Technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other - Bill Gates
Rightly said, isn’t it?
5 Tech Skills All MBA Grads Should Know
Technology has intertwined itself into our lives to an inseparable level. It has become part and parcel of the modern digitised life we live. Whether you intend to start a business or seek to craft your career with one of the top MNCs, one thing you can’t ignore is the impact and influence of technology and tech skills on the business world.
Technical skills and digital literacy did not matter much to MBA aspirants a decade or so ago. However, being a significant part of the digital economy; you just can’t avoid learning these technical skills now.
If you want a better edge of the competition, you need to ensure your chosen B school is offering the right training in terms of tech skills along with fundamental business knowledge.
In addition, companies and employers prefer hiring candidates equipped with technical knowledge. This is reiterated by the rise in specializations like IT management, business technology management etc. Technical competencies can help you to attain a competitive edge when you face your future employer in an interview. So, it is time for you to load your quiver with some dignified tech arrows to win the game!
Let us have a look at the five most essential tech skills every management student should know
Typing is obviously a tech skill you require to compose papers on the computer, but fast and accurate typing has far-reaching benefits. You require typing skills to take notes, conduct web searches, compose emails, and much more. Pecking on the keyboard with two fingers will not suffice! Such inefficiency cannot make its way into an MBA student’s packed schedule. There are many online tools to help you improve speed and accuracy.
Social media is one of the most effective and accessible platforms for doing some serious business. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are some famous names on the list. Every MBA aspirant must know how to utilise these platforms for building a positive image and connecting with professionals.
Netiquette (Net + Etiquette)
Being on a countless number of social media platforms can be highly profitable to you in the business sector. However, proper behaviour when you participate in email correspondence or in an online discussion forum is an important tech skill every MBA student needs. What you say and don’t say is especially important when communicating with your professors, classmates, and later your colleagues when you enter the workforce.
Basic netiquette behaviours include always identifying yourself, beginning each communication with a salutation, using a signature line, and leading with a descriptive subject. In addition, avoid using all caps, as this is akin to SCREAMING online. Observe good grammar and spelling, and always respond promptly.
Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PPt
All businesses use Microsoft alike to edit, create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. As future managers and professionals, your days are going to be filled with these programs, so knowing these programs inside out is a necessity. At Sunstone, each student is issued an individual Microsoft office account and integrated into the Learning Management System (LMS). Through the LMS the students and the teachers are kept up to date with attendance, security, assignments, grades and everything essential to make the whole experience holistic.
Videoconferencing: Google Hangouts, Zoom Meetings, Skype
Remote learning and telecommunication demand the use of video conferencing platforms are on the rise. Especially since the pandemic, and even after all this, it is not going away. Furthermore, most video conferencing programs are intuitive, where new users are up and running in no time. However, there is a code of conduct here too that one should follow during participation in video conferencing. When participating, mute your microphone if you’re not speaking, as the background noise can be disturbing to others or even embarrassing. In addition, make sure your surroundings are clean and that you are wearing appropriate attire.
In this Information Age, all MBA students must be digitally savvy. In other words, these tech skills can take a lot of practice. However, they are vital to maximizing success as an MBA professional. At Sunstone, the faculty, design of the curriculum and channels of delivery, all work in favour of inculcating these skills into the students. We take immense time and effort towards creating business professionals who are ready for the dynamic and highly competitive corporate world.
Sunstone is a leading higher education service provider that works with academic institutions in up-skilling students for employability. Sunstone offers career oriented training interventions for undergraduate and postgraduate students at 30+ institutions across 25 cities.
Sunstone’s training programs are industry endorsed to enhance employability. These programs are designed for hybrid delivery with unparalleled focus on soft skills and personality development. Sunstone’s focus is to provide students with holistic educational experience.