Many of you may have seen or heard of the exciting new online reality series Career Factor through Microsoft Learning. Here’s a quick overview:

Career Factor is an online reality show focused on the lives of a handful of IT professionals at different stages of their professional development. Each of theses candidates comes from a different background but all have set career goals for themselves and have invited you to follow their steps along the way. They are sharing their experiences through social media – blog posts, video confessionals, Facebook and Twitter feed.

For students, the show offers an interesting peek into what your lives could look like years down the road as IT professionals. You can learn from participants’ experiences that can  help guide your own skills development as you consider what certification tracks would work best for each of you.  Closer to home, the show includes fellow students, Kevin, Caroline and Rabeb, so be sure to cheer them on!

A little more info about the students participating in Career Factor: 

  • Kevin Dicken: The Student. Kevin is a college senior studying Management Information Systems at DBU in Dallas, TX. Kevin grew up as a technology enthusiast and found his niche for helping those around him with their computers problems.
  • Caroline Weilinger: The Office Competition Contender. Caroline is a student at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, enrolled in the Administrative Information Management (AIM) program. Her goal is to train to compete and succeed at the 2011 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Office.
  • Rabeb Othmani: The Windows Phone 7 Developer. Rabeb is a senior computer engineering student at The Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST) who specializes in User Experience Technologies including Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Windows Phone 7, in addition to C# and .NET Technologies.

Be sure to visit the participant’s profiles to see their updates, blogs, and videos, and to follow them on Twitter. They will appreciate the support!