1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work as a partner marketing executive within the Microsoft Partner Network. My team are responsible for creating events and marketing to the 25,000 partners in the UK. I am heavily involved in these and my day to day role includes planning events and supporting campaigns. I have a number of responsibilities within the team and feel that this has really helped me!
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Business Management. I have also had the opportunity to take free MOS (Microsoft office specialist) exams and undertake a range of internal training courses. I have obviously developed massively on my personal skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my job! My team and manager are hugely supportive of me, they give me lots of responsibility and also aid me hugely in my personal career development plan/
4. How valued do you feel by Microsoft?
We are all given the same responsibility as 'proper' employees and so feel high valued! Everyone is so eager to help and get involved in our development which is really refreshing and helpful.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Everything for our training and programme has been very well structured so far. We don't take too much time out of our job roles to do the training and we have access to the library at work which is amazing for help!
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our tutor is really helpful and available most of the time, she provides us with all the information that we need to complete the course and get the work done on time.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive plenty of support from Microsoft through or programme manager, the library and my personal manager. All have been really encouraging us to work to our hardest and supporting us to achieve this.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary easily covers my costs, another example of how Microsoft treats you like an adult.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
YES! There are loads of volunteering opportunities to get involved in within Microsoft. I am currently involved in a stretch project making an internal app for employees. There are also sports teams, charity teams and stretch projects.
9. Would you recommend Microsoft to a friend?
Microsoft has improved me as a person and my personal skills, we are given so much responsibility and this is hugely valuable. We are all treated as normal employees and not given the typical 'apprentice' roles! We all get along so well and the culture at Microsoft is so exciting!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Microsoft?
Just be yourself - sounds cheesy but its true! Look at the resources available to you (beyourfutures blog). Microsoft love someone who has a story and its more about the personality rather than the grades (doesn't mean they don't count) so make sure you really explain what you do that makes YOU exciting and different from everyone else!