidated and collected at a single place for each topic and can be accessed easily. Also, to receive a certificate after the successful completion of the course, you will have to pay an additional cost. As for the queries that might arise, there isn’t a dedicated channel to get them answered hence some platforms might provide assistance and for some, you will have to research and seek answers online. 

Jahiem Johnson, 13, left, helps classmate Kamya Saunders, 13, as they work on an English passage during class at the Washington Leadership Academy in Washington, Aug. 23, 2017. The school utilizes "personalized learning"
MOOC’S Are free online courses where students can enrol as per topic preference.

Technology has made the process of learning easier and it would further simplify the process in the coming years. However, users still struggle to find the way that suits them best.

Also Read- Facebook Invests $1 mn To Boost Computer Science Education

To make it simple, each of the medium has its share of advantages and disadvantages associated with it. So, to begin with, it is essential to realize the kind of user you are, what is the objective and the extent to which you are willing to work. Once you have found answers to these questions, pursue a medium that suits you best and do not give up till you have successfully learned the skill.

About the Author: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internship and trainings platform. (Internshala.com)