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Digital Skills

During your Pathstream certificate program, you’ll be required to navigate your web browser and common online applications such as Google Workspace, Zoom, Google Calendar, and more. At Pathstream we’re committed to helping you feel confident as you make progress in your courses. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of practical digital skills and divided them into three categories: Important, Recommended, and Helpful Skills.

At any point during your Pathstream journey you may return to this resources hub to refresh your digital skill set.

Types of Skills

Important Skills

These skills are necessary for you to familiarize yourself with, and they will appear most frequently throughout your Pathstream certificate journey. They include, but are not limited to, Google suite, Zoom, Calendly, and password management. 


Recommended Skills

These skills are highly recommended and are commonly used across many industries. They include: browser basics, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and how to use keyboard shortcuts.

Helpful Skills

Consider these skills “nice to have.” While they will not directly come up in your Pathstream certificate program, they are useful to know and will further improve your online experience. They include: using Grammarly, using Slack, and email best practices.

Important Skills

Google Workspace

Google Workspace is a suite of tools that can help you be more productive and collaborative in your personal and professional life. You’ll use some of these tools in your Pathstream experience and likely beyond as well.

Saving Files on Google Drive
Navigating Google Sheets

Calendly / Zoom for Office Hours

Calendly is a scheduling software, and how you’ll sign up for Office Hours. Zoom is a software that allows you to participate in video meetings. Pathstream’s Office Hours are hosted on Zoom.

Signing Up for & Making the Most of Office Hours

Additional Zoom Troubleshooting: muting / unmuting, using your audio / video, chatting, screen sharing, recording

Copying and Pasting

Recommended Skills

Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning keyboard shortcuts can help you to navigate computers with more ease and efficiency.

Mac keyboard shortcuts
Windows PC keyboard shortcuts

Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage service that you can use to safely store and organize all your files from any device.

How to use Google drive

Other Helpful Skills


Grammarly is a typing assistant software that can help improve your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity. 

How to use Grammarly

Translation (for English Language Learners)
Using Slack

Slack is an instant messaging software commonly used by employees within a business, or across separate businesses, to communicate.

How to use Slack