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8 Essential Digital Skills for College Students

Jan 22, 2018 17:57 IST
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8 Essential Digital Skills for College Students
8 Essential Digital Skills for College Students

In today’s digital age, there is a special connect that college students enjoy with technology. In fact, in order to be successful in any career field today, one has to be digitally proficient. Be it small tasks like backing up your smartphone photos on a cloud service or developing a blog to express your ideas to the world; technology has become an integral part of college life today. But, while being digitally aware can help you complete your day-to-day tasks, they also come in handy when it comes to building a career.

In fact, almost every career field today requires one to possess at-least the basic digital skills; be it computer engineering or fine arts or design. Want to know which digital skills will help you in building a lucrative career in future; read on to find out.

Photoshop (Basic) / Photo Editing Skills

The world of college students is driven by Photographs or ‘Pics’ as they like to call it. Thanks to the social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram; taking and sharing photos have become a hobby for college students. But along with taking good clicks, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could also do some basic photo editing.

Here’s where Photoshop skills come in handy. But, that’s not the only use of photoshop / photo editing skills in your life. College students who are interested in building a career in media, journalism, art and other related fields and put their basic photo editing skills to good use once they start working. In addition to this, digital world of website also require a lot of photo editing. So learning this skill and listing it out on your resume will surely work to your advantage.

Video Editing (Basics)

Just like photo editing, a basic knowledge of video editing can also come in quite handy for college students as well. If you are students from the multimedia background you will be taught these skills as a part of your course. But it is quite essential for others also to learn the basics of video editing. Making videos is a great way of communicating your idea or giving presentations at a workplace. If nothing works out, you can also choose to be an amateur YouTuber or create a well-edited video resume to help you get a job, once you graduate.

HTML (Basic Coding)

Be it for creating a personal blog or a freelance project; websites and online content is the way of life in today's time. The first thought that you have, whenever you want to look for some information, is to go online. You browse through quite a few websites searching for the information that you seek. But how is that content added online? It's done through coding. And having a basic know-how of coding can take you a long way. You can start your way with a standard coding language like HTML5, that is used almost everywhere. And if you feel like that it's your thing, you can go for advanced languages and even make a career out of coding.

Converting file formats

There are many times when you are required to convert a file from one format to another. Like, for example, say you have a PDF file but instead you need a DOC file or say you need an image in a PNG format instead of JPEG. How do you go about doing that? If you know how, it would take you only a few seconds if not, then you'd waste valuable amounts of time looking it up online or asking the person sitting next to you. Best, learn these simple skills while you are still in college than embarrassing yourself in a corporate office setup.

Microsoft Office and Google Drive

This might seem a very obvious skill but not many people are proficient in operating various features of even the everyday software like of Word and Excel. In fact, Microsoft Office and other similar software programmes are the bread and butter of the working professionals. Be it churning out a quick PPT / Power Point Slideshow or creating an analytical report in Excel; MS Office will never leave your side for as long as you work. Knowing how to make good Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and even PowerPoint presentations are essential skills required in every workplace. You might also want to familiarize yourself with the Google Drive as it allows you to make docs, spreadsheets, and presentations all online while also making it easier to share files. Google drive also allows for many different people to on a single file at once. 

Backing up data on Cloud Services

Backing up data on cloud services such as icloud (only for Apple users), Dropbox, Google drive and other such cloud service platforms means that you can access your data anywhere, anytime. Which means no longer having to carry around your hard-disks everywhere you go. Also, backing up data on these online platforms makes it less prone to loss from broken or damaged hard disks. Learn all that there is to know about these cloud services as they will come in quite handy both in your personal life and work life. From backing up your personal photos to backing up your office work you can preserve everything on these clouds services.

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Building your Online Presence

Social media and online presence have become the new-age resumes that every recruiter looks at very closely. Companies are assessing potential candidates by screening through their social media profiles. Also, social networking websites like LinkedIn have become major job portals for people to search for new jobs. Hence, it has become all the more imperative for you to have a good online presence. You need to brand yourself properly so as to attract potential companies and clients. From digital resumes to portfolio websites everything forms a part of your online branding. Hence, learn how to put them to use to build for yourself a successful career.

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Website and Domain (Basic Setup)

Having a website of their own is important for college students. Whether it be for branding themselves or showcasing their work samples. But most students prefer to have a website made by friends or some professional not bothering to learn the skills of the art themselves. Little do they realize that this is quite easy and especially if they have learned the basics of the coding as mentioned above. Even if you are not a great coder you can easily set up a free website using websites like Wordpress that allows its users to make a free website for themselves using their platform. You must also learn how to set up a domain name for your website. Which can be easily bought through websites like go daddy.

To Conclude,

Most of the above-mentioned skills are all essential must have, when you go job hunting for the first job after graduation. Take some time out and invest it to learn these skills. You may not find yourself putting many of them to use anytime soon but there is no harm in learning something new, is there? Who knows when they might come in handy.If you liked the article please do share it with your friends. For more such articles please visit, www.jagranjosh.com/college. Alternatively, you can also get them directly in your inbox by submitting your email-id in the box below.

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