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Skills you need to have! Skill 1: Excel and PowerPoint

Updated: Sep 8


A common question we are often asked is about skills. What skills should you have by the time you graduate from college?


The top three skills are:

1) Microsoft Office (Specifically Excel and PowerPoint)

2) Communication and soft skills

3) Money Management skills


Looks easy enough right? Not really.

Each of these are very nuanced. For example, while you may use PowerPoint to complete your college homework, you also need to understand advanced functionalities that you are unlikely to use for college assignments.


To make things easier for you, here are some free resources to hone your skills. Make sure to follow them and complete them as soon as you can. You will be surprised how much these can help you even in 1st and 2nd year of college! And if you are currently working, these resources will still benefit you. It's never too late to start!


Microsoft Office Resources:

I learned Excel and PowerPoint purely on youtube, and there are wonderful free resources easily available. I highly recommend you open an excel spreadsheet and follow along and do the activities along with the video.


Microsoft Excel


Introduction to Excel

Using basic formulae in Excel

Using Charts for Data Visualization

Freeze Panes to view data more easily

Data filters

Vlookup and Hlookup - Extremely useful formulae commonly used at workplaces

Pivot Tables - Extremely useful and must know for anyone in the workplace today


If you are comfortable with this much functionality, you're in a good place to start. Everything else that you may need to use builds on this knowledge and can be easily googled!


Microsoft PowerPoint


Introduction to PowerPoint

Powerful tips to polish your presentation

How to create an awesome presentation (and not put people to sleep!)


PowerPoint sounds like it's easy, but making one that's effective and doesn't bore people is an art! Use some of these resources to make your presentations better!


Good luck!


Read our other 'Skills you need to have' posts in this series:

1) Skill 1: Excel and Powerpoint

2) Skill 2: Communication

3) Skill 3: Money Management

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