PC and Mac fans can agree: computer savvy comes easy to us Millennials. Whether we’re using apps or building our Twitter readership, we know our way around our favorite gadgets. Our computer skills are required and beneficial in the workplace, so there are some universal programs and web applications you should know about. Our buds at Her Campus rounds up our favorites so you can rock your internship and eventually—your career.
THE WEB TOOLS: TRY THESE
This collaborative online instrument navigates its way through my e-mail accounts for everything from Her Campus to school to my internship at O, The Oprah Magazine. With all of the functionality of Microsoft Office, you can share documents with others, view changes, and chat with them about said changes in real time. “Google Docs is an incredibly useful as an organizing and business tool,” says Hofstra University design professor and president of design company MediaA, Tom Klinkowstein. Start a Google Doc with your fellow interns to keep an ongoing project organized and you’ll be golden. Just make sure everyone has a Gmail account so they’ll be able to edit the docs, not just view them.
Did your boss ask you to assemble data in an easy-to-read format? Don’t fret—No need to pull out Microsoft Office for this assignment. LucidChart allows you to design charts for any purpose including business analysis, networking diagrams, flow charts and more. Access the site from anywhere and collaborate with fellow interns or your supervisor in real time.
Strut in on a Monday with a long agenda? Who needs post-its when todo.ly is the go-to spot for virtual to-do list-making? Prioritize your internship projects with the site’s filters, drag and drop options, and hierarchal grouping all of free of charge.
THE PROGRAMS: TRY THESE
Ready for the challenge? Check out this list to see which programs you should consider mastering and scope out YouTube for introductions:
ExpressScribe –Transcribing software
Rather than switch between pausing a transcription and re-opening your Microsoft Word document, ES puts both tools in one. Decrease the speed of the interview and type at a decent pace to get your assignment done efficiently—plus, it’s free!
WordPress – Blogging platform/content management system
Having knowledge of one of the fastest growing content management systems out there is a useful skill. “Tools like WordPress are great,” says Klinkowstein. “Just make sure you can [do] it well—you’ll get in trouble if you say you know how to code websites with WordPress and actually can’t,” he says.
To read about the other programs and apps you should know for your internship (and some other cool tips!) check out the complete article at HerCampus.com.
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