Career and Overall Success in the Information Age
by Ari Neumann, National Parliamentarian, Secondary Division
As the business world grows and evolves with each new wave of technology, basic computer skills are becoming more and more important for individual success. We have all heard that computer skills are necessary, but often this begs the simple question-why? Following are four unique answers to that question. They describe exactly why we all need do-called “vital” basic computer skills.
Everybody’s Doing It
In a study published in 2001 by ESS Data Recovery Inc., 65.6% (or 174 million) of people in the U.S. are computer users. In the workplace, 65 if the 15 million employed adults over the age of 25 use computers, and these numbers are predicted to grow. Basic computer skills are becoming more vital. In the same study, 38.8% of the office workers polled use their computer for desktop publishing and word processing, while 35.9% used their computers for spreadsheets or databases. Employers are looking for employees who know how to perform these tasks so they don’t have to spend the money to train them. So, if you don’t have to spend the money to train them. So, if you don’t learn these basic computer skills, you significantly hamper your ability to find the job you want. #2
It Opens Doors
Did you know that there are 14 unfilled IT (Industrial Technology) positions in the average American company? That means that by increasing computer skills, you make yourself qualified for one of the most in-demand jobs on the market. But you don’t have to be a computer genius to get these jobs! In the same study by the Computing technology Industry Association (CompTIA), it was found that the average number of unfilled entry-level IT positions is 8.5. So, if you want to put yourself in the job market, basic computer skills are necessary. Advanced computer skills will take...