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Office 365: Skills for the classroom and the future.
By: Lisa Boch-Andersen, Senior Director for Communications Europe
18 October 2013

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Accessing assignments in online shared workspaces, collaborating through cloud based tools, synchronizing notes and using straightforward applications such Word, Power Point and Excel from anywhere at any time. There is no doubt student’s life can be simpler and more productive with the help of Office 365. Still, this is only one side of the toast. Turn it around and you’ll find out being Office proficient can also boost student’s chances to be eligible in the job market.

Available in 36 languages, Office 365 is already empowering students in 119 countries. However, this already outstanding figure will improve with Student Advantage. What is that? A brand new offer which makes it even easier for students to take full advantage of Office 365, whether at their education institution or home.

This program will be available from December on, and will allow educational institutions worldwide (which already license Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty) to provide their students with access to Office 365 ProPlus at no additional cost.

The advantages of using Office 365 while studying are vast. As MBA student, Mark Stevenson, says “With a growing emphasis on teamwork in college, SkyDrive helps me share documents with fellow students and collaborate in new ways online with Office Web Apps.” Yet, besides boosting school performance, being proficient in Microsoft Office also plays a key role while job hunting

Joining forces, Microsoft and IDC commissioned a study to gain a better insight on what can help graduates join the workforce -now and through 2020. The study focused on identifying the most requested skills among employers. Drumroll, being proficient in Microsoft Office ranked number three (right under oral and written communications.) Interestingly, specific products such as Power Point and Word are also highly valued.

The landscape of tomorrow’s job market is technologically driven and students need to be ready. Office plays a key role, ergo the importance of reaching as many students as possible. Student Advantage will not only help them write notes in a more efficient way, it will also prepare them for their future.

For more information on Student Advantage, please visit Anthony Salcito's blog. Moreover, if you are interested in finding out more about the ICD check out this blogpost by Cameron evans

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