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Future-proof your life with digital skills

Technology has become so ingrained in our daily lives that it’s difficult looking back to a world that doesn’t thrive off constant connectivity. With each day that goes by, technology becomes more intuitive, making life around us more manageable. The better equipped you are to navigate this ongoing technological shift, the better you’ll adjust to the new, digital world that awaits us all. Being able to identify and use technology confidently, creatively, and critically to meet the demands and challenges of life and work in a digital society is the foundation to thrive in a society where communication and access to information occur more through internet platforms, social media, and smartphones than anywhere else.

Traditional vs digital skills: the differences

Digital literacy skills are very different from traditional literacy skills because this is a new phenomenon only being introduced as technology progresses, and we’re seeing more and more of it. E-learning encompasses audio and video which enhances the learning experience for students in that particular class. It’s not to say that traditional literacy no longer has its place in the classroom, but combining the two helps students expand their communication, language, and media skills – simultaneously, and also helps develop dynamic creativity so they engage better and more intuitively with the world around them.

Embrace the digital native in you

If you use devices such as a tablet, an iPad, phones, laptops, and PCs, create and edit documents digitally, communicate using different apps like WhatsApp and Skype, buy things online through online shopping then you’ve discovered and have adapted to the wonders of flexing your digital skills to power through the day. These actions have all become second nature to us when in actual fact, we gradually had to learn and nurture these skills. Once you’ve recognised the ability to transfer digital skills that you’ve learned from one situation and move them across from one platform to another application seamlessly – that’s when you know you’ve got it!

Digital skills in the workplace

A 2017 study from the European Commission found that 90% of professionals are required to possess at least basic digital skills. Adapting to 21st-century digital living, especially in a Covid-19 shifted world sees employers starting to look for potential candidates who are cross-disciplined, with both hard and soft skills. Being digitally literate has many benefits, which include the opportunity to advance your ability to participate in the economy and earn your stripes. So if you’re on the lookout for employment, brush up on those Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook skills and you’ll be a shoo-in.

The benefits of being digitally literate

Without the most basic digital skills, it becomes difficult to integrate technology into your life, which we’ve established has its upsides. Once you’ve seamlessly found a balance on how to use your digital-savvy skills, you’ll be able to:

  • Use digital tools for communicating, collaborating, and solving problems

  • Find, evaluate and use online resources

  • Produce and effectively share knowledge

  • Create meaningful online content, and not just consume it

  • Curate data and media sources

Being digitally literate goes deeper than just knowing how to use technology, it’s truly understanding how to effectively navigate a digitally enhanced environment. Whether it’s your work or social life, building a solid foundation to strengthen your digital footprint will future-proof your approach to living in a technology-driven society.

There is no getting away from it – we live in a digital world and computers are at the heart of so many of the things we do in life and at work. You could either choose to arm yourself with the skills to keep you moving with the times or stay left behind. Which will it be?

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