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1. What education or training did you need to acquire to reach the level that you are out and how is it relevant to your profession? 2.What are some of the toughest challenges you have faced in your profession and how did you work through them? 3.If there was one thing you could say to someone interested in your profession what would it be and why? Thank you in advance for your time. Sincerely, Hunter R

I am interested in becoming a Network system Administrator and my end goal is to work at Microsoft in the future.

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Ben’s Answer

Hello Hunter,
Great question and your already ahead of the game because you know what you want to do!

1. Regarding education, if your going to work in the Tech field you may be able to do it by getting certain certifications and may not necessarily need a college degree. I would suggest contacting Microsoft however and asking them if a college education is a requirement. Even if it is not a requirement, I would still suggest completing a degree. You will always have that degree to fall back on and it will help separate you from the competition when your looking for work or if your up for a promotion against other candidates in your company.

2. In a career you face challenges on an ongoing basis. There are constant changes with either policy or changes to the systems used in companies. I have worked through them by remaining resilient and accepting the fact that change is inevitable, whether we like it or not, so go with the flow. Another thing that has helped me cope with the changes and to stay focused is to write down my daily goals and stick to that list. That helps keep me grounded and better able to deal with unexpected things that can come up on a daily basis.

3. I work as a Data Analyst in Business Intelligence. The one thing I would say to someone who is interested in working in my field is, your work can literally effect change in the business. Our analysis and findings help drive real business decisions and that's exciting to know you can have that type of impact.





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Pamela’s Answer

Hi there,

Glad to hear you want to be a network administrator at Microsoft. Lots of opportunity in IT.

One of the best things to get you started is to start with an Associates degree in computer science. Or there are various programs where you can get Microsoft certifications that will make you very marketable to employers that either use Microsoft products or working with Microsoft directly.

1. I actually got a business degree and then moved into IT after I worked on several business-related projects. I took a few IT courses in college but then had 10 years of experience before I transitioned into an IT role. A degree or certifications are basically a "foot in the door" with a company so that you qualify for relevant roles. Often times though, once you get a bit of experience at a company, you may transition into a lateral job that doesn't even make use of your degrees. But you often need a degree or certs to get started.

2. Toughest challenges include first interviews and being brand new to the work place. Tell people about your eagerness to learn and ask for help. You'll be amazed at how many people will support you in getting you where you want to go. I wish I had have learned that trick earlier in my career. Say what you want and people will naturally help you. Then don't forget to return the favor and "pay it forward" to others that need the help. Another tough challenge was gaining confidence in my own abilities when I started out. It took a lot of failures before I gained confidence, but sometimes the failures are hard to get up from. One of the best qualities of a successful person is resilience. You've got to learn to fall and then bounce back every time. Thomas Edison failed at making first lightbulb 2000 times before he made one that worked. Reggie Jackson struck out thousands of times before hitting 600 home runs. Persist. And when you don't know what to do, do something! Talk to people, and they will guide you. And then persist until your successful.

3. Try it out, and if you don't like it, you can always make a change. Lots of people making major turns and pivots in their careers until they find what they are really passionate about. That's ok! But again, when you don't know what to do, do something! From there, you can figure it out.

Good luck!
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Tanvi’s Answer

1) The reason why I step into media industry was because of my passion for communicating. In other words, sharing plus expressing and at the same time learning by mere listening to people.
Currently, I am a fashion copywriter and it requires passion for writing, basic understanding of marketing and empathy.

2) In freelance world, toughest challenge would be entry barrier.
And the solution is charge 1/5th of the market price and provide premium value to your clients. Personal brading also plays a big role

3) Free advice- Don't come only for the money, If you don't have the right ingredients (interest+ discipline+ tenacity) you won't stay long.
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