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Live! 360 Day 1 and Day 2 TechMentor vs Tech Ed

Live! 360 Day 1 and Day 2

Live! 360 activities unofficially started on Sunday, November 17th at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Early registration opened and a group was formed for the Dine-A-Round event at Universal’s City Walk. The Dine Around began at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for appetizers and drinks. From there, groups split up based on interest. I joined […]

TechMentor vs Tech Ed

On Twitter, @bbnetman asked this question: “How does TechEd differ from TechMentor?” I attended Tech Ed back in 2007 and 2008, but I have never been to TechMentor. I was afraid to reply in a tweet and send a wrong answer, so I decided to do a little research. First of all, Tech Ed is […]

Microsoft Certified Career Conference

Microsoft Certified Career Conference

On November 18, Microsoft Learning is hosting the Microsoft Certified Career Conference. It’s a virtual fair where you can meet employers, learn how to find the right job, write winning resumes, and interview with a razor sharp strategy at the “Career Essentials” sessions. Also, network with students and fellow professionals from around the world and glean career advice from experts in the field. And of course, hone your technical knowledge and prepare for certification exams. 

Discounts are available for MCPs, MCTs, and students.  MCPs and MCTs: Check your recent MCP Flash and MCT Flash email newsletters for details on the discounts.

Highlights include:

  • Career Fair: Meet employers seeking technically skilled professionals.
  • “Soft Skills” sessions: Learn resume-writing secrets, interviewing tips, marketing yourself in a digital world, and more.
  • Technical sessions: For IT Professionals, Developers, and Office power users based on Microsoft Official Courses, delivered by MCTs and courseware authors.
  • People and Technology: How new and upcoming technologies present career challenges—and opportunities.
  • Exam review sessions: Prepare for your MCP and MOS certification exams.
  • And more: Join the Facebook event page and events blog for agenda and speaker updates as they happen.

I was delighted to find out that three Train Signal instructors will be presenting at the event: J. Peter Bruzzese, Ed Liberman and Scott Lowe. I have viewed videos from all three instructors and they are terrific presenters. You can view a list of their presentations in this article from Train Signal.

You can register for the Microsoft Certified Career Conference here.

I have registered and I will be there.

CBT Nugget Discount Change

NOTE: THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED AS OF FEBRUARY 2012.There will be a change to the CBT Nugget discount that I have been offering on my site.

Beginning in October, the 10% discount will not be valid for streaming subscriptions or archive server purchases. I would still appreciate purchases through my site for these items (and would be most grateful), but the discount will not be applied.

Therefore, if you have ever thought about purchasing a streaming subscription or an archive server, now is your time. Purchases made during the month of September will get the 10% discount for any purchases. In October, the discount for streaming subscriptions and archive servers may be terminated at any time.

The 10% discount will continue to work for any individual titles or packages, even after the October deadline.

Thank you to everyone who has made purchases through my site in the past. I appreciate your business.

Updates Coming Soon

OK, I am back. Again.

I had to put my blog on hold for a little bit as I finished up my Master’s Degree this past year. As of August, I officially hold a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida.

If everything goes well, you will be seeing new updates to this blog. I have let the site become cluttered with widgets and I would like to give the site a fresher look. I appreciate all of you who have kept coming back to this site and leaving comments, even though I have been away.

Along with my degree, I have updated my certifications to include Windows 7. I have also completed my Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master in Office 2007. You may recall from a previous blog entry that I documented my first time experience taking the Microsoft Word 2007 exam. At that time, the certification was called Microsoft Certified Application Specialist. However, in June 2010, the name was changed back to the Microsoft Office Specialist due to its high name recognition. Now all Office certifications use the same name, including the latest certifications for Office 2010.

Certiport, the test provider for the Microsoft Office Exams, also purchased Measure Up LLC, provider of IT certification practice tests. It should be interesting to see what this combination will bring over the next year.

Thank you for your visit.

Microsoft Launches Two New Certifications

On June 28th, at the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) annual conference, Microsoft announced the availability of the Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 training and certification program.  By earning a Microsoft Office certification credential, you can prove your expertise in using the latest Microsoft Office programs. Certification can help differentiate those in today’s competitive job market and broaden academic opportunities by displaying advanced skills. For more information on the training and certification please visit here.

On July 7th, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification. 

The MTA is a new, entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer.  The certification helps schools teach and validate fundamental technology knowledge, provides students with a foundation for their careers, and helps them gain the confidence they need to succeed in advanced studies. It also helps institutions stand out with an innovative technology curriculum while offering students an opportunity to earn a Microsoft Certification right in the classroom.

More information on the MTA can be found here.

Return of Microsoft’s Second Shot

Microsoft Learning has brought back their Second Shot promotion that allows an individual to retake a certification exam for free if they fail the first time, reducing the anxiety associated with not passing an exam and giving individuals another chance at achieving Microsoft Certified Professional status.

You must take both the first and (if necessary) second retake exam after January 13, 2010 and before June 30, 2010 to be eligible for this offer, which is available worldwide except in India and China. To obtain a Second Shot voucher, you must register and obtain a voucher code before registering for your test through Prometric. Note that only one Second Shot voucher is available per purchased exam.

For more information, check out Microsoft’s  Professional Career Portal or the Microsoft Student Career Portal (for student priced exams. Students are eligible for 55% off selected exams).