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3 Work-From-Home Skills To Help Boost Your Career In The Post-Lockdown World

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COVID-19 has brought drastic changes in work culture and the learning pattern. The culture of telecommuting is rising in case of big organisations of the world who are successfully operating online. While India was gradually accepting the concept of work-from-home culture and flexible working hours, this lockdown has made organisations realise that employees can be equally, or in many cases more, productive when provided with the liberty of working remotely and with flexible working hours.

Regardless of their field, work culture of most of the organisations will change after everything normalises. Organisations might partially or wholly adopt the work-from-home culture, as it helps in cost-cutting, saving resources, and is environment-friendly. The demanded skill-set, hiring trends and work practices would also change accordingly.

However, not everyone has skills required to work from home, and acquiring those is not an easy task. Utilising this time to upskill and reskill would help you grow in your existing roles, or explore new opportunities with more dynamic and adaptive organisations that can guarantee job security during such difficult times.

Some of the most in-demand work-from-home skills, which can help in your career advancement post lockdown include:

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Web Development

Every organisation operating online trades with its target customers through a website. During the lockdown, many ed-tech firms, game-makers, online grocery stores, online cleaning services providers and other home delivery services have flourished. Even local supermarket chains have now come online to ensure safe deliver essentials in their respective cities or localities.

The trend of choosing online services post lockdown would continue as people would avoid social gatherings. In such a situation, web development will offer great career opportunities as more organisations would want a website to operate.

Learning web development would help you master the art of developing, designing and managing a website for various companies while sitting at home. Through an online web development training, you can learn HTML and CSS to build well-structured web pages — Bootstrap for developing responsive web pages, SQL for writing queries and managing information, and PHP for performing operations and building functional logic.

With this skill, you can start sharing exciting inputs with your organisation’s existing web development team, find opportunities as a freelancer, build websites for different clients, or start your own online business from scratch.

Content Writing

Content writing involves ideating, planning, writing, editing and proofreading content for the web. Articles, blogs, homepage content, marketing campaign content and scripts for videos, radio or podcasts are broadly a few things content writers work on. This is one of the most in-demand skills, for which employers mostly hire freelancers and virtual interns.

Content attracts an organisation’s target audience to its website, which ultimately helps in increasing its sales and revenue. More companies will gradually start functioning online after the lockdown, leading to an increase in the requirement of professional content creators.

Enrolling in an online creative writing training would be the best way to begin your journey as a content writer. It will help you develop your observational skills and understand how to find ideas to write. You will also get to strengthen your command on fictional and non-fictional writing, screenplay, and advertising writing, and learn to create crisp, coherent and error-free content. Through content, you will then be able to start writing from home for any industry of your interest such as automobile, sports, manufacturing, education, healthcare and information technology. You can even start your own blog.

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Digital marketing is the easiest, most efficient, effective, and affordable way to reach your target audience, breaking all geographical boundaries.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is an umbrella term comprising multiple internet marketing concepts. It is the art of marketing an organisation’s offerings through a blog, email, social media, or any digital platform available to connect with existing and potential customers. It involves pay per click, SEO, content marketing, social media campaigns, affiliate marketing, email marketing, inbound marketing, and so on. It is the easiest, most efficient, effective, and affordable way to reach your target audience, breaking all geographical boundaries.

Imagining a world without digital marketing is impossible for companies in today’s time, as they cannot sustain the cut-throat competition and increase their visibility in the market without it. The need for digital marketers is booming exceptionally, bringing great work-from-home opportunities for skilled professionals.

You could enrol yourself in an online digital marketing training and learn multiple concepts such as blogging and analytics, online advertising — search, display, and video, social media marketing, ORM and automation — and mobile marketing. After getting skilled in digital marketing, you can work from home in different roles such as digital marketing manager, social media executive/manager, PPC/SEM expert, email marketing manager, analytics manager, or CRM manager. You can also contribute to your existing organisation’s online marketing practices or start working as a remote freelancer for different companies.

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

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The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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