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October 16, 2009  4:46 PM

Need a cheaper MCP exam? Ask an MCT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam discounts, MCP exams, MCT rewards program, MS certification

MCT stands for Microsoft Certified Trainer, and these stalwart and knowledgable professionals make up the backbone of the classroom training industry for Microsoft certification exams. I stumbled across this tidbit of information in the Born to Learn blog while trolling for topics to write about....

October 12, 2009  7:52 PM

College Degree vs. IT Certification: Both Beat Either/Or



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, advanced certification, continuing education, graduate degrees, IT career planning, IT careers, IT cert vs. college degree, soft skills certification

Ken Rosen posted an interesting blog for Microsoft's "Born to Learn" last week (on October 6, to be precise). It's entitled "Certification or College Degree: Which...

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October 7, 2009  4:24 PM

Even UT takes an IT layoff hickey



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation, IT layoffs at UT Austin

Part of my morning ritual consists of listening to local NPR affiliate station KUT, which intersperses snippets of local news along with the national and global news that NPR reports on "Morning Edition." This morning, I heard that big local employer UT Austin just laid 25 people off in its...


October 5, 2009  1:14 PM

ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Certifications



Posted by: Ed Tittel
ANSI accredited IT certification, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, list of ANSI-accredited IT certifications, Microsoft earns ANSI certification accreditation

I got an e-mail last week from Microsoft indicating that "Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator and Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator certifications are the first two Microsoft product-specific IT certifications...


September 30, 2009  4:52 PM

Po Bronson Strikes Again with “What Should I Do…” Redux



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, IT job search strategy, job attitudes, job strategy

Back in the last downturn — you know, the dot com bomb that followed the dot com boom in 2001 — Po Bronson, one of my favorite writers came out with a terrific book entitled What Should I Do with My Life?  that explored how best to take advantage of the many, often involuntary...


September 25, 2009  8:06 PM

The MS Cert Exam Beta Invite Process Explained



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS beta Certification exams, MS certification, MS Certification exams, obtaining a registration code for an MS beta Certification exam, securing an invitation to an MS beta Certification exam

Hooray! Liberty Munson of MS Learning has posted a peachy explanation of how the invitation process works for some of the many Microsoft certification exams that get introduced and updated all the time. Here's the banner for this latest posting on the Born To Learn blog, posted 9/25/09, and...


September 23, 2009  2:48 PM

MS Plays Contrarian for “Careers of the Future”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS certification, MS Chart Your Career program/promotion

In a recent MS PressPass posting entitled "Message to Students and IT Pros: Prepare Today for 'Careers of the Future'" Microsoft appears to be taking an interesting and contrarian slant on IT...


September 21, 2009  4:33 PM

10 Best Places for Tech Jobs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 employment situation, best high-tech job cities, IT career planning, IT careers, US News & World Reprot "10 Best Places for Tech Jobs"

On September 15, US News and World Report published a story whose title matches that for this blog: 10 Best Places for Tech Jobs. While some of them...


September 18, 2009  4:54 PM

More on Bernanke: It’s No Pleasure to Be Right



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with IT job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation

In following up from my preceding post "Bernanke at Brookings," I've noticed that my reaction to his news about the technical end of the recession mirrors...


September 16, 2009  4:20 PM

Bernanke at Brookings: “Technically, it may very likely be over, but…”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT employment, 2009-2010 IT employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers

The "it" in the title for this blog is the recession, and the but is a big one — namely, that unemployment will probably continue to rise into 2010, and will still probably exceed 10% overall. Brooking has graciously made a video of Bernanke's keynote, entitled "


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