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One week computing challenge

Not sure on what to do between now and starting university? Don’t fret, we’ve put together a plan to help you stay up to date and prepared for university. Why not fill your time by going through our resource round up and get inspired in just one week.

Computing Then and Now Primary

Day one

Start your week by following some of the industry giants and key words on social media. Follow companies such as Cisco and Microsoft to stay ahead of the latest developments and be part of the conversation online.

Day two

Grow your confidence and your skills with Microsoft Learn. Take some time to browse and choose from the wide range of topics across computing. You’ll also find comprehensive documentation for developers, IT administrators through tutorials and code examples.

Microsoft Learn is free and aims to help you become proficient on Microsoft technologies with fun, guided, hands-on, interactive content that's specific to your role and goals. You will find role based training and learning paths for a range of careers.

Day three

Take a listen to a podcast, try UI Breakfast or The Cloudcast. Find one that interests you.

With one quick search you’ll be able to find the right podcast for you. Whether you’re interested in interviews with some of the biggest industry juggernauts or an analysis of something more technical use Apple podcasts or Spotify to find the right one for you.

Day four

Sharpen your skills with Google Digital Garage. Discover a range of free learning content created by Google and cover a variety of topics. You can choose to learn by selecting individual modules or take the entire course end to end. Some modules can be completed in less than an hour, and some courses will provide you with a certificate which you can pop on your CV and use to help you update your task on day 5.

Day five

Spend some time updating your LinkedIn profile.

You’ve probably heard of the importance of networking, especially when you’re new in the industry. Luckily LinkedIn makes networking easy. Taking a few moments to work on your profile will help you to become more visible and build contacts. Connect with your peers and be one of the first to find out about new opportunities. 

Day six

Amazon is not only for boxsets and free deliveries, they also provide e-learning courses. As well as e-Learning resources you’ll also find a range of videos to help you stay up to date. All are categorised by skill level and language.

Day seven

To end your week find your perfect audiobook. Audible is offering a 30 day free trial so why not make the most of this by finding an autobiography of someone whose career you admire, or perhaps something more technical.

Well done, you’ve completed the round up! Bookmark this blogpost for when you require some inspiration and want to be productive in a short amount of time.

We hope you found this useful in preparing to study for a career in computing. Keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook to ask us any questions you might have, or share your challenge success.

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