How Being Digitally Connected Can Save you Money

At this point in the game, it is near impossible to be completely “disconnected” from the digital world. Entire economies, institutions, and communities are dependent on the internet and having access to it. As with every major shift in society, there is a pull in the opposite direction, towards being “unplugged”, private, and independent of the digital dimension. Now a healthy balance is always key to reaping benefits from both schools of thought. However, did it ever occur to you that by being “online” can save you serious money?

  •  Working remotely

Forget about toll routes, gas money and carpooling. The internet has opened an opportunity for entire companies to operate remotely. Whether that means that employees have a more flexible schedule or there are more satellite offices, companies are tapping into the internet to save them, and their employees, money. Thankfully, technologies supporting these trends have continued to evolve and now a good knowledge management system is not only online but also collaborative. Some even argue that they feel more in sync and connected with their colleagues thanks to these systems than when they all worked in the same office.

  • Personal and professional relationships

Long distance telephone calls and reunion trips continue to be a costly expenditure for those who want to stay connected with family and friends that live far away. Thankfully, we now have a range of virtually free alternatives with which we can speak and even see our loved ones. Programs like Skype allow for video calls, something that other apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber are starting to pick up on and perfect. This means that as long as both sides have access to the internet, you can completely forego long-distance calling and overcome the distance.

  • Advertise relevant sales and exclusive offers on FB

Social media platforms are getting smarter and smarter and by now you will have noticed that your Facebook has been showing you advertisements that they think that are relevant to you and Google ads reflect your recent searches. This is no coincidence! As scary as thought that they know so much about us is, use it to your advantage.  Take note of sales, promotions, and exclusive online offers that companies are offering. It could really be a chance to save a lot of money on purchases that you might have made anyway.

  • Contests

Online contests are becoming more and more popular and are easier to participate in than ever. No more phone calls, mailing in coupons, etc. With as little as a click you can be entered to win anything from a product sample to a major jackpot.

  • Online shopping

Taking your shopping digital can be a real time and money saver. Even if you are wary of purchasing clothing or other items online without seeing them first, use company websites to compare their offering and their prices before ever visiting the store. This way you can avoid a lot of traveling between stores and already know if the exact same or similar object or service is available elsewhere for a better price. Online shopping also gives you the chance to take your shopping to a global level, so that you aren’t just restricted to the selection and the prices that you have in your immediate vicinity.

 It’s true that some of us are too dependent on our phones and on the internet, even to the point of missing out on the “real world”. But before you decide to cut yourself off from the digital word, consider the benefits that being connected could give you, not just for entertainment, but also for your wallet.

 

 

Career Advice: 3 Good Reasons To Study Computers

Investing in a career related to computer technology and the Internet is completely worth it.

There are many options available for college students. A Bachelor’s degree in computer technology can prepare you for any number of careers. 

Here are a few promising careers:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Software developer,
  • Computer support specialists.

But, before you specialize in an industry you should take a few broader courses. These will introduce you to the basic knowledge you need to do well in any IT career.

Why A Career in Computers?

There are many reasons why you should think about a career in computers. They are particularly suitable for you if you enjoy using technology.

Here are 3 good reasons:

  1. Computers play a major role in modern life. They have become an inextricable part of our lives. It’s important to learn how computers operate. It’s even better to learn how to use and make software. A good knowledge about computers is an essential aspect of any modern education.
  2. Before the age of computers, analytical students went into science technology, engineering, or mathematics. A computer science degree bridges all these together. When you work with computers, you can be artistic, creative, and logical. You get good at solving problems.
  3. Computer skills go beyond getting a good job. It can be a useful skill, as useful as reading and writing. You can learn how to write an app for your smart phone. You cal learn how to design an educational game. And you can learn how to build applications for the web. These skills can help you with many projects. They can help you land an internship. They can prepare you for many technological jobs not yet invented.

What’s A Computer Information Science course?

There are a variety of of sources for education related to computer information across the United States that take a refreshing approach to learning computer technology. A popular course is Computer Information Science, where classes are often small with a dedicated faculty that takes a hands on approach. The curriculum in schools embraces the latest technology trends such as learning how to develop apps for mobile technology.

A Promising Future In Information Technology

Here is what the Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about projected information technology industry growth:

“Employment and output in computer systems design and related services are projected to grow rapidly over the next decade, outpacing similar professional, scientific, and technical industries and the economy as a whole. Between 2010 and 2020, output in computer systems design and related services is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 6.1 percent, compared with 3.6 percent for the broad industry category—professional, scientific, and technical services—and 2.9 percent for all industries. (See chart 3.) Employment in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow 3.9 percent annually from 2010 to 2020, compared with 2.6 percent for professional, scientific, and technical services and 1.3 percent for all industries.”

Is A Computer Career For You?

You can take one of two approaches to figuring out your career.

In one approach, you can take an introductory course. You can learn about the history of computers. You can learn the big ideas behind computer technology. You can learn how to use various applications. These are what you will get from an introductory computer class

In an introductory computer class, you will learn things like:

 

  • · How to use a spreadsheet
  • · How to use presentation software
  • · How to build a simple webpage.
  • · The history of computing.
  • · The sociological impact of computing.

 

While there is nothing wrong with this approach, they will not give you the depth you need. You will lack the intellectual depth to understand how an expert computer user thinks. You will also lack the creative depth to figure out how to program a computer.

Another approach, then, is to take a class that does more than give you an overview. It is better to take a class that will teach you how to think like a computer expert. 

Focus on classes like:

  • Design
  • Administration
  • Database
  • Computer architecture
  • Networking
  • Multimedia
  • Webdesign
  • Programming

You can just take introductory courses in any of these. They will give you an insight into what makes the world of computers so fascinating. You can then make a decision about whether you want to get into the computer field. Perhaps, you’ll decide that it’s time to make your contribution to the Internet Revolution.