Basic Computer and Professional Skills
Course Description :
In today’s technologically oriented economy, it’s no surprise that employees with strong computer skills fare better in the job market than their tech challenged counterparts. This trend influences hiring for virtually all jobs, not just technology-centered positions.
This is a self-paced course that teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. This course demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today.
Here, participants play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Everything works within the browser, so there is no extra software to download or install. This also provides a general background on computers today: what is a computer, what is hardware, what is software, what is the internet. Anyone who has the ability to use a web browser may be successful in this course. No previous computer science experience is required.
Bachelors or Associate degree from any background
What You will Learn Here:
Here are some computer skills that are prized by employers in a wide variety of sectors.
Virtually all workers have some familiarity with Microsoft Word. However, individuals who can carry out mail merges, modify macro scripts, format documents expertly, and execute other complex functions are most highly recruited.
List of Microsoft Office Skills
Facility with spreadsheet programs, especially Microsoft Excel, is referenced in many job announcements. Candidates who can create complex macros to organize spreadsheet information are in particularly high demand.
A solid grasp of PowerPoint for workers who wish to conduct dynamic presentations or prepare materials for bosses and colleagues is essential. Job candidates who can show employers some attractive examples of presentation slides will often have a leg up in the hiring process.
Job seekers who can organize and manipulate data through programs like Microsoft Access have an advantage in today’s information-intensive economy.
Many small businesses (and some larger ones) use QuickBooks for accounting, payroll, invoicing, reporting and more. If you’re working in an accounting or administrative role, a working knowledge of QuickBooks is definitely an asset.
We all use email as part of our personal and professional lives, but those individuals who can perform advanced functions with email programs like Microsoft Outlook can increase office productivity.
Web and Social Skills
Most organizations are looking to enhance their footprint on the web and within social media. Workers who can maintain and upgrade websites using tools like content management systems, HTML, Dreamweaver, WordPress and Java are very attractive to employers. Candidates who understand how to leverage social media to convey messages about their organization are in high demand.
Social Media Skills
Tech Skills Listed by Job
Graphic and Writing Skills
Knowledge of Photoshop and graphics programs like InDesign and Illustrator enable employees to optimize the look and feel of websites and other communications. Writing skills are also important for many different jobs.
Graphic Design Skills
Most larger employers utilize enterprise systems like Oracle and PeopleSoft as platforms for their operations. Mastering applications within these systems can enhance your appeal to these types of organizations.
Job Specific Skills
There are many skills that are job dependent. Check out this list of employment skills listed by job to ensure you have the top skills employers are seeking in candidates. Highlight those skills in your job applications to show hiring organizations you have the right stuff to get hired.
Employment Skills Listed by Job
The nature of computers and code, what they can and cannot do
How computer hardware works: chips, cpu, memory, disk
Necessary jargon: bits, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes
How software works: what is a program, what is "running"
How digital images work
Computer code: loops and logic
Big ideas: abstraction, logic, bugs
How structured data works
How the internet works: ip address, routing, ethernet, wi-fi
Computer security: viruses, trojans, and passwords, oh my!
Analog vs. digital
Digital media, images, sounds, video, compression