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Food for Thought: Bill Gates Writes About IT Skills

Bill Gates

It’s not so often that billionaires get to write something for us, common folk. In an article for BBC Business, Bill Gates writes about the skills that a person needs to succeed today.

Today and in the future, many of the jobs with the greatest impact will be related to software, whether it is developing software working for a company like Microsoft or helping other organisations use information technology tools to be successful.

Oh and he just can’t resist dropping his company’s name. Still, there are a lot of things that I have to agree with Bill. Everyone needs IT skills. Whether it’s operating a cashier register or some fanciful 3D design software, workers from all sorts of fields definitely will have an advantage over others if they have a solid background in IT.

Being a discourse analyst by trade, I do appreciate the fact that I have had a solid training in mathematics and the sciences during my grammar school and high school years. My learning allowed me to delve into fields through self-training. Observing how the job market is nowadays, one will not be able to really be competitive without IT skills.

So if you’re still wondering how to work a word processor, then better start learning now.

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