Published on March 26th, 2017 | by James Simpson0
Tech Skills Are Essential. Start Honing Them!
These days, every business on earth is dependent on a range of different technologies. Due to this, it’s essential for every professional to have a certain set of technical skills if they want to remain competitive in the modern job market. Strong technical skills will further your career opportunities, help you get more bang for your buck when purchasing software, and may even increase your income. If you know you’re not as tech-savvy as you want to be, here are some great ways to hone your tech skills…
Embrace New Software
The best way to learn a skill, any skill, is by doing it. General proficiency with any piece of software will improve if you broaden your experience, and one of the most effective ways to do this will be using a range of different programs, both online and offline. Whether it’s directly linked to your work or otherwise, getting out of your comfort zone and trying your hand at new technology will always help to make you more tech-savvy, so get started! A lot of software with commercial applications can be tried through free trials, so getting experienced doesn’t have to cost you a penny!
Read Online Tutorials
A few decades ago, if you wanted to improve your skills with technology on your own steam, you either had to attend classes, or spend hours in a local library pouring over textbooks. Today, all you need to do is open your choice of device and type something into a search bar. The internet is bursting with easy step-by-step tutorials on a range of technological functions, from routine data-entry things like using macros in Microsoft Excel all the way up to coding for complex, interactive website features. While online tutorials are much more accessible and cost-effective than any book you’ll be able to pick up, they’re not without their disadvantages. The main drawback is that they’re typically not edited by professionals, and a lot of the blogs and online magazines you’ll find them on have a low bar in terms of what they’ll publish. Having said that, it doesn’t take much experience to begin distinguishing the ones that have real value from ones that you should really ignore.
If you’re good with group learning, then taking a class could be the perfect way for you hone whatever technology skills you feel you’re lacking. This doesn’t necessarily mean dropping everything else and going back to college – sometimes a single workshop or week-long crash course can be enough to make the changes you’re going for. One of the biggest advantages of learning in a classroom environment is having an opportunity to interact with an experienced teacher. Educators with enough experience will be able to make important distinctions that you simply can’t get through books or online tutorials. If you really want a degree that you don’t possess, then consider distance learning instead. This will allow you to obtain qualifications that will make you very attractive to employers, and flex your learning around other responsibilities.