The world is going through unprecedented times with most of the big cities & countries in the world under lockdown, schools, universities and other learning venues closed, employers asking their employees to work from home to prevent the spread of COVID -19 virus, etc. The net outcome of this new development is that everybody is confined to their living rooms and has plenty of time to deal with.
According to Mr. Nitish Jain, (President of SP Jain School of Global Management, Sydney) “History has proved repetitively that a period of doom and gloom is followed by several years of the boom. The Dow Jones index which was down to just 7,200 points during 2008-09 is now 23,000 points in 2020. A 300 percent growth in the last 10 years. So you may wonder is this the right time to invest in your education. It’s my view that the best time to prepare for tomorrow is today”
The best time to study is when the economy is down as once the situation goes away, the economy will start flying to make up for the lost time. Nitish Jain (President, SP Jain Global) is here with a dose of positivity in this time of gloom. Keep investing in your dreams, everyone!#spjain #leadingtomorrow #spj2020 #onlinelearning
Posted by SP Jain School of Global Management on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Those students who have completed their courses and are awaiting the results can prepare for the future depending on what they want to do in the upcoming year.
Those who are planning for going for higher education can make use of the time by extensive research on understanding the programs of specialization that you are going to do. Maybe a good look at the universities / Colleges that are offering the specific courses and contents of the curriculum. Those of you who are considering international education can prepare a good Statement of Purpose which is mandatory for admissions into international universities abroad. (Check out our blog for an earlier article).
Those students who are looking for immediate employment can start with a simple act of preparing a good resume, looking out on potential employers of the future and listing them down. Companies will not be keen on any hiring activity immediately after this epidemic but will wait and watch on how things will unfold in the next couple of weeks.
Another golden opportunity is available for irrespective of whoever you are is to focus on self-improvement. There are many online learning websites like Coursera and Udemy which offer free certificate courses for anybody who has the will to keep oneself pushing. With a quick visit to the website, these are the kind of courses that I could see.
- Machine Learning by Stanford University, USA
- Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects by Mcmaster University Of California San Diego
- The Science of Well-Being by Yale
- Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills. By University of Michigan
Learning a new language or improving your language proficiency is another area that we can spend time on too. Here is a list of applications with their links that provide free language learning tools.
If you are tired of screen time you can always fall back to good old reading.
Renowned writer Paulo Coelho has also announced for his readers the copies of some of his e-books for free. Free e-books are also available in different languages, including English, Portuguese, and Espanol.
The 50-year-old novelist announced on Instagram and wrote: “During the current COVID-19 pandemic, I posted some titles (e-books) for free on my page.”
JSTOR (a digital repository of academic resources) has also made accessible a part of its database to the public for free for some time. The online library has more than 6,000 ebooks and 150 journals available, and the organization has stated they are currently working with publishers to make a larger set of content freely available to institutions where students no longer have access to educational resources.
Audiobooks are available today which will read out books for you. A leading audiobook service company Audible had announced on March 19 the launch of Audible Stories, a service to provide audiobooks to small children and teens for free until the coronavirus pandemic persists.
There is no doubt that it is a crisis, but if you are in the right frame of mind and push the need for self-improvement with utmost importance you will find a transformation in your lives.
Stay Safe. We shall overcome.
Stenson Johny | Director, Movementor Education