Your entire office is awash with whirring machines and clicking keyboards and hundreds of excel spreadsheets, each displaying hundreds of pieces of financial data. And it terrifies you. Your palms are sweaty at the touch of a keyboard. Your brain begins to fuse at the mere sight of a desktop computer. Even the idea of logging onto YouTube sends shivers down your spine. In short, you’re a technophobe, someone so terrified of computers that the merest sight of binary could send you into anaphylactic shock.

And you’re not alone. Despite computers dominating the business landscape for the past two decades, there are still a handful of people who treat computers like they were a bad friend to be shunned as soon as possible. But without a foundational knowledge of IT, the chances of you progressing in the world of work are about as likely as the Beatles reforming. Instead, you’ll be left behind, a relic from the past with a strange and defeated aversion to microchip processors.

There are, however, plenty of things you can do to brush up on your computing knowledge. Here are just a few.

Get A Degree

If there’s one thing that the internet has been perfect for, it’s education, which is why distance learning largely migrated to the internet in the mid-2000s. And gaining an online degree is a perfect way to face your fear of computers and gain a top notch qualification at the same time.

Most distance learning platforms use virtual learning environments (VLE) to make education easy. The accessible nature of these VLEs makes them perfect for learning basic IT while you learn something new for your profession. Just imagine showing up to your workplace with a bag of new skills and some IT knowledge to boot! You’ll be the pride of your employer.

Find A Library

Although it might seem a little embarrassing, your local library will have IT classes designed to cater to the elderly, and would probably be happy to let you sit in. These are ideal classes for anyone who’s completely remedial in terms of understanding computers. Who knows – you might learn a thing or two from the silver surfers around you.

Just Ask

The biggest problem with being a technophobe is that people are afraid to ask for help. But, especially in this day and age, knowing about computers is vital to most jobs, so asking for a hand is important to your career. Find someone who loves computers and ask them everything you want to know about using computers. They’ll be happy to help.

There are plenty of other ways to learn all about IT. If you’ve got any ideas of your own, let us know in the comments below.