Times have been and will continue to be tough amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and this is forcing folks in every walk of life to adapt to our changing circumstances. For some, this may come in the form of critical revaluation of the way they live their lives and then act to reposition themselves in society for the better.
The University of Central Florida (UCF), has recently developed new programs and certifications in fields of study that deal, respectively, with the varying repercussions of the current pandemic. The university plans to add, in total, 11 new graduate certifications and academic pathways in response to COVID-19. This includes new tracks in the high-demand medical and engineering fields, and in cybersecurity where new threats have emerged since more people are working and shopping from home now. A new financial certificate will prepare students for delivering those services online, instead of in person. Other certification is being offered in data analytics and modeling, as well as conflict resolution training for social workers and law enforcement personnel.
As UCF College of Business Dean Paul Jarley put it in a recent report, “As is true in most recessions, it’s a good time for people to reinvent themselves.” And to expand this point, there has NEVER been a better time in recent years to pursue opportunities for self-adaptation and personal improvement. In its creation of these new programs, UCF has, itself, led the way on this encouraging philosophy and is encouraging others to adopt the same positive mindset. Showing agility in responding to a changing marketplace is a good lesson for all of us!
See you on the cyber trail,