University to corporate employment transition – 5 software programs to master

University to corporate employment transition – 5 software programs to master

Getting that first proper job is always exciting and these days it’s often also challenging.  The days when a degree alone could essentially guarantee entry into a well-paid profession are now well and truly over.  Today’s graduates need to be able to put together a compelling CV.  This needs to show that they have what it takes to move seamlessly into the corporate world and (amongst other things) that means being able to use popular corporate software.  Here are our pick of the 5 software programs to master.

Microsoft Excel

Whatever your opinion is on the company, Microsoft is still the key player in terms of corporate software and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.  The ability to use Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word is pretty much taken as a given in the world of work, but Excel skills are often highly prized.  The program’s sheer power and flexibility means that it has a whole variety of uses for a multitude of different tasks.  Some roles demand the ability to use it; other roles may not require it but are likely to appreciate it.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Creator

While the paperless office is almost certainly a long way in the future, many companies are doing as much as they can both to reduce the amount of paper they use and to increase the speed with which they communicate with their customers and other third parties.  PDF files are ideal for this as they were designed to print in the same way on all printers and in the modern world this means that they display the same way on all computer screens.  As a result of this flexibility, PDFs have become the format of choice for many corporate communications, particularly ones which include images.  Knowing how to create them can therefore be a useful plus point on a CV.  On the subject of CVs, although many companies happily accept them in Microsoft Word format, it can often be better to send them as PDFs to be sure that all your careful formatting displays the same way on the recipient’s computer (and on the computer of anyone to whom it is subsequently forwarded) as it did on yours.

Microsoft Power Point

Presentations are a pretty inescapable fact of life in any corporation, so be prepared to make them good ones.  Many companies like to perform an advance check of a job candidate’s ability to create and delivery effective presentations by requesting them to do so as part of the interview process.  How this is done varies between companies.  Some may tell candidates in advance, others may only inform candidates on the day.  Some may allow candidates to choose how they want to make their presentation, others may request that Microsoft Power Point be used.  While the foundation of any good presentation is the content, there is little point in having excellent content unless you can engage and maintain the attention of your audience, which is where Microsoft Power Point can help.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign was created for the digital world and is hugely popular in the corporate world for its ability to create online brochures (such as catalogues), magazines and ebooks.  Essentially this software is all about maintaining quality while reducing costs and increasing the speed of communications and updates.  Publishing documents through Adobe InDesign means that they can be continually updated without the costs and logistics of paper-based publishing.  Because it’s so in keeping with modern office trends, skilled users are often much appreciated.

Microsoft Visio

One of the most important skills any worker can have is the ability to understand complex information, digest it and then break it down so that it can be easily understood by other people with no prior knowledge and often with very little time.  This skill comes up time and again in the corporate world, whether it’s summarizing a lengthy document into a Smartphone-friendly e-mail for the boss, explaining a complex new product to clients (or indeed colleagues) over a formal presentation or recording and analysing processes to see how they can be improved to save time and money.  This is where Visio comes in.  It began life as a program capable of showing process data in a simple way.  It still does, but now it has vastly enhanced capabilities, such as the ability to include icons and pictures and the ability to link its shapes to real-time data.  Like Microsoft Excel, Visio’s power, adaptability and general usefulness mean that skills in it are very valuable to employers.

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