Computer Skills for College and the Workplace

November 18, 2016

Computer skills are crucial to your success at college and the workplace. During college, professors require that students conduct research for assignments, write papers and conduct presentations in class. At the workplace, employees communicate online, write reports, create graphs, manage projects, and maintain databases.

These computer applications and skills can help you get a job:

  • Email programs. For communication, creating meetings and organizing tasks.
  • Word processing. Helps you create text documents such as reports, letters, or résumés. You can use spell check, insert graphics, and format the text. 
  • Spreadsheets. Use formulas to make calculations, create tables and graphs.
  • Presentation software. Helps you create powerful presentations. 
  • Database programs. You can create quick and easy database systems to store and manipulate data. 
  • Desktop publishing. Create nicely formatted documents, brochures, posters, and more using desktop publishing software.
  • Project management software. Keep tasks organized and track the progress of projects.
  • Tableau or ArcGIS Online. Helps you display the information in a simple way.
  • Basic coding. Helps in a variety of programs, including coding websites and posting and maintaining website content.
  • Statistical packages. For higher level classes and graduate school, and many occupations, the ability to use software to conduct statistical analysis is becoming more and more important in all industries. 
  • Navigating shared drives. Shared computer drives allow files to be shared among multiple people.
  • Conducting research online. Learn how to research and navigate the wealth of information online.
  • Online etiquette skills. In today's workplace, it is common to communicate frequently through email, social media and online forums. Learn how to use etiquette in online communications. Make sure your emails to professors and employers have correct grammar, punctuation and no emoticons.
  • Privacy protection. Learn how to verify if a site is encrypted and able to protect your information. Learn to spot links that are not legitimate.

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