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Can learning new skills online help you discover your passion?

Brijesh Desai

School and college are difficult stages for a student and without proper guidance, it gets difficult for them to find where their passion lies and more so often than not, they end up pursuing a career in which they don’t have interest. With time, they feel stuck doing something they don’t enjoy. A solution to the problem is learning new skills online. It is quintessential for a student to establish if she is interested in her field of study or career and has a good knowledge of the subjects before she starts looking for opportunities to work. Also, the duration of these online trainings range from 4-6 weeks and in that brief duration, it gives the student an insight into the subject and helps her realize where her interest lies.

Before we delve further, let us discuss what is online learning?

In a nutshell, online learning is the learning acquired digitally. The content is available online and can be accessed by the user anywhere and anytime through laptops, computers or mobile phones. Also, the content is usually delivered to the user with the help of audio-visual content or gamification.

Some of the perks online learning offers are:

  1. The cost of a training is affordable and can be done to attain both technical skills in subjects like web development, android app development, and programming with python and management skills in topics like business communication skills, advance excel, and digital marketing.
  2. As an anonymous user, you can reach out to the Subject Matter Expert to get your queries answered without a hesitation.
  3. There are various tests and assignments to hone existing skills or to help learn new skills. Moreover, the final project given to students just before the completion of the training will help you put the knowledge attained to the test.

Apart from the perks it offers over offline training, online learning can contribute to helping you realise your passion via the following ways.

In-depth knowledge:

Learning online is designed for the masses hence, it is usually broken down into several segments and covers the basics quite well. There are various tests and assignments to check the learnings and provide an in-depth knowledge. Many a times, the syllabus in college might not be updated with the latest advancements in the field of study but the content available is up-to-date.  Also, the learnings can be put to the final test at the end of the training. This ensures that you have an overall academic growth.

Practical application:

Learning online will provide you an opportunity to test all that you have learned into live situations; academically and professionally. It also helps in instilling confidence to change the approach in solving the problem as per the objective of the problem rather than taking the conventional approach. The projects that are part of the learning will help in applying the theories on to real-life situations. For instance, you could make a new website for your college or an app as a part of the project and thus getting hands-down experience through these projects. As a prospective internship or job seeker, it is essential to have a profound knowledge about the practical applications to put yourself ahead of your peers.

Answers to your questions:

It is normal to have questions while learning but students usually shy away from asking them in an offline classroom due to peer pressure and this creates a void between grasping knowledge and implementing. Whereas, in the case of online learning, the student is an individual anonymous user to the teacher so there is no need to shy away from asking the questions.

It essential for a student to discover and realize where their passion lies and have relevant knowledge and experience to have a successful career. So, learn a new skill online and make a career in something you truly enjoy.

This article is written by Sarvesh Agrawal.