Technology has become a part of our everyday lives and for you to succeed in your chosen field, you’ll need to sharpen your digital skills now. Developing your digital skills while pursuing your degree is key to building a sustainable career. Here are 5 digital skills you can learn while at varsity.

Online research skills

In varsity, you’ll learn how to do your research mostly online. This will become a lifelong skill that you can use to advance your career. In today’s digital world, knowing how to source information online will help you become efficient without having to waste time going from pillar to post.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are vital skills in most professions. Mastering these can help you gain valuable processing skills that you’ll likely need once you start working. Spend time learning as much as you can now, so that when you’re done with varsity you’ll be skilled enough to be employable and compatible in the working world.

Branding yourself online

This is the perfect time to work on your personal online branding to ensure that your online presence is professional and shows your career interests. Have a look at your current social pages- how do they present you to potential employers? Also, depending on the type of career you’re pursuing, it would be wise for you to have an online portfolio of your work. Don’t forget to work on your LinkedIn profile, and if you’ve already started working on it, continue to update regularly as this is your online CV where potential employers can find you on.

Organising information

It’s important to know how to organise information using various digital programmes. This will help you stay organised and also present information in various formats that can help you get your point across. A popular tool is Google Sheets, which you can use to create tables, spreadsheets, graphs, etc. For more creative ways of representing information, check out free online tools such as Canva or Piktochart.

Data storage and sharing

Learning how to store and share data safely and correctly online will prepare you for the working world. For example, storing your data in the Cloud will ensure that you never lose your data even if you lose your device. Also knowing the different ways you can share data with others online, especially if the files are too large to be sent via email, can help you work efficiently. Tools such as WeTransfer are often used for this.

We live in a digital world, which means that we all need to know some basic online skills. Working on the above skills now will help you beyond your varsity days. Trust us- once you start job hunting, these skills are going to be a requirement. Learn as much as you can now, so that you can be employable after graduating. All the best!

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