With increasing competition in today’s job market, a degree is not enough to help young people get their foot in the door. Fortunately, the internet and e-learning have made it easier for people to acquire in-demand skills while juggling a degree or a full-time job.
According to the Emeritus 2021 Global Career Impact Survey, more than a quarter of the skills employers seek are in the digital domain. These are skills that people can start learning independently online.
Here is a list of skills and side projects that young learners can learn to boost their CV.
1. Manage social media accounts
Today’s young students are tech savvy and this can be used as an advantage. If you enjoy spending time on social media, social media management might be for you. You can start working for small businesses or local businesses at the start. If the company you work for is successful in attracting clients through your work, this would be a great addition to your resume. In an interview with DNA, Vishal Choudhary, CEO of SBG Digital Inc., said he started working as a social media manager when he was 19 years old. Thanks to this, he managed to network and get many important clients. With the experience he gained, he became popular in the digital marketing industry and later started SBG Digital Inc.
2. Start a blog
Even though it is difficult to make money at a fast pace from blogging, if done correctly, it can manage to bring you a sum that would be equal or more to the winning sum of a Sambad Lottery. Before starting a blog, it is particularly important to choose a niche that interests you to ensure that you create content with passion. There are many websites that teach how to blog. Neil Patel’s blog goes deep into blogging as well as digital marketing to increase traffic. There are also many online platforms like Udemy and SkillShare that provide the learner with video lessons on how to blog. Using WordPress to create a blog for your business is one such free blogging program available with Coursera.
3. Become a virtual assistant
Due to the pandemic, virtual assistants have become more prominent. Many small and large companies hire virtual assistants to outsource responsibilities. According to Flexjob, a job board, top companies like BELAY, Boldly, and Profi Factory are some of the many companies that frequently hire virtual assistants. Virtual assistants are usually hired to stimulate business growth and reduce the employer’s workload. Depending on the skills required for the position, you can apply for a suitable job as a virtual assistant. The success story of Becky Bosman and Calyie Martin who are virtual assistants can shed light on the daily schedule of virtual assistants and the income that can be made from them.
4. Sell photos
If you like photography, you can enjoy it with sites like Pexels, Pixbay and Unsplash. All of these platforms allow users to download stock photos for free. As a photographer, these platforms are ideal for creating an online portfolio. Many people sell photos on online platforms as a side business and one can expect to earn $300-400 per month if they upload a decent collection. However, earning huge amount of money selling photos is a bit difficult as the industry is very competitive.
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