1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Partner Channel Marketing Manager. Internal comms, writing newsletters, digital advertising, working with partners.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Skills include: general writing e.g. blog posts and newsletters. Also completed several marketing qualifications throughout. Also improved my team-building skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy the degree - it is challenging but interesting at the same time.
4. How valued do you feel by Microsoft?
Not as valued as I used to - when I first started as an apprentice i felt that I was allowed to get involved in new projects and communities, although now I have been here for over 2 years (still an apprentice) those opportunities are only for new apprentices and I can sometimes feel quite excluded.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The support from the university is good and the support from Microsoft is also good with regards to the training.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support is good although it can be quite difficult to get hold of lecturers due to remote working
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support is good - e.g. we are having a roundtable this week to discuss how the course is going
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
With regards to living/travel/daily costs, the salary meets my expectations.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There was for me when i first started, hardly any now.
9. Would you recommend Microsoft to a friend?
Overall, the company is a great place to work and the ethos is good.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Microsoft?
Be yourself! Build on your best skills and use them to your advantage.
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