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Key skills: making a difference
Key skills: making a difference

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5.2.1 Identify opportunities for using IT skills

Where and how will you use information technology skills over the next 3–4 months? You may need IT to help you search for, develop, exchange and present information, including text, images and numbers. You may have to learn how to use a new software package, use email or computer conferencing, or search for, select and evaluate information from the Internet or online sources. Spend some time thinking about your study or work requirements and what opportunities you will have or can create to develop your IT skills.

Identifying just what your course or work practice will require and what you will need to focus on can be quite a complex process, so don't be discouraged if you find it difficult. At work you may be able to discuss requirements with colleagues or your manager. On a course, you can refer to the aims and outcomes to identify what you are expected to know and be able to do. In an assignment, there may be particular criteria you are expected to meet in order to be successful.

It is unlikely that you will be able to identify and pin down all the opportunities to use IT skills right at the beginning of your course or work activities. New ideas will probably occur as you go along and you may come back to modify and adapt your strategy several times as your work progresses. This is fine-plans should be flexible and responsive as your circumstances change. Discussing your ideas with others (such as your tutor, manager, other students or work colleagues) can be helpful in identifying those aspects of key skills you need to work on.

Time out

Make a list of those IT skills you will need. What will you be using those skills for, and when will you need them?