1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Managing visits in the different university campus’ my colleagues and I go too
Running assessment centres
Managing candidate queries via Linkedin and our emailing system
-Presenting to students at various universities and schools
-Putting up job postings on selected universities for the vacancies we have for internship placements and graduate opportunities
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
-I have bettered my presentation skills by going out to different university and talking to students
-I have also learnt a new skill of using LinkedIn to source talent through my recruiters badge I received
-I have also learnt the new skill of running assessment centres and ensuring the day goes smoothly
-I have also improved my skills in time management through working in tight schedules and deadlines through my role
-I have also improved my professionalism skills such through the language I use in emails, talking to professionals at work and participating/voicing my views or concerns during a work meeting
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme to a high extent as I feel like doing an apprenticeship was the best route for me as I am more of a practical person. I enjoy working as I learn as this is how I feel I thrive the most. I also enjoy being given real-life work responsibilities and being treated like an adult.
4. How valued do you feel by Microsoft?
I feel valued by Microsoft because even though I am an apprentice I am still treated just as well as any other employee. Also being an apprentice still entitles me to majority of the perks full time employees. I also have had no issues with me requesting time off or needing to change my work timings a little to suit me; as they are very understanding here.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the way the assessment side of the apprenticeship programme is delivered could be improved. What us candidates are meant to complete in regards to coursework isn't always made clear, neither is there much guidance or help as well as the fact assessors hardly ever reply to emails with any questions or concerns you may have.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I feel as though I don’t receive as much support as I would require from my training provider as I would have hoped. A lot of the times they not very proactive in responding to emails or queries I have regarding my coursework. The support from my training provider isn’t as good as I thought and needs drastic improvements.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my manager as she always ensures I am ok and have something to do. She encourages me to manage my time and we arrange weekly 1:1 meeting to check my progress and overall wellbeing. During these meeting we set weekly targets and tasks I am due to complete. I feel as though this has helped me so far during my apprenticeship and during my everyday life too.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel as though my salary package meets my costs but could do more efficiently. I try to save lot of the money I earn to ensure I am investing into my savings. However, I found after saving and the amount it costs for me to get into work every month I am left with very little to no money at the end of the month in order for me to sustain myself.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few opportunities outside of my work however I am more involved in additional projects and events outside of my job role which involve me giving back to the community. The opportunities outside work are more available to full time employees. However, if these are stewarded towards apprentices then I am keen to get involved.
9a. Would you recommend Microsoft to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I personally think the working environment is great, there is never a day where I dread coming into work and I get the feel people at work care for my wellbeing and not just how much work I have done. There is also lots of opportunities to get involved in different things and ways to develop and better yourself.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Microsoft? *
Don't be afraid to apply just because the size of the organisation is large. Also, be open to all opportunities to working with different kinds of people as you will learn a thing or two that will assist you through your Microsoft journey. Remain confident and don’t talk about how your skills and experience can assist you in a role at a Microsoft.
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