It sounds a little difficult to wrap our heads around the statistics, but it is estimated that 80% of current job openings require word-processing software and spreadsheet making skills, so essentially the ability to use Excel properly. This might sit uncomfortably for a lot of us because of our tendency to find Excel intimidating, however, we cannot cower away from Excel anymore, because we now need to learn it in order to be able to have a decent enough job in an already competitive job market. So, if that does not give you some motivation to start learning how to operate Excel, then I don’t know what will.
There happens to be a lot more to Excel than just creating tables. A number of functions are carried out on an Excel spreadsheet, and we will list a few of them below.
- With an Excel sheet, you do not have to manually plug in every single number and then get an answer. You can simply select your desired row and/or column, write down the formula, and then have the Excel sheet do the calculations for you. A number of simple and complex mathematical functions can be done on an excel sheet, like the VLOOKUP for instance, and in case you are interested in learning a little more about this function, here is a great guide for the VLOOKUP function.
- A lot of people do not know about this function of Excel, but you can actually use the data in your Excel spreadsheet to create bar charts, pie charts, and graphs and so on.
- Once you have analyzed all of the data in your Excel sheets and gotten results out of it, you can compare results from previous sheets, and this can help you make predictions about the next quarter and so on.