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Ever wondered why Computer Practice is a subject that appears across all our business courses, from our HR Diploma to our Business Management and Marketing Management Diploma? It might be quite obvious when you think about it, but we don’t often think about the validity of the subjects included in our courses. I have written this blog to highlight the importance of good computer skills in your career and hope that you study the Computer Practice subject with earnest, as you will acquire real skills which can be life-transforming.

Using business tools to your advantage

It’s a fact that you will be able to perform your tasks better if you have good computer skills. The computer is one of the most important business tools today and will form a large part of your day-to-day function. Poor computer skills show up quickly in an office environment and will affect the way people view your performance. The truth is that it doesn’t just affect the way people view your performance, but also affects your actual performance negatively.

Feeling incompetent is being incompetent

If you type slowly, make typing errors or you can’t quickly download files, move them around, save them and attach them, or you are just slow to adopt new applications (think WeTransfer, OneNote, Dropbox and Zoom), then you feel like you’re struggling. When you struggle to do your job at the required speed and accuracy, you feel you are not competent – even a bit dumb – and feeling incompetent actually makes you incompetent. It’s a psychological fact that the way you feel about yourself greatly impacts your actions – we like to say, ‘thoughts matter’. Feel smart, think smart and perform better.

Computer competence is key

A basic Computer Practice subject will take you back to the origin of computers in business and highlight the importance of computer technology and how it is applied in business today. It will also introduce you to computer hardware and peripherals so you can become conversant with it and use it functionally. The aim is also to develop your use of the system programmes, word processing programmes and spreadsheets up to an intermediate level. Apart from the programmes that are most commonly used in business, a new programme is sure to find its way in business on a regular basis. So a good Computer Practice subject will also teach you how to use the manuals of system programmes and application programmes to enable you to develop independent mastery of any new programme which might be used in practice.

Typing can be fun

Personally, I strongly encourage you to develop keyboard skills. The aim is to touch type (type while reading and not looking on the keyboard) and to type at least 12 words per minute. There are numerous typing exercises freely available on the internet. If you can type well, you can work faster and more efficiently. There are numerous free programmes available, such as Key Hero (www.keyhero.com<) where you can create an account and track your progress. The subject Computer Practice N4, N5 and N6 are included our range of National Qualifications in the courses National Diploma in Human Resources Management, Business Management, Marketing Management and Financial Management. You can study these courses via distance learning at IBTC. This means you can work and study at the same time. You also have the benefit of starting any time (no waiting for classes to begin) and you can progress at your own time (you can go faster or slower, depending on how quickly you want to qualify). With our unique Hand Holding methodology, we walk with you all the way to the exam, where you are sure to pass first time.

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