Now it is a good time to step back for a little review and reflection on the 12 months that have passed. As 2015 draws closer, I should be celebrating the successes of the year and learning new things. However, what is also important is to look forward the challenges in 2015 and to start planning some strategies for the year. What do you want to achieve? What do you need to do in order to get there?
For me, reflecting is an act of awareness. I believe that taking time to think about where I am, what I’ve accomplished, what has brought me happy, challenged me to grow or given me a valuable lesson is a powerful act.
What I Accomplished in 2014
Finally! It is official… I am an MBA graduate. My 3-year adventure has come to an end.
Throughout the course of my MBA at WOU, I met a lot of amazing people, and learnt both business and life experiences. All of this has led me to achieve my ultimate goal: to plan for a great future.
When I was in the middle of the MBA process, I already had a firm post-MBA plan in mind. During that time, I have worked very hard and spent a lot of time in achieving this milestone.
Why get an MBA?
A common question that people ask is, “why do you want to get an MBA?”
There are many opportunities for getting the certification, but some of them can be very expensive. In these current economic times, budget cuts have become the norm, and companies’ training budget is always one of the first things to go. It’s understandable that Microsoft training classes tend to be costly. Therefore, I was trying hard to look for other training options.
Believe it or not, Microsoft actually offers training through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) for FREE. MVA is a cloud-based training portal. If not mistaken, it was the first put in place to equip IT experts with training on Microsoft’s cloud based technologies. Besides that, you don’t have to meet any criteria to take part in this training. The courses and its vast resources are freely available to anyone!
Once you have registered you can signed into the MVA to make a selection on the technical track. A track can be best described as an area of study. For instance, some of the available tracks are Microsoft Azure Developer Camp: Build a Cloud-Native App, Office 365 for Developer, HTML5.
The other good point is Microsoft does not limit the amount of FREE training that you can attend. You can do it as many as you like. There is also no obligation to complete the track before starting another.