How Students Can Stay Productive During COVID-19


COVID-19 has impacted the entire world and all markets. One sector that has been heavily impacted by coronavirus is the education sector.

Across the globe, high school and post-secondary students, including myself, had to quickly adjust to remote and virtual learning, as well as reanalyze their future education plans.

Instead of worrying about things that are out of my control for the time being such as program delivery, I have taken it upon myself to be as productive as possible with the extra time I have been given by doing the following.

RESUME/ COVER LETTER/ PORTFOLIO

I’ve mentioned this one before in a past post but taking time to update and improve your resumé or cover letter is super important! You never know when a new opportunity may present itself or unfortunately when you may be out work.

Update your resume and cover letters with your most recent work or professional experiences and need to know the information. Even if you’re not currently seeking employment creating a polished profile on job search websites such as Indeed and LinkedIn can be beneficial for getting your name and face in front of potential employers and seeing relevant job postings.

  • Most colleges and universities have career centres where you can seek help for creating your resumé and cover letter or reviewing them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if it’s to just review your work.

Many fields require portfolios for interviews are well so take time to compile your best and most impressive pieces to show employers your skills. (Pssst! This is why this website was created!)

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships can take time to find, sort through, and apply for, especially if there are written components involved which have led to many of us simply not applying for financial aid. Many of us now are at home looking for things to do, so why not dedicate some time into applying for scholarships?

If you are a recent high school graduate or current post-secondary student try out the tips below:

Tip #1: Register for and begin searching for scholarships using Canada’s top two scholarship websites:

Tip #2: Look into your college or university’s internal scholarships!

Every college and university in Canada has a library of internal scholarships that every student should apply for. Some schools have an all in one application, while others require you to apply for every scholarship, you’re interested in individually. This may take time, but consider this, only students at your school can apply for these scholarships. LESS COMPETITION!!!

Tip #3: Try searching for keywords related to you!


E.g. Women STEM Scholarships, Marketing Scholarships Canada, First Generation Scholarships, etc.

This one may require more time to sort out non-Canadian scholarships but definitely worth the search!

PASSION & CREATIVE OUTLETS

This extra time at home is allowing many to pursue their passions and give them test runs showing mass success for many who can monetize these passions through e-commerce functions. Etsy, Pinterest, and many other platforms are fostering these independent artists and passion pursuits.

If monetization isn’t your goal, it doesn’t mean that you can’t explore and invest more time in creative outlets. When’s the last time you had to read books for leisure? Paint? Write? (Wink wink)

So, yes, COVID-19 has dampened a lot of things for students but it does not mean that we cannot take this time to reflect and find productive ways to fill our time.


 

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