Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft


9780735693616f We’re thrilled to offer another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft, by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills.

To give you a sense of the ebook’s content, here is its Foreword, by Microsoft Learning’s Lutz Ziob:

Foreword

In the midst of a struggling economy, our fast-changing, knowledge-based
economy has created unprecedented challenges for employers and workers
alike. Employers increasingly need workers with a broad range of information
technology (IT) skills. These skills will become even more important as we
continue to retool major sectors of our economy, such as healthcare, transportation
and energy. By 2014, more than three-quarters of all jobs in the
United States will require some level of computing or technology skills, and
the vast majority of newly created jobs will require post-secondary education
or training.

To meet this demand, students need a solid foundation in science,
technology, engineering, math, and design, as well as in related disciplines
such as computer science. And this means that workforce training systems
need to be improved and expanded to meet the needs of all workers—the
underemployed, the unemployed, and students who need better access to
the requisite skills. Everyone entering or already in the workforce should have
access to the resources they need to become lifelong learners who can adapt
to an ever-changing workplace.

Technology is only one piece of the puzzle, but it has a pivotal role to play in
these efforts. It can offer students, workers, and employers the training tools
they need, and it can help to quickly and efficiently expand access to educational
resources. IT also helps people develop other essential 21st-century
skills such as collaboration and teamwork, finding and interpreting information,
and using data to aid in decision making.

In this book, students will find a wealth of Microsoft resources they can
use to identify the technology skills they need, and gather knowledge and
experience to help them take charge of their careers. Here at Microsoft, we
care about students’ career success and hope these resources will open doors
to learning that will lead them to better opportunities and a deeper understanding
of the way technology continues to change and improve the ways
people work—both here in the U.S. and around the world.

Lutz Ziob
Microsoft Learning General Manager

You can download the ebook in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

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Comments (22)

  1. scott says:

    Have you considered releasing the ebook in the ePUB format?  It is the industry standard format now.

  2. scott says:

    Have you considered releasing the ebook in ePUB format?  it is the industry standard format.

  3. Ibitoye oluwafemi says:

    Sincerely interested in learning

  4. Sifon Inem says:

    Nice and thanks to the msdn group.

  5. Mike Bladorn says:

    I’m a contractor that lost funding and looking to expand my skills

  6. Vijay says:

    Great Book..! Thanks for sharing!

    You folks have been amazing in sharing information.

  7. Kevin says:

    Second the ePub call folks. I'm now searching for a process to convert them to ePub.

  8. Oleg says:

    Nice Work. Thanks

  9. Ferreira, Anderson (MSP, interview about SQL Server in the Tech Ed Brazil 2010, remember?) says:

    Reading with other MSPS. TKS.

  10. Sairajesh says:

    Thanks for providing this book.Thanks to MSDN buddies

  11. Jeet says:

    super book

  12. khaled says:

    Nice Work. Thanks

  13. milind says:

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  14. sandy says:

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  15. farid ahmad fetrat says:

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  16. Madi says:

    Sincerely learning..

  17. Mostafa a. Hamid says:

    Thank you author Katherine Murray for providing such e-book and special thanks to the Microsoft Press and Microsoft Company.

  18. Tim says:

    thanks a million.  thanks for sharing.  other companies need to follow your example.

  19. loki says:

    hope this ll help me for my examinations .. i was preparing for my global certification ..

  20. Edy says:

    Great book, million thanks to microsoft!

  21. alaa elgadi says:

    Such a fruitful Ebook