If you are returning work after an extensive career break, or looking to improve your skills, you might be put off by the cost of some of the computing and internet skills courses that are available. However, it is possible to train yourself from the comfort from your own home without opening your wallet.
There are a number of free courses available online. All you need is a computer, access to the internet and self-discipline. There are courses suited to all levels of experience in easy-to-learn formats and simple language. You certainly won’t need to be a computer expert to understand them.
To kick off, we recommend our very own Education Zone
, which has a whopping 7,000 online training modules to help you sharpen up your business, IT and desktop skills. It’s flexible, user friendly and comprehensive and ensures that you don’t fall behind in your skills.
The BBC offers excellent courses and advice
on their website for beginners. These will take you through every step of computer and internet navigation. However, if you already know the basics and are looking for something more advanced, it is possible to undertake Learn Direct courses free of charge through the BBC, as they’re funded by local government. This will require more work, but you will however receive an ICT qualification on completion of the course.
If you are not looking for a qualification but just want to brush up on your skills, the best way to do this is through practising. Spending time online is a good way to get familiar with it and sites such as Facebook and Twitter are both fun and good introductions to social media. Knowledge of the internet is required in virtually every job now; whether it is the company’s own website and back office programmes, or how to use social networking sites.If you have no, or very little, experience of using the internet, spend an hour or so visiting websites in the evening. You will soon see how simple it is. You can also practise sending emails to friends and family and carry out tasks such as opening and sending attachments.
Learning to use computer programmes
The more experienced computer user should spend time using Microsoft programmes such as Word and Excel. These are the two more frequently used programmes in the workplace and by improving typing speed on Word and function use on Excel, you will be in a much better position to find a job. There are free programmes which will test your typing speed and a quick search on Google will allow you to try them out. There are also free programmes and games to help you improve your speed and teach you how to touch type. This is a skill which could keep you one step ahead of the game if you are looking for secretarial or administrative roles.
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