Microsoft Professional Program vs Microsoft Certification

When learning new technologies many people will go towards training courses (in person or online) but many also go for certifications such as MCSA / MCSE, which I no longer pursue for many reasons.

Microsoft now have this idea of Professional Programs (https://academy.microsoft.com/en-us/professional-program/) with the aim of gaining technical job-ready skills and get real-world experience through online courses, hands-on labs, and expert instruction within a 3 month class period. They offer:

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Microsoft MVP!?

What? Is probably the most common reply out there and if it is then that is how I felt when I read the message early Thursday morning.

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My ultimate goal in my professional life was to work for Microsoft, you can read about my failed attempt here https://blobeater.blog/2016/09/29/my-application-to-microsoft/ but since then I decided to put a lot of my energy into work outside of my day to day job.

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Interviews and Oranges

What a great topic for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday hosted by Kendra Little https://littlekendra.com/2017/08/01/tsql-tuesday-93-interviewing-patterns-anti-patterns/

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The topic being: Interviewing Patterns and Anti-Patterns. I have had MANY (50 +) interviews over time with a lot of failures, so what have I learnt?

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SQLBits 2017

I have never been to SQLBits (https://sqlbits.com/) before (due to budgets) but I am really looking forward to attending which is just over a week away. The Data Platform has evolved so much and this is the chance to get some quality training under my belt especially in areas I know I need a “refresh” in.

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My take on presenting

This idea basically started from Andy Bek’s TSQL Tuesday last year #84 growing new speakers (https://sqlbek.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/t-sql-tuesday-84-growing-new-speakers/ – thanks Andy) and I have decided to share my experiences about what was going on in my head for when I was prepping for my first presentation for my local user group.

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MVPs

I was having a conversation with Oracle professionals the other day and they started to discuss the Oracle ACE program and they asked me (being the one that works with Microsoft technology) what Microsoft’s equivalent was, to which I answered MVP.

It was fascinating to hear them speak about the program more specifically the fact that in the Oracle world there are 3 different levels to an ACE.

Anyways they started to mention that they would like to achieve this as a goal, I kind of disagreed and said that if the by-product of you sharing knowledge walking and talking is the entry level award then great, if not then great, keep doing what you enjoy right? Let’s be honest here who really knows that it takes? (Even though their nomination form gives away some clues).

A lot of people who have helped me from proof reading articles, presentations and general mentoring are MVPs and they have my utter most respect, especially Erin from SQLskills who has read my PowerPoint slides many times and provided me with feedback reminiscent of my University days and Brent Ozar who actually reads blogs and helps grow their reading base.

Keep doing what you are doing, we little people appreciate it. I sure do.