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Unlocking Career Advancement: Inspiring Success Stories from Microsoft Office Basics Graduates

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

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Our success stories from Microsoft Office Basics graduates begin with Camillus Lawong, a determined individual who enrolled in the course to acquire the qualifications necessary for his dream job.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."- Chinese Proverb. Rather than relying on others to do the work for him, Mr. Lawong believed that seeking ways to help himself would expand his job opportunities and knowledge, leading to career development and growth. So, how did his journey toward success begin?

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Program Graduate: Camillus Lawong


Moving to the United States and searching for a job proved challenging for Camillus Lawong. He shared, "I'm originally from Cameroon in Central Africa. I moved to this country ten years ago, leaving behind everything in Cameroon because of my children. I wanted to allow them to receive a quality education they wouldn't have had if we had stayed in Cameroon."

Driven by his desire for a better life for himself and his family, Mr. Lawong started looking for a job in the banking sector. However, he soon realized that new skills were in demand. Bankers no longer worked with pen and paper; they used software like Microsoft Word. To find employment, he knew he had to adapt to the changing workforce.

Seeking Valuable Tools and Support

"That's when I started Googling and looking for help," Mr. Lawong recalled. During this search, he came across The Next Step, Inc. "I discovered The Next Step, Inc., and it was a timely find. They provided me with this opportunity." The Microsoft Office Basics program was everything Camillus had hoped for. He described it as "an aid, a foundation course" because it gave him the fundamental resources needed to achieve his goals. Finally, Mr. Lawong found the key to success in his career. As he progressed through the program, his skills and confidence soared. What contributed to this growth?

Harnessing the Potential of Online Education

From a student's perspective, Mr. Lawong identified four main aspects that stood out to him. "First, the course is well-focused for beginners. Second, it is well-structured and easy to follow. Third, the support and commitment shown by the teachers, in my case, Mrs. Bates. And, of course, the flexibility of the course. I could access it anywhere, anytime." Additionally, Mr. Lawong believed that the Microsoft Office Basics program offered a bonus: emotional intelligence. He recognized that many programs overlooked this topic, which significantly impacted him. The course taught him how to understand and control his emotions, especially when faced with challenges. He expressed immense gratitude for everything he learned and firmly believed that Microsoft Office skills would be a valuable asset in his future career.


After two weeks of hard work, Camillus Lawong completed the Microsoft Office Basics program with outstanding results and received his well-deserved certificate. However, this was not the end of his learning journey. By passing the course, he unlocked a new set of doors to opportunities. Camillus was awarded a Google Career Certificate Scholarship from The Next Step, Inc.! With no previous experience, Mr. Lawong is leveraging his passion, skills, and ambition to strive for a job in Project Management. He firmly believes that the Google Career Certificate Program will lead him to the fulfillment of his goals.

Camillus Lawong proves that it is never too late to embark on a journey to success. His story inspires anyone seeking to learn new skills, advance their career, and achieve their dreams.

Microsoft Office Basics & Google Career Certificate Program: Learn two ways to upskill and advance your career.

Microsoft and Google are two of the leading technology companies in the world. The Next Step Inc. is working hard to provide Microsoft Word & Excel training while partnering with Google to offer scholarships to qualifying participants. Both programs teach skills essential for career development. Microsoft Office Basics is perfect for anyone wanting to learn the basics of Microsoft Word & Excel, develop their emotional intelligence skills, and explore new opportunities. After completing the program with an 80% or higher, students are offered a Google Career Certificate Scholarship. This Google program trains students to work in any of the following fields: data analytics, digital marketing & e-commerce, IT support, project management, cybersecurity, and UX design. The Next Step Inc. helps students transition smoothly from one program to the next.

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