Technology And The 21st-Century Workforce: Why All Teenagers Need To Learn To Type

A global economy provides more opportunities than ever for employment, but in order to take advantage of the expanding market in telecommunications and internet-based business, young people need to become experts in the tools these jobs require.

It seems like the competition for good jobs gets more intense every year. These days it’s not enough just to be willing to work hard – even entry-level jobs require a certain basic skill set, and because many jobs involve the use of computers and keyboards, typing is one of those basic skills.

What does this mean for teenagers and young adults who are hoping to succeed in a competitive jobs market? It means that they need to be ready to cope with the technological demands of the jobs they’re applying for, by learning basic computer skills. Because many employers have at least one eye on the global marketplace, a good knowledge of English vocabulary is also essential; fluency in English helps in assisting customers around the world and gives a new employee the ability to work for their company in an overseas office. But whether communicating in English or another language, every new employee needs to be able to touch type accurately and quickly to keep the business moving forward.

Workplace Success Begins At School

One of the key indicators of achievement on the job is education. Children who get a good education in primary school have the skills to advance to higher education and better jobs as young adults. In many schools, computers and keyboard-based learning are playing a larger role in daily classroom activities. New educational reforms are even putting keyboarding on the list of required skills for students as young as 8 and 9 years old.

Children who can’t type quickly and accurately won’t be able to keep up with assignments. They won’t be able to finish online exams in the limited time they’re given to click through the test sections and type out the responses, even if they know the answers to all of the questions. The lower scores they receive from incomplete assignments and exams will lower their grades, and the opportunities they might have had to apply for high-value scholarships and awards will also decline.

By learning how to touch type at an early age, children can take advantage of all of the educational opportunities they’re given. Unfortunately, not every school offers keyboarding classes, even if that school uses computers in the classroom. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution for children and young adults who want to reach their educational and job-related goals: the award-winning typing tutor Ultimate Typing™ 2015.

Step-By-Step Success

With Ultimate Typing™ 2015 anyone can learn to touch type simply by following the lesson plans, practicing the exercises, and reviewing the instructions for incorporating business skills and ergonomics into a daily typing routine. The cloud-based software guides the user through scientifically-designed activities that focus on basic to advanced typing skills, using feedback from the activity results to personalize each user’s learning experience. Whether that user is 8 years old or 18 years old, they’ll be presented with a customized practice schedule that helps them hone their typing skills while having fun at the same time.

Each typing lesson starts with a brief video that demonstrates finger positions and keystrokes. The system also provides regular reminders about the proper position for their hands, head, and body to avoid developing repetitive stress injury problems.

Personalized Success

The Ultimate Typing™ 2015 software adapts to each user and satisfies their individual learning needs by adjusting the exercises according to the user’s current typing speed and accuracy rate. The system encourages a user to repeat and review any activity or exercise where they did not score well enough to match their typing milestones. This guidance and encouragement helps the user to keep a positive attitude and a focus on their ultimate goal: to be an expert touch typist.

The training text used in the games and advanced activities is also customizable. A user can import documents and texts and practice typing with those texts so that they are using words that are immediately relevant to their lives. For example, a student in high school can choose to upload a chapter from a history book they’re required to read, and use that as the typing practice text. By combining typing practice with their other educational goals and requirements, every user can make progress quickly in a range of skills.

Celebrating Success In Typing

As the user completes each exercise and activity, they are awarded status points that motivate them to advance to the next level. Earning these status points is fun, and users can even compete with each other to see who can reach the next status level first by publishing results on social media platforms. Typing speed and accuracy rates are also tracked by the Ultimate Typing™ 2015 system and displayed in charts and graphs that the user can look at any time. Users can compare their current rates to the typing goals that they set, and enjoy seeing the proof that their keyboarding skills are quickly improving. Every user receives a certificate of completion at the end of the course and can add that certificate to their CV or portfolio.

Helping Youth Succeed Around The World

Parents, teachers, and adults everywhere can play their part by encouraging children, teenagers, and young adults to set and achieve their goals, both in keyboarding and in general education and job training. eReflect, the company behind Ultimate Typing™ 2015, is committed to helping young people and adults around the world to continue working on self-improvement and self-paced education in order to create a more vibrant, interconnected, and successful global community.

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ultimate typingAbout the Author: Chassie Lee is the Content Expert for eReflect – creator ofUltimate Typing andUltimate Typing EDU which is currently being used by tens of thousands of happy customers in over 110 countries.

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This article was published on August 12, 2015, for the International Youth Day, in Global Education Magazine.

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