The advantage of learning about computers.
The advantage of being a computer literate is almost as clear as saying 'good day'. In today's world where everything has a computer element embedded in the system, having the basic knowledge about this wonder machine is like having a magic key which can open any door for you. Let us see what advantages a computer literate has over one who does not know anything about computers:
- The CV is complete: The CV of one who has on it 'computer training' listed is indeed complete. There is no organization today worth its salt that does not use computers in some or other field in their systems. A person who seeks a job and has some basic training in computers says that the person is upto date with the existing technology and one who can do justice in a modern environment. Thus, one who has the computer training will always be chosen for the job interview/job vacancy over the one who does not - sometimes even if the latter is more qualified.
- Intelligent and informed decision making power: Using the computer, one can analyze data and take informed decision about the future course of action. Those who do not understand computers and cannot use them, will not be able to profit of the in-depth analysis that a computer can put on your desk in matter of seconds after pressing a button. Not only that, you will be able to play around with the data and see what and where are the worst dangers of failure so you can plug these up with appropriate measures.
- Business plan forecast: The computers are the best tools for predicting to a large extent what type of results a business plan would throw up. The banks base their sanctioning decision on the soundest possible plan and its financial forecast. Without computers one would have to work very hard to project the real balance sheet manually. The business forecast depends upon many factors which can be simultaneously taken care of by a computer while calculating the profit - loss sheets. However, with the manual method this is a cumbersome process which allows a lot of scope for mistakes. Sometimes a good plan is the only difference between a loan sanction and rejection.
- Stay in touch: Electronic mail has spread rapidly to cover the whole globe in less than a decade. Now, the Internet is courting the telephone and today you can speak across the globe at the minimum possible rates and also see one another though web cameras. What a few decades ago was reserved for the sci-fi section of the libraries is today the truth. It is wonderful to see how you can communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Those who do not know to use the Internet for emails are total losers in the fact that they stay isolated or dependent on the snail mail when a few keys on the computer would bring them instant connectivity to their near and ear ones.
- Saving time: Knowing computers is actually synonymous with simplification of life mundane tasks. Whether it is recording your favorite TV show in time and for the right duration or it is drawing up an annual financial plan for your company for the annual general meeting, computer usage cuts the time required to less than one tenth than it would have taken to do the task manually; up and above it, manual operations almost always allow for human error.
- High accuracy of results: Computers being machines, provide highly accurate answers and calculations. Hence, a projected plan, a financial estimate, a profit and loss balance sheet are dependable once they are computed. The accuracy with which it can project and analyze data helps the computer literate understand better the ground reality of any given scenario while the computer illiterate would need to base his decisions on how dependable are the calculations and data of the staff who presented it.
- Elimination of repetitive tasks: There are many times when you have to send 500 letters to prospective clients. A computer literate would use a database and mail-merge to get the whole thing on the road in no time, despite the fact that each letter would have a personalized printout addressing each of the prospective customers by their first names. One who does not know computers would not only need a week to complete the task, it will also make the task of repetitively writing addresses again and again.
- Higher productivity: A computer literate can use his/her time better ensuring that results roll out faster and better. He/she can analyze accurately the data for any discrepancy or fault and correct it in time. He/she can also project the demand, most likely growth curve and the best expansion plan possible. Each of the above translates into higher productivity and benefit to the organization.
- Self-learner culture: A computer literate will be constantly in need to upgrade his/he computer skills. He/she will also develop a self-learning attitude which is extremely conducive in any type of jobs. Employers are aware that those who have learned the use of computers are most of the times enthusiastic self-learners.
- Problem self-diagnosis: Whether you are an engineer, a doctor or a common office manager, all must have at one time or other encountered different types of problems in the course of your job. When faced with a problem, most organization used to convene a meeting and brainstorm to seek a solution. A computer literate would use the computer to check out where the problem is. Once the problem is identified, the computer will again be used to help eliminate the problem.
A computer literate has tremendous advantage above those who are not. This is why most high schools and even degree colleges insist today on their students to complete the computer courses offered whether they feel they need it or not. You cannot really survive in today's technological jungle without knowing how to handle a computer.