Digital Literacy an important factor in Career Success

The University of Derby’s International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) have produced a report entitled ‘Careering through the Web‘ which explores the potential of web technologies for career development and support services.

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The report acknowledges the accelerating influence of the internet in career and learning exploration and job searching. It stresses the need for the public and careers professionals to maintain and grow their digital skills so resources can be better deployed within this changing environment.

Probably the most observant statement came form Ian Kinder, Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills when he said:

The web is now an integral part of many people’s lives. But there is more information, advice and guidance available on there for people buying a television than there is for people considering their career choices.

It’s important to remember that Digital Literacy is not only important for seeking career opportunities but is often a criterion for obtaining them as well.