Being skilled in Microsoft Office is a basic requirement for many admin job positions. If you want to add these computer skills to your CV, or upgrade your existing computer skills, check out the Foundations of the Microsoft Office course at Damelin College.
Pretty much anyone with an office desk job makes occasional or constant use of the Microsoft Office computer applications. They’re pretty much the standard used for office administration – creating Emails, business letters, presentations, budget plans, data capturing, etc.
This means that if you want to work in office administration, you’ve gotta know your stuff when it comes to Microsoft Office. For example, if you want to work as an office secretary or administrator, your CV should show off some snazzy Microsoft Office skills (in fact, it’s so expected of admin job applicants that many don’t even bother to include it on their CV!).
Needless to say, it’s not just office admins that need these skills, but countless of other professions too. Let’s take EduOne as an example – we’ve got writers, editors, graphic designers, finance and marketing peeps, as well as tech gurus, and we all use parts of Microsoft Office, some of us even all day, err’ day.
The point is, if you want to have a basic set of computer skills and increase your employability, then you need to be able to work with these types of applications, at least on a basic level.
What is Microsoft Office?
Microsoft Office is a set of computer applications, software programmes, and services that are used in personal and corporate offices across the whole world for everyday computer tasks, such as writing documents and articles, making presentations, or capturing data.
There are quite a few, but the most commonly used three are Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
#FOMO at Damelin College
Yeah, we know by now a lot of you are experiencing some serious #FOMO (“fear of missing out”) when it comes to computer skills, and you all want to be as employable as possible.
Well, the solution to this is in fact none other than the kind of FOMO you find at Damelin College – the “Fundamentals of Microsoft Office” kind of FOMO.
Damelin College offers the FOMO short-course, which introduces you to all the basics of Microsoft Office. The 42-hour, face-to-face course is designed for students who already know a bit about computers and the Windows operating system, but want to get skilled in Microsoft software (if you’re only used to Mac, that’s fine, since Microsoft Office can also be installed on Macs).
By doing this course, you’ll learn how to work with the following Microsoft programmes:
Main use: writing various documents
Whether you need to type out a business letter, a novel, invitations, or brochures… MS Word is where the magic happens. It lets you write and edit your texts with different features, which you can’t really do with a text pad application.
Here’s a good example: this very article you are reading was first typed on Microsoft Word (for Mac) before we published it on our website.[/su_service]
Main use: storing numerical data
Excel lets you create spreadsheets where you can enter data, like financial figures, dates, or other information into a grid system with columns and rows. It can also calculate data for you, which is great for when you want to compare results.
It’s also widely used as a way to organise ideas. For example, at EduConnect we use Excel sheets to outline our content ideas and tasks.
“Excel can perform calculations, especially for accounting, and helps represent information in the form of tables, which makes it much easier for other people to understand your data and information. It’s a very useful tool.”
– Haby-Phael Mouko, EduOne Developer
You can also use Excel to manage your personal monthly budget – here’s an example of how to stay on top of your budget with an Excel spreadsheet.
Main use: making presentations
If you come up with a new product idea and want to pitch it to investors – you’re going to have to present your idea in a structured, but interactive and visually appealing way.
Powerpoint lets you do that by allowing you to create electronic slideshows with visual features like images, videos, text, graphs and sound clips. You know, the kind of presentation lecturers and professor like to use in their talks.
If you are working in administration, you may be required to put together a quick presentation for someone – so basic skills in Powerpoint are very useful.
The FOMO course is offered during the week, in the evening, or on Saturdays.
Contact Damelin College for more information on the course schedule and fees.
- English and Maths (Grade 10 or an equivalent level)
- Basic knowledge of computer skills
Damelin College’s short programmes aim to upgrade your skills. The courses are not accredited with the NQF level system. Once you complete the course you will receive the Damelin Short Programme in Fundamentals of Microsoft Office Certificate.
Soft skills Improve Your Employability
In this day and age it’s pretty much impossible to work at a desk without computer skills, unless you’re busy doodling, studying, or doing some other form of desk job that doesn’t require working with a screen. And any administrative position requires computer skills.
Computers skills form part of what we call soft skills – the skills that employers want to recognise when screening a job application. They are skills that apply to various types of jobs, and often refer to personal qualities and attitudes that will benefit the company. It also includes things like leadership, communication, and time management. Yip, and basic computer skills are right up there too.
Microsoft Office > Basic Computer Skills > Soft Skills > Employability
Microsoft Office forms part of anyone’s basic computer skills. And basic computer skills form part of someone’s soft skills. And the total of your soft skills have a big influence on your overall employability… simple, right? The more soft skills you have, the more attractive you’ll be to future employers, specifically in an administrative context.
Check out this video to see how the latest developments in Microsoft Office are taking the business world by storm.
If you feel like you should stock up your skill set with some MS Office basics, give the FOMO short course a go. It’s always a good idea to keep adding qualities and skills to your backpack of experience.
If you have a Mac but don’t like the applications that come with it (Pages, Numbers, etc.), you can buy the Microsoft Office programmes for Mac (if you’re a student, you can sometimes score a discount, by the way). So if you’re wondering whether this course is only for Windows users, don’t worry. It’s for anyone wanting to work with MS Office. Besides, if you know the drill with these applications, you’re likely to understand most of the competitor programmes too.