5 Digital Tools You Should Learn To Use in 2023

Here are five useful tools that could advance your career in today’s dynamic labor market.

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Many professionals are worried that computers will soon put them out of work.

The more optimistic commentators, meanwhile, keep reminding us that developments such as AI are here to complement humans rather than to replace them.

They encourage people to improve their digital skills instead of worrying about digitalization.

We do not know for a fact whether digitalization will make a lot of jobs redundant over the next few years.

But what we know perfectly well is that HR departments of various companies are increasingly mindful of the digital literacy of their job applicants.

Some observers even suggest that an overall familiarity with a programming language is becoming highly desirable for employers, even among applicants for non-technical roles.

This is not because coding skills will directly be of any use in the vacancy in question, but because in an increasingly digitalized business environment, those who have a rough idea about how things such as AI work will be able to see more clearly and make better decisions.

The list below briefly introduces not only programming languages but other software that are worth knowing about.

We are not talking about software such as MS Office that are commonplace in work environments, nor do we claim that you should acquire a full professional proficiency in working with these programs.

These are simply five outstanding tools that will expand your digital literacy and thus your horizons in an increasingly digitalized world.


This most famous of programming languages is ironically almost never used by professional software developers. But this is what is so great about Python: it is generic, simple, and versatile.

By learning the basics of coding in Python you will acquire a good understanding of concepts such as algorithms, flowcharts, functions, objects and classes (O&C), and variables.

With the help of Python you can use coding to simulate systems such as economic models, supply chains, and competitive business strategies to see how they fare.

SPSS Statistics

This has long been the go-to software for data analysis in digital humanities. SPSS is used by researchers, data journalists, and even non-professionals for statistical analysis. The software is popular because of its intuitive user-friendly interface and the vast range of statistical operations that it can handle.

Whether your understanding of statistics is limited to what you remember from high school or you are an amateur statistician, you can use SPSS to generate descriptive statistics for your reports about, say, students in a class, employees in a company, or even products in a market.

You can also use it for more sophisticated operations such as calculating risk and probability and hypothesis testing.


Numbers and data are fed to our brains on a daily basis in the world of business, but our human brain is not good at digesting numbers.

Our brains prefer visual inputs such as diagrams, charts, and tables over abstract numbers any day—and this even applies to those of us who are not bad at mathematics.

Tableau is an interactive software that visualizes numbers and data in the most intuitive manner, thus helping us to better understand them, see the telltale patterns in them, and convey the gist to others. Working with Tableau requires almost no previous knowledge of coding or advanced statistics.


This is also a general-interest programming language which, much like Python, is suited to the needs of non-professional programmers. It differs with Python in that it is fine-tuned for statistical programming.

It is frequently used for data mining and data analysis by businesses. R has a simple and user-friendly syntax and does not require extensive coding knowledge, while it boasts a strong ability to perform statistical analysis, including on economic data.

Just like Python, it is an excellent tool for building predictive models.

Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop

This list was all about getting out of our comfort zones and expanding our horizons. Many of us may know little to nothing about visual arts and find it far from our area of expertise.

Nevertheless, we live in an image-laden world where we consume graphics every day on our digital screens.

Some proficiency in software such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop will open our eyes to the nuances of digital graphics.

If nothing else, such an understanding will help us improve the quality of our self-generated content on business social media platforms.