Tweetchats with Experts: Getting Hired, Certification, Cloud & SQL

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Help us celebrate twenty years of thriving careers powered by Microsoft Certification by joining a tweetchat (#20yrs20ways)! You'll get to ask industry experts, HR pros and technology veterans questions about getting hired and getting ahead.

What is a tweetchat? It is a real-time conversation taking place on Twitter, where participants can interact with each other, and keep track of the conversation by following a designated hashtag. In this case, we'll be using #20yrs20ways. Be prepared for informative and lively exchange of questions, answers and advice, one hour at a time!

Each tweetchat will focus on a specific topic. Two sessions will be planned for each date so you can participate from wherever you are in the world! Want to get reminders and the latest on these tweetchats? We're @MSLearning on Twitter -- follow us today!


Tweetchat #1: What it takes to get hired at Microsoft - [ Chat completed]

Date: Tuesday, March 27

Featured Guest: Alecia Sullivan, Staffing Consultant, Microsoft, @MSITJobs

Bio: With 7 years of staffing experience, Alecia currently supports MSIT Engineer roles within the User Experience IT team. She will speak on the topics of LinkedIn, how to write a resume to the job description, and professional networking using social media.

Follow @MSITJobs on Twitter, use hashtag #20yrs20ways, like Microsoft IT Showcase on Facebook, and come prepared with questions for Alecia!

Tweetchat #2: How to turn certification into job success - [Chat completed]

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Featured Guest: Ben Watson,  Senior Director, Global Knowledge. Check out his full bio on LinkedIn.

Bio: Prior to joining Global Knowledge in December 2011, Ben Watson was with Microsoft Learning for 4 years as Director of Training Products. Join Ben as he talks about what certification means to your IT career, and what's hot in courses/technologies at Global Knowledge.

Follow @BenWatson on Twitter, use hashtag #20yrs20ways, like Global Knowledge on Facebook, and come prepared with questions for Ben!

Tweetchat #3: Moving your IT career to the Cloud [Chat completed]

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Featured Guest: Mitch Garvis, Senior IT Pro Trainer and Courseware Specialist

Bio (in his own words): Mitch Garvis is a Renaissance Man of the IT world. Aside from being a partner with SWMI Consulting Group, he is a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Canada, and has contributed to numerous certification exams for Microsoft Learning. He seems to collect certifications, and trains on a variety of topics including System Center, server virtualization, desktop deployment, and security. We think that parts of Windows 7 really were his idea. You can read his blog at, and follow him on Twitter as @MGarvis. He makes his home outside Toronto where he has one wife, two kids, two dogs, and two minutes to himself per day.

Come and ask Mitch about how to "cloud proof" your IT career, update your skills and increase your relevance. Mitch will also happily take questions about technologies such as Virtualization, System Center, and Windows Client / VDI. Join the chat by using the hashtag #20yrs20ways on Twitter.

Tweetchat #4: New training and certification options for SQL Server 2012 [Chat completed]

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012

Times: 6:00am and 6:00pm PDT

Featured Guest: Thomas LaRock, Vice President, Marketing, PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

Bio: Thomas LaRock is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a Technical Evangelist for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and DBA. Thomas holds an MS degree in Mathematics from Washington State University and is a member of the Usability Professioal's Association. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and is also a SQL Server MVP. Thomas can also be found blogging at and is the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA.

Thomas will be talking to us about the skills database professionals will need to be successful in the future, and how the role of the DBA may evolve over the next 5+ years. He will also have expert advice on getting certified, keeping your skills relevant for career advancement, and getting a foot in the door for a job.

Follow Thomas LaRock on Twitter at @SQLRockstar, use hashtag #20yrs20ways, and come prepared with your questions!

Upcoming tweetchats:

  • TBD

Check back soon to get more info on our guest experts and exact chat times.

Want to get reminders and the latest on these tweetchats? We're @MSLearning on Twitter -- follow us today!


  • Anonymous
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    This indeed is a great initiative that will continually inspire and motivate young IT Professionals on the Microsoft

    Technology Platform.

    I hope this will give opportunities to young IT Professionals to quality Internship with Microsoft

    And other related or affiliate corporations to gain hands-on experience in working with the Microsoft technology, putting interns in developing nations such as Nigeria and the rest of the world into consideration.

    Good Innovation.

    Adeyemi Adetola .O