Tech Sassy: Computer literacy key to attaining, retaining job

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In this age where technology rules, it’s mind-boggling to me that someone would choose to be ignorant.

I can tell you: I see four devices in my direct line of sight, and that doesn’t even include the ones in my pocket, my backpack and the ones behind me. 

The world runs on technology these days, and it is nearly impossible to get ahead in the workplace without having basic computer knowledge. We should take it upon ourselves to stay current in technology because it gives us the edge.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 77 million people (or 55.5 percent of the workforce) used computers at work in 2003. Although these were the most recent statistics I could find, I can only imagine how those statistics have increased since.

The line of work I’m in is an excellent example of how much the workplace relies on technology. I have seen people get turned away for having no computer knowledge. Those with minimal computer knowledge may be able to get the job, but when everything from scheduling jobs to management positions require advanced computer knowledge, they get stuck. You can know the ins and outs of a business, but without more advanced computer knowledge, it doesn’t get you anywhere.

When you are enrolled in school, it’s not hard to keep up on basic computer use like Microsoft Office and conducting an Internet search. Beyond that, there are other computer classes available for students who want to pursue more in-depth studies. Even school assignments now are mostly typed and submitted online for the convenience of both the student and the teacher.

Someone who is not in school may have a more difficult time, but there are community classes that cover everything from Adobe to YouTube. The classes also cover the most basic computer functions all the way up to the more advanced programs. Just because you are not enrolled in school does not mean you can’t take the initiative to hone your skills in this ever-changing world. Who doesn’t want a leg up over the competition?

Maybe you don’t think you have time to take a class to learn about computers. That’s fine because it’s just as easy to teach yourself. Whether you learn better from books or the trial and error method, you can learn anything about computers in your own free time. Sometimes teaching yourself can be the best way because no one knows how you learn better than you do.

As electronics become more advanced, I urge you to become more computer literate. Whether you take classes in school, through the community or even teach yourself, it will benefit you in the long run. From this tech junkie to even the most unsure computer user out there, not only will it give you extra skills on a resume, but it will also make your daily life easier.