ICT Skills is one skill more relevant in our world, many people around the world right now are doing their part in employing safe social distancing and staying at home whenever possible.
However just because you are staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t practice new skills that can help you build your portfolio.
So here are 5 basic ICT skills you should and could learn during lockdown.
Before you start learning These ICT skills I will strongly advise you to at the least have the fundamental understanding of how to use a computer—ideally, either a Windows or Mac.
Microsoft office suite
Yes, you read it right, Microsoft Office package. You may wonder, is it not that software used for typing document. Yes, you were referring to Microsoft Office Word, a slice of pizza from the pizza box.
Microsoft Office suite otherwise called MS is a collection of office-related applications. Each application serves a unique purpose and offers a specific service to its users.
The MS Suite of programs includes Microsoft Word, a word processing tool, mostly for creating text documents; Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet program for creating simple to complex data/numerical spreadsheets; Microsoft PowerPoint, an application for creating professional multimedia presentations; Microsoft Outlook, used for email and calendar management; Microsoft Access, a database management program; and Microsoft OneNote, a note-taking application.
Microsoft Suites are used by so many businesses, the skills you acquire on the software are immediately transferable to new jobs and companies and even your personal works.
A graphic designer is a visual communicator, someone who creates visual concepts by hand or by using computer software. They communicate ideas to inspire, inform, or captivate consumers.
Graphic Design is the organization and presentation of information developed through a creative process for a particular functionGarath David Studio
These ICT skills are very important in an organization that deals with product marketing.
It can also be used to advertise a personal business that requires online advertisements on stocks like clothes, food items, mobile devices, and gadgets, etc.
Adding this skill to your portfolio is really of good advantage because most companies are more interested in employing people of this skill instead of outsourcing (graphic designing).
As a graphic designer, you work with software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Drew, Adobe InDesign, and LightRoom.
Possessing this skill can either allow you to work from home, work as a tutor in an IT school, own a Youtube page or work for an organization. And just so you know, an average graphic designer in Nigeria earn up to ₦100,000 monthly.
A digital marketer is a professional who markets products and services using new media or digital technology to achieve marketing goals.
Digital marketing is the component of marketing that utilizes the internet and online-based digital technologies such as desktop computers, mobile phones, and other digital media and platforms to promote products and services.Wikipedia
As the competition continues to grow in the business world, many firms are moving their marketing campaigns online to reach more audience.
Report shows that there are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, pointing to the fact that the internet can be used as a great to advertise businesses far and wild.
Learning Digital marketing involves targeting certain sections of the internet to boost sales, as well as improve people’s awareness of the brand you are representing.
Many companies are greatly in need of this skill, so having this in your portfolio goes a long way in improving your portfolio.
Content Management System(CMS)
A Content Management System (CMS) is a software platform that allows its users to create, edit, archive, collaborate, report, publish, distribute and inform.
Its Graphic User Interface (GUI) makes interacting with a website’s database user friendly.
A CMS allows users without any coding knowledge to amend, modify and edit content to websites using a WYSIWYG interface, an acronym for “what you see is what you get.”
Without writing any code, users can rely on CMS software to develop any of these types of sites:
- News sites
- Ecommerce sites and many more, both for your self and others
WordPress is the most used CMS. There are other cool CMS sites like Joomla!, Drupal, Dotclear, Serendipity, etc.
Blogging and Content Writing
A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web.
You can start your own blog website and you can earn money by placing ads on your website.
You can provide content writing services for other business websites. You can write content for social media marketing. You can get online jobs by learning content marketing
How to start
There are many free resources available online. You should be able to search on YouTube for pretty much anything you want to learn.
You have to keep practicing, if you’re really gonna be goodDebbie Reynolds
Remember the more you practice, the better you get. So, Apply the knowledge and get hands-on practice