Have you heard about the Microsoft Virtual Academy?
Visit the web page for the Microsoft Virtual Academy at the following URL: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/#?fbid=yb511Klcm2P
Description: Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.
With the Microsoft Virtual Academy you have access to a great learning tool. Online courses are available in many languages to help you learn and hone your IT skills at no cost to you!
Available courses by topics:
- App Development
- Aspiring Technologists
- C# XAML
- Managing Desktop & Devices
- Server Infrastructure
- Management & Security
- Private Cloud
- Business Intelligence
Available courses by product:
- Windows Store Apps
- Windows Server
- Windows Azure
- System Center
- Windows Phone
- SQL Server
- Visual Studio
If you are attending College you need to be focused on your education. This includes doing the best you can to maintain a good G.P.A. When you get out of school and start looking for employment you will quickly determine that G.P.A. matters.
Some employers even require a minimum G.P.A. level just for you to be eligible to work there! Part of your hiring process may include having to submit your transcripts that will show what courses you took and what your grades were. Poor G.P.A. or low grades may indicate to a potential employer that you either did not adequately learn the course material or alternately that you lacked responsibility towards your studies. Either way it is not a good sign to the employer so beware!
I happened across this excellent article at the Huffington Post. If you are in college I recommend you take a minute to read and study this article as it offers some useful tips on best study practices.
The article is entitled: 9 Awesome Study Tips For College Students
Article URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/08/study-tips-for-college-_n_709096.html#s136089title=Alternate_Study_Spaces
- Alternate Study Spaces
- Study and Homework Groups
- Make Flash Cards
- Take Tests
- Don’t Categorize Yourself
- Go To Class
- Don’t Immerse Yourself in Subject Material
- Manage Your Time
When you take and complete a college course it becomes a permanent “mark” on your forward moving life and career path. Almost always, each course is a one time shot. By that I mean that you cannot really go back and retake every class in which you had a low grade as the cost and time would be counter-productive and possibly not even an option. Because of this you need to tackle each of your courses head-on and with a mindset to do the very best you can!
The I.T. field is incredibly diverse with many available career paths.
Be sure to check out this article at CompTIA: http://certification.comptia.org/ExploreCareers/careerpaths.aspx
CompTIA offers many different I.T. certifications which can help your career along. Visit them on the web at: http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx
This CompTIA article is about IT Career Paths and covers the following areas:
- Service/Help Desk
- Network Administration
- Emerging Technologies
- Project Management
- Office Productivity
I would say this is not a complete list and I would not hesitate to add the following IT career paths into the mix:
- Website development
- Business Intelligence
- Software Development
- Applications Development
- Hardware or Software Sales
- Hardware Technician
- Beta Testing/Debugging
- Research and Development
- Search Engine Optimization
- Social Media Specialist
Maybe you are considering a higher education and career path in the I.T. field? Maybe you have already made this decision and are now in motion with your education?
The I.T. field is extremely diverse and offers an array of options that you can pick from. This makes the I.T. field adaptable to your unique strengths and desires.
I did a bit of research on current I.T. career forecasts and opportunities and I wanted to share a brief summary of what I found with you. I also wanted to share with you the URL’s for this information so you can do further research on your own.
The first site is a great go-to website to research and is the U.S. Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More specifically, you can navigate to the “Occupational Outlook Handbook and Computer and information technology.”
According to their information here are stats for the following I.T. career fields:
||Median Pay in 2010
|Computer and information research scientists
|Computer network architects
|Computer support specialists
|Information security analysts
|Network and computer systems administrators
This next site is also a great source for I.T. and other technology information.
Their name is ComputerWorld and their home URL is located here.
If you would like to navigate directly to this particular article I am quoting it is located here.
Title: 10 hot IT skills for 2013
Author: Mary K. Pratt
Category: I.T. Career Opportunities
Publish Date: September 24, 2012 06:00 AM ET
According to Mary K. Pratt, these are 10 of the HOT I.T. skills being predicted for 2013
- Programming and application development
- Project management
- Help desk – Technical support
- Business intelligence – Analytics
- Cloud – SaaS
- Mobile applications and Device management
- Data center
If you are already in college for an I.T. degree you should be thinking about your career path. This will help you to focus your class choices and the honing of your skills.
Also, if you are nearing completion of your degree you should be reaching out for internship opportunities. Look up and use the resources given in these linked articles to help you make better choices!
KC Parent Magazine has just released this helpful article in their October, 2013 issue.
The article discusses and gives tips on preparing in advance for a college enrollment. I recommend that any parent or student who anticipates a college enrollment should read this article as it has many useful tips from an expert.
Topics Covered Are:
- Thoughtfully enroll in college preparatory classes
- Study hard!
- Get involved
- Use discretion in your social media life
- Explore local colleges and universities
- Take the PSAT
- Get a job
- Explore career options
- Prepare for and take the ACT and/or SAT
- Move into leadership roles
- Go on campus visits
- Narrow down your choices
- Start applying
- Be yourself
- Select a school
Publication: KC Parent Magazine
Article Title: Applying for college year by year
Article URL: http://www.kcparent.com/October-2013/Applying-for-College-Year-by-Year/
Author: Sara Keenan
Category: College Preparation
Date Published: October, 2013
I must say it would be amazing to study in Asia! I love the culture there and what a great opportunity to learn all about the people and language!
Google provides many apps and tools for the benefit of education. If you are not already taking advantage of them you need see what they have to offer and make use of it. These tools allow for collaboration from the cloud and are free of charge for educational purposes.
Check out this YouTube video on how to choose a University. My son had to change Universities mid-stream and it was not a good thing. He had to rework his degree plan because not all the things he had completed would transfer! This is why you want to carefully select your university and then plan on staying there for the long haul.