Computer Skills Every Professional Needs

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Everybody knows how to use a computer, right? Well not quite. There are some basic functions that even professionals struggle with. The basic computer skills every professional needs will help you use your PC with ease. Refresh your knowledge and update your skills right here.

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Computer Skills Every Professional Needs

The skills employees need differs between departments, careers and industries. But having basic computer skills can be used within every profession. They complement your technical skills and will help you complete your duties. Computer skills every professional needs include:

  • How to use a computer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Understanding Google Workspace
  • Basic troubleshooting 
  • Using search engines
  • Communicating via email
  • How to download and install applications and software
  • Touch typing
  • Securing your computer

How to use a Computer

Is this really a skill? Well, yes it is. Knowing how to use your computer is a gateway to learning new skills. It includes managing and navigating files, setting up and restarting your PC and much more.

Microsoft Office

Word processors and spreadsheets like Microsoft Office are used in most office careers. This will help you complete your duties, stay organised and track your work. Basic Microsoft Office skills you should know are:

  • Creating and edit documents with MS Word
  • Using and tracking data on a spreadsheet with MS Excel
  • Creating presentations with MS PowerPoint
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Understanding Google Workspace

If you know how to navigate Microsoft Office, then Google Workspace will be easy to use. Previously known as G-Suite, Google Workspace has a variety of applications. This is a great way to be productive and share documents with your colleagues.

Basic Troubleshooting 

Having an IT department is a plus in any workplace. But if you do not have one or work from home, you need to know how to fix common computer issues. Troubleshooting allows you to identify issues and provide easy solutions to fix them.

Using Search Engines

Search engines might be easy to use. But for an employee, there are useful methods that will help you get relevant results. Knowing how to use search engines, such as filters, will help you get the information you need.

Communicating via Email

Sent an email meant for a colleague to the entire company? Well those mistakes happen often.  So use this opportunity to get familiar with the do’s and don’ts of sending emails. This will help you communicate non-verbally with colleagues and clients.

How to Download and Install Applications and Software

Working from home or studying via distance learning? Then you need to know how to install and download software. These applications will help you to complete your duties and stay on track. With this skill, you may even avoid downloading malware onto your computer.

Securing Your Computer

In this digital age, cyber attacks are quite common. So you need to know how to protect your computer. This includes securing your personal information and passwords. A great way to do this would be to install antivirus software.

Touch Typing

Only typing 10 words per minute? Well you might want to crank it up a notch through touch typing. It is the ability to type fast without looking at the keyboard. This will increase your productivity and help you get your duties done easier and faster. 

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Last Updated: June 10, 2022

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Charnell Ward
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Charnell is a top-class content creator at Skills Academy. She creates engaging content with the aim to provide useful information on distance learning and further study opportunities. Her passion for writing goes beyond her career, as she enjoys writing short stories and volunteering as a writer in her free time. View my LinkedIn profile