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Microsoft Office Skills one of the top skills Required by companies

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The paper, Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success, surveys and delineates the most useful and desired skills in today’s marketplace and the skills which will be required by 2024. This research was conducted by International Data Corporation and Sponsored by Microsoft, reveals that the top 20 job skills include Microsoft Office, which lands at number 4, and Microsoft PowerPoint, landing at number 16.

Top 20 Skills required in Marketplace
Top 20 Skills required in Marketplace including in Microsoft Office

IDC analyzed 76.7 million job postings from 2016 to identify the 20 most commonly required skills for these positions, then examined the skills required for 70 positions that are expected to have above average growth and salary potential between 2017 and 2024 – these are called “high opportunity positions.”

This top 20 list represents skills that are most required across all occupations and are considered “cross-functional skills.” IDC categorized these skills into three overlapping buckets:

  • Communication, integration, and presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurialism and related skills
  • Microsoft, Microsoft Office and other software skills

These cross-functional skills suggest that students require “job readiness” and not “job training” for success, as educators should focus on skills with the broadest applicability.

Office creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Learn download and install Microsoft Office here.

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