It’s never too late to upskill!

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Computers! Today they are a part of everyday life, in fact my children, like most, are whizz kids on them.

Having completed typing and word processing qualifications at school and college I managed to get on ok with computers in my day to day job without too many problems. I was a proficient typist and could accurately input data and send emails. However, during team meetings when it came to who would set up a new spreadsheet or prepare a PowerPoint presentation I would slide down my chair and let other team members take the lead! I guess, for me, there was an element of fear around the words “Excel” and “PowerPoint”. I was too scared I would get it wrong…

The answer was simple really. I should get myself an IT qualification but I always had a list of excuses: I was too old to start a new qualification and where would I find the time? However, on the positive side, it would give me so much satisfaction to take the lead on the next presentation or design the next spreadsheet. I made the decision to go for it.

I started by googling the range of qualifications on offer and after speaking with a Training Adviser I decided to complete an NVQ Level 2 in IT. This would be done alongside my job role and therefore benefit me the most.  I could select the units that met my needs and would be able to apply them in my everyday work.

The qualification involved project work and exams and, although sitting exams again after so many years was a scary prospect, I actually enjoyed the revision and preparation and knew that it was all going to help me in my job.  I would also be completing Key Skills in Maths, English and IT so I was able to refresh myself on these subjects as well.

I successfully completed the qualification and felt a huge sense of achievement.  I continued to build on my skills not only at work, but in my personal life as well.  Yes I am now one of those people who have a ‘monthly finances’ spreadsheet on my home laptop.

So there you have it, if I can do it then so can you, stop those excuses and go for it!!!

-Jill, Business Support Co-Ordinator

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