As a new school year is upon us, it’s time to think about ways to help students be successful as they move towards finishing their degree and heading out into the workforce. Digital transformation (DX) is a huge buzzword in the industry as companies move towards digital, aim for smart and connected, and add value to their business with new strategies and resources. So, why shouldn’t students aim to add value to their education by striving to be part of the DX movement? Many students and their institutions actually are, through industry and academe working together, they are finding common connections and drawing from DX value and insight.
The increasingly digitized workforce calls for skills and methods that meet demand in a constantly changing consumer-driven society. The products, processes, and people behind industries are changing, which means the way the workers who will eventually fill those roles need to be trained differently than the last.
Students should learn how to use the same software as industry leaders, build skills, and form a solid foundation to fit this vision of the new workforce. Knowledge and skills are transferrable when the resources are accessible to students, which is exactly why PTC Academic offers student PTC software for free (yes, really, it’s free). Even beyond the free offerings, students have the option to purchase the premium version of PTC software—either way, students have the ability to use PTC software easily in a comfortable environment where they can gain confidence.
The balance found in DX by industries making the shift doesn’t happen overnight and the same goes for students who are moving from studying and learning skills in college to entering the workforce. It’s a transition, and one that requires balance, focus, and perspective.
So, how does a student who wants to use software that is part of DX also balance everything that comes with being a college student? Here are 10 ways students can prepare for the school year that will improve their routine and help them succeed in and out of the classroom:
The beginning of the school year can always be a little overwhelming as students get used to the workflow again. The daily schedule gets busier and tasks and homework start to pile up. Needless to say, organization is key and a game-changer to stay on top of things.
One way to stay organized is by using different phone or web apps. Here are some suggestions to help students:
Tick Tick – to-do and task management app
Google Calendar: Time Planner – get organized on the go
Evernote – input typed notes, add to-do’s, photos, web search etc.
Students should look for new opportunities to expand existing or new skills. Focusing on things that they’re passionate about will help students work towards becoming subject matter experts in that field.
Students can build skills in computer-aided design (CAD) in CAD programs by taking advantage of industry-leading software in the classroom (with PTC Academic, PTC’s Creo is FREE for students!).
One of the biggest mistakes that students make is keeping their phone close to them while studying or doing homework. Every notification that students receive keeps students distracted and off course of what is really important in that moment.
Taking a break from a smartphone while studying increases student’s overall attention and gives students a better understating of the materials. Here’s an app students can download to get rewards for staying focused!
Students should try giving concentration to one task at a time. Every student has his or her struggles with multiple tasks and due dates, but the best way to be the most productive is to focus on a singular item on their to-do list. Students who stop multitasking the next time they work on a project or do their homework and will find that they can achieve results in less time.
Students should challenge themselves and do more than what they’re already assigned. They can take it one step further and enroll in classes or courses that are not their normal cup of tea.
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that students might interact with daily (think, snapchat filters and Pokémon GO), but don’t fully understand. As it is growing more and more popular every day, industries are searching for individuals with AR skills to fill positions. Who knows, students might discover a new passion while trying this popular technology!
Our lifestyle directly impacts our performance in any activity that we engage in. As students, it is vital not to bypass basic needs. They should try to reach eight hours of sleep per night, so they have enough energy the next day to pay attention in class and complete all the goals they’ve set for that day.
Exercising, staying hydrated, and having a balanced diet also improves overall well being. See which apps can help sustain this balanced lifestyle, here.
We’ve all been in this situation at one point where we did not fully understand a course lecture. An easy way to solve this is to ask questions, which should be a natural part of a learning environment. Students shouldn’t be afraid to ask for an extra explanation to understand new material. Chances are that some of classmates might have the same questions as they do. It’s also the perfect way to stay engaged in class.
PTC Academic offers resources, like the PTC Academic Support Community for students to ask any questions while using PTC software. This forum is filled with other students in addition to industry professionals who share their questions, answers and experiences with PTC software.
Students should dedicate some time to activities outside the school curriculum to stay motivated throughout the year. Enroll in volunteering projects, fundraising, or join student groups and competitions. Keep things in perspective and look for opportunities to do something fun and meaningful.
PTC Academic gives students the opportunity to use their passion outside of the classroom while also applying skills with PTC Academic sponsored student competitions.
Maintaining a consistent level of concentration and drive is not always easy. Set goals to develop a sense of purpose and in time, students will start seeing the bigger picture of their academic pursuit. Once students acknowledge their goals, they can try to think of the steps they have to take to achieve them. They don’t have to get overwhelmed by how complicated it might seem. Focusing on achieving one step at a time will help them get closer to their goals.
Students can explore different fields and industries. For example, here are 10 industries to apply Creo skills and five fields students should consider if they want a career in augmented reality.
At the end of the day, students need to reward themselves with some time off to avoid burnout. Enjoying the little things shouldn’t be a hassle. Everyone has their own way to relax, which might mean catching up on a TV show, meeting with friends, searching for new music, splurging with a little retail therapy, or just enjoying some quiet time with a new book.