Career Calling

July 19, 2013

What Computer Skills Do You Need?

One of my clients is seeking to make a career change.  At three points during a 20 minute meeting, she asked the same question: Should I learn Excel?  It’s a great question, but not the most important to ask in a career change.  The most important thing to do is to find types of job that fit the kind of skills you want to use at work.  The next step is to find some job posts and analyze them.  If you keep seeing that the employer wants someone who knows Excel, it’s time to learn how to use that software.

This example is true of almost any job search.  Know what the employer requires before you worry about the need to learn new technical skills.  Almost every job lists computer skills, but they tend to vary from job to job.  Take the time to research what skills are needed for the work you want to do.  Don’t waste your time or money on training for a skill you may never use.