Developing your digital skills

Career development, Career advice

From automation to web development and programming, the demand for digital skills is here to stay. Even if it’s just competence in Excel or being able to run a mail merge on Word, having a good hold on your digital skills and capabilities can really put you one step ahead of the competition.

This is all well and good if you’re a bit of a tech-head and love learning to use new programs, but if you’re a novice to building up your digital skills then it can all be a bit overwhelming. The good news is that there are loads of courses you can try your hand at for free to get you started! We break down some great training courses available online that will start you off on your digital journey.


Have you noticed the ‘learning’ icon at the top of your LinkedIn profile? If you click into it, you’ll see tonnes of courses tailored to the skills you’ve got in your profile, and often the first segment of the course is free. If you navigate from the library to business and then software, you’ll see a whole host of training courses from Excel to Programming and Digital Marketing. They also offer 7 days of free training, so if you’ve got some time on your hands you can really get to grips with some new skills!

They also offer some great learning paths, so if you want to become an SEO expert or a Manager, they’ll outline a series of recommended courses for you.

Code Academy

If it’s hard coding skills you’re looking to build up, then Code Academy is an excellent place to start. Completely free, you just need to create an account to sign up and then get going with their video learning courses. From HTML5 and CSS3 to Python and Ruby on Rails, you’ll find a great start to whatever programming language you’re looking to learn here.

Microsoft Office

Looking to master the basics? Don’t underestimate the boost to your CV that knowing Word, PowerPoint and Excel can deliver. The best thing about these programmes is that Microsoft Office offers some excellent training programmes itself. From mastering the basics of Office 365 to creating expert slide decks, these skills will stand you in great stead for taking the next step in your career journey.

Looking for more?

If you’re determined to build your digital skills portfolio in 2018 and want to make sure that your skills are specific to your industry, why not ask your boss for some training? You could even ask to shadow someone with the skills in your business for a few hours a week, to boost your understanding of how digital skills are applied in your sector.

Asking for training should be covered in your annual appraisal or regular 1-2-1, but if you need a helping hand to get you started them why not download our template request? Just pop one to your line manager to kick-start a conversation.