Learning Computing Skills

 

Sometimes short courses in computing, languages, business, bookkeeping and of course, learning to drive can be of immense help in making you more employable.

European Computer Driving Licence

Many jobs require "basic IT competence", but what does this mean? Maybe you feel you use a PC efficiently in your daily work, but how do you prove this? Angry man on computer

The ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) is an internationally highly respected certificate that verifies your computer knowledge and practical computing skills. It is a qualification that has been designed to meet the needs of both employers and employees. All ECDL modules are self-study - you have a manual and study whenever is convenient and there are also interactive on-line learning modules available.

The ECDL syllabus covers the key concepts of computers, standard business applications, and uses in the workplace and society in general. It is divided into seven modules:

 

The ECDL is open to all University of Kent registered students. The current registration fee is £120. This includes the purchase of your logbook, a training handbook and test fees. See www.kent.ac.uk/student/skills/ecdl/index.html for details of how to register

Activ is a new online IT learning solution for University of Kent staff and students accessed from any PC connected to the internet. It provides learning modules on Vista, XP, Office 2003 or Office 2007. Topics include: using Windows, managing files, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations and using the internet and email. Modules are fully interactive and cover the ECDL syllabus www.kent.ac.uk/itservices/stafftraining/online

If you are no longer at the University you can find your nearest UK ECDL training Centre at the British Computer Society Website www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.5829 - just type in your postcode. Many colleges will offer it at low prices if you are unwaged. For other countries go to www.ecdl.com

HR Manager to job candidate:

"I see you've had no computer training. Although that qualifies you for senior management, it means you're under-qualified for our entry level positions."

See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/distance.htm to find part-time courses in any part of the country.

Hot Courses www.hotcourses.com  is a particularly good database of courses.

 

Another way to learn new skills to use the web.

Typing learn XXX into Google, will give you free training on almost any subject. For example:

 

Most university or public libraries will have a wide range of computing books you can borrow to teach you these programs. For example you can search and reserve books from Kent Libraries at http://libcat.kent.gov.uk or of course, you can buy your own copy via Amazon.

Now see our other skills pages

 

Last fully updated 2012