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(The following is a guest post from Lolita Allgyer, Marketing Associate and advisor at Praxis.)

8 Software Tools Teens Can Master Today

Getting a job looks pretty complicated when you’re young. That world is far away, right? That comes after you graduate college and are ready to take on the world, correct?

Not really. In fact, today it’s never been easier to gain expertise in the areas that all businesses are eager to build out. Innovation has made it possible for young people like you to break into some of the coolest careers available! One of the best ways to set yourself apart today is to learn software tools that are common to many businesses. Here are just a few examples:

Google Suite

If your résumé says “detail-oriented” this should be on your list. Even if it’s not, mastering Google’s tools will give you experience quickly in the art of organizing and systematizing data. Get your Google Suite certification here.

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Write a blog series showing the little tricks most people don’t know.
  • Make a tutorial series outlining the basic concepts of each part of Google Suite.
  • Create a short webinar geared toward people who quickly want to navigate Google’s products.
  • Write a Medium article detailing how you mastered Google Suite.

Microsoft Excel

This is a must if you want any kind of analytical role. Without spreadsheets you’ll be left handicapped! Learn Excel and learn it well. Even for those who hate numbers and want nothing to do with data, mastering excel will give you an edge in the digital world, where many people aren’t organized. You can get many different levels of Excel certification here!

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Make a Youtube tutorial series (like this one created by a Praxis participant)
  • Create spreadsheets with data from your favorite sports team, and write an analysis of your findings
  • Find a small business you love and help them build a simple CRM 
  • Start tracking some of your routines and write an article breaking down what works and what doesn’t

Salesforce

Salesforce is today’s top CRM platform. If you’re considering a marketing or sales role, learning how to navigate a CRM is essential. Even if the companies you end up working for don’t use Salesforce, your basic knowledge of a CRM will be valuable for understanding the way sales and marketing funnels work! You can get your Salesforce Administrator Certification here.

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Build a basic CRM for a small business near you.
  • Create minute-long videos about your tips for learning Salesforce and post them to your social media.
  • Create a short podcast series where you teach Salesforce for those who have no clue where to start.
  • Coach someone through the process of learning the program!

Mailchimp

Email is still the biggest way businesses communicate with each other. It’s crucial to learn an email management software, especially for anyone who is interested in marketing or customer service! Mailchimp is one of the more common platforms. (Hubspot would be another example of a tool that fits in this category.) Chimp Essentials is a great course for learning Mailchimp! Check it out here.

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Build out an email funnel for a company you’d like to get hired at. Make sure your copy is strong and that you have the HTML files on standby so they can easily access them!
  • Create a simple mailing list of your own. Play around with signup forms, open and clickthrough rates, and email copy.
  • Teach a couple of small businesses near you how to use the platform for their companies!
  • Run a webinar where you teach the tricks you learned while studying Mailchimp

Facebook Ads

It’s an obvious for someone who wants to go into marketing. But I think it’s equally as valuable for salespeople and customer service associates to know what goes into running an ad! Facebook’s certifications can be found here.

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Build a small Shopify store and run ads to get people to buy your products
  • Find an entrepreneur who has a small marketing budget and offer to run ads for them.
  • Write a daily blog post about what you’ve learned in Facebook Ads world.
  • Put together a Tweet thread that summarizes what you’ve learned.

Google Analytics

Want to start your own business? Interested in sales or marketing? Then master Google Analytics! You’ll be empowered if you know what the data means and how to act on it! Access Google’s Analytics Academy here.

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Plug in your personal website and write an analysis of what you learned and what you can do to optimize the site.
  • Make screenshare videos of Google Analytics functions that are helpful to you and upload them to Youtube.
  • Write a simple E-book on Google Analytics and publish it.
  • Find marketing groups on Facebook and write up some blog posts on the topic to share with them.

(Need more great ideas for your teens?  Check out our other career planning posts.)

Zoom

Video conferencing is a big deal in today’s world. If you’re in customer service, sales, or any other role where you talk to people often, it’s good to have mastered the ins and outs of a service like Zoom. Mastering this tool also means being able to walk other people through minor tech issues with the program, so make sure you can communicate what you’ve learned effectively! Zoom has some pretty cool live training for each of its different functions. Check it out here!

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Create a tutorial teaching newbies how to run a webinar via Zoom.
  • Write a series of blog posts about creative ways to use the platform for business.
  • Record a live training session where you’re walking someone through the basics of Zoom.
  • Go on Quora and search for people’s questions about Zoom. Now that you’re an expert, you can answer them!

Trello

Want to manage a team someday? Thinking of starting a business? Then it’s time you learn to master your workflow! Trello is one of the best tools to plug in no matter what your job description is. There’s a pretty cool Trello course here.

Ideas for documenting your knowledge:

  • Invite your friends to Trello and plan a couple of events on the platform.
  • Try managing a project you’re completing solely through Trello. Write a Medium article about what you learned.
  • Create an Instagram or Facebook story showing people how you use Trello!
  • Create a time management course and showcase how Trello can help time management.

Final ideas on software tools teens can master – 

  1. You can host all these tools and your other skills on a free Crash profile. Using the Crash platform, you’ll be able to show your work in a beautiful visual format and create personalized pitches to companies you want to work for. Take the fun Crash career quiz to get started! 
  2. Remember to build skills in as many areas as possible. If you’re in sales, that’s great. Lots of people are in sales. But if killing a sales role AND you have a bunch of marketing tools in your back pocket, you’ll be able to leverage many more opportunities! In today’s world of opportunities, it pays to have a diverse portfolio!
  3. Documentation is the most important part! You can master all these tools, but if no one else knows what you’ve accomplished, it’s not going to be nearly as valuable to you in the long run. Be open about your learning process, and create value for others with the skills you’re building! 

Ready to take on the world of software? Let’s do it!

Loved this? Consider applying to Praxis. We’ll help you find and build your skills, then put them to work in a startup apprenticeship. You’ll get much more coaching like this, access to a community of entrepreneurial young people like you, and a portfolio of work that will speak for you wherever you go. 

How to Perpare Your Kids for After Graduation Lolita Allgyer

Lolita Allgyer is a homeschool grad who loves education. She is a Marketing Associate and advisor at Praxis, where she works with other young people to help them build careers they love through apprenticeships. She originally published this piece here on the Praxis blog. In her spare time she is learning as much about the world as possible. Her latest interests are French and the ukulele. Interested in an apprenticeship or just want to chat about this idea? She would love to hear your thoughts! Her email is lolita(at)discoverpraxis(dot)com.

 

 

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