Read about why Callum chose Microsoft, and the exciting experiences he’s had since the start of the programme.
- Name: Callum Gwynne
- Which university/course: BA (Hons) Marketing and Entrepreneurship
- Job Title: Account Executive, Professional Services (Enterprise Commercial)
- Brief description of your job: Helping Microsoft Professional Services customers grow their business and expand on their offerings.
Why did you choose Microsoft’s graduate programme?
I wanted to work for an organisation and with individuals that were likeminded – having done my homework on Microsoft and, having attended the assessment day I knew that I not only fitted with Microsoft, but Microsoft fitted with me, my goals and my ambitions. Only 6 months into the Graduate Programme, I have been given a great deal of responsibility (and with that, accountability), travelled to Dublin, Poland and Scotland (planning a work trip to Las Vegas at the end of the FY!!) and been given the opportunity to shape my own learning.
Tell us about a funny story you’ve had at Microsoft
In my first month, while shadowing one of the account executives in my team on a customer Skype call I decided I was hungry. As you do, I put myself on mute and started tucking into a side of hummus & packet of snack-a-jacks. Unbeknown to me, in the excitement of opening the crisp packet I had sat on my headset, taken myself off mute (who knew company issued headsets had such powers) and now the entire call was enjoying my mid-afternoon snack with me. Moral of the story – it’s ok not to know how our technology works (we will teach you) and, yes you’re allowed to eat WHENEVER you want, but make sure you’re on mute and at least pretend you’re listening.
A top tip for being successful during the Graduate application process?
BE YOURSELF. As obvious as it is to you that you fit in or not, it will be the same for those assessing you throughout the process.
What concerns did you have before joining Microsoft? Are they still concerns?
As a non-techy…HOW IN THE NAME OF THE WEE MAN was I going to sell tech?! Remember – although it might take some time (that is ok), it is easy to learn the tech, but what is not so easy is trying to fit into a culture that isn’t suited to you.
Has your perception of technology changed since working at Microsoft? Was the technology industry what you expected?
I have always been fascinated about what technology can do, albeit never really understanding how it did ‘do’. Working for Microsoft has opened my eyes to the possibilities created by technology, allowed me to understand a little about more about how it works and made me hugely excited about the future (I am genuinely excited about being part of Microsoft’s mission).
Did you do an internship? If so, doing what? Would you recommend to current students?
Yes, but this wasn’t in tech. I interned for IMG, travelling the world working at golf events. Internships are great, but it’s your experiences that set you apart – make sure you do something you are going to enjoy.
What’s your favourite thing about working here?
The people. As an early in careers hire, I am surrounded by people who are eager to help and answer all my questions. Not once have I been made to feel stupid and or been scared to admit to not knowing something.