Technology is much more than just a part of our world now – it has permeated the ways we connect, communicate and live our lives. With new developments and trends coming and going every day, it goes without saying that being equipped with key ICT skills has lost its place as a mere advantage in the workplace, and instead is now seen as a requirement, and the new standard in today’s society.
This requirement extends into the skills needed to be effective in the workplace. Digital literacy has been cited as being a key competency that employers take note of most in employees – however, while many job-seekers see themselves as being ICT savvy, the reality is quite the opposite. As such, it’s important for job seekers to truly be equipped with the relevant ICT skills prior to venturing into working life, in order to close the gap on presently outstanding IT needs.
Here are 3 ways that a mastery of basic digital skills help to address the IT needs of today:
1. Helps to keep pace with increasing global digitalization
As societies and economies embrace digitalization, there is an urgency for people to take these new digital developments in their stride, to avoid being left behind. This is particularly so in Asian countries that have yet to fully integrate or adopt digitalization, either owing to poor digital infrastructures or being weakly equipped to impart the relevant knowledge required. However, as some of these countries continue to gain traction in the digital realm, their advance is imminent – as such, they have to keep up with the pace.
As a stepping stone for further development, being proficient in Computer and Online Essentials can aid in educating users on the nitty-gritties of such areas – from using devices and web browsers, to creating files and conducting effective information searches. Such skills will allow them to navigate the complexities of the digital world with greater ease.
2. Builds a strong foundation for future digital competencies
In order for people to progress up the digital competency ladder, it is paramount for them to first create a strong foundation with fundamental knowledge and skills in ICT. For example, being equipped with competencies in Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations prior to entering the working world would be beneficial in helping them carry out more than just the required daily tasks.
Competency of these fundamentals allows them to then advance towards learning additional digital skills that would increase their employability.
3. Enables users to become better equipped for the workplace of tomorrow
Whether we are ready for it or not, the world is already entering into the 4th Industrial Revolution. This means that it has become more important than ever for people to be digitally literate, in order to keep up with the workplace of tomorrow, and to give them parity with the International Standard. Where necessary, they may also need to relearn familiar tasks that have now been disrupted or enhanced by technology.
At ICDL, our Base Modules – Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing and Spreadsheets – are designed to equip learners with essential skills for their professional life, ensuring they have the minimum skills required for the digital world. Learn more about these modules here.