Through the Global Skills Initiative, people worldwide will have free access to training content on Microsoft Learn, LinkedIn Learning, and GitHub Learning Lab. Additionally, a set of Microsoft Certification exams aligned to in-demand jobs are available to those who self-attest that their employment has been impacted by COVID-19 at a significantly discounted fee of $15 USD, helping job seekers demonstrate their skills to potential employers.

Future of work

The past recessions have taught us low-skilled jobs gradually get replaced. As the pandemic pushes us more towards a world where digital skills are the new future skills, this pattern repeats itself.

Manual jobs are at higher risk now

Approximately 800 million people will need to upgrade to new skills for their jobs by 2030 as most jobs will require digital skills.

Lockdown will accelerate digitization

Data indicates that two years worth of digital transformation has been concentrated into the past two months. This shift is due to the COVID-19 crisis.

India is expected to have 28 million new tech jobs

Digital transformation is anticipated to impact all industries, from software to IT services, finance, education, agriculture and more.

Get insights into a rapidly changing economy

To help address this need, today Microsoft has launched a Global Skills Initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. It starts with data on jobs, skills from the LinkedIn Economic Graph and can help you track labor market trends and make informed decisions to meet the new future of work as it unfolds.

Access jobs and skills data from LinkedIn's Economic Graph

Acquire future skills

With identified job trends and skills required, Global Skill Initiatives helps you develop skills by extending free access to the learning paths available on Microsoft Learn, LinkedIn Learning and access to GitHub Learning Lab to practice tech skills.

MS Learn : Learn on your own schedule

Microsoft Learn platform helps acquire in-depth technical learning on most in-demand skills on widely used technologies. It offers 225 learning paths with more than 1000 modules for free.

LinkedIn Learning : Learn relevant skills for jobs in-demand

LinkedIn Learning provides free access to role-based learning paths ranging from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skills such as IT, Graphic Design, Project Management etc.

GitHub : grow your skills by completing fun, realistic projects

GitHub Learning Lab engages the job seeker in learning paths. They will have the opportunity to practice newly acquired skills by completing realistic projects in a personalized GitHub repository.

Get free Azure for student account

Start building the future with Azure for Students! Get a $100 credit when you create your free Azure for Students account. Read the FAQ for eligibility. Claim your free Azure account.

Just imagine the possibilities. Do all this and more with your student account!

Start building your apps

Develop in Visual Studio with your favorite language to create custom apps

Explore AI

Cognitive services & smart API's enable your apps to see, hear, speak & do more

Make the most of big data

Build & train machine-learning models faster with the latest open source technologies

Microsoft AI Classroom series

The digital workplace of the future will need employees skilled on emerging technologies like AI, data science, and augmented reality. To become the creators and innovators of the not-too-distant future, students need to develop their tech skills on these technologies.

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Stand out!

When you update your profile with relevant skills, it helps you get noticed. Watch the video, learn how you can benefit and find new opportunities.

Add skills to your profile

Get Certified

With industry-recognized certifications, you’ll have the opportunity to update your LinkedIn profile and increase opportunities to attract recruiters and potential employers for job opportunities. Certifications are a powerful asset for job seekers and those looking to advance in their career. In fact, certifications help make hiring easier, helping job seekers stand out.

If you are a final year student/fresh pass out and can attest that you have been impacted, unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Microsoft is happy to help you by offering industry-recognized Microsoft certification at a discounted fee of USD15. Refer to our Terms and Conditions 

Benefit with the right certification

A Microsoft Certification helps you stand out and get noticed. View the video to know how you can flaunt your skills and certification.

Get certified

Explore Microsoft certifications

Microsoft has certification paths for many technical job roles. Each of these certifications require passing a series of exams to earn certification.

Fundamental Certifications

Recommended start. Ideal for individuals just starting in technology or thinking about a career change.

Role-based Certifications

Choose a role-based certification to begin learning valuable job role skills.

Additional Certifications

Explore specialty, Microsoft Certified Educator, and Microsoft Office technical certifications.

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Why become Microsoft certified?

Microsoft Learn’s self-paced courses help you advance your technical skills using Microsoft technologies to land the job you want. As digital transformation evolves how we do business, getting trained and certified can help you accelerate your ability to land a technical role that is in-demand. Grow your options for a career in IT by increasing credibility with a Microsoft Certification, validating your skills and ability to perform in a role using Microsoft technologies.

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of tech positions will be cloud related by 2021.

IDC/Microsoft, Cloud Skills and Organizational Influence* How Cloud Skills Are Accelerating the Careers of IT Professional, May 2017


of IT professionals feel they are recognized more for cloud deployments than their counterparts during deployments of other technologies.

IDC/Microsoft, Cloud Skills and Organizational Influence* How Cloud Skills Are Accelerating the Careers of IT Professional, May 2017


tech professionals feel certification helped them complete difficult tasks more confidently.

Pearson VUE, The Value of IT Certification Survey, January 2017

Get employed

Want to stand out? View the following guide and videos to learn how you can noticed by employers. Click here to access the Student Guide

Job Search

Search for a relevant jobs matching you skills

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Learn how the skills you already have map to thousands of jobs with our new, interactive Career Explorer tool.

Interview preparation made easy

Boost your confidence and prepare for job interviews with guidance from our experts.

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How do you end a video interview strong?

From the course Video Interview Tips.

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Digital body language

From the course Video Interview Tips.

Let people know you are #OpenToWork

Get noticed by potential employers by updating your profile status to “Open to Work”.

To reach out to a broader LinkedIn community, post using #OpenToWork as a hashtag and as a photo frame in your profile picture.

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Get inspired to innovate for the future

For nearly two decades, students from around the world have participated in Microsoft’s global technology competition, the Imagine Cup, to bring their unique tech solutions to life. The Imagine Cup is more than just a technology competition & offers new avenues to students

There are four categories in the 2021 Imagine Cup competition:
- Earth - solutions for climate change, agriculture, and in green tech.
- Education - innovate to change the way students across the globe learn.
- Healthcare - tackle issues in treatment, diagnosis, accessibility, and more.
- Lifestyle - projects that shape how we game, play, and live.

Get started building your tech skills by completing a Microsoft Learn module in the category you’re most passionate about to advance in the competition. Each team is required to choose any of the four competition categories in which do you intend to build a project for.

MS Learn Challenge

Starts on: 25th Nov, 2020
Ends on: 4th Jan, 2021

Regional Knockout

Starts on: 5th Jan, 2021
Ends on: 10th Feb, 2021
Top 64 teams will qualify

National Semifinals

Starts on: 17th Feb, 2021
Ends on: 20th Feb, 2021
Top 32 teams will qualify

India Online Finals

Ends on: 27th Feb, 2021
Top 2 teams will qualify for world finals

World Finals

World Championship

What's up for winning

Besides giving you the chance to build something that matters and make a difference in your community, the tech competition also offers attractive prizes.

Top 4 teams will win Surface Go.

Mentorship from Microsoft experts

The chance to showcase your idea

Flaunt and update your skills to win exciting prizes.

Why you should enter:

Over the past 17 years, more than two million competitors have signed up to build something that matters to them, make a difference in their communities, and innovate for impact.

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Shape your world

Every year, students build inspiring tech projects that tackle some of the world’s biggest social, environmental, and health challenges.

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Nurture your curiosity

The Imagine Cup is a creative, hands-on experience and a chance to make something that matters to you.

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Realize your passion

Transform your idea into a purpose-driven application with Microsoft Azure technology.

Besides giving you the chance to build something that matters and make a difference in your community, the tech competition also offers attractive prizes.

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