Hello students, welcome to the new student section of the Born to Learn blog. We have a few things going on here at Microsoft that we think might interest you if you are a technology student and looking for a job in IT. We started the Student section to let you in on the great deals Microsoft offers students, more importantly, we want to hear what you have to say about starting your career and getting into IT today. What are your interests, challenges and thoughts?
Did you know that more than 50 percent of today's jobs require technology skills, and experts say that percentage will increase to 77 percent in the next decade? (Source: IDC) That's one of the reasons Microsoft is working to help students get low-cost training and certifications that are crucial for today's IT job market and the next generation of IT experts.
If you're interested in a career in IT, check out the Student Career Portal to learn about IT jobs, training resources and certifications that will help you gain the skills you need for the career you want. There are many paths you can take and many certifications available. So it's important to fine the right ITcareer path for you - check out Explore Careers where you'll find IT job roles and learning plans. Then go to the Offers Page and find discounts you get just by being a student. The best deal is the student-priced Microsoft certifications with a FREE exam retake!
Here's another cool thing - a FREE e-book: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft
The master plan is to help differentiate you from others vying for the same IT jobs. As you know, jobs are pretty competitive right now ... getting the technical validation of a certification could be your competitive advantage!
Another GREAT opportunity through this blog is to connect you to a community of IT experts who can share information and help you build your social and professional network. Along those lines, you will want to check out the Microsoft Certified Career Conference which is loaded with sessions that will be helpful in your career no matter what stage you are in - beginner to expert. This is an event worth every penny (students get a 50% discount) and you don't have to leave your computer to attend. The event will be held during a 24 hour period and is intended for a worldwide audience - covering both technical and Office related categories. November 18th is the date, register as soon as possible.
That's a start. There's more to come, so let's stay in touch! Tell us what's on your mind, meanwhile, make sure to bookmark the blog, chat with us on Twitter, and follow our posts on Student Facebook
Sure, there are still some Cobol systems on their last legs in the deep recesses of just about every large IT organization. But they are most assuredly on their way out -- as are the programmers who coded them.
Also due to disappear, CIOs say, are virtually all other single-purpose IT job titles. Unix administrators? Forget them. Today's trend toward services-based software, mobile apps, cloud and consumer technologies means it is the breadth, not the depth, of knowledge and experience that wins -- or keeps -- the IT job.
And the job itself most likely won't be based in an IT department, but embedded in another business function such as sales, marketing, manufacturing, or supply chain, with the employee working alongside tech-savvy business colleagues.
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