By Ruoro Kairu
I have been following a story of how more than half of the jobs in some developed countries will be taken over by machines in the next decade.
Atomization and digitization are not new to us. Over the last decade or so, computers and machines have penetrated our workplaces to the core. Every other day, there’s a new application or software that is alleged to make work easier.
However, most of these platforms and software do not seem to last. A newer version or a better one seems to come out and replace the former almost immediately.
It is hard to find a program that has withstood the atomization battle. Microsoft Excel is such a program. Since its invention in the late 20th century, Excel has cemented its place both in our lives and in the job market. Rightly so! Excel has myriad functionalities that can actually make your work easier.
Whether you’re trying to make sense of raw data, or organize numbers, or even create conclusions from the data, Excel is the platform to use.
In an independent report carried out in late 2018, it was revealed that over 80% of all jobs actually require Spreadsheet and Word processing skills.
To many of us, we view Excel as a platform to create tables and numbers. However, the program does much more than just that. Here are four reasons why you should definitely learn Excel.
1. Excel solves your company’s problems
Do you need to have a questionnaire that you carried out about your company? Do you want to compare and relate the answers from one question with that of another? Excel can help you do that!
With Excel, you can also present your findings to the marketing and sales teams. Furthermore, you can make recommendations based on your data.
With Excel, you’ll be able to see what resonates best with your customers, and where you should lay your efforts.
In a few words, Excel helps you draw actionable decisions from raw data.
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2. Excel makes you more employable
As noted above, Excel is used in over 80% of all jobs in the formal job market. As a result, you can use it in almost any field. This is a plus for most employers.
Even in departments that have specific software, Excel still supports a large percentage of them. The accounting department is a good example, while there are dedicated software such as Wingu, Sage, and QuickBooks, they are still largely helped by Excel, especially when exporting or sharing data.
When you list proficiency in Excel on your CV, it could actually give you a boost over the other job seekers. Yes, a single program could get you your dream job.
3. You can get your work done faster
Did you know you can reduce the time you spend on a task nearly by half? With Excel, you don’t have to carry a calculator with you everywhere.
Moreover, besides making your work easier, it also makes it more accurate.
In addition to lessening the time you spend on a task, it can also save you time by integrating different solutions. For instance, you can come up with charts and graphs, still on Excel.
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4. Excel skills are useful in any profession
Whether you’re in sales, HR, teaching, front office, accounting, operation, administration, or another department or profession, there’s a way to integrate Excel in what you do.
From basic functions such as keying in data, to complex ones such as Pivot Tables, Excel is a great resource.
Clearly, Excel is here to stay. Learning it will help you improve on your business, grow your career, or even help you get a job. You can learn more about Excel in our Advanced Excel Course.
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