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How and Why to Brush Up on Your Microsoft Office Training

Microsoft might not be considered the cutting-edge company it once was, as trendsetters like Apple and Google have risen and social media-savvy startups create most of the excitement in tech, but many of Microsoft’s products are legacy and not going away. Consider Microsoft Office, introduced 29 years ago but showing no signs of leaving anytime soon. It’s ubiquitous in homes and offices; in fact, many users would probably be lost without it.

As proof of that, consider that an astonishing 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office today. Seemingly everyone has some level of ability with its programs, but don’t take them lightly; mastery of Office programs such as Word and Excel is a skill people use to get ahead in office life, and they even list it on their resumes.

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Career Training Expectations vs. Reality

Many people balk at the idea of career training. Much of this comes from the history and myths that surround career and technical education. From a historical standpoint, career training was referred to as vocational/technical education, and decades ago, it was thought of as just classes or schooling for people who weren’t on a traditional college track. Of course, this put vocational/technical education in a negative light. One myth surrounding these career training programs was that they did not provide a quality education. From there, people started forming their own opinions, and not many of them were favorable. However, data surrounding the career training of today dispels many of the negative myths. As it turns out, most of these myths are completely wrong:

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Stay Sharp! How Project Management Training Gives Baby Boomers the Competitive Edge

As we get older, we need to adapt to new technologies and acquire new skills to stay competitive in the workplace. It’s no longer enough to keep pace with changes in your organization. A new generation of workers is entering the workforce, and to ensure that you don’t become obsolete, you need to stay up to date with technology and acquire new skills with additional career training.

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The Top 5 Technology Skills Companies Need

We’re facing a technology-skills drought in the United States. According to a recent Emerson survey, two in five Americans say the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) shortage in the U.S. is at a crisis level. If you’re transitioning into a new career or looking to move up, grabbing technology skills now can mean a whole new level of job security.

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Are You ‘Job Ready’ for Your Next Career Move?

When you’re competing for jobs, employability is a key factor. You have to be job ready with the hard and soft skills employers want. Even if you have been in the workplace for some time and are looking for a change or advancement at your current company, having the right foundational skills and being able to demonstrate job readiness could be the factor that makes you stand out from the other applicants.

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