Syed Basharat Aziz is a man with a plan. A 23-year IT veteran, Basharat knows that staying abreast of his industry’s developments is key to advancing his career toward his ultimate goal: starting his own IT consultancy firm in his homeland.  

Simplilearn has been an essential partner in his career journey. To date, Basharat has achieved 16 professional certifications through our online bootcamps and recently completed ITIL 4 Managing Professional Transition Module Training and MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Certification Training. After receiving his ITIL 4 certificate, Basharat got a new job at a public company in January 2021, along with a 15% salary hike. 

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Finding New Opportunities

Basharat moved to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan in 2003, searching for better job opportunities. He started his career as a consultant and moved to project management and IT service management. Currently, he is working at a public company that provides infrastructure and software as a service to other ministries.  

“Every ministry has its own setup and IT department, Basharat explained. “The Saudi Government is planning to centralize the IT services across the ministries. I am currently working for the central entity as a part of ITSM. They are currently using ITIL v2, and my job here is to upgrade the systems to ITIL v3 and later to v4.”

Gaining Marketable Skills With Simplilearn

Basharat said his skills are highly valued because there are very few ITIL 4 professionals in the market in his part of the world. Thanks to his upskilling through Simplilearn, he had choices in where he wanted to work. Not only is he ITIL v4 certified, but he has also cleared the MSP Foundation exam and is preparing for the MSP Practitioner certification.

“I am maintaining a pace of earning one certificate per year,” Basharat said. “I realized very early that in the IT field, I need to upskill. Otherwise, I will be left behind.” 

Basharat has 16 certifications under his belt, including MSP, PMP, ITIL, Agile Project Manager, CISSP, Six Sigma, and more.

“In the next five years, I want to move back to my hometown in Pakistan and start my own IT consultancy firm,” Basharat said. “I am sure these certificates will help me in achieving my goals.”

The Simplilearn Difference

Basharat chose Simplilearn because he needed a blend of instructor-based training and self-paced learning. 

“The course material was great in terms of structure and design, and I liked the concept of quizzes after every lesson to self-assess my learning,” he said. “My learning experience was very good. Instructors were well educated and up-to-date. The training was well-paced, and I enjoyed the Q&A sessions with the instructors.”

He liked that Simplilearn provides access to the course after completion so he could revisit it before his ITIL v4 certification exam. 

For his MSP Practitioner training, Basharat chose self-paced training due to his work and time constraints.

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Flexibility and Discipline 

Given Basharat’s workload, it speaks well that he’s been able to focus so much on his learning outside his work hours. 

“I believe that to excel in your career, you need to sacrifice and make additional efforts,” he said. “I used to spend two-to-three hours extra in my office every day to study.”

He added that Simplilearn’s courses have made him more agile and organized.

“They have also helped me in improving my soft skills and communication,” he said.  

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Upskill for Your Career

For IT professionals interested in broadening their skillset, Simplilearn’s ITIL 4 Managing Professional Transition Module Training is geared toward ITIL V3-certified professionals transitioning to ITIL 4. It also is suitable for IT managers, IT architects, system administrators, operations managers, database administrators, service delivery professionals, quality analysts, development teams, and process owners and practitioners.

MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Certification Training (Managing Successful Programs®) teaches professionals how to organize complex programs into manageable, interrelated projects. The course helps managers improve their management skills, adaptability, and flexibility. The course is best suited for program managers, project managers, operations managers, and quality assurance professionals.

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