Demonstrating computing skills in the workplace isn't about getting on the Wii or beating your colleagues on the PS3. Make sure you know your Excel from your Outlook, and whatever you do, don't put a coffee mug on your laptop.
What are computing skills?
Computers are everywhere in work. Emails are the main form of communication in the work place, spreadsheets are made on Excel and word processing skills are vital. Add in the ability to work on computer programmes essential to your industry (think Photoshop, Content Management Systems or booking programmes), and excellent IT and computing skills are one thing that most employers look for.
Why do employers want computing skills?
Employers need you to be able to work on their systems straight away. The good news is that you are more likely to have good IT skills than older colleagues who remember the world before the Internet. Furthermore, companies are increasingly looking to use social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to improve their services â€“ and who better to employ than the generation who grew up with social media?
How can you show you have them?
It\'s easy to demonstrate IT skills - just show the employer. Use a PowerPoint presentation in your interview. Note down the skills you have on your CV. Drop hints to any advanced IT skills you may have such as HTML coding or send a link to your blog or social media accounts.
There are thousands of sites on the internet that will give you free training in certain programmes, so brush up your skills before heading off to interview.
How are computing skills used in the world of work?
Computing is used in every aspect of work, right down from the moment you send your CV to the employer (word-processed, most likely emailed) to the moment you get your first pay packet (most likely sent by electronic transfer).
As a young person, you should have no fears about your computer and IT skills - they will most likely be much better than the person interviewing. Play on your abilities and you will impress your potential employer.