In today’s technologized world, having basic computer skills is essential to managing day to day life. It is also valuable in keeping up with family and friends, and connecting with the rest of society.
For those looking for work, these skills are vital. A report from The New Work Order in 2017* forecasted 90 per cent of the workforce would require at least basic computer literacy within the ensuing five years.
Becoming computer literate is a step many Australians find wonderfully liberating. Mandy Calderon from Umina is discovering this as she completes the part-time TAFE NSW Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology. She will graduate in four weeks’ time.
A specialised dementia carer, Ms Calderon is putting her new computer skills to use at work.
“I wanted to be able to further my career and knew I needed to gain a lot more knowledge about computers,” Ms Calderon said.
“Before, I was fine with emails and Facebook. Now, I’m so much more confident with a computer in many ways. I’m using my skills already.
“After class I always try to come back home and practice on my computer. And if I forget how to do something I refer back the handout we received each week.
“I’ve learned so much and am definitely pleased I’m doing this TAFE NSW Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology. It’s great for work, whatever your occupation, but also generally. We have retirees in class too, who want to do photos and send emails to family and organize things for enjoying their retirement.
“The teacher is fantastic. We’re all at different levels and she’s so helpful and patient with all of us no matter that level we’re at. If the course went for longer I’d keep doing it, I’ve enjoyed it that much.
“It’s also nice to show friends and family the work I’ve done. For example, I’ve become faster at typing. A friend visited me the other day and sat with me at the computer and said ‘you’ve come along so much’!
“You’re never too old to go to TAFE NSW and learn. I have met some lovely people of different ages on this course and hope to keep in touch with them when it finishes.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to get with the times whether we want to or not. Everything is changing and we really need to understand computers.”
Across the Central Coast, the Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology course will be held at TAFE NSW Gosford and Wyong from late July onwards. To register, visit www.tafensw.com.au or call 131 601.
Australia’s largest training provider, TAFE NSW offers over 1,200 courses, from certificates to degrees.
* The New Work Order, a report from the Foundation of Young Australians.