Having developed skills in the digital environment is becoming increasingly important for a greater number of professionals, as even jobs that do not require working in front of a computer incorporate intelligent and interconnected machines.
In this context, both the natives and the so-called digital immigrants must make a continuous effort to expand and develop their digital competencies given the evidence that today; most countries have a serious gap between the digital talent needs of their companies, and their citizens’ digital preparation to take on those jobs created within the digital economy.
At the beginning of this new year, it's a good time to consider how we can improve our digital skills. We would like to give you 7 tips that are still in time to become your resolutions for 2017. Let the year begin with motivation!
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What are digital skills?
Most people often wrongly correlate digital skills with the management of specific programs. However, it really has to do with an infinitely broader area of knowledge.
The seven recommendations we would like to offer you to become your new year's resolutions – and this way help you improve your digital skills – fit into the competency ranking proposed by the DQ Project. This project is an initiative run by an academic alliance between universities in South Korea, the United States and Singapore to create and generalize the use of a digital intelligence quotient similar to the popular IQ.
The DQ Project classifies digital competencies in eight groups, and our seven tips are distributed into five of these groups: digital identity, digital use, digital security, digital communication and digital rights.
7 recommendations to improve your digital skills
1. Increase the number of contacts and followers in your different profiles on social networks, especially on professional platforms such as Linkedin. To do this, follow and interact with other users methodically, for example by setting a minimum number of interactions every week.
Digital identity (the ability to create and manage your own online identity and reputation)
2. Be disciplined in creating your own content or sharing content from other profiles or users, for example by evaluating how much each publication or share, favorite, like or retweet contributes to your personal brand.
3. Gradually incorporate new productivity programs and apps that can help you become more efficient in developing your work; and persevere with those that you have tried but lost patience with, in spite of recognizing their multiple advantages.
Digital use (the ability to handle devices, programs, applications and digital environments)
Digital Security (your ability to detect cyber attacks and to implement behaviors that reinforce the security of your work and data)4. Create a rulebook of good security practices and apply it to yourself personally or share it to be applied in your organization, for example you can use the tips that we offered in this other post.
Digital Communication (the ability to communicate and collaborate with others using digital media and technology)5. Encourage digital communication in your department or in your company, suggesting online meetings or taking decisions through instant message services or video calls, for example.
Digital Rights (the ability to understand and defend your rights in the digital environment, including those related to your privacy, intellectual property, etc.)6. Be interested in knowing your rights in the digital field, taking advantage of the abundant literature available with just a few clicks, or paying more attention to the contracts or authorizations that you sign when signing up for certain services.
7. And finally, propose to digitize those aspects and areas of your work that you know could be done more quickly, efficiently and decentralized by using the different solutions available in the market.
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