Because technology has turned into an essential resource in the evolution, it has become crucial to have basic IT hardware, software and computer network skills. You can't do without certain basic IT Knowledge & skills if you want to participate to the workforce.
You will be in very high demand if you have the most common IT knowledge & skills on your resume, and if you know how to use the right technology when you’re on the job.
Nowadays we have to divide our time over so many "things to do", which takes sufficient self knowledge in order to find out who you are, why you are here and how you can reach your "why". Once you know you "why", it will be clear which knowledge and skills you need to accomplish your "why". If it turns out your "why" is helping people with IT technology, we might be able to help you. To find out what employers in your field are looking for, analyzing the job description of your ideal role in society, is a great way, as well as the resources you should know how to use.
Tip: The requirements specification paragraph of a job description will help you to acquire this information.
Having conversations with people from your line of work can contribute to find out what kind knowledge and skills they have and which tools they are using on a daily basis. Just ask them a few questions and you will find out.
Another way to find out what you need to get into the necessary technology is to search on the Internet. If you want to know about tools for IT Managers, for example, you might want to search for “IT Management Software.” Then read through the results if you can find what you are looking for. The software review company Capterra, might also help you to find the right tools to support you in your profession.
You can find a lot of free stuff online that can help you get the fundamentals to understand Windows and/or Mac computers, before you specialize in your knowledge & skills. You can find useful instructions on websites like Lifewire,
You can check out local skill training events in organizations like your library, community colleges, your chamber of commerce, your department of economic affairs and local associations. Also an Apple store near you can provide you with free Mac courses.
With Microsoft Office skills & Certifications you can add value to many organizations and improve your curriculum vitae, if you are an office worker.
To provide you with other ways to get into technology and find out how the Internet can help you reach your goals, here is a list of a few free online IT knowledge & skills trainings that can get you started:
You can utilize a lot of physical and virtual information. Obvious resources are your library, community colleges, your chamber of commerce, your department of economic affairs and local associations. But you can also browse around on Meetup or Eventbrite for learning events or groups.
YouTube provides you with a lots of free instruction videos. Other sites where you can find learning materials and classes are Coursera, EdX and Class-Central. You will be able to search free, starter classes on Khan Academy, Codecademy, and Free Code Camp.
Tip: Here’s a general list of CompuLearnGlobal online computer classes you can us to choose from.
If you have found a job opportunity where they require certain experience with apps you can try to get into it in a short term. So, if for instance you need to be able to operate Zoom, a video conferencing tools or Calendly an appointment scheduling tool, you can search for instruction videos and try out how these tools work and understand them better.
Be as resourceful as you can be with this. You can do this with al kinds of tools like Skype, Verisign, Payoneer, Wise, Trello, Hubspot, etc.
If you're required proficiency with an app you need to acquire, then find out if you can get a presentation or a video instruction session. This way you will get an overview and understand more about what you are talking about in your job interview.
It's always best to tell the truth about your knowledge and skills. You can always tell them that you are a quick learner and that you are always eager to get into new stuff.
If your company has an education budget for their employees, you can enter low-budget Training & Certification tracks – LinkedIn Learning is an example of that.
Check out the following webinar(s) if you are more visual and audio oriented or just read the rest of this blog: