March 2, 2022
It’s more important than ever to both accept and prepare students for the reality of remote work becoming mainstream.
We rely on our school system to prepare the next generation of workers to function within the job market they are entering. In recent years, this responsibility has become quite the challenge for our school system, as curricula have had to rapidly change to keep pace with an exponential increase in our world’s reliance on technology. In what is effectively becoming the next industrial revolution, how can we ensure that modern students graduate equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in an evolving job market?
We need to introduce the use of cutting-edge technology and software to the classroom in a way that engages and leaves lasting impressions on students. Implementing tools that are being used by modern businesses is the perfect way to start.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the transition to remote work has considerably quickened its pace. In many cases, the change has benefitted both company and worker, reducing costs that would otherwise have been spent on office spaces and commuting. Plus, it has made it much easier for people from all over the world to collaborate together on projects. Since Mastery Coding went remote, we’ve been able to greatly expand from what was once a California business, making our company a country-wide effort that takes into account the specific needs of each state. Our team now has members from California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, Ohio, and more!
After switching to working remotely, it’s hard to imagine switching back, and a whole slurry of other companies have very similar sentiments. It’s more important than ever to both accept and prepare for the reality of remote-work becoming mainstream. Having students become fluent in using online software, communicating via computers, and adjusting to remaining productive in this modern approach to working is a necessity moving forward. Having students participate in Pathway Esports gives them a massive head start with this initiative.
“On top of the inherent skills picked up by working with video games, our programs facilitate targeted opportunities for students that will multiply those skills and even add new ones.”
An influx of remote work comes hand-in-hand with an increase in the importance of technical literacy. Though many young people already are excelling at using tools like tablets and smartphones, many still feel uncomfortable navigating computers, file systems, and even the internet!
The way video games like those in Pathway Esports teach students to use computers is often overlooked and underrated. Students that work with computers to install games, interact with hardware, add skins and modifications to their game files, etc. gain skills that will make their future job hunts much more efficient and successful. Pathway Esports, however, takes this a step further. On top of the inherent skills picked up by working with video games, our programs facilitate targeted opportunities for students that will multiply those skills and even add new ones. Our courses teach students about working with platforms like Twitch and YouTube, recording gameplay with industry-preferred programs, using the internet as a tool for strategy investigation, and more! Starting an academic esports team with the help of Pathway Esports accelerates a students’ fluency in computer literacy.
“Ensure that students communicate kindly and that every student, regardless of background, skill, or identity, feels welcome and encouraged to participate...”
Furthermore, Pathway Esports instructors aid students in setting up a moderated online communication channel for each team, which teaches students how to effectively communicate online and instills the principles of digital citizenship and cyber safety. Many remote work companies rely on communication programs like Slack and Discord, which makes building this skill incredibly important for all future careers. Plus, our programs take special care to moderate these chats, which ensures students work on building communication skills in a safe and non-toxic environment. Instead of speaking on channels without proper guidance, our trained instructors ensure that students communicate kindly and that every student, regardless of background, skill, or identity, feels welcome and encouraged to participate.
Prepare your students for a post-pandemic remote office world.
Olivia has background in behavioral ecology and data analysis. She develops and implements SEO, CRO, social media strategy, and authors multi-disciplinary content for our blog, & our social media sites. She's contributed to many of the STEM tie-ins within our curriculum, authored our SEL course, and is a specialist in neurodiverse learning strategies.