The MVP Program has a long-term commitment to skilling through technical communities. In this interviews series focusing on skilling initiatives, we will be highlighting MVPs who actively contribute to the Skilling Program.
Jiadong Chen, New Zealand
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your focus as an MVP and what do you do professionally?
“Since 2015 I’ve been a Developer Technologies MVP. I specialize in Microsoft Azure cloud, Unity and XR development, and .NET/C#. I’m a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, Microsoft Certified Cybersecurity Architect Expert, Microsoft Certified Azure Security Engineer, Microsoft Certified Azure Developer, Microsoft Certified Azure AI Engineer, Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and a member of the .NET Foundation.”
Why is skilling important and why do you want to contribute to skilling the broader community?
“Skilling is important because it helps equip individuals with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for a successful career. As a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), I want to contribute to skilling the broader community by providing access to the latest technology, tools, and resources, because I'm passionate about technology and helping people learn and use technology.”
How do you share your knowledge when skilling people?
“I now mainly focus on LinkedIn when sharing knowledge. At the same time, I also blog on Medium, maintain my own personal website and publish books. I also share open-source projects on GitHub, currently I have 1.1k followers and 3k stars. I have however found LinkedIn to be my favourite place to share knowledge. In the past 365 days, my posts on LinkedIn have had 1 million views and 11k reactions.
My posts on LinkedIn are not just regular posts, but more like blog posts. It is important to share knowledge in a way that is clear and engaging. I always start by breaking down the concepts into smaller, more manageable pieces with reference links to relevant knowledge (mostly from the Microsoft Learn), and then use visual aids such as diagrams, charts, and infographics to help explain the concepts. As an example, here is my previous blog post sharing some personal experience: https://levelup.gitconnected.com/sharing-the-experience-of-building-my-personal-brand-and-the-writin...”