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Why You Need Great Computer Skills in a Digital Economy

In an increasingly digital world, the knowledge and skills you need to navigate it are increasingly in demand. Whether you know how to create and maintain spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel or are a whiz in Word and PowerPoint, great computer skills could be a differentiator on your job hunt and far into your career.


Know the Basics

If you want success in a technological world you need to know technology. Become familiar with some basics about how computers operate and the kinds of programs you’ll find on them. Most companies at least use the Microsoft Office Suite. But others will have software specific to their industry and even an individual company. If you understand how to use some of these from day one, it will alleviate the stress of starting a new job while also letting your peers and supervisors know you’re competent for the position—and confident!


Impress With Your In-Depth Knowledge

In program suites like Microsoft Office, there are a number of shortcuts, tricks, and hacks that will make you a more efficient and effective employee. Just think about it. If a tool lets you do a job really well and in half the time, who wouldn’t be impressed? You can be the go-to resource for your coworkers. Your boss may even come to you for program-specific advice. And with all the time you’re saving, you could take on additional responsibilities. When it comes time for promotions and raises, all that hard work and knowledge will be noticed and you might be in a better position to advance.


Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills

We live in a fast-paced and interconnected world, where ideas are exchanged fast and frequently. The need to evolve is constant. Computer skills will keep you in the game. Whether you work on a computer or just know the ins and outs of social media, the more connected you are, the more you can learn. Wouldn’t it be great to be the only one in the whole office who knows how to find someone online? Or locate documents on a remote server?


IT Is a HUGE Industry

Computer skills don’t need to lead to a career in IT. But if they do, you would be part of a multi-trillion dollar industry with lots of areas of growth and opportunity. Whether you choose to start a new career in information technology or advance the one you already have, great computer skills are a great asset.


If you want to learn more about how you can gain the technical skills needed to compete in the digital economy, look no further than Charter College. Charter College offers various programs in Information Technology at different degree levels that are taught by industry experts and working professionals who can help prepare you for the workplace. We also have programs where computer skills are important to your success in fields like business and healthcare. Request more information about our areas of study and learn how technology could help shape your future.