Gone are the days of unskilled labor, jobs that were purely manual with no technical skills required. Every job, whether in the arts, in construction, or in the office, has been altered by the rapid appearance of new technology designed to enhance productivity. Deftly using a wide range of technology is integrated into almost every job in today’s world.
If you don’t have proficiency in, or even the confidence to learn new technologies, you are limiting your job prospects. With the advent of new technologies, comes a wide range of available help in learning those technologies. Technical institutes offer classes in both the traditional setting and online. In addition to colleges, there are many other options available for learning new skills. Friends, family, mentors, and programs specifically targeting technology skills in the workplace are all sources.
Improving Technical Skills For Your Job
If you have limited resources, the wisest course of action is to invest in the technology itself and seek out inexpensive methods of learning. Owning and using a computer or other piece of technology is the best way to insure proficiency of use. Most businesses run on a Windows platform, so choose a computer using this operating system. Start with learning simple tasks, basic troubleshooting, and efficient Internet use. Beginning courses are available through local libraries and adult continuing education courses offered through a community college.
After mastering the basics, move on to learning office productivity software. Word processing, spreadsheets, and databases needn’t be looked at with fear. Online training tutorials are plentiful and can be learned conveniently at home in your extra time. Courses are offered in the same venues that basic computer skills classes are. If you find yourself really interested in productivity software, advanced classes can lead to certification in the software, giving you a real edge in the job marketplace.
One trick to retaining what you learn is continued practice. Start using word processing for all of your writing. Write letters, copy recipes, and practice! Use spreadsheets to manage the household budget. The more you utilize the software, the more proficient you’ll become.
Have you noticed how many job applications now mention specific technologies or software? Employers are seeking people who have a comfort level with technology that allows them to be flexible in learning new programs and equipment use.
If you have been afraid to learn new technologies, the best course of action is to dive right in and start taking classes. Get free brochures from as many technical institutes as possible and explore your technical learning options. Remember, the more you learn, the more comfortable you will become with technology, and soon you’ll find yourself exploring the latest technology offerings just for fun.