Technology has changed the face of the corporate world. The most ordinary of office jobs are now performed using computers, making it imperative for professionals from the highest rung of the corporate ladder to the lowest to have basic to advanced IT skills.
Being computer illiterate can be a huge handicap in the job market. When the competition for jobs is already intense, leaving gaps in your resume on account of your inability to efficiently use the computer can cost you dear!
Not just professionals, but even college and school students are required to complete a fair amount of their coursework using computers. They need to havea more than working knowledge of computer applications to complete tasks that range from typing out project reports to preparing class presentations.
And what about home makers and stay at home parents who are in charge of monthly budgets, bill payments, tax calculations, and helping the kids with their homework? Can they survive without knowing how to work a computer?
It’s quite clear that computer skills are not just necessary career skills, but important life skills that people use for performing a multitude of tasks.
And what are the trademark computer skills that nobody, but nobody can do without? If you don’t know the answer, it’s the proficiency to use the different applications that are part of the Microsoft Office suite. For the uninitiated, the MS Office suite comprises the following applications:
MS Word: A robust word processing program for writing papers, filing reports, etc.
MS Excel: A spreadsheet program used for organizing, formatting and calculating data.
MS PowerPoint: A program that allows users to create visually rich slideshows and presentations.
MS Access: A relational database management system.
MS Outlook: An email client that allows you to view, organize, and respond to emails.
Chances are that for most office, school or home-related tasks, you need to have basic to advanced level…