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Our Microsoft Learn community, along with the rest of the world, has experienced a time of great change over the last few years—the pandemic, a sudden shift to remote work, economic volatility, and huge leaps in the capabilities and implementation of AI, to name just a few. Times of change like these cause us all to reevaluate our priorities, how we operate, and what’s most important across all areas of our lives. Careers are no small part of that equation. We must continuously adapt to these new realities, whether we’re employees, employers, job seekers, educators, or leaders of organizations. Because of that impact, Microsoft Learn remains committed to leading the way with resources to help equip our learners and customers with technical skills to not only meet but thrive through the challenges of that ever-changing landscape.
What does ‘skills-first’ mean and why are we talking about it?
We’re always on the lookout for emerging trends so that we can bring you insights to help you succeed. The latest and most significant of these trends is a direct response to the massive global shifts we alluded to above, what the World Economic Forum refers to as “an accelerated shift towards a skills-based operating model for talent.” Simply put: whether you’re focused on your own career or on finding the right talent, a skills-centric mentality is becoming more essential.
How does this impact you? There are all sorts of reasons to engage with skilling content—you might have one or more of the following goals (featuring some great Microsoft Learn blogs on the subject!):
- Find and start a new career or enter a new industry (Blog: Getting a career in tech is more approachable than you may think)
- Use your skills to your advantage to grow in your career, get more satisfaction out of your work, or get better at what you do (Blog: Leveraging learning to take control of your own career satisfaction (and growth!))
- Learn how your organization can skill up and find talent to meet the needs of today—and tomorrow (Blog: The value of skilling goes far beyond learning)
Whatever your objective, knowing how to find and feature the right skills is a game-changer, and we want to be part of your journey.
What to expect from Microsoft Learn through the end of October
Our ‘Skill-it-forward’ content throughout September and October will be focused on understanding the skills-first trend and why it’s important. We’ll also be highlighting the tools and resources you need to build your technical skills and expertise. You can expect the inside scoop about what’s new with Microsoft Learn (hint: we might have a few announcements to make…). We’ll offer resources across Microsoft Learn and beyond to help you not only navigate this skills-centric shift but use it to achieve your goals. And of course, we can’t leave out Tips & Tricks – we always have a few up our sleeve!
Brought to you by Dr. Ware, Microsoft Office 365 Silver Partner, Charleston SC.