Developing Real-World Experience Online
By Darius Harris, Stride Career Prep Success Coach
Even before the first case of COVID-19 was discovered, our world was moving toward fewer personal interactions. We see this in the rise of self-checkout lanes, pay-at-the-pump gas stations, TV streaming services in favor of attending movie theaters, work from home career opportunities, and many other examples. How does this impact our development in the career world? As we navigate “the new normal,” there are ways to gain real-world experience and partake in meaningful connections, even from home. Let’s explore a few options below.
Take Online Classes Beyond School
When you want to learn something new but can’t or don’t want to attend courses in person, online learning makes it possible. K12 has been at the forefront of online learning for more than 20 years, and if you want to explore extracurricular activities beyond academics, we offer a wide variety of virtual extracurricular programs too. Sites like Coursera, Masterclass, and Udemy are also great places to look for inspiration. From free and low-cost classes to more expensive courses, there are learning opportunities for every budget online.
Connect Through Online Clubs
No matter your hobby or area of interest, you can find a group or professional organization to learn more or connect with like-minded people. Often, these groups will have an online presence where you can collaborate. Some groups include a presence on social media. They may host events and meetings you can join from home or your mobile device. This is also great way to find a career mentor to learn from. To get started, check out some of our clubs and activities ranging from music and art, to nursing and eGaming.
Set Up Informational Interviews
Informational interviews are among the best ways to gain relevant, insider knowledge about your field of interest. While the point of an informational interview isn’t to land a job, you can acquire helpful tips regarding what the industry is looking for, learn about career paths you may not have known existed, and build your professional network. Also, it isn’t unheard of to be looped in on future job opportunities after an informational interview. Not only will the experience grow your knowledge, but it may increase your chances of getting hired in the future. Learn about all of the ways you can get connected to professionals and build your network through Stride Career Prep here.
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