IT Skills

Information Technology Skills

From shopping online to sharing pictures instantly with family and friends, there is a use for information technology in almost everything we do.  In the past, this required access to (and knowledge of how to operate) a computer.  These days, with the availability of portable devices like smartphones and tablets, we can do these things and much, much more even when we are on the move.

desktopThere is a use for IT in almost every workplace and employers now expect that you have at least basic knowledge and IT skills.  In fact, more and more employers take it for granted that you have these and only advertise new vacancies online.

Some jobs expect you to be have skills in using advanced forms of technology.  This might mean knowing how to write code using a specific computing language, or having the ability to use a particular package.  For most other jobs, having the skills to do the following gives you an advantage:

  • work your way around a computer using an operating system (e.g. Windows)
  • create documents using a word processing package
  • use a search engine to browse the internet safely
  • send and receive e-mail
  • use and understand spreadsheets
  • use databases
  • file storage (including saving, sharing and retrieving files)

While things are changing, it is still most likely that employers will expect you to be able to use a traditional computer and its associated hardware (mouse, keyboard, monitor, printer etc.) rather than a smartphone or tablet.  They will also expect you to be able to use particular IT packages (such as Microsoft Office) rather than an assortment of apps.

This presents a challenge for some people because at home they only use smartphones and tablets.  The more you use computers and their packages to complete your school coursework, however, the better your IT skills will become.

Courses whose Top Three Skills include IT Skills

Administration and IT, Business Management, Computing, Graphic Communication, Photography.