Friday, March 18, 2011

Explore IT Job Roles with Help from Microsoft

IT students, do you ever wonder how you can choose the IT field you want to work in when you don’t exactly know what your job would be like? Microsoft has developed a new resource to help you understand key IT job roles so that you can better plan the route you want to take.

With a tool for exploring job roles, the new Microsoft Student Career Portal lets you select a specific job role and see a typical job description in that role. You can also view the skills and experience you would need for the job, the job titles you might hold within the role, possible future positions you could hold within that IT field, and the Microsoft certifications that would help you excel in the job role.

The information isn’t just for jobs at Microsoft, either. The job descriptions, skills, and positions listed are all written to help you understand job roles in the IT industry in general.

For example, if you select the job role “Database Administrator,” you would read this helpful job description:

As a database administrator, you are in charge of important databases that span multiple platforms and environments. You are a strong team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment. You build complex, highly scalable databases that meet business needs and security requirements. You are an expert in optimizing, maintaining, and troubleshooting databases, but also in designing archival, data distribution, and high-availability solutions.

You learn that in the Database Administrator job role, your job title could be Data Storage Manager, Database Analyst, or Database Designer.

Other job roles you may explore in the Student Career Portal include Server Administrator, Consumer Support Technician, Web Developer, and Windows Developer (more job roles coming soon, the site says).

Exploring job roles is just one of the career planning resources offered in the new Microsoft Student Career Portal. Check it out, and you may find answers to take some of the guesswork out of your career planning.

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