There are some skills that every graduate should possess, skills which are guaranteed to increase your overall digital literacy, and the best part is, you can learn them outside of the classroom! Even if you’ve never set foot inside a university, or the last time you did was a few decades ago, don’t worry! It’s never too late to learn!
Setting Up a Wi-Fi Network
Knowing how to set up and maintain a Wi-Fi network is a skill which will save you a lot of headaches and time on hold with your Internet Provider. It’s not difficult to pick up the basics of network management. At the bare minimum by the time you graduate from university or college, you should be able to set up a modem and connect to your router to perform basic troubleshooting. There are plenty of easy to follow guides out there, and while this might not be a skill you’ll be tested on in your degree. Constant Wi-Fi drop outs will definitely test your patience.
Become a Pro with the MS Office suite
You might be thinking that this one seems obvious, but knowing the ins-and-outs of Microsoft office is a digital skill you really shouldn’t go without. From knowing your word short-cuts to creating an excel spreadsheet, proficiency with MS office is considered a specific qualification for many positions. Plus, slideshow presentations are never going out of style in the business world, make sure you’re familiar with programs like PowerPoint and Publisher too. Feeling like an office novice? Well, don’t be ashamed to polish up your skills. If spreadsheets were your weakness, take a few excel classes! Microsoft’s Office suite is one of the most flexible and useful software bundles out there, and it’s used across a variety of fields, so you can bet you’re going to have to know how to use it at some point!
Online research chops
If you’ve managed to make it to the end of your degree without ever using a Boolean operator in a search, you shouldn’t be patting yourself on the back. A good understanding of how to navigate the digital realm, and how to assess the information out there for quality, is an invaluable skill in the 21st Century! There are some basic tips you can follow no matter what topic you’re searching. Use nouns instead of verbs and pronouns, and keep your search phrases specific. Remember, quotation marks are your friend when you’re searching for specialised information!
Digital networking/Social Media Savviness
We spend so much of our time online these days, it only makes sense to network and socialise using your smartphone. Whether it’s catching up over face time with friends traveling abroad, or attending a remote conference on google hangouts, the options for connecting online are always evolving and changing. A little social media savviness and networking know-how can go a long way. Create an alternate profile for your personal life, and keep it separate form your work profiles, to keep embarrassing content from making its way to your manager’s screen. Learn how to use sites like LinkedIn to grow your professional network and make the most out of your contacts!