The Pros & Cons of Seeking a Higher Online Education

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With an ever-growing population of students seeking higher education, many are left wondering whether or not online learning can offer the same advantages as a traditional college experience. While the majority of those going to college are between the ages of 18-24, millions of adults aged 25 or older continue to join them, making up roughly one third of enrolled students in the United States. Among these millions of students, at least 30% of them have taken an online class, with a majority of traditional universities now including online learning opportunities in their curriculum.

It’s clear that the internet has had an amazing impact on education, but is that a good enough reason to consider seeking schooling through an MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of higher online education:

Pros

Flexibility

One of the top advantages of enrolling in an MOOC is the amount of flexibility students have, which instantly makes it a more welcoming alternative to a traditional education. In today’s economy, it’s becoming ever so more difficult to balance receiving a full college education as well as have a successful full-time career.

Rather than having to work around your current schedule to attend a class, MOOCs allow students to choose how many hours they want to commit to a class each week, as well as how quickly they want to finish a class. Best of all, the majority of MOOCs are offered at no cost to the student, are in English, short, and not followed-up with an exam.

Independence

Higher online education gives you an unprecedented amount of control over your schooling. Nobody will hold your hand through the process, as you will be expected to finish schoolwork on your own time and handle your own affairs. For those who prefer the independent experience of setting your own schedule, this is definitely a positive aspect of online schools.

Accessibility

Whenever you want to do your assignments or are concerned about due dates or expectations of a certain class, you’ll easily be able to access them over the internet. Instant access to every aspect of your education is an excellent benefit of online education.

Variety

When it comes to traditional universities, you are pretty much limited to what courses and degrees your school offers. However, in the case of online schools, they typically offer a much wider variety of educational options. If you have a desire to learn more about a subject and your local university doesn’t offer any classes in that area, chances are that you’ll be able to find a source of online education to satisfy your desires.

Cons

Reputation

Although there are now many respectable online universities and most traditional colleges offer online coursework, there is still a stigma surrounding higher online education. A degree earned via this method might not be as highly respected as a certificate from a conventional school. That being said, most employers report that they do value an online degree.

Disconnection

Even though online education offers a greater level of accessibility than traditional colleges, there is a noticeable lack of both physical and social interaction. This might not be a big deal for some students, but for others, it’s important to be able to contact their professor and discuss educational matters with them. Online instructors usually serve a very limited role, which can restrict your connection with them. Asking questions mid-lecture isn’t possible when most lectures are pre-written and pre-recorded.

Discipline

Conventional universities offer specialized advising and regimented weekly classes. Needless to say, you won’t always find this with higher online education, as you are expected to set your own schedule and complete coursework within a set amount of time. The structure is much less rigid, meaning that it will be important for you to have a high level of self discipline and avoid falling behind on school work.

Modern Problems

There are many issues that go along with being on the cutting edge of education. In addition to the previously discussed poor reputation that comes with the experience, you may also have trouble getting financial aid and transferring credits between schools. Because of the stigma attached to online schooling, many traditional universities do not accept credits earned from an online university.

Needless to say, there are many positives and negatives to weigh when considering higher online education. In the end, the most important thing to consider is what you expect to get out of this undertaking. Your choice of schooling should be based on the type of educational experience you wish to have. If you’re more hands on, a traditional college may be your best bet. However, if you prefer to do things in your own time, an online university could be an excellent option. Keep these concepts in mind as you go forth and further explore your educational future.

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Nick Rojas is an online journalist and tech-enthusiast who can always be found typing away at his computer. He enjoys discussing how technology has forever impacted the education system, as well as how it will affect the education of future generations.

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GRE- Graduate Record Examinations

 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that serves as a requirement for admission in most of the graduate schools in the United States. The GRE exam was created and administered by the Educational Testing Service with an aim to measure verbal reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

 Importance of GRE:

In the United States based graduate school admission process, the level of emphasis placed on the GRE scores varies from being a mere formality to being an important selection factor. Scores older than 5 years are not released by ETS, however acceptance into a course on the basis of a score older than 5 years may vary from institute to institute.

The cost to take the test is US$ 185, however the cost is reduced by the ETS under certain circumstances. ETS also provides financial aid to students who prove economic hardship.

