How can students adapt and cope with unforeseen changes in their learning and placements?
The pandemic not only had an impact on education, but also had an effect on training and internships. Those who had opted for international internships faced great uncertainty as travel was not possible. While some companies have turned to online internship activities, there were other issues that needed to be addressed.
While the lockdown had already disrupted routines, students had to deal with family commitments and other issues when working from home. Some interns found that their home was not conducive to a working environment. Lack of space and multiple distractions were a problem.
Another problem was the lack of technology. Access to the right devices and tools is an advantage of having a workplace. With the transfer of work from home, many interns faced problems due to the lack of internet connectivity and fast PC executives.
Many students view internships as a financial measure. Not only does this help pay for regular expenses, some also manage to save money. This is lacking at the present time.
Working from home and being isolated affected emotional well-being. As cases increase and people are urged to stay home, the separation reinforces feelings of helplessness. It affected people’s ability to think creatively.
Each individual has their own way of dealing with this pandemic. However, here are some suggestions for students
Study further and develop your abilities: Adding personal value in technical skills and additional qualifications can help you prepare for the big leap when circumstances change. There are many online courses; so go ahead and improve your skills or rehabilitate yourself.
Plan an internship online: Apply for paid or unpaid internships online that can draw you into digital research, surveys, report writing, social media work, and more.
Analyze options and revise plans: Take a look at what you wanted to do and see if it’s still relevant. Study the other options available and rearrange your plans if necessary.
As we seek to adapt and be stronger in the face of unforeseen changes in our daily lives, we will create a more robust, adaptable and sustainable future.
The writer is director and founder of Edu Brain Group