Computer literacy is so important in the workplace, for everyone from the lowest employee to the highest employer.
Modern businesses rely heavily on computerized technology to efficiently complete vast amounts of tasks. Having decent computer skills means that you can perform the tasks that competing candidates may not be able to. This knowledge can result in you getting hired over your competitors. Universities acknowledge the importance of computer skills and some institutions require their students to complete a basic computer literacy course in their first year of study. To ensure we that we are on the same page, let’s tackle this question first:
What Is Computer Literacy?
Importance Of Computer Skills
There always comes a feeling of fulfilment whenever we solve problems. That is what happens when we are proficient in using our computer. Your ability to use a variety of computer programs is an important skill to put on your CV and in a future career. Not only does computer literacy help in applying for jobs, but it may also increase your salary as you are able to take on more responsibilities. As you take on these additional responsibilities, it can lead to a promotion within your company, leading you to more exciting, challenging, and rewarding work. Certain computer programs also help you organize your thoughts, helping you to perform tasks more efficiently.
Another very important skill that employers look for is communication. Knowledge of how to access and use the internet opens up a variety of possibilities to communicate with both your coworkers and people in supervisory positions. Instant messaging, email, and social media are all computer-based ways to communicate with people instantly.
Knowledge of correct email-etiquette and when it is appropriate to communicate via social media are invaluable “soft” skills that employers look for. Computer-based communication can even be in the form of multimedia where you can compile your different thoughts and ideas into slideshow presentations and videos. Effective communication is directly related to your computer skills.
Things You Should Know About Computer System
Having a detailed knowledge of computer programs is important, but which computer programs are the most important?
1. Microsoft Word (or its equivalent) is how all text documents are put together.
2. Microsoft Excel: Unlike Word, Excel has very few equivalent programs that operate at the same level. Excel is used to compile large amounts of data into organized spreadsheets. It can even apply a large number of mathematical equations to the data you plug in. Excel is used in a very wide range of careers and industries. Being literate in Excel will be an advantage to you in almost any career.
3. The next basic computer program that you should be literate in is Microsoft PowerPoint. This is one of the best multimedia tools for effective visual communication. PowerPoint helps you put together slideshow presentations to present your ideas in a very visual and concise manner.
There are thousands of other important computer programs, but the three mentioned here are the important basics.
As an undergraduate student, you need to acquire some knowledge in the aforementioned programs to be able to be a top-notch worker.
Having no knowledge about basic computer programs and communication is a great disadvantage to every job seeker. I would advise every student to be adequately equipped before facing the labour market.