Structure of the examination:

The computer based GRE consists of six sections.

Verbal Section:

The computer based verbal sections assess reading comprehensions, critical reasoning and vocabulary usage and is scored on a scale of 130-170. Each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completion 30 minutes. Each section consists of about 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence and 10 critical reading questions.

Quantitative section:

The quantitative section assesses basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills, which is of scored on a scale of 130-170.Each section consists of about 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items and 3 data interpretation questions.

Analytical writing section:

The analytical writing section consists of two essays, an “issue” task and an “argument” task, graded on a scale of 0-6.

Issue Task: Issue topics are selected from a pool of questions, published by the GRE program. The test taker is given 30 minutes to write on a topic.

Argument Task:  The test taker will be given a series of facts and considerations leading to a conclusion, and will be asked to write an essay that critiques the argument. Test takers are asked to consider the argument’s logic and to make suggestions about how to improve the logic of the argument.

Experimental Section:

The experimental section can either be verbal, quantitative or analytical. It is unidentified and appears identical to the scored sections. Sometimes an identified research section is given instead of the experimental section. There is no experimental section in the paper-based GRE.

Preparation:

For those wishing to prepare for GRE a variety of material is available. ETS provides preparation software for the GRE called the powerprep, which contains two practice tests of previously asked questions, practice questions and review material. Several companies provide courses, books and other unofficial preparation material as well.

Test locations:

The offline tests are held at many undergraduate institutions in major cities in the US, while the online test is conducted in a number of centers across the globe.

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IELTS- International English Language Testing System

What is IELTS?

The IELTS is an international standardized test to evaluate the English language proficiency for the non-native English speakers. This test is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education pvt Ltd and was established in 1989 and is one of the major English language tests in the world, the other one being TOFEL.

IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in a number of countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional authorities and government agencies.

There are two versions of the IELTS:

  • The Academic version is intended for those who want to pursue higher education in foreign universities and for professionals who want to work in an English speaking country.
  • The general version is intended for those planning to undertake non academic training or to gain work experience or for immigration purposes.

Where can one take the IELTS?

There are over 400 centers in the world that administer IELTS, with more than 40 centers in India which provides a variety of  test centers to choose from, with most test centers being run by the British Council, IELTS Australia, universities and language schools.

To register for IELTS visit the official website at www.ielts.org where you can find the application process along with the nearest test center.

What is the format for the IELTS?
The IELTS test includes four sub sets:

  • Reading test which lasts for 60 minutes, consisting of three sections, each of increasing difficulty.
  • Writing test which also lasts for 60 minutes, wherein students must perform two writing tasks which require different writing styles.
  • Listening test lasts for about 30 minutes and consists of four sections.
  • Speaking test consists of a one on one interview with a trained professional; which consists of three parts: an introduction and interview, an individual long turn wherein the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two way discussion.

When are the results announced?

The IELTS exam is held a number of times in a month and the results are available 13 calendar days post the date of the examination.

 

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Entrepreneur Desk

Let Me Know is committed to inspire and motivate the students and sow the seeds of dreams in young minds so that, the country as a whole and individual in particular realize their potential and create an impact in the society by solving its problems. Our team member had the opportunity to interview the founder of Touchtalent – Ankit Prasad. Here is the conversation we had with him.

1.      Tell us something about yourself?

Prasad is an Integrated M. Tech. on Mathematics & Computing graduate from IIT Delhi. Though originally from Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), he is now based in New Delhi. He co-founded Touchtalent.com, a global community of creative people providing them visibility, appreciation & monetization opportunities. This platform is less than a year old and is already among the most visited websites in South East Asia. The Kairos Society (US) selected Touchtalent.com to be among the top 100 university led startups in the world.

Prasad is a Kairos Fellow, an official TEDx youth speaker and has also won many awards during his 5 years stay at IIT Delhi, including Best Fresher Award, Best Hostel Representative Award, Cumulative Outstanding Contribution to Board for Student Publication and Best Chief Editor. While he is not brainstorming over ideas and interacting with people, Prasad finds joy in traveling alone to the remotest of places and learning about different cultures.

