Myself (Ashley Morgan), Laurence Bond, Craig Fullicks and Viktoriya Cherneva make up Buddy team 1. Our primary function as a team is to support the University Staffing Team to make the transition for FY13 interns from University into their roles at Microsoft as smooth as possible.
We play multiple roles in order to achieve our goal. Firstly we act as a contact point for new interns, once all roles are filled, via a Facebook group where we aim to answer any questions. The group also acts as a great platform for new interns to get to know each other before they meet in person.
Secondly, we help set up each new FY13 intern with a current FY12 intern, this is called the buddy scheme. This is where there will be a more personal relationship developed as most new interns will be paired with the person who they are replacing and therefore can have their questions answered in a lot more detail. The buddy will then become the new interns’ main point of contact and will receive at least two calls and an e-mail between signing their contract and starting at Microsoft. Our aim is for the new intern to feel completely comfortable with their buddy, so if for whatever reason a new intern is not happy with their buddy we would advise them to contact one of the team and we’ll try to rectify any issues.
Finally the fun part, our third role is to support the University Staffing Team in shaping the welcome day for the new interns. This is a great opportunity for new interns to:
- Meet with each other face-to-face
- Find people to live with
- To learn more about the areas they will be living in e.g. local nightlife, local facilities etc.
- To learn more about their role
- To meet their manager
- Get a feel for TVP (Thames Valley Park)
- To learn about CP (Cardinal Place) and other remote offices
- Most importantly to enjoy the day!
The day has already been put together and set to be an amazing introduction to Microsoft life. I don’t want to give too much away but all I am going to say is practice your dance moves before the day!
So all that’s left to say is if there are any FY13 interns don’t be afraid to get in touch and congratulations on getting a placement at Microsoft
Below is a little bio from each member of the Buddy team:
I support my team not only with the execution and analysis of the Global Relationship Study (GRS) that we conduct twice a year but also developing and delivering monthly and weekly reports through the various social media tools that we have and communicate them with various teams across the company. This makes me a Marketing Research intern as well as a Communications one.
Outside work you can come across me while jogging down the river at Thames Valley Park or undertaking morning classes at the TVP gym. I also enjoy hot yoga, skiing, as well as MS Tennis trainings. I am really looking forward to welcome you all on campus and answer any questions that you might have, so please do not hesitate to contact me at any point
Hi, my name is Laurence, I am from Colchester in Essex and I’m studying business management and marketing at Brunel University, so I have been living in London a few years now. I work for Microsoft at the Cardinal Place office in London and I sit in the Xbox LIVE Advertising Trade Marketing team. One of the main responsibilities of my role is sales enablement; which involves creating sales materials and organising training for the sales force. I am also responsible for all the Xbox LIVE advertising communications in EMEA and in addition I am lucky enough to project manage a large number of events across Europe for Xbox LIVE.
Outside of work I enjoy playing football and I also love fishing, skiing and boxing. In addition to this, I DJ in my spare time using vinyl turntables. I hope this gives you an idea of who I am and I look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.
So I work in the Microsoft Partner Network as a Thru-Partner Marketing Manager. As you may be aware Microsoft sell through partners so you can say we are the driving force of the company. My role stretches from running marketing campaigns with partners, creating networking events and driving our communication strategy. Pretty much you can make the role your own.
It will be good to meet you all in April. Any questions, worries and thoughts don’t be afraid to fire them our way. Remember we were all in your shoes this time last year.
I work in MST, standing for Market Solutions Team which is an engineering team within MSN. I am by no means an engineer but was brought in to help my team manage their own perception which in English means to help the team develop a stronger brand. I also help with communications, which essentially makes me a Marketing and Communications intern.
I look forward to hearing from all you new interns; please don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have any questions