Computer skills that will help you get hired
Obviously, you’ll need a wider and deeper range of skills if you’re applying for an IT position than something involving general office work. As a minimum most employers are looking for:
● Good word-processing skills
● Basic use of spreadsheet applications and being able to perform simple functions
● Effective email communication in the workplace
● Being able to use PowerPoint
● Understanding computer file storage to find documents
Web and social media skills
Handling graphics, being able to use accounting software and perhaps basic coding are useful skills for your CV or resume too.
Benefits of computer literacy for students
Most students are digital natives: you’ve grown up with the technology, and use a smartphone to check facts, organise your social life, pay for shopping and browse the internet. So there’s no excuse for not having at least some basic computer literacy.
Do you know how to make a PowerPoint presentation on a computer? You’re likely to have to do this at some point during your course: having the basic skills will save a lot of pain, and be useful when job hunting.
Excellent skills in Word or Google Docs will mean you can turn in assignments which read and look professional, including citations and footnotes as required. And while arts students might not need to learn Excel – it's pretty much a requirement for economics, business students and scientists – it can be an incredibly useful way of storing research or managing your budget.