Eimer describes how Microsoft’s unique culture & beliefs empower interns & graduates to make a bigger impact.
Name: Eimer Henderson
Business Area: Sales & Marketing
What is the one thing you would have like to have been told before starting your first day at Microsoft?
Talk to everyone! Like me, you might feel nervous starting to work for such an established company like Microsoft, with the smartest minds working here you might feel overwhelmed by everything. The best thing you can do in this situation is introduce yourself to people and find out what they do, this way you will understand the business more and where you fit in and how you can make the most of your internship.
What has been your favorite intern activity so far, and do you think Microsoft are good at connecting inters from different teams?
Microsoft are really passionate about their interns.
My favourite intern activity so far was the intern brunch. During this day we were all put into teams and giving some challenges to do so that we could all get to know each other. Some interns started in July and some in September, so this was a really good way for everyone to feel like one big community. Microsoft go through a lot of effort to ensure that we all feel welcome and are being heard which helps everyone to excel in their role.
How has Microsoft’s working cultures and beliefs helped you with your everyday work?
Microsoft have a very welcoming and relaxed culture.
This really helps when you are starting off as you know you can reach out to anyone and they will help you if you need it! It doesn’t matter if you’re an intern or a manager, everyone in Microsoft is made to feel welcome and this really helps you to be yourself and do your best work!
Are you happy with the level of responsibility you have been given as an intern, and has this helped you develop key skills?
The great thing about being an intern at Microsoft is that you are given real jobs and brought into real projects. I believe it depends on you as an individual also if you want more responsibility you will certainly get it, and if you don’t, well you won’t be forced to do anything. On my team I am given a lot of responsibility from organising events from start and finish and ensuring that processes are followed through with, and although it may seem overwhelming it’s an effective way to get stuck in and learn things about yourself as well as the people you work with. Being given this level of responsibility is good for growing as an employee and developing time management skills as well as using your initiative.