Latest Microsoft Certified Master Excels in Job Market

Cox MBA Candidate Julia BrooksJulia Brooks was a consultant for six years before returning to school to earn her MBA at the Cox School of Business. She was already well-versed in Microsoft Office, and her hard work has paid off as she has accepted an offer of employment from JP Morgan Chase last fall!

“Some interviews were technical-based – meaning I built financial models in Excel on a tight deadline (with an audience watching your every click); while they were focusing on my finance knowledge/application,” Julia said of her job search experience. “My expertise in Excel was definitely scrutinized/imperative due to the time constraint as well.”

When she heard about the MOS Certification pilot program, she jumped at the opportunity to get certified. Julia eventually earned the highest level of Office certification: Master. In addition to her new MOS Master status, Julia has also taken advantage of SMU’s Coding Bootcamp, as well as focusing her studies on business analytics. She found the certification exams helpful in learning new aspects of Office software that could help in her work.

“The exams go very in depth, so there are new things I learned – truly taking the time to…read all the options and understand the true power of the software at our fingertips was the most interesting part for me – particularly for Outlook. There’s so many cool and convenient things we can be doing that we don’t do!

Julia is graduating with her MBA this May, and we couldn’t be more happy to see a student’s hard work and determination pay off. Congrats to Julia on her accomplishments!

Interested in getting certified?

Visit the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification website to find out more about certification and to sign up to receive practice exams and additional information.

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.