Digital Competence for Gov’t Employees Pushed at ICT Forum

The most employable professionals today belong to two kinds of digital natives: the competent ones and the experts. While the former are those who the can perform collaborative digital work and editing, the latter have advanced knowledge of power tools and programs for analytical and sophisticated work.

“What kind of digital native are you?” asked International Computer Driving License (ICDL) General Manager Tina Wu at the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Technical Forum for Government Professionals held on June 29 at the PhilVolcs Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue.

Wu urged some 200 participants to strengthen their digital skills to become more efficient at work. Wu cited an International Data Center (IDC) study which reported that almost €15,000 is lost per worker every year due to the latter’s digital incompetence or lack of skill.

“In this age, spread sheet manipulation and word processing proficiency have become baseline skills,” Wu added. They join other baseline skills such as communication, costumer service, writing, problem solving, detail orientation, planning, and even multitasking.

The whole day forum also covered the following topics: New Style of Business – Transform to a Hybrid Infrastructure, Emotional Competence through Personal Branding: A Social Media Phenomenon, Next Generation Hotspot, Wearable Technology and Mobile Learning.

In the New Style of Business- Transform to a Hybrid Infrastructure session, IT managers and developers were advised to be software polyglots. “It is not smart to learn only one language,” suggested Hewlett-Packard (HP) Cloud Consultant Jerome Gotangco. He added that the current market demands mastery of multiple software languages.

Meanwhile, in Emotional Competence through Personal Branding: A Social Media Phenomenon, developing and promoting an online brand for one’s self was encouraged by Josephine Tesalona, Acting Manager at the Singapore-based SSA Consulting Group. Tesalona explained that the key to unlocking one’s personal branding is by defining his/her values, goals and passions, then prioritizing them. Personal branding directly dictates one’s digital foot print and also affects employability according to Tesalona.

Organized by the National ICT Competency Management Service (NCM) of the Department of Science and Technology Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), the ICT Technical Forum for Government Professionals was conducted in line with the 2015 National ICT Month.

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