Students of this generation face constant pressure to prove their mettle and excel in this highly competitive environment, but the journey would be easier if students were aware of where their passion lies. However, in India, the academic curriculum focuses more on theory as compared to the practical applications because of which millennials feel they have access to only a handful of career options. Moreover, students who do wish to explore a little and find their interest, fail to do anything about it because of time constraints.
What if I was to tell you that there is a plausible solution to that problem? A solution that would help you make your own curriculum as per convenience. That offers flexibility and is affordable. That solution is e-learning.
Let us first understand what is e-learning?
In a nutshell, it can be defined as the learning acquired online. The content in e-learning can be accessed anywhere and anytime by the user via a mobile, a computer and a laptop. The content is a blend of audio-visual and uses gamification to test the learnings through assignments and projects.
To further understand the impact of e-learning, let me share the story of Abhishek and how he was able to change his professional trajectory via a training.
Abhishek was pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science engineering and before the commencement of his 3rd Semester, he had some free time, so as to make the most of his idle time his senior advised him to enrol for an e-learning training. He always had a niche for writing, so, to hone his skills, he enrolled himself in a Business Communication training. The training helped him understand the nuances of writing, speaking and interpersonal skills. After successfully completing his training, he started looking for work from home opportunities to test all that he had learned. To his surprise, he got shortlisted for almost all the internships he had applied for. He started working with a start-up and the experience helped instil a confidence in him. Shortly after, in college, he started his own blog and also became the editor of his college magazine. With all that he had accomplished, in his last semester of graduation, he started applying to jobs and internships in content writing and successfully made a career as a writer.
Let us try to draw inferences from Abhishek’s tryst with e-learning to understand the impact better.
- Abhishek was pursuing B.Tech in engineering and had no prior experience in content writing but having done a training helped him realize the nuances of writing and also how to articulate better.
- He had never thought about pursuing a career in content writing but having done a training online helped instil a confidence in him to apply for work from home opportunities soon after he had completed his training.
- Apart from pursuing work from home opportunities, he also started his own blog and choose to pursue his dream of writing by becoming the editor for the college magazine and made a career as a writer.
Abhishek’s story is the perfect example to shine a light on the key aspects of e-learning. It is a medium meant for exploring new things and finding where your interest lies while giving you an insight into the work involved.
While e-learning has managed to make an impact, there are many users who still have qualms about it. Students still wonder if their doubts will be answered or if it is value for money or if it is as effective as classroom learning? Additionally, they worry about getting duped and because of these doubts they stay vary from opting for e-learning.
These doubts are justified and can easily be avoided after doing a thorough research about the platform offering the training. With changing times, students have realized the importance of e-learning and how it plays a catalyst in their academic and professional career.
So, what would you be learning this winter break?
About the Author: Sarvesh Agrawal is the Founder and CEO of Internshala, an internship and trainings platform. (Internshala.com)