2 .   What inspired you to take this unconventional path of being an entrepreneur?

I don’t think it’s an unconventional path. For me the inspiration came from within

3.      Share some info about your products and services here

There are many platforms which cater to consumers and are social but rarely can you find ones which is made for creators and is interest based. Touchtalent fills this gap by building features keeping the interest of creators in the mind, features focusing on copyrights, sharing, quality enhancement, multiple uploads and network with other platforms are giving significant tractions to the community. Today, creative users from 180 countries share their creativity (art) under 19 different categories on Touchtalent. These categories include Painting, Photography, Sketching, Design, 3D Art, Animation, Calligraphy, Comics, Crafts, Digital Art, Fashion, Graffiti, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Poetry, Sculpting, Singing and Video Editing.

4.     Share some info about founders.

The company was started by the duo of Ankit Prasad and Mohd Wassem. After bagging his master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India in 2005 Wassem joined NTPC. He, too, was sure of starting his own venture. In mid-2007, he moved to consulting as he knew it would be a quicker way to finance his dream. He started with Deloitte and moved to Mercer two years later.

It was in 2008 that Touchtalent’s founders bumped into each other. Today the team has expanded along with the network and consists of people from IITs, NIFTs and other premier institute in India, apart from Ankit and Wassem, the team has five core members – Rahul Prasad, Darpan Khurana, Sidharth Sankh, Vishant Anand and Dipesh Garg. Rahul, who is Prasad’s elder brother, is helping in building and successfully scaling the web application. He also heads the R&D and ensures that all the technological challenges are tackled efficiently. Darpan is a batch mate of Ankit from IIT, Delhi and is handling the analytics. Sidharth has 8 years of experience in design industry and is responsible for brand identity and design needs of the company. Vishant, who is from NIFT, takes care of the social media initiatives and contributes with his creative ideas. He also happens to be a school friend of Ankit. Dipesh Garg is the newest member of the technical team, he was earlier associated as an IT Consultant with Summly, company acquired by Yahoo.

5.      What is your philosophy towards work?

I do not differentiate work from life. For me working is living and living is working.

6.     What kind of difficulties you had faced while starting/doing business?

The challenges keep on changing with time. In the beginning the greatest challenge was to build a committed team capable of delivering quality work within deadline.

7.     Have you got any kind of funding?

In addition to our own funds we have received seed fund from few well know investors in the industry. We have also started generating revenue and plan to operationally breakeven in the next 6 months.

8.   What is your user base?

We get around 1.5 Lakhs visitors a month with more than a million monthly page views. Touchtalent is ranked among the top 2000 websites in India and among top 25000 websites in the world, according to Alexa world ranking.

9. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

Touchtalent is for people who create and would want to display, share, appreciate and monetize creativity. Creative people have been largely ignored as an independent community and Touchtalent as a concept aims at strengthening this community. In the next five years Touchtalent would be fueling creativity to other social platforms.

10.   How does it feel to be an entrepreneur at this age?

It feels good :)

11.  What advice would you give to the budding entrepreneurs studying in undergraduate studies?

Make your decisions wisely. Learn from others but do what YOU want to.

   12. Share with us the most enjoyable & most embarrassing moment you had experienced on work. 

Well, at work we always have an eye on live traffic, the most enjoyable moments are those when we get unexpectedly high traffic and we start making guesses. The most embarrassing moments are those when we fail to meet our commitments.

13.  Few words about Letmeknow.in

It’s a good initiative. I appreciate its progress and popularity among youth.

 

 

Ravi Verma

 

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Foreign Languages- Aspects & Prospects

 

In today’s scenario we see that the various countries across the globe are a part of the global community wherein cultural exchange along with the activities of trade and commerce take place which further bring into view the concept of a global market wherein the various countries are interdependent for a peaceful and progressive existence.

In the last few decades, the Indian companies have been emerging as “global players” in the international sphere, which has led to the recognition of the immense marketing potential in India with the Indian market gradually turning into the playground for the multinational companies, thereby creating a number of employment opportunities for the youth in India.

