Waking up late, staying in pajamas all day, and deviating from our normal schedules. That’s the new normal for many who are now working or schooling from home. For myself, college has been cut short this semester and I am left to complete work on my own schedule. During this pandemic, it is 100% okay to take the time you need to process, grieve the new reality of life, and adjust to a new environment. I have done my fair share of those things, but I have also found myself looking for ways to fill my time with productive endeavors!
There are so many ways to make use of the newfound free time that will not only keep you busy but that further your resume and career! No matter what major/occupation you are, there are always tools (many of them free) that you can utilize to ramp up your experience and credentials. The following are ideas of tools I have been taking advantage of during quarantine.
Linkedin Learning: Personalized learning videos taught by industry professionals on a wide range of topics such as ‘Applied Curiosity’, ‘B2B Foundations’, ‘Building Professional Relationships’, etc.
Hootsuite certificates: Platform certifications for this social media planning productivity tool.
Google Digital Garage: Free online learning modules for Data and Tech, Career Development, and Digital Marketing.
Google G Suite Certification: This certification helps to prove your ability to complete workplace activities using cloud-based tools to create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and files.
Google Skillshop: Become a pro with online product training for platforms such as Google Ads and Analytics.
Glassdoor: Utilize Glassdoor to research opportunities in your intended field. Compare job titles, companies, and salaries to set goals for yourself! Read job descriptions and see what employers are looking for as far as qualifications go. If a requirement of your dream job includes specific certifications or experience using a particular platform, work towards obtaining that skillset!
Lastly, do Individually what brings you peace and joy. None of these things may invoke that, and that’s totally okay!
About the author: Bella Sci is a student at the University of Georgia studying Advertising and Entrepreneurship. She currently lives outside of Atlanta, GA and is always on the hunt for new opportunities in the communications field. She plans to pursue a career in digital media and loves to learn about the rapidly evolving industry. She enjoys social media, fashion, spending time with friends, eating sushi, & hiking!