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Does Lack of Software Skills Reduce Your Chances for Employment?

July 1, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

 

How I Feel When Taking Software Classes

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Because I wonder how many job seekers want to apply for a job, but tragically –

YOU DON’T HAVE THE SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED.

You know that sentence is like farting in an elevator. It can just ruin a hopeful feeling you have about a job.

The thing is how exactly do you gain software skills? Sure, I know, go take a class. But the truth is, in my particular area I’m living there isn’t a lot of opportunities to take classes. There is a community college nearby, but here are the two options I have found:

  • Take a class that is a “noncredit” option (YAY) that only has class times in the middle of the day (BOO!) and I work for an employer who has low patience for me taking time off (BOO!)
  • Take a credit class (BOO!) that costs way too much (BOO! And yes, right now, $300 for a software class is a lot for me). I also don’t learn software well when it’s an online format. If I’m taking an online class on how to use a software, I may as well learn from a book which would cost less, but I don’t learn software from just a book.

My mom, who is looking for work right now, is coming across the same thing. Jobs that require software skills and those software skills aren’t easy to come by. I also have some trepidation about taking a class in general, because unless it is something I will use regularly, how will I come to feel like I really know it?

Take excel for example. I don’t have any reason to use it at my current job. Sure, I open excel files during the day, but I don’t create charts and use the formulas in excel. I have no reason for that. So if I take a class on excel, when will I use it during the day? If you don’t use it, don’t you lose it?

I’d love to know Adobe Photoshop. Yet, unless I’m using it at work, or have it at home, how much of that class will I retain? Not to mention how expensive it actually is to buy that software (again, the no extra money thing is holding me back lately).

Anyways, ranting aside, how do you increase your software skills to be eligible for more opportunities? Is it as simple as taking a class? How have you gained those skills?

 

 


2 Comments »

  1. Jess says:

    apply for the job anyway. What counts is your aptitude for learning new tech, no so much what you already know. Unless they are in a bind and looking for someone to hit the ground running. But, every manager worth anything is aware that on the job training is required no matter what. Also, no matter how much tech you know – it’s customized differently for every company. While Microsoft office is almost always the same (unless it’s a different version) but Share Point is not. I’m a Share Point admin which means that I can create sites and do all that fancy schmancy stuff but it’s customized for the company so I have to get familiar and learn it all over again every time I get a new contract.

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