1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
o Supporting the GM of a large 600+ employee organisation within Microsoft. This includes being set requirements for offsite leadership team meetings and having to work with external agencies and event companies. I owned all the logistics for this, and had to ensure I met all deadlines and the meeting arrangements met all requirements that were set. o Hospitality/event management. I collaborated across teams, including marketing and PR, to create events and agendas to connect gold partners with customers at corporate hospitality events. o Leading a team of Apprentices and Interns who go out externally to schools and colleges to present to young individuals about jobs in the technology industry and why they’re important, and how they can go about getting a job at a tech company (Early in Career). o Working within the Sales Excellence team to renew licencing deals with partners. This includes owning and leading calls with Gold Standard Partners and ensuring that their deals are coming in on time, and that we are hitting our revenue forecast. o Helping to manage the Business Investment Funding process for the Small, Mid-market Solutions and Partners area of the UK. This involves managing quarterly budgets, monitoring compliance issues, working with key worldwide stakeholders and project management. o Working closely with HR to create content about Diversity and Inclusion at Microsoft. o I was also closely connected with the organisation of a large-scale company conference called Future Decoded, in which we hosted 15 NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young individuals. o I also managed the marketing/social media platform at the start of 2016 for the Microsoft UK Get On team. This included creating content and managing different accounts such as Twitter and Facebook.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've developed a level 3 qualification. Personal skills such as public speaking and confidence have improved due to volunteering outside of my job role and talking at schools and events.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
My team are lovely but my day to day job role is not something that i would consider doing long term. The company culture is fantastic. With regards to meeting my expectations, I thought that my job role may be a bit more creative but the company culture definitely meets expectations
4. How valued do you feel by Microsoft?
I feel really appreciated by my manager and i have been really involved in various tasks over my time here. Sometimes by other colleagues, they see you as 'just an apprentice' and on occasions you may not be treated like any other employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The learning is structured really well and regular meetings with my manager happen all the time
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We received a fair amount of support from our training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager gives me all the support i need, but with regards to what happens after my contact there has not been as much support as i would've liked.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9a. Would you recommend Microsoft to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The culture of the company is second to none and as an employee you are treated really well.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Microsoft? *
Just be yourself - define your strengths and build on them, and use examples to show how you use them.
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