What you need to know
- Microsoft has officially launched its tech resilience curriculum.
- The course was piloted in 2020 at 190 universities.
- Microsoft has divided its learning modules into three general groups that bear a striking categorical resemblance to the “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.” image macro meme.
“Our goals are to help to usher in a new and diverse generation with the technical and resilience skills needed to have great impact in the world,” Microsoft’s blog post says. “We aim to build a more inclusive future by fostering confidence, resilience and a sense of belonging across industries.”
That sense of belonging starts with the individual, according to Microsoft, hence why it has set up this series of mini-courses designed to teach people the skills they need to survive not only in the tech field, but in life. The courses also tackle topics such as microaggressions, in case you want to be educated on those.
Of the over 1,200 students this curriculum was pilot tested on in 2020, Microsoft stated that “97% of whom declared this [curriculum] had a profound impact teaching them skills they can immediately apply in school and life.”
You can check out the full curriculum at Microsoft Learn. It’s a great many modules, and you’ll likely need to set aside over a dozen hours to complete them all, based on Microsoft’s time estimates. The courses are organized by three principles: “Recognize discomfort, strategize solutions, and pivot & persist,” which sound similar in message to a particular Bear Grylls meme.