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  • Writer's pictureMark Costa

How a Single Article Changed My Life: The Power of Community and Connection

Have you ever read something that changed your entire life? For me, that moment came from an article in an MSDN Magazine. It was a simple article, but it set off a chain of events that would transform my career and my life in ways I could never have imagined.

I was living in Brazil, young, recently married, in a new city, with no money, no friends, and no family around. I was transitioning from Physics to IT and feeling somewhat unsure about everything.

One day, I stumbled upon an article in MSDN Magazine that intrigued me. The author lived in the same city I had just moved to! At the end of the article, there was a mention of a local tech meetup group, and believe it or not, it was at the same college I was about to start attending. Intrigued, I decided to contact the author, and he pointed me to someone you probably know well: Igor Alcantara! At that time, Igor was the Microsoft Academy Cell leader in that area.

That decision to contact the author was the first domino to fall. At the college facilities, I met Igor Alcantara. He was not hard to spot, wearing a Microsoft polo shirt and backpack. Long story short, he saw potential in me and offered me an opportunity to join his team.

This was the break I had been waiting for. I joined the company, gained invaluable experience, and expanded my network. A few years later, both Igor and I were offered positions at a multinational corporation. This opportunity led to another significant change: moving from Brazil to the United States.

Today, I am living and working in the U.S., thriving in my career, and continuously expanding my professional horizons. All of this stemmed from a single article and the decision to engage with a community.

Now, let's bring this back to Qlik. What could joining a Qlik Meetup group do for you? Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Networking: Meet professionals who share your interests and can open doors to new opportunities.

  2. Learning: Stay up-to-date with the latest trends, tools, and techniques in the Qlik platform.

  3. Collaboration: Find partners for projects, share ideas, and get feedback from a supportive community.

  4. Inspiration: Discover new ways to approach problems and innovative solutions that you might not have considered.

Joining a Qlik Meetup group could be the start of a journey that leads to new friendships, career advancements, and even life-changing opportunities. If a simple magazine article could change my life, imagine what connecting with a dynamic and passionate community could do for you.

So, why not take that step? Attend a Qlik Meetup, get involved! See where the journey takes you. Your next big opportunity might be just a conversation away.

If the reason for you not to join a Qlik Meetup group is that there is not a group near you, then: why don’t you start your own group in your city? If you don’t know how, send me a message and I can help you.

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