Trust me a I've seen a lot of people like that too. I want to be useful to a lot of people. Since I'm familiar with Macs, a lot of people go to me whenever something goes wrong. I want to be more open to learning new technical skills.
You might be right...That is probably why they ask if you're familiar with exchange.
This is what you do mate:
-Get Trials for Windows Server 2012 and Exchange Server
-Install the Hyper-V role on your Windows 8 Pro
-Create a private virtual network
-Create a VM that is a domain controller with the roles AD DS, DNS, DHCP
-Ensure your forest is at Server 2012 functional level
-Create a new VM to install Exchange 2013
This is what you need to learn to advance your career a bit
Windows Server 2008/R2/2012;
Some resources for you:
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (use code MSDEAL if still valid for 50% discount) - http://shop.oreilly....ows-server-2012
Exchange 2013 install guide http://memphistech.net/?p=261