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Five Tech Skills Every Business Student Should Know

By Avery Phillips

Updated March 19, 2021 Updated March 19, 2021

With the tech gap increasing in all industries, corporations now more than ever want prospective candidates to have an advanced technology skill set. So, if you want to have an edge on the competition when you’re in the job market or forming your own business, you need to make sure the education you’re receiving teaches you about technology as well as more traditional business skills.

The importance of blending business with tech skills

There are several reasons why technology and the skills associated with it are essential to keep businesses up and running. High-tech equipment allows for faster workflows and production processes and can even aid in determining how best to utilize and allocate resources.

The modern technological workplace is also generating vast amounts of data and being able to interpret this data is a necessary and covetable skill. The ability to decipher patterns in datasets and make a strategic plan based on that information is what makes good companies into great ones, and it’s the kind of attribute which will instantly make you more hireable.

Another vital area of technological knowledge for both MBA graduates and businesses is cybersecurity. With hackers becoming more sophisticated in the way they infiltrate a company’s secured files, it’s important to have the right tech and protocols in place so that nothing important is gleaned, and the more you know about this area the better.

Tech skills you should know

With so many different areas of technology to specialize in, it can be hard to figure out which skills will be most beneficial for your career in business. To help get you started on the right track, here are five tech skills you should aim to be sufficient in to give you the best possible chance at corporate success:

Don’t underestimate the power of spreadsheets. Learning how to create spreadsheets and use the formulas function can make business practices organized, quick, and efficient.

Learning some basic HTML and CSS coding can do wonders for your business game. Without HTML and CSS, a company’s website would be non-existent. By having some behind-the-scenes knowledge on how websites work, changes to web pages can be made at a moment’s notice and money is saved from not having to contact an outside web designer.  

Wireframing involves knowing how apps and websites are designed so you can effectively communicate to teams in your company exactly how you want these applications to work and look.

Having a good graphic design sense can mean the difference between success and failure for a company. A lot can be said about a business based on the images, colors, and typefaces that are used. We live in a visual culture, so having a solid foundation in graphic design is crucial.

Communication is important in pretty much every industry. That being said, you’ll need to learn the ins and outs of emailing as well as how to effectively use social media as a communication tool.

As technology becomes more ingrained in everything we do, it’s vital that we keep up with the newest tools and processes to stay in the game. These five basic skills should ensure you’re at least able to handle some of the basic technological requirements you’re likely to encounter in the world of business.    

This article was originally published in May 2018 . It was last updated in March 2021

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