6 In-Demand Job Skills Through Online Learning To Restart Your Career
Before we delve any further, I wanted to share the story of Dr. Preeti Talwar’s tryst with online learning and internships.
Dr. Talwar came from a lineage of medicos, so following in the footsteps of her parents was a natural choice. She pursued science in school but soon figured out that working on cadavers wasn’t her cup of tea. Dropping the idea of medicine, she decided to make her mark in the field of research, hoping to find the ‘Elixir of Youth’. She enrolled for B.Sc. in CBZ and then completed her masters in Zoology. She then pursued her Ph.D. and was later awarded a UGC fellowship to pursue research associateship. She completed her tenure and got married shortly afterward.
Her husband’s job entailed a lot of touring and she didn’t have an active support from her family and thus she had to put my career on a back-burner. A few years later, motherhood followed and family commitments became the first priority. She spent a majority of her time looking after her kids and spent two decades doing that and household chores. With time, her toddlers had grown into teens and now, she wanted to start working again more than ever. Luckily, her husband and kids gave her full support and motivated her to join a creative writing training as she had been passionate about writing since her school days.
With the help of a training, she familiarised herself with the nuances of technology which were unheard of in the eighties. With relevant technical knowledge, she began her search for work opportunities. However, to her dismay, the long career gap made it difficult for her to get suitable opportunities. It was in 2014 that she came across Internshala. After registering, she got introduced to this new feature called ‘work from home’. She applied to various internships and soon got hired by a publishing house as a proofreader. It was a new but fulfilling experience as she could work from the comfort of my home. She balanced work and her household quite efficiently, and her employers were happy with her job too. Meanwhile, her passion to write rekindled, and she started sending out her articles to various sites for publishing. Currently, her work is well published in print and digital media on both national and international platforms.
Later, regarding an initiative by Internshala ‘Internships for Women’, and she started applying to content writing internships through that initiative. Initially, she had to face rejections; however, her patience paid off, and she got shortlisted for an internship at India Go Social. Next, she got hired for Storio, Oddsnspaces, and Plantwriter. Throughout these content writing internships, not only did she learn about different writing styles and fonts, citations, plagiarism, and SEO but also revived her dormant aspirations to become an author.
Next, she applied to a content writing internship at Urban CampusStory. Her qualifications and impressive experience in the field made them consider the application and they offered her the position of their education head instead. Despite not having completed formal education in the field of content and creative writing, the training equipped Dr. Preeti with relevant skills to help restart her career.
To help you understand how an online training can make the difference, Let us first discuss what is Online Training?
Unlike the conventional learning in the classrooms, online training makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.
While hiring, employers seek a relevant set of skills which can easily be gained through online learning. The test and assignments along the duration of the training will provide you with in-depth knowledge and experience that will instill confidence in you.
On the basis of the most in-demand skills, we have listed the online training you could opt for. We have also provided a brief description to give you an idea of what it involves, and you can expect to learn.
#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 has always been the key area for development and could also 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). Having attained this skill will help you understand the current way of writing business emails, preparing presentations, verbal communication with partners and clients, etc. thus speeding up your career progression.
Some of the profiles you could opt for on the basis of skills acquired are: Content Writing, Creative Writing, Blogging, Proofreading, and Telecalling.
#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. To put the best foot forward after your career break, you’ll need an advanced knowledge of MS Excel to understand and handle raw data, generate inferences to take informed business decisions.
Some of the profiles you could opt for on the basis of skills acquired are: Data entry and Data analysis.
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#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 optimization, 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. It is an in-demand skill and will help you understanding the market and developing a marketing strategy.
Some of the profiles you could opt for on the basis of skills acquired are: Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Digital Marketing.
#4. 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. With the increase in the number of startups, there are myriads of opportunities to help you resume work.
Some of the profiles you could opt for on the basis of skills acquired are: Front-end developer, Back-end developer, and Full-stack developer.
#5. 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. One of the most in-demand technical skill, providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of application development. The knowledge and experience gained will give you an edge over others while helping you understand the new age technologies.
Some of the profiles you could opt for on the basis of skills acquired are: Android app developer
#6. 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. C and C++ lay the foundation for every other programming career option while proving you with an in-depth knowledge
Some of the profiles you could opt for on the basis of skills acquired are: Programmer and software developer.
All of these skills would help you in updating your resume with the skills currently in demand and bring you up to speed with the latest technology. The time lost can only be gained through hard work and perseverance while keeping yourself up to date.