This is where the importance of efficient communication comes to the fore. In order to compete in the global market it becomes essential to pull down the barriers on the language front in an attempt to facilitate effective communication for enabling proper transactions, which requires people who can communicate in foreign languages in an effective and proactive manner. There exists a great demand for foreign language experts with an understanding of the various cultures in the corporate world, which provides for unbelievable scope for  careers based on foreign languages . Additionally, language skills boost efficient communication skills which pave a way for advancement in the professional front.

How can I learn a foreign language?

There are three methods of going about learning a foreign language:

  • Short term certificate courses in foreign languages: A number of private companies, such as Max Muller, Inlingua, the Bajaj group; offer certificate courses in foreign languages, with the duration of the course depending on the language in question.
  • Diploma and graduation courses in foreign languages: Several students opt for a full time course in foreign languages right after 10+2. A number of universities such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia offer courses in foreign languages such as Persian,  Arabic, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German and more.  Those who are interested in pursuing higher studies in foreign languages can also opt for PhD in foreign language courses which are offered by select universities in India.
  • Beginning early: A number of schools offer foreign language courses as a part of their curriculum. It is best to take up these courses while in school as they provide for a better base and consequently a better grasp over the language.

How much will it cost?

Private companies such as Max and Bajaj charge quite a bit from the students for a certificate course in foreign languages, with the fee varying from language to language. The charges for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are the highest.

The government universities however charge a minimal fee, and also offer various scholarships for meritorious students.

 

Job prospects

The global and local markets offer a multitude of job prospects in a number of fields such as tourism, public relations, mass communication, translation, interpretation, embassies, multinational companies, technical translation and decoding. The money that professionals earn varies from organization to organization and also on the work that a person is doing. More so, the government organizations such as the Ministry of External Affairs also offer a number of jobs based on foreign language based communication.

The knowledge of a foreign language opens up a number of avenues for an individual as the individual then serves as a connect between two different communities, two different cultures and economies thereby making the person a much coveted human resource.

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TRICKS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO IN FOR THAT INTERVIEW!

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So is it an upcoming interview that is giving you all those nightmares? This is the one problem faced by a number of people, who run a cold sweat on the mere mention of an interview. Cracking an interview is an art which requires patience, effort and a number of analytical skills. Here we bring to you a few points that will definitely prove their worth when it comes to cracking an interview.

1. Do your homework.

It is very important to know the past and present stake of the company in the market, which helps you gain a better perspective of exactly what you have to gear up for, what the company has to offer and also what the company expects from you in return. If you have a decent answer of these three questions, half the battle is already won.  For the remaining half, it is extremely essential to proceed in a circumspect manner with a hint of impetuosity.

2. Work up your imaginative faculty.

Had you been the interviewer what would you have been looking for in an applicant? What sort of a person would the company want on board? What are the aims that the company as a whole seeks to achieve and the means it undertakes to do the same? By the time you ask yourself these questions and figure out the answers (which would be a relatively easy task to do if you have followed the previous step) you would have developed a better perspective of the desired attitude and outlook of a potential applicant, which would obviously help you plan out a better strategy for the interview.

3. Strategize.

This is one of the most important aspects of the process of effectively preparing for an interview.  It is always wise to plan a strategy which would help you mould the questions thrown at you to your advantage.  For this it is extremely necessary to highlight your positive points in a convincing yet subtle manner. It is however of imminent importance to note here that the interviewer should not get an impression that you are trying to unnecessarily brag, so steer clear from spinning superman stories. Additionally, mention your qualifications in a manner that each one brings into light your capability in a specific field(s). Preparing and practicing the answers to a few anticipated questions is surely going to help and will also boost up your confidence levels. Once you walk into the room staying focused, calm and confident will successfully pave your way through the interview.

4. Dress to impress.

This colloquial phrase surely stands true here. A man’s first impression often lasts. So remember to dress up in a manner which is one step above how you would normally dress up.

5. Be a bit more inquisitive.

Preparing a few questions that you would want to ask the interviewer will surely help you as it       would give an impression that you are a person who moves in a circumspect manner and works according to certain ethics and scruples.  Additionally, sending a follow up letter to your interviewer will be the cherry on the cake!

We hope that this article will help you in effectively preparing for an interview and in putting an end to all those baseless nightmares!

