Learn about Pia’s intern highlights, and the opportunities she’s had to get involved in a number of fantastic initiatives at Microsoft.
- Name: Pia Corneloues
- Which university/course: University of Reading, Business and Management
- Job Title: Global Resource Co-Ordinator for Secure Infrastructure
- Brief description of your job: I build Project teams for secure infrastructure projects (Cyber security, azure infrastructure Windows 10 etc.) across EMEA working to place the most appropriate Consultants and Architects on the engagement, I work for the UK, France and CEE (Central Eastern Europe).
Which 101 team are you in?
I am in YouthSpark, a team dedicated to insipiring and encouraging young people to continue with STEM and work in technology roles. I am also the team lead for the UK of the global initiative: DigiGirlz which brings in 160 year 8 girls from 20 different school across the UK and inspires them to continue with tech. I chose to be a part of this as I believe it is important to encourage young people into tech as it is everchanging and the future of the country, I feel it is also important to break the stereotype of ‘technical people/engineers’ and encourage girls to get into tech.
Highlight of being at Microsoft?
My highlight was the first DigiGirlz I ran as we revamped the agenda to make it more tech focused and it was hugely successful. My other highlight would be going to the FDM Everywomen in tech awards in London and my team and I being recognised for the charity work we do for Modern Muse.
Has your perception of technology changed since working at Microsoft? Was the technology industry what you expected?
Before coming here I never thought I would have a career in technology as I didn’t see myself as very technological but I have learnt so much here and now I cant see myself in any other industry. Its nice to know when you go to work you are doing something that is making a difference, not just to clients but the tech developments that are happening to help disability, illness, teaching and safety etc. are really impacting the world that we are in.
What opportunities has working at Microsoft provided you?
I don’t have the opportunity to travel in my job, but I have been fortunate enough to attend multiple tech conferences, the women in tech awards, I have had the opportunity to run projects internally with high profile stakeholders such as the UK CEO.
Describe your experiences at Microsoft in three words.
Inspiring, educational & exciting