This week, I will be sharing useful tips in a series of Blog posts about improving your Employability Skills during COVID. I will be posting one each day so be sure to look out for my other tips.
3. Study and continue to do as you would do if you were attending classes in person
Whilst you are at home it can be difficult to motivate yourself to continue learning. Although this may feel like a great time for you to be able to work on your assignments and assessments, it can be quite de-motivating if you try to study without any support. Do ensure you continue to study as you would if you were to attend classes in person. As class seminars have moved online, you can still engage with your group peers and interact with the tutors too. Studying at home is no different because you can continue to explore the subject area and do the activities. I would encourage students to engage in seminars and participate because this is certainly a difficulty psychologically so trying to continue normally will help you. Tutors are still available to offer students support and it is important to use them for assistance. Being able to continue your learning shows a great adaptive skill as you find ways to learn via digital platforms. You can still collaborate with your peers when doing group work and be able to work completely virtually, which is good for showing teamwork skills and communication.
4. Use the extra time (time you would normally lose from commuting or travelling) for doing extra learning- exploring a subject you are currently being taught and another subject that you find interesting
Everyone gets into a routine of their daily commute, whether it be cramming onto the rush hour trains during peak hours or leaving earlier and getting that morning coffee from Costa, but you’ll find now that being at home has changed your schedule dramatically. Depending on how far you travel in from, commuting can feel like a waste of time that you can use doing something else. Majority of commuters will spend their time either doing nothing or scrolling through their phone but might not be doing something productive. Instead of losing this time, you can use the time to read a book or watch videos to aid your learning. This can certainly help you on your commute as you will be exercising your brain and help you feel more energised. This could be the perfect time to listen to the podcast your tutor mentioned in the lecture or doing the pre-seminar reading. However, with this situation currently going on, you could certainly try and use the time that you would normally commute and add it to your daily schedule. This would mean waking up at the usual time you would if you were commuting and you can plan to spend the time reading literature on a topic you are studying. Alternatively, you could explore other topics that may be of interest to you and whilst you do this, you should try and note down some questions that you have. This can help you with your knowledge and provide you with more ideas to think of as you will need to develop skills researching topics that relate to employment sectors that you might interested in working in. Sometimes during an interview, the employer might ask the candidate to talk about an area of interest and discuss an issue that they are researching, so it is important to be able to explore more concepts.
To find out more about what you can do and how to make the most of the opportunity, head over to the Work Fitness Centre and be sure to attend the Bootcamps, taking place next week.
Current student? These sessions are open to all current students from Pearson Business School and Escape Studios students. Sign up on the Work Fitness Centre in the Student Portal!
Prospective student? Watch this space to get an insight into how our students found the activities, as we’ll be sharing their stories on here shortly, to give you a taste of what you can look forward to if you choose to study with us :)