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Adapting to the Information Age to increase your job chances…

We can probably all agree that computers pretty much rule the world. They are involved in one aspect or another with our day-to-day lives and can be vital when it comes to the workplace. Because of this, being proficient on a PC or Mac has become increasingly imperative if you wish to succeed in this consistently evolving information age and I often struggle to think of a common career where computers take a diminished role.

Yes, a certain job may use equipment away from a monitor, mouse and keyboard, but the information collected will most likely be translated later on via a computer. Therefore, your C.V could really be helped out if a potential employer can see that you’ve got the skills as well as the qualifications, showing that you can offer an element of versatility. So what can you do to bolster such an area of your talents? Well, the best advice I can offer is to increase your use of computers and for things you don’t normally use them for, this way you can learn from your mistakes and your skills will keep evolving.

Even if you get stuck, there are plentiful resources on the web at your disposal and almost all of it is free and easy to use with many a step-by-step guide on there for any possible need you might have. If you’re willing to spend some money, then there are also courses available if you look for them, many will be held at your local schools or colleges on a night time and again shows the incentive to learn something new and is an element that will catch the eye of intrigued recruiters.

If your skills really catch on, then there may be an opportunity down the line to actually enter the IT sector. This is an ever growing industry and the money involved can even reach six-figure levels, whilst the varied roles offer a good deal of versatility. There are some specialist areas, such as Fidessa jobs and quant jobs, that require years of experience to enter, but basic programming roles can lead to big responsibilities (and big pay checks). If you’re still studying and interested in this line of work, then make sure you’re planning on doing a computing degree of some kind to be able to give yourself a good chance of succeeding in the industry, as many IT employers will not consider applicants with non-relative qualifications.

But of course for now, it’s all about learning and getting to grips with the various elements that can help improve your chances of being employed, or at least make you employable.

This is a guest post for TheEmployable


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