We are more reliant on computers than ever before. Every office employee in the country has their own computer and email account along with Internet access, and is duly expected to know how to use all of this technology as a matter of course.
That's easy enough for anyone who has been working consistently for years, or for the likes of today's graduates, who have grown up knowing how to surf the web, click a mouse and order anything from their dinner to furniture online.
However, for those wishing to get back into employment after a long period away from work, it can be a different story. Perhaps you've taken a long career break to raise children. You may even have worked in an industry where IT skills were not an issue, say in a shop or manufacturing plant, and you find the prospect of using an application like Microsoft Office quite daunting.
The fact is that if you want to restart your career, you need to have IT skills that are up to date as you'll be expected to use a computer from day one. The good news is that there are a number of IT trainers on hand via First Tutors who can teach you how to use everything from Word to PowerPoint to the Internet. Soon, you'll be applying for jobs online and ready to make a fresh start in the workplace.