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What are computer skills?

Computer skills fit into two categories: hardware and software. Hardware skills allow you to physically operate a computer. Hardware skills can be as simple as knowing how to turn devices on and off. They might also involve more complex tasks like connecting machines to networks, changing parts or fixing broken devices. For these complex tasks, many employers hire trained technicians with advanced computer skills.

Software skills help you to efficiently use computer programs and applications. There are some software skills that employers may consider as prerequisites to employment. Employers may not include some software skills on job posts under the assumption they are universally understood. For example, many employers may believe all applicants have a basic knowledge of word processing programs, like Microsoft Word.

Some common computer skills include: Analytics, Social media, Graphic design, Microsoft Office, Spreadsheets, Email communication, Marketing automation, Data visualisation. 

Certain software skills are more commonly desired in different fields. If you’re a computer programmer, you may be required to know various coding languages like Python, C++, Java or HTML, among others. Those who are applying for positions in administrative assistance will likely need to be experienced with Microsoft Office Suite, Google apps and accounting software. To find out which skills employers in your industry might expect, spend some time researching the most common software skills for your career.

Why are computer skills important?

Most jobs now require the use of computers, mobile devices or software applications in some capacity. Some employers will require prior knowledge or experience with specific applications, while others will offer on-the-job training. If you have a working knowledge of commonly used software, you may be able to more easily learn how to use new programs.

Whether you’re employed in customer service, manufacturing, food service or tech, employers use computer applications to automate certain tasks, streamline communication and more.

Job applicants with computer skills are highly sought-after due to the increase of technology in the workplace. You can showcase your computer skills by identifying computer-related requirements on job postings and explaining on your resume how you meet or exceed those requirements with past experience.

Your ability to use a variety of computer programmes is an important skill to put on your CV and in a future career. Not only does computer literacy help in applying for jobs, but it may also increase your salary as you are able to take on more responsibilities.

As you take on these additional responsibilities, it can lead to a promotion within your company, leading you to more exciting, challenging and rewarding work. Certain computer programmes also help you organise your thoughts, helping you to perform tasks more efficiently.

Are computer skills lessons and courses expensive?

This really depends on the type of course or lessons you are looking for and the type of skills you are looking to develop. There are many online resources available for free and if you’re looking for a provider with TutorExtra, often the first lesson is free. There, you can browse many different teachers and choose the one you like the most and who meets your needs. The prices vary between £15-£50 depending on what level your skills are.

Key details about your Computer Skills sessions

✅ Experts available : 35
✅ Average price : £38/hr
✅ Session format : Face-to-Face or Online
✅ First lesson free : Yes
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