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The importance of developing your technical skills right now

by Elizabeth Harmon

The importance of developing your technical skills right now

Technology is gradually infiltrating every part of our work and it’s likely to continue to do so in the future. It is helping to automate manual tasks, so processes run more efficiently, it enables us to make intelligent decisions faster, and much more.

These technology developments mean that technical skills are not just a requirement for those employees who have a technical job, such as Java Programmers, Database Designers and Android Developer’s. Technical skills are increasingly important for everyone, regardless of industry or job role.

This article aims to explain some of the main reasons why it is so important to have technical skills (if you haven’t already got them) and why you need to keep your skills up-to-date. It also explains how you can develop them with the help of Open Colleges IT, Programming and Developer Learning Library.

Why is it important to develop your tech skills?

Regardless of your role or industry, having a good level of technical skills is important. But we’re not just talking about basic skills like how to use Microsoft Office. We’re referring to gaining skills in more advanced technical topics such as Amazon Web Services Core Concepts (AWS), or SQL Database Administration. Whilst these may seem irrelevant to you (especially if you don’t work in technology, but in marketing, finance, sales or human resources for example), having these skills, or at least understanding the terms and the basic concepts can give you a huge advantage in your career. Here are eight reasons why:

  1. Future-proof your career – In the not so distant future, every industry and role will become heavily reliant on advanced technology (if they’re not already). By developing your technology skills now, you will be more adaptable and ready for changes in the future.
  2. Be more confident in your role – If you lack technical skills but are required to carry out a role that increasingly revolves around technology, you can lack confidence in your abilities. By understanding technology better, you can feel much more confident and comfortable in your role.

  3. Work more efficiently – By feeling more confident in your role and having the skills you need, you will find that you will be able to work smarter and more efficiently too.

  4. Stay relevant – If you already have technical skills and are happy in your role, don’t just stop learning. Technology is constantly changing and developing, so continuous learning is required to ensure your skills stay up-to-date.

  5. Become a valuable asset – If you have limited IT skills, in a business that is increasingly relying on technology to operate, you may fall behind other employees who have good technical knowledge. By improving your technical skills though, you will be far more valuable.

  6. Stand out for a promotion – Technical skills are increasingly in demand, so having good technical knowledge will help you to stand out inside your business. This could put you first in line for a job promotion.

  7. Be more employable – If you’re looking for a new job, regardless of the industry or role, having technical skills on your CV will make you a much more well-rounded employee. This can be extremely attractive and desirable to an employer. It can also help you stand out from other candidates, which is extremely important in such a competitive job market.

  8. Boost your passion – If you’ve been in your role for a while, then it can be easy for your interest to slip, which can leave you unmotivated and unproductive. But learning new skills can really help to revive your passion in your role, encouraging you to work harder and provide even better results.

How can you develop your technical skills?

Now you understand the “why”, it’s important to consider how you can develop your technical skills. Open Colleges IT Programming Learning Library is a great place to start. Here you will have access to over 3,110 assets, on topics such as Amazon Web Services Core Concepts (AWS), Java, SQL Database Administration, DevOps Tools, iOS Development, Android Development, Cloud Core Concepts and much more.

Whilst these topics might sound challenging, with Open Colleges IT Programming Learning Library, you can access the assets 24/7, so you can learn at your own pace. All you need is an account and an Internet connection, so you can dip in and out when you like and conveniently fit learning around your work and other commitments.

Assets are made up of a series of videos, audiobooks and eBooks, which are all updated regularly, so you can be sure you’re learning the most up-to-date content too.

Whether you want to switch careers, find a new job, get a promotion or achieve more in your current career, stand out, work smarter and have the confidence to take the next steps by developing your technical skills. Sign up to Open Colleges IT, Programming and Developer Learning Library now to get started.

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