Tech Skills You’re Going to Need in the Working World

Technology is still the wave of the future, but most of us forget that it’s also the way of the present. We use technology for virtually everything these days, in every working industry in the world. Technology runs our lives and is predominant in just about everything we do. If you expect to succeed in the business industry, there are certain tech skills you cannot function without. You might find them obvious, but rest assured they’re vital to your business success.

The Ability to Manage Battery Life

You wouldn’t go on a 500 mile road trip with only 40 miles to empty in your car. However, there are many people who will begin a business call on a smart phone that has 10 percent battery life, which is exactly the same thing. It might sound like a pretty obvious skill, but you can’t do anything in tech without battery. This means knowing when it’s time to charge, when it’s time to put your phone down and how much time you have before it’s all too late. It’s the single most important tech skill you can acquire.

Taking Photos

You don’t have to become a professional photographer, but at some point you are going to need to use your smart phone to send a photo to your boss or a client. And it better be good. It’s time to learn how to use your camera phone to your advantage.

How to Secure Devices

If you’re planning on using technology in the working world, you need to know how to secure your devices. It’s common sense, really, but you’d be surprised how many people leak sensitive, person and highly confidential information because they don’t know how to do this. You should know to lock your phone, encrypt your data and otherwise keep client and company information confidential.

Proper Messaging Skills

Believe it or not, some of the most valuable tech skills in the workforce are the simplest. Employers want employees that can send an email and reply to an email without making mistakes. For example, if you know how to blind copy emails, respond to group emails without replying to all and you know that text lingo is inappropriate, you’re already ahead of the game.

Minor IT Skills

Few things are as important in the office as having a basic knowledge of a few minor IT skills. This means figuring out how to shut down your computer, setting up a printer or fixing a minor issue when your internet isn’t working. Your employer wants you to be able to help yourself and be as self-sufficient as possible. The IT guys aren’t there to tell you how to turn off your computer or print a document. They’re there for the big stuff.

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