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Class Central: Free Online Education

 

The digital age has brought along with it technological advancement in almost all fields of work and learning that exist in the global scenario. All these technological feats capitalize on the potential and the ambit of the space and time modulating system, popularly known as the internet, which has gradually become an inseparable part of millions of lives.

In this article, we will be interrogating the latest trend in online education, MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses).

What are MOOCs?

MOOCs are the latest and the most potent form of distance learning that envisage an interactive forum for  students, by creating an interactive community and enabling them to learn about any subject of their choice — such as Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Programming, Music,  Social Sciences, Math and Stats,  Business Management, Education & Teaching and Health & Medicine.

Originally, open licensing of content, structure and learning goals was the modicum operandi of the MOOCs, which provided for a more interactive forum for users and also promoted reuse of educational resources. However, a number of MOOCs use closed licensing for their course materials and learning methodologies, in order to capitalize on the exclusivity factor that creeps in.

Structure of MOOCs

Two major trends have been noticed in the functioning of MOOCs:

  • Learning and evaluation solely via online mode, wherein students watch lecture videos and participate in interactive sessions via net conferencing with students and teachers, wherein the students are evaluated mechanically through multiple choice questions test.
  • Flipped classes, wherein students are encouraged to watch videos of lectures online and clarify doubts and undertake tests in offline mode.

Evaluation in MOOCs is still an issue as it is difficult to detect cheating which hampers the accurate monitoring of a student’s progress in a course.

LANGUAGES IN WHICH MOOCs ARE AVAILABLE

More than 75% of the MOOCs use English as the mode of communication.  However, in 2013 non English MOOCs, primarily MOOCs in Spanish and French have taken a hike. Other languages that serve as the lingua franca for MOOCs include Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and German.

 The Providers

So far, Coursera remains the largest provider of MOOC, providing access to almost 55% of the MOOCs offered. Other major providers include edX, Udacity, FutureLearn, Open2Study, iVersity and likes.

CLASS CENTRAL: A MOOC Discovery Platform

Aggregator portals are websites that gather course listings through provider sites, social media, and tips from providers and users and make it available to users, enabling them to access the best MOOCs with the desired traits and methodologies, and also helping the students in making the right decisions regarding their choice of courses and their prospects. Class Central is one such aggregator that enables students to keep track of the various MOOCs available and figure out what to do next.  A number of courses are available with Class Central, most of them being introductory in nature.
All you need is an internet connection, and a zeal to learn! :)

Login to www.class-central.com to get started! For FREE!

 

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM SELIGER

Socio-political upheavals, economic disparity and environmental hazards are a clear indication of the fact that the present day, globalized world does not have much to boast in terms of prosperity and harmonious development. All these issues that the globalized world is subject to, pose a threat to the youth power and their potent talent and ideologies. What follows next, is the deincentivization of these young minds of their right to grow and materialize their talents and abilities in the right manner. Youth Forum Seliger is an educational forum that is held every year since 2008, with an aim to provide each dexterous and talented individual with a chance to harness their potential to the fullest and pave their way to success. The forum aims at bringing together individuals with a creative and innovative disposition, to forge an international community of young people who come from different ethnic and social backgrounds.

Where does seliger forum come in here?

Each year the Seliger Forum is held in the months of July-August, wherein 1000 young individuals brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, work collaboratively to facilitate collective, international benefit. During this time period these people are subject to open discussions which further cater for the exchange of ideas and cultural exchange and also strengthen social consciousness among young people internationally.

What are the main objectives of Seliger forum?

Through an engaging platform, the Seliger Forum looks forward to attaining the following objectives:

  • Empowering and engaging the global youth to be more enterprising and capable of applying their rational, physical and ideological faculties in a more productive and progressive manner.
  • Fostering cooperation among young people in social, economic and political life, providing them with real time opportunities to display their leadership and team building abilities.
  • Enabling young people to meet and interact with highly qualified specialists and examining trends and tendencies in global business, science, culture, mass media and NGO communities.
  • Providing a unique educational program with umpteen opportunities to promote the ideas of individuals and market them in an appropriate manner.
  • Providing comprehensive support along with an efficient network in Russia, which facilitates better business prospects in Russia.
  • Channelizing the creative energies of the individuals in an effective and effective manner.

