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09-IT-softwareThis competition area involves the use of the Microsoft Office application software.

Microsoft Office is used widely in businesses throughout Canada and around the world. As a result, more and more businesses require personnel who are fluent in the applications of Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. These personnel can archive and retrieve electronic files, and enter and manipulate data for efficiency, analysis, reporting, and presentation.

A user with well-developed skills in Microsoft Access is able to manage records and create meaningful reports while accessing simple or complex databases. Skills in using Microsoft Excel enable the user to set up and manipulate numeric data on worksheets. The numerical data can range from simple numbers to the development of complex formulas and graphs. Microsoft Word facilitates the preparation of a wide variety of business documents while Microsoft PowerPoint software allows the user to confidently prepare and give electronic presentations.

When the user is able to troubleshoot, integrate, and apply the features within each of the Microsoft Office applications, businesses become more efficient. These computer skills are used at ALL LEVELS within an organization and help support corporate management teams with activities such as budgeting, supervising, and managing projects.

Traits & Talents 

People interested in this competition area using Microsoft Office software should have an aptitude for computers and enjoy using computers to facilitate their work. They should possess good communication, numeric, administrative, and problem-solving skills. Listening skills are also essential when dealing with clients and working with co-workers. Self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to quickly adapt to any new products and equipment are needed to being successful as technology and software applications continually evolve and improve.

The Workplace 

Today's businesses largely use Microsoft Office software to plan, collaborate, manage, and communicate information. Individuals with fully-developed skills in using this software package are marketable in all sectors of the workplace ranging from small offices to working within major corporations. These individuals can expect to work in ventilated, well-lit rooms or offices space. Hours of work may range from conventional work schedules to overtime, depending on the nature of the position and project work. We know entrepreneurs like to keep their own personal schedules!

Related Occupations 

  • Entrepreneur
  • Business manager
  • Information management specialist
  • User support personnel
  • Database support and development officer
  • Office manager
  • Administrative assistant
  • Records technician
  • Technical documenter/writer
  • Technical author
  • Project manager
  • Publication architect
  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programmer
  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) consultant

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