Learning a New Skill in Quarantine

Now is as perfect a time as any to self-educate. While it may be hard to stay productive in quarantine, we have a plethora of information at our disposal and there is so much to learn. Here are three ways to use these tools to your advantage and come out of quarantine knowing more than before.

The first step is to think about something that you have always wanted to learn but didn’t have the time or commitment to do. What are some skills that you admire? What is something you’d like to be able to do yourself as opposed to paying someone to do for you? Once you find something that interests you, you can begin to think about the mediums through which you can educate yourself.

The second step is to start doing your research. Figure out how versatile your skill is, what sort of opportunities can come from having this skill in the future, and what the time commitment is for picking up that particular skill. For example, if you want to learn a cosmetology technique, figure out what tools you need to begin practicing, If you want to learn the basics of coding, research free programs through which you can practice and put what you learn to the test. Practice makes perfect, and everything takes time so be patient with yourself and give it your all.

The third and final step is to network with people who possess your same skills and interests. Think about ways to enhance your online presence and develop strategies for finding a mentor. While this is as good a time as any to take advantage of virtual communication, be mindful of the current circumstances and be kind to those in stressful situations who may not have the flexibility to work with you. Do not be discouraged; maintain a mindset of abundance and the opportunities will present themselves gradually.

The hardest part to learning a new skill is getting started, but navigating new and challenging territory is all part of the quest for success. For more information on how you can network and be productive during quarantine, visit the CS website. There’s something for everyone!

By Peer Career Advisor: Taury
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