Now’s the time to master new skills

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With the coronavirus keeping everyone indoors, students may wonder what to do with all their spare time. With so many resources already available online, now is the time to learn new skills and boost your resume.

Here are several resources you can take advantage of.

Tip one: Attend virtual events

Alexander Cummings, a sophomore criminal justice major, believes students need to take advantage of virtual events.

“Events that wouldn’t normally be available online are now being offered virtually, such as, Adobe Summit. Here’s the chance to connect with attendees and apply the skills being learned so you could come out of this quarantine with a skill checked off to add to your resume,” Cummings said.

Tip two: Take a free digital course

With the coronavirus keeping you home, here’s the opportunity to put time into courses that will benefit you in the long run.

Some course sites are now offering discounts to make learning available to everyone during the pandemic.

If you’re not sure which skills to focus on, a great place to start is with the skills you’re lacking.

Tip three: Watch a webinar

“Webinars are a great way to learn more about a specific topic or skill in a short period of time. I love that it’s guided by someone, so you can ask as many questions and enjoy that classroom feeling all over again,” said Taylor Mitchell, who tutors students.

Mitchell is positive that students will love webinars because they allows you to build personal relationships and real conversations.

Tip four: Earn a certification

Getting certified shows commitment to the profession you’re interested in and helps with advancement in jobs.

Depending on the major that you’re in, there are multiple certification options, programs and organizations to choose from.

Use this as a skill to boost your resume, allowing you to truly make the most of your time during this pandemic.

Tip five: Co-work with others virtually

Deonte Williams, a health science major, believes co-working is a great way to learn from others.

“We all have a skill that we aspire to learn, but we’re so distracted while being stuck at home and our attention goes somewhere else. Co-working is a great way to learn and the accountability you need to complete your courses or even your resume,” Williamssaid.

Williams says if students encourage each other to use their time productively, everyone will excel in their individual skills.