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The Working Student's Guide to Using Digital Tools

The Working Student's Guide to Using Digital Tools

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Find the balance between work and studies with essential digital tools

Being a working student is challenging, but there are digital tools that can help. Thanks to the internet, you can find your dream job, upskill, get ahead in your studies, enhance productivity, and organize your life. Yes, you can make that all happen online. Learn more about the different platforms and apps you can use to achieve your school and career goals.

Job Hunting Platforms for Working Students

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Keep your resume updated to attract recruiters.

Gone are the days when a job seeker's only option is to go from office to office, dropping off a resume. Now, you can browse thousands of listings online and apply for openings in a few clicks. There are numerous platforms to explore, but these are some of your most reliable options.

  • LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is an all-in-one social platform for job searching and professional networking. You can show off your work and educational background, market your skills, and contact recruiters. You can even use unique features like Interview Prep to sharpen your interviewing know-how.


    It shows job listings with helpful details like location, hours (part-time or full-time), work set-up (on-site, hybrid, or remote), and experience level. So, if you're looking for work-from-home jobs for students, you can quickly bookmark suitable options and filter out the rest.


  • JobStreet

    JobStreet is one of the Philippines' leading online job portals, meeting the unique needs of Filipino job seekers nationwide. You can view job listings, build your resume, set job alerts, read company reviews for potential employers, and track the progress of your application.


  • Upwork

    Upwork is a haven for freelancers. The listings focus on remote services, like writing, design, and virtual assistance. So, if you're seeking strictly online work for students, give it a shot. The platform is free to join wherever you are in the world. It also has a feedback system where clients and "talent" can leave each other reviews, bolstering their chances for more partnerships.

Online Learning Resources for Busy Students

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YouTube Premium offers a lower rate for students, so use it while you can.

The more you learn, the more you grow. Thankfully, you don't have to rely solely on textbooks or on-the-job training to get smarter and gain new skills. The internet is your 24/7 knowledge bank, so maximize it. Check out these resources.

  • YouTube

    You can figure anything out through YouTube. You'll find comprehensive tutorials for subjects like math, science, and history. They're a godsend when you're struggling to grasp concepts in class. There are crash courses on everything from programming to architecture and design, so you can explore new fields. Hey, it may even set you on a new career path.


    The video-sharing platform is free for all users, but a Premium membership allows for ad-free viewing. Verified students get a discounted rate (only ₱95/month), so it's worth considering as an investment in your learning journey.


  • Skillshare

    Skillshare specializes in online learning. It offers thousands of practical and creative classes that help you improve essential skills like writing, public speaking, and entrepreneurship. You can learn from industry experts, experienced professionals, and passionate instructors. There are courses for beginners and pros alike, ensuring that you can do them at your own pace.


  • Khan Academy

    Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides accessible educational tools for students at any level, including college undergrads. Their 100% free online platform has interactive exercises, progress tracking, and more, covering a wide range of subjects. They even have a "Life Skills" category with modules on financial literacy, college admissions, and careers, which can help prepare you for life after school.


  • Duolingo

    Duolingo proudly calls itself "the world's best way to learn a language," motivating users to stay on track by gamifying the process. The platform offers lessons for over 40 languages with engaging exercises that allow users to practice speaking, writing, and reading daily. If you want to study and work abroad, you can start training to be multilingual now.

Essential Tools for Tasks and Communication

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Calendars and to-do lists help you visualize your workload, making them feel less overwhelming.

Organization is the key to thriving (not just surviving!) at work and school. Do your best to keep track of tasks, update calendars, and manage your time. Beyond that, you should also communicate with collaborators (supervisors, groupmates) to ensure you're always on the same page. These tools can help you stay on top of everything during busy days.

  • Google Workspace

    Google Workspace is home to most of the tech company's core productivity apps. It hosts emails with Gmail, provides cloud storage with Drive, supports video calls with Meet, and enables seamless daily planning with Calendar.


    You can write school papers with Docs, process data with Sheets, and whip up professional-looking presentations with Slides. All three are also big on real-time collaboration, so you can work on shared tasks without a hitch. Pull up the Chat feature for even more efficient coordination.


  • Notes

    Apple's Notes app offers several features to help you manage your busy schedules. It helps you keep your notes organized and syncs them across your devices. You can also share notes for group projects, add photos or sketches, and even set reminders. Plus, you can scan documents and make voice memos, making it really handy for both school and work tasks.


    The launch of the iOS 17 alongside the new iPhone series makes the app even better by allowing you to link one note to another as well as insert a PDF file.


  • Viber

    Messaging apps like Viber allow you to keep in touch with clients and employers wherever they are. It's free to use and uncomplicated to navigate. You can exchange photos, videos, and voice memos, hop into calls, and coordinate with big groups. The app is also compatible with most devices, letting you communicate via phone, tablet, or home computer.


  • Toggl Track

    Toggl Track is a tool that accurately tracks how much time you spend on projects. It's a popular software in larger workforces, but individuals can use it, too. Apart from time-tracking, it can also break your tasks down into chunks and determine how much you should charge for your services. It can be incredibly helpful for those who need help figuring out where their time goes.


Of course, working students need a reliable internet connection to access these helpful digital tools. Get high-speed Prepaid fiber internet for as low as ₱299 for 7 days so you can work, study, and play without missing a beat. And when you’re on the go, stay connected with Globe’s Prepaid promos and Postpaid plans.

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