What an age we live in. Computers are so versatile, if you have a great idea for using a PC to enhance your career goals, there's a 90% chance someone has written the software for it; if not, no problem-you can hire a technical person to write it for you. Having computer skills is practically a requirement now for your long-term success in your chosen career.
This blog is about acquiring computer skills for success in your career. And that includes a lot, ladies and gentlemen.
But how much do computers really impact our career and daily lives? Without even thinking about new and unique ways of using a PC, let's consider some of a PC's standard usage areas that are already the norm.
Areas That Use PC Skills
- Internet Information Gathering
- Business / E-Commerce
- Photo creation / editing
- Video recording / editing
- Audio recording / editing / mixing
- Watching Television
- Radio listening
- Online Education / Online Degree
- Word Processing
- Presentation Graphics
- Engineering Design / Number Crunching
- Police / Detective / PI work
- Virtual Reality training
I thought up these 20 categories in about 5 minutes. I'm sure I could get to 100 without too much trouble. We haven't even scratched the surface yet.
I'm making a major assumption here. . . you're an ambitious person who is looking for a vehicle to success. Consider the PC as that vehicle. Think about every successful person you know. Do they know how to use a computer? Without even meeting them, I already know the answer: Yes!
So the question is not whether learning PC skills is worth your time. The question is, "What is the best and most efficient way of learning a PC skillset that will ensure my success?" The answer is right here. You're reading it right now. I'm going to discuss exactly how to go about doing that very thing.
You have to learn how to walk before you can run. Likewise, you must learn the essential PC skills before moving ahead to the more advanced ones. What are these basic computer skills?
Essential PC Skills
- mouse skills
- using the Windows operating system
- surfing the Internet
Once you are skilled at the above items, you are on your way. Then, you can go after anything you want that uses a PC and you will be ready.
Let's look at each one individually:
A computer is a device that is useful because of two things:
- It can accept an input from a human. Although there are many devices on the market that will connect to a computer, the most basic ones are from a keyboard and mouse.
- It can produce a useful output that we can view, make decisions and interpretations from, and assist us in our information gathering ability.
In order for the computer to produce a useful output, it must have an operating system that allows it to interact with the user in such a way that is understandable and easy to use. The Windows operating system does that very thing. Windows allows a person to visually see what information is on the computer; it shows what kind of actions to perform are possible; and by breaking down the parts of a computer system into sections via its Control Panel, the user has control over major aspects of it. Thanks to Microsoft, the Windows operating system has revolutionized the way humans use computers.
It has been said that the wealth of a country is directly proportional to the speed with which it can process and exchange information amongst its people. Likewise, the wealth of an individual is directly proportional to his or her ability to quickly process information, make rational, informative decisions with that information, and share it with the appropriate people in a timely manner. With that said, it is obvious that knowing how to use a browser to surf the Internet, where information is king, is one of the most important skills a person can achieve.
Look again at my list of 20 popular uses of a computer. Think about how many of those items are things that are a part of one's daily life. I see distinct areas of a person's life that encompasses these things. They not only increase your ability to have a career, they are becoming instrumental in your home and personal life.
Learning essential PC skills not only greatly enhances one's prospects for success, but can vastly improve the quality of life in all areas. This skillset is one you cannot afford to be without.