We all are stuck in this lockdown. Students should use this lockdown time to the fullest. I will list some points which will help students make good use of this lockdown phase.
Create a LinkedIn account if you don’t have one. Don’t have a LinkedIn account for the sake of having it. Start using LinkedIn to its potential. Network activity and engage with people with a proper intention. Connect with people to add more value rather than to just have a number on your side. Start putting efforts – you might not get a match on Tinder but you will surely get the right job match on LinkedIn.
Build your Portfolio / Profile
Start showcasing your work on digital platforms. Make your digital presence count and work for you in the right way. If you are a developer make sure you have a Github/ Personal Website/ LinkedIn/ Blog to showcase your projects and work. If you are an artist have your art speak for you on Behance/ Dribble/ Uplabs/ Social Media/ LinkedIn.
Platforms like Udacity, Udemy, Coursera, EDX, UpGrad are providing a lot of paid courses which cost more than 20k for free.
Learn to craft a resume/ CV
The sole purpose of resume is to spark an interest of the recruiter, so they invite you for an interview and not to get you a job. That is it’s only task and this is what you need to focus on. You need to spend time and energy on creating bespoke resume/ cv which are tailored for each job. Yes, this requires time and effort, but if you are not willing to invest this in getting the right job, you are reducing your own chances and ending up in the bin.
Platforms like HackerEarth, Skillenza, Devfolio, Internshala and many others are having various competitions and hackathons on COVID-19 and issues related. It’s one of the best use of your time and skills which might end up in your profile enabling and showcasting your work in tough times like these. You can also contribute to various open source projects (Github/ Dribble/ Uplabs) which adds a great value to your profile.
Learn Financial Management
One of the most underrated skills which most of the parents, educational institute ignores to teach us is how we manage our money and why it is important to manage it. We are in a recession and this is the most important skill that will help you get through it. Financial Management is not rocket science. It’s simply understanding how you spend and invest your money and doesn’t take much time but will save you a good amount of money. Learn to budget. Break down your incomes and expenses and see how you spend. Have an emergency fund.
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