The Importance of Becoming Computer-Savvy in the Modern Workplace

The Importance of Becoming Computer-Savvy in the Modern Workplace

The great news released last week that the unemployment rate in the UK fell by 50,000 in the third quarter of this year was welcomed across the nation. However, for those who are still searching for work, there is still one essential skill which potential employers are consistently looking for in potential employees, a skill which is increasing in importance every day, two words – Computer Skills.

The value of being I.T literate has altered the workplace over the last 30 years. This has developed to the point where a basic grasp of spread sheets and office software is now essential if you wish to be taken seriously by potential employers. But how can you improve your I.T skills if you feel as though you are falling behind in the technology-driven modern world?

Here are KennedyPearce’s top tips to becoming Computer Savvy:

The value of evening courses

Attending evening classes to improve your general computer skills could see you improve immeasurably over a relatively short period of time. Even if you are a complete novice, within months you could develop from just using the internet for checking emails and reading incredibly interesting blog posts  to becoming a master in Excel spreadsheets. LearnDirect offers a variety of computer courses from basic Computer Literacy to building a database! In many instances because of Government funding these LearnDirect courses are free.

Focus on your speed

There is a world of difference between somebody who takes ten minutes to type one sentence and someone who can navigate their way around a keyboard with minimum fuss and genuine speed. If you can reach a standard of approximately 100 wpm then employers will be more drawn to you as there is likely to be a direct correlation between your typing speed and your level of productivity. Sense-Lang.org offers free touch typing exercises which show you which fingers you should be using for each row of letters and breaks down the lessons into manageable chunks. Spending just ten minutes on this site a day will make a massive difference to your type speed.

 

Go the extra mile

For anybody who feels they are more of an ‘intermediate’ than a ‘novice’, it may be a good idea to explore and add some new software strings to your bow. For example, familiarising yourself with Dreamweaver or the basic workings of a Content Management System (CMS) is the type of thing that could give you a significant edge on your contemporaries during the interview process. There are many online tutorials and guides to help you and if you’re more of a visual learner you can absorb yourself in the many computer training YouTube videos by channels like  6DeepKey9 which focuses on Dreamweaver, HTML and the Adobe design suite.

So although the web may seem intimidating; with new softwares and updates coming out on regular bases it may seem like you are drowning in an overload of techno-babble but the cure, ironically, can be found on the internet. There is a wealth of information out there just waiting to be clicked on and having a greater understanding and becoming more computer savvy will help impress employers when applying for a job.

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