Last time I posted I was looking forward to an offsite with my team and travelling back to Manchester University to promote Microsoft’s intern and graduate schemes. Each week is always so different here, like today I’m in Microsoft’s London offices for a meeting about a new intern project.
Anyway, I loved going back to university and having a day to brag about how much I love it here. I probably spoke to about 300 students and you may remember me from the fair. I just wanted to re-iterate a few tips we were giving students, for example, be passionate about technology, do your research on the company and remember to be in a chance for an internship apply before 31st January!
It’s now suddenly dawned on me in the last week that it’s now the 6 months mark of my internship and how much that has happened in the last 6 months and what a whirlwind it has been. I’m still being challenged every day, learning new things all the time, making new friends and I still love coming into the Microsoft offices and being proud of where I work. It’s a feeling that still hasn’t worn off
I think I would just like to list some of the things I’ve done in the last 6 months to give you a taste of what Microsoft is like and the opportunities it gives you:
• I’ve been involved in developing this fantastic blog.
• Volunteered in DigiGirlz – a work experience day where 300 girls descended on Microsoft.
• Involved in a Xbox Kinect video that was shown to executives and customers.
• Promoting Microsoft on campus.
• Completed Microsoft Office Specialist core exams.
• A charity event where our department created as many Christmas hampers as we could in 2 hours!
• Team offsite at a luxury 5 star hotel in Bath.
It feels good to look back and see how far I have come, from my first week where I was thrown in at the deep end and realized I knew nothing about Excel to now where colleagues ask me directly for reports and even Excel help. I’ve learnt many more skills than I thought I would, including Microsoft Sharepoint which I knew nothing about 6 months ago.
I think what is really important is from this internship I’ve experienced to be in a business environment, how to approach and work with colleagues, my work ethic and how I work best etc. These skills and experience will prove invaluable in my future career and gives me a head start when it comes to graduate jobs, something I now realise is very important.
Well, I’m looking forward to what the next 6 months bring and seeing the new group of interns that will be replacing us!