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More than ever before, IT skills are becoming an essential asset to have in the workplace. Companies demand it, individuals need it, and many continue to be empowered by it. When it comes to academics, it’s crept into the curriculum; when it comes to career, most professions can’t do without it; and when it comes to the society, nations are developing through it at a pace so rapid it bewilders imagination. Having an IT skill is no longer a big deal, but THE big deal. In this article, we’ll talk you through the three tech skills that have been identified as must-haves. Coding Coding is by far the number one IT skill in demand worldwide. No longer seen as the preserved of the geeky nerd next door, because nowadays even kids are into it, coding provides a deeper understanding of technology. In an age where many people spend more time on the internet than with their families, is a natural next step for most. Twenty years ago coding was synonymous with software programming, ten years ago it was synonymous with web programming, but today it is most associated with app development. Mobile is the future of technology and having the skill that enables you to create sites and apps that run on the platform isn’t just cool, but also smart. While the availability of numerous eBooks and video tutorials on coding has made acquiring the skill easily, it also tells of its overall necessity. Data Management What does the I in IT stand for? It’s Information. For centuries information management has been a fundamental part of the workplace, not just because it sets things in order, but because it helps us know better. Data management is no different because data is basically information that can be used and stored by a computer program. But before you start thinking of numbers and spreadsheets, the visualization of data through modules like infographics makes the ability to create these dynamic presentations a must-have, especially in a business environment. Having the skill to create and manipulate data doesn’t only give you an edge over your colleagues or course-mates; it also helps you see the need for structure in your activities. Engineering Depending on the part of the world you are in, a computer engineer must know how to build a system, or just know how to fix the system when it breaks down. But while the skill-sets may differ in their requirements, essentially both help you to understand how and why certain system components are as they are. Having the ability to pull a computer apart or build one from scratch more than anything requires insight and intelligence of the kind that could rub-off on you in terms of spotting problems and finding solutions at home, at work, or even at school. Besides that, the knowledge also enables you to be able to fix your computer and those of others— a skill not many people have. And even if you do decide to take it up as a full-time career, not to worry, computer engineers and technicians regularly rank high in the list of professionals most in demand. Engineer or technician, your skills not only enhance your understanding of the computer, but it enables you to have an edge over those who don’t even have an idea what a processor looks like.

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This article was first published on 15th March 2016


Samuel Oluwaseun Sylvester is an IT Consultant, and a certified instructor, technician, graphics designer, and web developer with years of experience at different IT institutions. He's passionate about technology and is the CEO of Sylgrafix Incorporated. Follow him on Twitter @SamSylvester9.

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