 

What’s the catch?

In this section I would tell you why Seliger Forum is the place where you must aim at being. You must be wondering as to what is so unique about this forum which makes it such a coveted one. Well here’s the reason:

  • For starters, the organizers at Seliger Forum treat you as an individual and believe that you have ideas just as unique and as precious as your DNA code.
  • At Seliger, you are not stereotyped to fit a particular mould. On the contrary you get to mould your surroundings to suit your needs! This is to say that here you get to design your own work schedule based on your convenience.
  • At Seliger, it is a strong belief that judging a fish on its ability to climb a tree is the first step to creating a line of mechanized individuals with an inherently flawed understanding of the world.  Keeping this in mind, we have come up with a study plan that incorporates cutting edge training and insights delivered across an array of courses within four blocks:
  • Politics and International Relations.
  • Growth and sustainable development.
  • Innovation and enterprise.
  • Creative media and public relations.

With the above objectives in mind, the organizers of the Seliger Forum have created a platform where young minds will examine developing global trends, and work and learn together with a fantastic team to influence these mechanisms and emerge as global leaders.

So, here was our catch on the International Youth Forum Seliger, an event you should definitely lookout for (the dates and application forms for the 2014 edition are not out as of now). For more check out http://www.interseliger.com/

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CAREER AS A YOUTUBER

#YouTube and a You Tuber:

Technically, YouTube is a video sharing website created by three former PayPal employees (now owned by GOOGLE.INC) on which users can upload, watch and share videos.  However, being the curious person that you are, YouTube, if used effectively, can soon enough become your  personal playground, wherein you can learn and grow as an individual, get popularity as a You Tuber and of course pave the way for some(possibly loads!) of moolah coming your way!

Starting with the basics, let us first understand the entire concept of being a You Tuber and the dynamics of the YouTube community.

According to the urban dictionary, any person who has a knack for watching videos on YouTube or who uploads videos on YouTube through his/her YouTube account is by definition a You Tuber.

We believe that YouTube is the doorway to a free world of innovation and unabashed display of talent. YouTube puts forth an opportunity to gain popularity and the money that accompanies it (provided that you work in the right direction) with a simple click on the upload button! You do not have to be an amazing orator, professional vocalist or comedian to be able to exploit YouTube to its fullest! As long as you are passionate about something ( ANYTHING ranging from putting up a commendable act of Paso Doble to hunting down a dragon to washing your face using vinegar and baking soda) and are willing to share it with the world via YouTube; you are ready to go on your journey as a You Tuber!

#Getting Started:

Now that you have decided to be a You Tuber let’s start with creating a YouTube account.

Step 1: Head over to the sign up page at www.youtube.com/create_account , and fill up the required fields (email address, username, location, password e.t.c.) Only your username and date of account creation will be displayed.

Step 2: Log in to your email account; look up the Email sent by YouTube and click on the link given below to activate your account.

Step 3: Build a YouTube channel: A YouTube channel enables you to successfully customize your account, add keywords that make your videos easier to find. You can do so by working up the advanced settings of your account’s channel settings.

So now that you have your YouTube account, you are supposed to proceed in a circumspect manner, i.e. you need to get a fair idea of how the YouTube community works. You must have seen the wide variety of videos that You Tubers upload, and the responses that they generate; be it in the form of likes or dislikes or comments. People search for videos using keywords; hence a title that is directly related to the video that you are uploading and at the same time is catchy enough to come into immediate notice is what is required.

There are a number of software that are available for video making e.g. Windows Movie Maker & Windows Live Movie Maker, iMovie, Sony Vegas & Sony Vegas Movie (for those with a strict business eye). To upload a video, view the top of the YouTube page and click on “upload” to select the video and begin the uploading process.  .

Your effective interpersonal and communication skills are going to be very handy if you want your YouTube video to go viral (I KNOW YOU DO). Just be confident in your own skin and about the work that you do. Most importantly, keep hesitation behind the couch before you get to shooting a video or making one!

