If you just graduated from college, and your local community college
is starting it's summer session . . .
If there is no community college near you,
Take a class especially a class in digital skills. EVERY employer wants new employees to know the latest in digital skills.
online class or find a free class. Don't wait. Your future employer will
be impressed that you just graduated but you are learning new skills.
Every EMPLOYER out there will be looking for a person to be well versed
in current technologies. They want and need people to do the things they
can't do themselves because they haven't had time to learn. A
diversity of skill sets in a tough economy makes you a more appealing candidate for employment. Small business will want help with their
websites, social media presences and more. This opens the door for
opportunity and may give you that slight competitive edge.
What are YOUR digital skills? This is what a prospective employer will want to know for every job. Every new job out there seems to leverage some digital skills. If you aren't capable to proficient in several software applications related to your field, learn them now. Become more versatile or become an expert.
Do you know more than one of these applications? CAD, Solid Works, Inventor, Auto Cad, Rhino, T-Splines, Z- Brush, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, In Design, WordPress,Web Design, HTML, CSS, accounting, Excel, PowerPoint, and many others.
I can hear the excuses now. You don't need to take a digital class because you want to work in the studio of a jeweler, sculptor, or artist. Well, guess what? Every single job skill you bring with you is a plus.
I wouldn't even consider hiring a person these days without multiple digital skills in Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, video editing and a CAD program. That is my minimum, my voice of experience, and what I hear from local employers. This is the future.
Harriete Estel Berman
P.S.Check out Lynda.com for online digital software class. I have used them a lot. You can work at your own pace, and on your own schedule, 24 hours a day. They offer a free trial which is how I started so many years ago.
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PPS. Taking a workshop is not the same as taking a class. It isn't the same on your resume either. And in the current economy, I am specifically recommending a digital skill learning a software program.