It’s never too late to spruce up your digital skills, and we guarantee you’ll find a use for it.
The world of technology is forever changing, but there’s one myth that feels like it will be around forever: that digital skills are only for those working in tech.
It can’t be denied that computers, smartphones and technology play a greater part in our everyday working life. This applies whether you’re a coder in Silicon Valley or running a bakery in the Dublin suburbs. And there is a growing concern among workers that their jobs will become obsolete – either by automation, skills becoming out of date, or both.A good grounding in basic digital skills (such as coding and web-building) will boost your career, whatever your career. Here’s how…
Delegation is a common part of running a business or department, but too many of us operate with only a vague knowledge of what’s happening. IT departments are asked to do something, project managers or clients sit on their hands for what feels like an arbitrary time, and then – ideally – the IT department’s portion of the work is done.
You can see where this is going: If you know every step of a journey, what everyone does and how long it takes them to do it, you’ll obviously have a clearer idea of what’s happening. You can manage expectations (your own or a boss or client’s!), set clearer calendars and deadlines and you will know how and why something went wrong.
This knowledge will also help your relationship with those working in IT, which brings us to…
Adapting to Changes
You don’t have to build an app or website, but knowing how they’re built will make so many things clearer to you. You’ll know why a website works and looks a certain way, why some social media sites (or their apps) have a particular shape or tone, or why some technology is more user-friendly than others.
A basic understanding of how the digital world works will also clarify future developments: An app is just an interactive website rendered pocket-sized, so the millions of tech employees and hobbyists around the world instantly knew how apps worked the moment that smartphones appeared in shops.
To the uninitiated, the digital world looks like it’s changing at an impossible rate, with no rhyme nor reason for every advance. But learning digital skills pulls back the curtain, and makes every aspect of digital work easier – from spreadsheets to emails to social media and far, far beyond.
It also helps you to make the most of other technologies, from the apps on your phone and computer to the ones that you might not even know are available but that will make your working life easier: Automated invoicing (and even automated reminders), intuitive spreadsheets and a wealth of time management and organisation software are just the tip of the iceberg.
Becoming more Competitive
Whether you’re job-seeking, looking for a promotion, need tech tools for your business, or you just want to be an overall more effective worker, digital skills will make you stand out. The skills will transfer across almost any industry and department. And they could make the difference between getting the job and missing out; effective or inefficient working; and tuned in or tuned out.
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