Time flies by so fast and now we are already in our 5thweek with Microsoft. There has been some changes happened within past two weeks. First thing is that we all moved to the new floor after struggling finding our hot seats almost every day. Finally we got the room for ourselves!
Besides, the environment on 24th floor is surprisingly different from 19th and 20th floor we used to stay. People here are more lively and energetic as they are surrounded by tons of X-Box, Kinect and Window phone 7! It has been named “The Cool Floor” which, in my opinion, truly suits them. Only after 2 days at new office, we suddenly got a call from Anna, our beloved university consultant, that there will be an All-Hands meeting with Kevin Turner here at OMB. While we were making our way to NTUC auditorium, the three of us were all thrilled since it was our very first participation in such a huge event. The venue was running at its full capacity, it was flood by Microsoft staff from both APAC and APOC team. It was the first time I ever saw that many colleagues gathering. As other employees told me, we were really lucky to attend since the opportunity doesn’t rise very often. We also had a chance to interact with several other employees from different teams, which helps us to get more acquainted with Microsoft Culture.
To add this joyful moment to the maximum, my mentor introduced me to some of his colleagues from APAC and Singapore Subsidiary who would help me to understudy and expose me to their customer presentations and engagements on their Business intelligence and Data warehouse opportunities related to my project. During the week, we got to meet interns and graduates from other programs through Anna’s recommendation. We had a nice chat together during lunch. We felt very thankful that they were trying to help us out and gave us good advices. Another very nice thing was that we were invited by some colleagues to join their outing. Hilariously, it was durian outing that took place at the stall in Bugis. We had so much fun at that time and saw a lot of crazy moments which we have never expected to see from this group of people who have always been very calm and serious. This proved to be an extraordinary cultural experience and we surely learned a lot.