Posts Tagged MCT

How Microsoft Certification Can Stimulate Your Career

About three years ago I faced a challenge in my career…Do I take the exams to become an MCITP or don’t I. Today I’d like to share a story with you about how taking those few exams has changed my career.

As I sit here today typing this blog post, I’ve just been able to be a part of a Springboard Series Virtual Round Table hosted by Mark Russinovich…Here’s a behind the scenes view of it all:

How did this happen and why does my MCITP have anything to do with it? Well, three years ago when I re-uped my certifications to be an MCITP I also took the chance to become an MCT. It wasn’t an easy accomplishment, but one I thought might make me part of an interesting group of just over 16,000 individuals.

Becoming an MCT grants you access to numerous opportunities and also makes you part of a community of experts that love to share their knowledge and also get together and share that knowledge with others. One of these opportunities was at TechEd EMEA in Barcelona in 2008. I was given the opportunity to work on the Microsoft Learning Booth with a number of other MCT’s as well as MVP’s. It was there on the booth working with Chris Spanougakis and Nasos Kladakis ( that I realised I wanted to be involved more. They got me more involved and after time, I got the chance to show my skills to the community and as such became an MVP and was part of the initial Springboard Technical Experts Program/Panel (STEP). That step alone challenges me to work harder each day…

Through the MVP Program I’ve met people like Stephen Rose, Melissa Bathum, Brad McCabe and my MVP leads Jake Grey, Akim Boukhelif, Vicki Collins and also have had the opportunity to work with other MVP’s like Erdal Ozkaya (we’ve made loads of TechEd videos, so you might have seen me/us there) and Elias Mereb. Further, through the MCT program, I’ve got to interact with people like Tjeerd, Joanne and Dana…

I’m sure there are many other people whom I’ve worked with and more whom I will work with in the future, especially seeing as I get to go on the North America Get on the Bus tour with Melissa, Dana, Tjeerd, Brad and Stephen and others whom I haven’t named but have been critical to my success along the way. However the whole point behind all of this is that by taking those certification exams, I gave my career a whole new extension that otherwise would have been non-existent if I would have just kept with the same certifications I had and only used “industry experience” as my leverage point.

So, in closing, if you haven’t taken any new exams, I challenge you to ask yourself why and looking at the above, see how much one exam can really give you what you need to take your career to the next level!

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Being an MCT

Last week I had a chance to visit the Microsoft EOC (EMEA Operations Centre) in Dublin.  If you’ve read some of the other posts I’ve made you’ve seen some of the interviews I did with my fellow colleagues…Long and short of it was we were there with Microsoft Learning to try and help improve two courses – 6416C and 10159A.  One is on Windows Server 2003 – Windows Server 2008 skills and the later is on Windows Server 2008 R2 skills.  Anyways, I digress. 

One other thing we got to do while there was discuss what it was like being an MCT and what we commonly got up to and why we became MCT’s and also how we like to help others by teaching and sharing our knowledge.  I got to be a part of this interview for Microsoft with fellow colleagues Dave Franklyn and Andre Williams…Have a sneak peek at it here and find out just what it’s like to be an MCT (and, no we don’t get paid a lot nor do we get to drink a lot of beer – watch the video to see what I’m alluding to 🙂 Oh, and if you’re wondering – yes that’s XBox Girl in the background hanging out with us!! 🙂

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MCT TTT Dublin

This week there is an event going on at the EOC (EMEA Operations Centre) in Dublin wherein 17 MCT’s from around the world have met to discuss Microsoft courses and how to make them better.  I’m happy to say, as per what seems to be the defacto standard now 🙂 we’ve made some videos.  Here’s the innagural video of me (being interviewed by Italian MCT Lorenzo Soncini):

and then there is Dave Franklyn my compadre and partner in crime as Erdal isn’t here.

Watch for more videos to be posted from other MCT’s!

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TechEd USA 2009 – Dave Franklyn

TechEd is about learning, networking, sharing, talking, all kinds of things. What makes TechEd the event it is though is the people. Most of them MCT’s and MVP’s – the heart of Microsoft’s community. We met up with Dave Franklyn an MCT at Auburn to talk quickly with him about TechEd

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TechEd USA 2009 – Craig & Woot

Alot of us are completely entwined in the social media race. Twitter, Facebook, Bebo, Myspace…but have you ever heard of woot? Well, we meet fellow MCT Craig who tells us about the hoovers he got from woot and also what the new phenomenon of woot is all about – apologies about the Source Force interrupting half way through!

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TechEd 2009 USA – Mitch Garvis

At TechEd we met up with MCT and MVP Mitch Garvis and had a quick chat about things…

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TechEd USA 2009 – MCT Lounge Visitors

Visiting our friends in the MCT Lounge we came across some of the Source Force again. The source force coupled with this lot makes any visit to the MCT Lounge a fun one…

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MCT Band – Take two

After making a few alterations, we’re back for an encore!

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MCT Band Take 1

So, during a day of hard work at TechEd how does an MCT wind down? Playing Guitar Hero on the XBOX 360, naturally!

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