In my teachings, I have always stressed that all people, young and old, should do their best to learn as much as possible about how to use "Microsoft Office Suite" applications, such as Excel, Word, and Outlook! There are other Microsoft Products that are useful, but these are used by the majority of the World. I would confidently say that these are a "Necessity" and no longer an "Option", if you plan on competing in the Workforce of today. I cannot tell you how many times that I have heard potential employees say, "Oh yes, I KNOW how to use Excel"! When I asked them a few "Intermediate Level" questions that will prove them to be an asset to the company, I was met with the "Deer in the headlight stare".
That is not what corporations are looking for today! The companies of today need for their employees to know how to use the computer and these Microsoft Applications.
So many individuals think that they can rely on "friends or relatives" to put in a good word, so to speak, with the boss and they will be in! Things have changed! We all need to be a part of the Workforce. Even in a small way!