Microsoft Office is a tool. All of your competitors will have learned Microsoft Office to some degree or another. Some will have learned it to an advanced level. Knowing Microsoft Office is important, but it is also fundamental. Without it, you will not be considered for a position.
Finally, I believe that if you want edge over the competition, make it personal. Capitalizing on your passion leads to success. In today's world, competition is global. Skills can help set you apart, but passion will help you stand above. I learned that Success doesn’t come from what we do occasionally, It comes from what we do consistently.
I am Nabil Mourad, a professor of Business Computer Applications at George Brown College in Toronto. My primary areas of Teaching are Data analytics, automation and visualization, as well as the Microsoft Office suite.
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When I created my first YouTube channel for teaching MS Office, I tried to engage my audience and help them remember what I teach them by using Mind Map techniques. I am in love with Mind Maps. I use them to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas in maps and diagrams. Mind Maps proved to be an efficient aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and memorization of concepts.
I owned my first computer in 1992 and started to learn Basic programming and Office 3.0 (later rebranded as Office 92). With the release of Office 97 I started to seriously leverage my skills then earned my first Certification as Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Master in Office 2000 (which later changed to MOS). It was signed by Bill Gates and I considered it a personal welcome message! Since then, I kept upgrading my skills getting the MOS Master Certification in all releases of Microsoft Office.
In the past few years, we entered the era of big data, which also grabbed my interest and I kept developing myself in these areas until I earned my MBA with a major in Data Analytics and Visualization.
"I was always challenged when it came to taking tests. Everything else clicked, but I had terrible scores at recruiting agencies online tests. I took a few test preparations classes at "The Office Instructor" center and my scores have really improved. Thanks for helping me."
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My earlier degrees are not in technology, but in life science and medicine. My generation did not grow up with computers, but I did after graduating from university. Technology has been one of my passions from relatively young age when I used to go to a business center near home in the 1980’s to have them edit my lectures on an Apple computer. I was fascinated by how this device can polish my documents and wished to own one and learn how to do it myself.
"I was impressed with the wide variety of classes offered at the "Office Instructor" Center. The flexibility of morning, afternoon or evening sessions made it possible to learn after work . Also Weekend courses made going "back to school" easier than I expected.. I'm glad a friend recommended this."
I am most passionate about teaching, in particular teaching technology. In 2003 I earned my first Master Instructor Certificate and since 2008 I was recognized as a Microsoft Certified Trainer to date. For over 12 years, I have found my dream job passing on my passion for teaching technology.
George Brown College
Thinking of a pool of applications interacting with each other and getting the best out of each one drives my desire to learn more and teach better.