Learning IT Skills As An Adult
Most jobs today require people to know at least basic IT learning skills as a adult. A computer training course includes training in very essential software, Windows operating system and learning the basics of how the Internet works and how to use it effectively.
Careers in computer technology, also known as Information Technology are expected to grow much faster than all other occupation averages. Younger people literally grew up in a world full of computers and digital devices, contrary to older generations, most probably over 50 years old, who were left a bit behind. These people grew up differently and since computers were not available at the time they were young, since they were very expensive and with limited capabilities, most of them did not get the chance to get to know them.
This means that the lack even basic computer skills. For those adults who need to learn critical computer skills from the beginning or need a refresher course in computer training, there are several ways to get a omputer education and advance your computer skills.
Free training in basic computer skills
There are various such programs available all around Greece, and fortunately the majority of them is free of charge, or simply very inexpensive. Everybody can therefore apply for basic computer courses at their local community college, technical school, public library etc. In fact we are running a similar program in the school where I’m teaching right now.
After 4 o’ clock morning students get back home from school, so are their teachers and so the building is left empty. About 3 years ago the city council agreed that is should be useful to use the premises in order to teach computer skills to adults. After all, almost everything was there, the building, the computers and all other necessary equipment, hardware and software.
Two new teachers were hired to do the job and that’s how all started. Since my job allows me to be present at school whenever I wish, I have been there several times over those three years. Of course I didn’t apply for a course since my knowledge on computers is very advanced, but I went there to help the other colleagues and see if anything else was needed.
The majority of the students are mainly in their 60’s, but ages range from 30 to over 90. Yes, I’m not exaggerating, last year a 90-year-old man took the classes because he wanted to copy his photos from his digital camera to the computer and backup them and also he wanted to learn how to use a smartphone… It’s really amazing to see people in his age to be so eager to learn and be smart enough to understand everything.
The majority of the adult students are mainly interested in learning how to write, print and email a document, use the internet to make searches and read the news and other stuff they are interested in, and maybe use an excel document or any other spreadsheet to create and update some basic financial records and files. Even if they don’t even know what a “mouse” is at first, they really learn to understand and use computers quite fast.
How to start a computer technology class
If you are trying to find a computer technology class near you, you could start by contacting your local library first to see if there are computer courses offered to the public. They usually are. Many public libraries offer free computer courses and often provide computers with Internet access for people who do not have a computer at home.
There are also many other places to look at where you can improve current skills of your computer or to learn basic skills by enrolling in adult education courses. Adult education classes are often scheduled at convenient hours for people who work, are inexpensive and provide adults computer skills that can benefit them in their personal or professional lives.
If you have the basic knowledge to operate a computer and surf the web, things are even easier if you want to move one step further. You can enroll in online web courses that offer online learning opportunities, which is for anyone who wants to improve the IT skills that are needed to be successful in life. These classes include computer basics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Facebook and other popular online and desktop software applications.