New Facts – What Would Be the Best Computer Skills to Learn for the Future? 10 Points?

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Question by : New facts – What would be the best computer skills to learn for the future? 10 points?
Hi ! I am a 27yr old MBA student with about 6-9 months of free time.So, I am thinking of learning a computer skill that I will enjoy and might be useful somewhere in future.

Although I have no background in computer science, I have dabbled a bit in javascript and CSS in the past (very superficially, just enough to have fun with greasemonkey and make internet easier to use). I am a software junkie and like to try many different softwares even if they serve the same purpose, Hell I could probably even start a review blog or something. And I surf the internet a lot for tweaks and hacks etc… to make life easier wherever possible.

With this background (probably no background by your standards !), what would you suggest that I should learn ? I am looking to learn something that would be easy to learn and fun. Preferably the skill you mention should not become redundant a few years down the line. It will be better if I can use it somewhere in daily life so that I stay in practise while using it. I want to ideally learn something that would help me in my job as a manager in the future.

I have surfed to internet to narrow down to a few skills and have taken some opinions from people who know stuff. This is the list of things I have made :
1.Java or C#
2.Dreamweaver, Web design (MySQL and PHP)
3.Adobe
4.Animations
5.MS Access and MS Excel
6.COBOL
7.Brute force software (have no idea what that is !)
8.SEO
9.Linux (emphatically recommended)
10.Something with security, privacy, anti-hacking, something along those lines
11. Cloud computing, Software As A Service, Platform As A Service, Cloud computing
12.Surveillance, Understanding Facial Recognition

Can you please analyse these for me from the point of view of Relevance to my work as a manager, Longevity, Ease to learn and Fun.

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  1. karka2256 says:

    If you looking for something simply fun to do I would suggest game modding. I have found this to be very fun and people with all ranges of experience can do it so some degree. You can do it at a basic level with games that provide a construction toolset (I would suggest the new Skyrim game) or at a much more advanced level and actually script your own content into the game. This can teach you about how systems work and how the things you see and use are created, as well as provide an actual reward that you can enjoy and share with others.

  2. jonsey8008 says:

    From an MBA standpoint it would be very beneficial to learn SQL, every single business will have some sort of database and you will no regret learning the language ..

    VBA is very useful in an office setting for reporting purposes, as well as Crystal reports and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services)

    I would say learn SQL and SSRS (SSRS is fairly new)

    So VBA (easy) SQL (Easy) SSRS (pretty easy)

    And you will be able to actually USE these programs in the future!!!

  3. Colinc says:

    NONE of these is easy to learn properly. Dreaweaver has no relationship to mysql and php. COBOL is nearly dead. Brute force is the kind of software that tries to break passwords etc by repeatedly trying. Useless, as most systems allow 3 attempts to 5 attempts on a password and then lock you out. Adobe makes many different types of software, most not really related to programming. Access and Excel have absolutely no place in any of this, they are office software packages with no place in web design or programming as their use is severely limited. To learn Linux you will need to run Linux based machine, and it is no good just installing a fully client based system like Ubuntu, you will need to consider a full system like OpenSuse or Redhat and learning the pure text based console use of it.You are really looking at totally the wrong groups of technology. I suggest you look at what you are interested in, then try some of its’ capabilities for yourself. That way you can see where your aptitude fits and also those you definitely do not like. Then make another list.