Catapult Your Career with Digital Skills

June 23, 2015

Connect Member

Adda designs and teaches classes on digital job skills

Are you feeling stuck in a rut at work or, worse, in a total dead-end career? When you're in that situation, it can be hard to see a way out, much less get up the energy or enthusiasm to do anything about it.

But there's something that you can take your career to the next level or even change it completely — digital skills. Being tech savvy is useful in so many jobs nowadays, and amping up your knowledge to the next level can make a huge difference to the work you do and what you're paid to do it.

Here are four skills you can start building your digital arsenal with so that you can get more interesting tasks in your current job, get promoted to a new one, or take on completely new adventures.

1. Content management
The term "content management" might not be immediately clear, but it just refers to handling text, photos, or videos that are published on websites. So it's something that every company with a site (which, face it, is just about every company in today's world!) needs help wrangling what they put there.

The kind of skills you should look to learn in this area include content management systems (CMS's) like WordPress or Joomla. And you even having some basic skills producing graphics and manipulating photos with programs — like Illustrator or Photoshop — will make you valuable in some many positions.

2. Design
Being able to manage or create content is a fantastic skill to have, but doing it beautifully can make you really stand out from your colleagues at your current workplace or from other candidates in a job search. And that’s where design comes in.

A general understanding of UX tools and techniques like user research, mood boards, and mockups will set you up from the start of the creation process. And color palettes, grid systems, and typography will help whether you're creating a blog, web pages, or email newsletters.

3. CSS and HTML
Don't let the tech-y terms scare you — HTML is simply the coding language used to put content on a web page and give it structure. And CSS is code to tell browsers how to format and style HTML.

Knowing just the fundamentals of CSS and HTML will let you make real changes to websites (or content in a CMS or email newsletters) without having to bug your development team. Useful and pretty cool all at the same time, right?

4. Programming
And you can really pull out all the stops on your career by getting some programming under your belt. If you can write just a few lines of code, you can add interactive features to web pages that will make them look stunning, work better for users, and even help collect data for your company.

Starting with a super-useful language like JavaScript or an ultra-friendly one like Ruby can make transitioning into programming that much easier. And, once you've written a little code, you're almost sure to find yourself hooked and ready for more!

Now that you know where you can start to dig your way out, you don’t have to feel trapped anymore. In fact, with digital skills, you can make a career for yourself doing what you love. So, load up your tech catapult and aim for the stars!

Adda Birnir is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.