Apprentice Role Profile - Business Program Manager

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Role Business Program Manager Apprentice

Department: Services
Location: TVP


I went to Theale Green Secondary School where I completed my GCSEs and A-Levels. At GCSE level I took all of the compulsory subjects as well as: PE, Media Studies, Business Studies and German. All of which I thoroughly enjoyed – in particular Business Studies. When it came to choosing my A-levels I selected: PE, German, History and Religious Studies – nothing to do with Business or ICT! However, I had a real passion for ICT and I’ve always had a business mind. When the time came to decide what I wanted to do with my future, my school pushed me to apply to university. I applied and was offered places in all of my chosen universities to study Sports Science, but I felt I was lacking the passion to complete a degree in this subject. I decided to look for other options which was when I came across the Microsoft Business Apprenticeship Scheme which was right on my doorstep! I applied and was offered a place - I couldn’t be happier and I know I have made the right decision.
Microsoft excited me because of how huge the company was. I knew it would be daunting and a massive challenge but I was ready for it. I wanted to learn more about the business and be a part of such a well-known company. I felt passionate when I came to the assessment centre, and I feel even more passionate about Microsoft now that I work here! I get to learn new things every day and there are so many opportunities offered to you when you work at such a fantastic company like Microsoft.

Application Process for your role
• Online application

• Scenario tests
- The scenario tests involved answering questions, stating how you would react in different situations and what you would do.

• Pre-recorded video interview
- The online interview test was very daunting at first but once you start answering questions it goes so quickly! My advice would be to stay calm and be yourself.

• Assessment centre
- Like most people I was extremely nervous about the assessment centre – I didn’t know what to expect! However, it was such a fun day; we took part in a range of different activities which tested a variety of skills. Again, my advice would be to be yourself because your passion and drive will shine through.

My main tip for the whole process would be to believe in yourself and as you progress through the stages remember that this is happening because Microsoft are interested in you! Be yourself throughout the whole process and try not to be too nervous!

Your Role
My role is a Business Program Manager and I work within Services which is the biggest department in Microsoft! At first I found this overwhelming but it is great because I get to meet and interact with a range of different people.
I sit in the Business Management Team which sits on top of Services, therefore I get the opportunity to work with a variety of areas. Due to this, my day to day role changes every day which I love! I get to help out with a range of different things – from revenue queries, to weekly update emails, to refreshing vital reports.

Alongside my role I get to help out with events taking place, for instance Future Decoded and Digi Girlz. The thing that I love about my role is how versatile it is, I get to do so much and see so much which will help me massively in the future.

Your experience of the company so far
It’s amazing working at Microsoft, you get to meet so many amazing people and do such great things. It is so interesting and I have learned more in the past two months than I have whilst being at school. Not only do I get to do my job role but I also get a qualification at the same time which is great.
It surprised me how helpful EVERYBODY in Microsoft is, they are always willing to help. Also, I think there is an unfair stigma surrounding apprenticeships – at Microsoft we are all given proper jobs with a lot of responsibilities, I’m surprised that I get to do things which have such an impact on the company.

Your #1 Top Tip for making the most of your internship
Say YES!!! You get so many offered so many opportunities so make the most of it whilst you are here.

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