How to make a great video:

In order to make a great video you need to firstly decide on the topic of your video. Remember to keep it short, crisp and interesting. You could use your own idiosyncratic antics in order to make the plot proceed in a vivacious manner.

 

HOW TO MAKE MONEY USING YOUTUBE

I am quite certain that most of you were looking forward to this section, and that some of you might have simply skipped all the other sections to get to this.

  • Become a you tube partner : This involves forging a direct partnership with YouTube and effectively splitting money that is made off of advertisements that feature to the right of your YouTube video or play before the commencement of your  video. In order to become a YouTube partner, you need to enable at least one video for advertising.

 

  • Effectively promote merchandise and layoff the middle man: Most people would like to directly monetize their videos once they go viral. However, just to be on the safer side, it is a lot more beneficial to display your video content for free and promote the other advertisements and merchandise that feature alongside your video for which you will get paid. In case you do not have any product to promote, look for someone who wants his products promoted and cut in on his revenue. Additionally, once you have built up a decent target audience, advertisers would like to promote their products through your video page. This is where you need to cut the middle man, as the number of people involved is inversely proportional to the share of moolah that goes to each individual.

You must link an AdSense account to your YouTube account in order to receive payments from these advertisements.

 

  • Ethical Hoarding: This is a strategy that you definitely must learn. Display part of your content for free, so that it lures the audience towards your videos. However, the flip side of this strategy is that you will be monetizing the best of your videos. Hence, your free content will target the audience, and your monetized content will target the audience and the money!

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Tips for Law graduates seeking Opportuntites!

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If you’ve recently graduated from law school, you’re probably on the lookout for ways to find opportunities so that you can get ahead, and make the most out of your degree in law. Though you may have had an extensive training in law school, one of the things that was probably not taught to you, was how to seek out opportunities.

Never mind however, as there in fact are some proven strategies you can put into action in order to seek out opportunities effectively, and make the most out of any you find.

Have an Outstanding CV

Before you do anything, it is key that you make sure your CV is up to par. After all, there is no point in identifying an opportunity with a law firm, only to send them your CV and not have it portray you in a fashion that is true to your actual experience and skill set. Do all that you can to detail all the work experience you have, as well as any other useful information that could give you the edge over other applicants.

Use All Avenues

When it comes to seeking out opportunities, it is important that you work all angles. For example, you might just be looking at the traditional job boards in order to learn of anything that might be available. However, it could also be a good idea to consider professional social networks such as LinkedIn. You’ll find that these less crowded avenues could bring some opportunities you might not have otherwise have been privy to.

Show Them, Don’t Tell Them

It may very well be the case that you’re great when working in a team and that you show initiative in situations that require it. The issue however, is that there are hundreds of other law students saying the exact same thing. The best way to separate yourself out from the noise therefore, is to show them that you are as you say you are. Consider partaking in activities that would demand the skills you’ve listed.

Apply for Vacations Schemes/Open Days

You’ll often find that some law firms offer placements during some of the popular vacation breaks. Take the time to research law firms (such as Pinnington Law, Linklaters and Eversheds in the UK) who might be running some sort of vacation scheme. If you make a good impression during a vacation scheme, you may find that you’ll have an advantage when the firm is looking to recruit. Also take the time to research firms offering opening days, as this could be another way to get your foot in the door.

Be Consistent and Persistent

A lot of competition exists in the world of graduates seeking opportunities with law firms. You’ll therefore need to make sure that you don’t let yourself get too downtrodden, especially if you’ve been applying, but have had little to no success. It is key to maintain a positive attitude and stick at it, pursuing all of the opportunities you see, maintaining momentum even if you have had no success so far.

Successful Law Graduate?

Life as a law graduate can be tough. Though opportunities are in existence, it’s often the case that the competition for them is fierce, as many people are gunning for the same position. Yet by doing what you can to stand out and remaining consistent in your approach, you’ll be that much closer to seeking out the right opportunity for you, and capitalizing on the ones that you do find.

 Guest Post (Author Bio)

This article was written by George Campbell, a freelance writer from Birmingham, England. George has four years’ experience teaching and he regularly writes about education but he is versatile and also writes across a variety of other topics. You can connect with George on Google+ and find him on Twitter.

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