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3 Essential skills that will help you build your future

For the market in Africa, mobile technology may be considered more of a game-changer than computers, mainly due to accessibility and cost. But ownership alone isn’t enough. It’s how we use the technology at our fingertips that makes all the difference. – Written by Kele Scheppers.

According to Statista, as of 2019, it is estimated that 7.7% of households in Africa have a computer at home. This fares low compared to 46% of cellphone penetration, as reported by GSMA. But the real value of mobile devices isn’t just in ownership but in use. Here are three skills that will help you benefit from your mobile device.

Critical thinking

Critical thinking used to be considered a skill in the realm of students and lecturers. But it is now clear that if you access the internet, you need to be able to discern between content that is true by analysing and evaluating information, asking the right questions, and verifying information. Without critical thinking skills, you can be easily manipulated, deceived, or led to conclusions that others want you to have. Add Lesedi to your WhatsApp to learn more about approaching content with questions and curiosity.

Identifying the correct tools
The tools available on your mobile phone may be as powerful as those found on a laptop or computer. A mobile browser, GPS, social media applications and email are just a few of the tools you can use to find and share information through your mobile device. Click here to add Lesedi and discover how to identify the icons for tools on your phone.

Networking
Connecting with the right people can make all the difference in your work, business and career. The doors that could be opened through networking can be very valuable. The networks you tap into could be centred around a particular interest or field, or even a commonly used platform or software. Add Lesedi to your WhatsApp and learn how to network online.

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