Change, however inevitable, can be quite the pain. The current pandemic has forced us to get tech savvy. Beyond Whatsapp forwards. While signing up for online tech courses may be the easiest way to jump on the bandwagon, here are a few things to note.
Money, Money, Money
Money isn’t growing on trees. Nor is it sprouting out of your balcony gardens. So unless we really need the certification at the end of the online course let’s lap up what’s free. While most online tech courses are for free they charge you for the certificate. Of course, if you need an employee-mandated skill, get the certification. Or if you’re really in it to master the skill, the extra penny shouldn’t hurt.
With a little help
As exciting as it seems, the journey is largely self-motivated. Think about it. It’s just us and the laptop. While most courses are led by instructors sitting in another corner of the world, the rest are led by videos. Some platforms also provide constant feedback and some arrangement for clearing doubts. Coursera and Udemy for example. And while you’re at it, you might also want to look whether you get enough exercises to work on once you’re done with the online tech classes. Some of us just tend to slack with no pressure and deadlines once the class is over!
Start from the basics
To err, is to be human. And to overestimate oneself, is human too. It’s a vice we’re all too guilty of, and yet repeat time and again. While courses on coding, Apache Spark and Hadoop are popular these days, they might get tricky. We all learn differently, at various paces. Some are good at numbers, some at doodling! Think basic, start easy. All in the name of sustainable learning!
Online tech courses can be quite demanding. And there’s no point if we can’t devote dedicated attention and time to the process. Keep in mind your daily schedules while choosing the course. Keep going for the small doses first and gradually move to long term courses. Nothing wrong with testing waters!
Research is key
Never stressed enough. So here’s it again. You can never research enough about the kind of skill you want to learn. Whether it’s possible to keep up with. Or whether you even need it in the first place. Certain courses even have specific system requirements. Read up on all the reviews you can and find out if you have the right software or hardware even to get started.
Any tips we missed out on? Or exciting courses you’ve signed up for? Let us know!