Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions Crowned in Big Apple
The results are in from what is probably the biggest IT certification-centric competition in the world. On Monday, testing and certification provider Certiport announced the winners of the 18th annual Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship competition. Students between the ages of 13 and 22 compete each year to demonstrate their certification-reinforced mastery of key programs from the world's most popular workplace productivity software suite. This year, more than 850,000 students from 119 different countries participated, with first-, second-, and third-place winners for the two most recent versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel eventually emerging from a global scrum. Students from the United States claimed three prizes, as did students from the Chinese special administrative district of Macau (a Portuguese colony from 1557 until 1999).
2019 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Champions (Courtesy of Certiport)
Winners in each of the MOS World Championship categories are as follows:
Microsoft Word 2013
1st Place: Li-Ting Wang (Taiwan)
2nd Place: Pak Ming Yip (Hong Kong)
3rd Place: Hoi Chon Tam (Macau)
Microsoft Word 2016
1st Place: Adrian Boier (Romania)
2nd Place: Pou Leng Ho (Macau)
3rd Place: Aryan Trehan (India)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
1st Place: Kyriakos Chatziefthymiadis (Greece)
2nd Place: Ana Marija Atanasovska (Republic of North Macedonia)
3rd Place: Ashlyn Dumaw (USA)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
1st Place: Seth Maddox (USA)
2nd Place: Ondrej Cach (Czech Republic)
3rd Place: Adrian Muntean (Romania)
Microsoft Excel 2013
1st Place: Chi Kin Che (Macau)
2nd Place: Fariz Firdausi (USA)
3rd Place: Anh Tran Hoang (Vietnam)
Microsoft Excel 2016
1st Place: Mihaela Florea (Romania)
2nd Place: Kitithat Khemsom (Thailand)
3rd Place: Tarik D�ambi? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
ISACA Blogger Has Tips for First-Time Cybersecurity Job Seekers
What does it take to get your first job in the worker-hungry cybersecurity realm? The competition for new cybersecurity professionals is fierce, with an anticipated shortfall in the field of 3.5 million workers by 2021. That doesn't mean that you can just walk into any available job, however, as attested by guest blogger Charlotte Osborne in a recent post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA. Osborne, a cybersecurity recruiter by trade, lays out a fairly thorough seven-step process to help rookies get their first job in the field. Her first recommendation is to start at the very beginning, so to speak: Ask yourself what kind of job role you are seeking. Osborne said that many young cybersecurity job seekers are passionate about their skills and knowledge, and eager to enter the workforce, but haven't really thought much about what they'd like to do. You'll both narrow your search and impress hiring managers, she writes, if you begin with a clear idea of the role you want to fill. We're especially inclined toward her third step, which is to consider becoming certified. There are plenty of credentials out there, and adding one or two of them to your resume could strongly influence a potential hiring decision.
And with All of Thy Git-ing, Git Understanding
There's a strong interest among employers in tech workers who are fluent with Git and GitHub. Surveys of tech job posting sites frequently reveal that employers want incoming software employees to know their Git. For some, that probably raises the question of what, exactly, Git and GitHub are. An article from the most recent issue of Certification Magazine explores that topic in depth, tracing the roots of Git (and GitHub), and laying out what hiring managers are looking for when they express an interest in those areas of IT expertise.
TestOut Launches Overhauled Office Pro Course
When certification and training provider TestOut launched a brand new Microsoft Office skills course a couple of years back, the new course was briefly (and practically) labeled Office Pro, aligning it both with Microsoft and with TestOut's established Pro brand of training and certification products. Then both the course and its accompanying certification were quickly rebranded to the less potentially litigable Desktop Pro and the product took off. Now with the newest release, which updates course content to reflect changes unveiled in Microsoft Office 2019, the Office Pro name has been restored. The revamped Office Pro includes in-depth coverage of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. (The Desktop Pro product will be maintained for those looking for coverage of Microsoft Office 2016.) Office Pro prepares students for both the popular Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications, as well as TestOut's own Office Pro credential. Skills are taught via a mix of video and text presentations, with everything reinforced by direct interaction through TestOut's signature simulations.
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