My contact at Microsoft, Andrea Dyal, sent me a nice e-mail last week to remind me about the Microsoft Student Career Portal, which combines information about career planning, job roles, and exam and training discounts to incite, or perhaps entice, students to go “the Microsoft way” toward an IT career. In lots of important ways, this picture says it all:
In case the screencap is too low-res to read, the job roles that MS defines are:
- Database Administrator: maps to various MCTS and MCITP certs around SQL Server.
- Server Adminstrator: maps to MCTS and MCITP certs around Windows Server, with some mention of MCSA/MCSE as well.
- Consumer Support Technician: MCTS and MCITP certs around Vista and Windows 7.
- Web Developer: MCTS and MCPD certs around .NET, MS languages, Visual Studio and Web development tools.
- Windows Developer: MCTS and MCPD certs around .NET, MS languages, Visual Studio and various key Windows APIs (Windows Forms, foundation classes, and so forth).
Click on any given job role, and you jump to a page where you’ll find a basic job description, skills at the basic, intermediate and expert levles, typical experience requirements, and so on in the left hand column. On the right-hand column, you’ll get access to complete learning plans, recommended e-learning courses, relevant certification exams, Webcasts, and virtual labs, plus special free software offers for students registered at accredited colleges and universities.
If you’re in school, and interested in IT, this site is definitely worth a visit. If you’re thinking about going to school in IT, this may be just the impetus you need to push you into actual attendance. Check it out at the Microsoft Student Career Portal.