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Microsoft Announces Free Digital Skill Workshops for Everyone - FREE

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[Microsoft] Microsoft Announces Free Digital Skill Workshops for Everyone - FREE

Some have been posted but some other new ones here

Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy


Around the world, 2020 has emerged as one of the most challenging years in many of our lifetimes. In six months, the world has endured multiple challenges, including a pandemic that has spurred a global economic crisis. As societies reopen, it’s apparent that the economy in July will not be what it was in January. Increasingly, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs. And one of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities.

Watch the video announcement here




10 Learning Paths To learn:
Become a Software Developer
Become a Sales Representative
Become a Project Manager
Become an IT administrator (Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification)
Become a Customer Service Specialist
Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
Become IT Support / Help Desk (Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification)
Become a Data Analyst
Become a Financial Analyst
Become a Graphic Designer

To help address this need, today Microsoft is launching a global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. This initiative will bring together every part of our company, combining existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft. It will be grounded in three areas of activity:

What we are launching today
Today’s global skills initiative is based on months of planning across Microsoft to provide meaningful help to 25 million people globally by the end of 2020. Our activities will be focused on three areas:

1. Data and analytics to better understand in-demand skills and jobs
2. Free access to learning paths and comprehensive resources to help people develop the skills needed for in-demand jobs
3. Connecting skills to opportunities through industry recognized certifications and powerful job seeker tools

Participants will have the ability to schedule an exam from September to the end of the year, and exam takers will have until March 31, 2021 to complete the exam. This will provide access to the exams that provide five fundamentals certifications and eight role-based certifications. These will include:

Microsoft Certified: Azure FundamentalsMicrosoft Certified: Azure Data FundamentalsMicrosoft Certified: Azure AI FundamentalsMicrosoft Certified: Power Platform FundamentalsMicrosoft 365 Certified: FundamentalsMicrosoft Certified: Azure Administrator AssociateMicrosoft Certified: Azure Developer AssociateMicrosoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer AssociateMicrosoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker AssociateMicrosoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator AssociateMicrosoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator AssociateMicrosoft 365 Certified: Developer AssociateMicrosoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate
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Any recommendations for someone who doesn't want to go into IT, but would like to learn something more of a general skill?
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Great initiative.
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Become IT Support / Help Desk
Aka learn what to say so your ticket can quickly get escalated to level 2 support
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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When I click the course link, it directs me to LinkedIn.
How does Microsoft know I finish the course and send me link to register the exam?
Thank you : )
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SquirreI wrote: Any recommendations for someone who doesn't want to go into IT, but would like to learn something more of a general skill?
Take the "Become IT Support / Help Desk / A+" course as it is pretty generalized.
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JoyL302 wrote: When I click the course link, it directs me to LinkedIn.
How does Microsoft know I finish the course and send me link to register the exam?
Thank you : )
Microsoft owns LinkedIn Learning. They merged it with Lynda when they bought that as well.
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Great way for Microsoft to build a talent pipeline to help in their AWS battle

Regardless I'm here for the free content!
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Are certification exams are also free?
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But seriously, thanks for posting this OP! I'll be checking out a few of these with all the COVID downtime these days.
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Duuuuude wrote: Take the "Become IT Support / Help Desk / A+" course as it is pretty generalized.
That sounds exactly the opposite the question asked for... - ie @SquirreI ask for someone who doesn't want to into IT...
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SquirreI wrote: Any recommendations for someone who doesn't want to go into IT, but would like to learn something more of a general skill?
A couple would be good:

Become a Sales Representative
Become a Project Manager
Become a Customer Service Specialist

All three of the above have good non-IT features with Sales Representative and Customer Service Specialist being the most general but applicable to most lines of work regardless if it's in Sales or Customer service - ie Sales Representative will teach you how to sell your ideas/points of view/feelings about things and Customer Service will typically talk about effective issue resolution steps and soft-skills in how to de-escalate.
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Which of these are the best choice to take on as a side job, 10-20 hours a week?
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"Become IT Support / Help Desk " can be summarized in 2 key activities:

1. Know when to ask if the PC is plugged in
2. Know when to suggest a reboot of the PC
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So instead of going college taking out a student loan 10 years ago and for that stuff I could have waited for a pandemic and got it done for free . Fml
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exams $15 to free depending on third party agency or self attest covid19 employment lack thereof :)
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Carlosf1 wrote: Some have been posted but some other new ones here

Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy
Microsoft have been shoveling free Azure training and certification vouchers out of the back of their truck for a year or more. I don't trust that Microsoft found their soul and want to give people a hand up, or a hand out for that matter. They were late to the Cloud computing party and are badly lagging behind Amazon and even Google. This is part of their latest push to get businesses off a sunk cost infrastructure model and onto Microsoft's latest and greatest subscription based service model.

When I look on indeed.ca for tech jobs across Canada, not many are asking for tech certifications like they used to, probably because vendors have made them such a treadmill with certs expiring a year or so after earning them, and it's a big hassle to maintain them even with employer support, for something that the industry doesn't seem to care that much about outside of entry positions.

I also think that companies across the country will look at increased teleworking across Canada as grounds to off-shore as many jobs as they can. Able to work from home during a pandemic with no loss in productivity through the internet? Congratulations, your job is going overseas.

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