Apprentice First Month at Microsoft
Apprenticeships at Microsoft offer a fantastic scheme full of amazing opportunities. Throughout you're you are given many responsibilities allowing you to make your mark! Read below to hear from a few of our newest apprentices on their first month at Microsoft and what they’ve been involved in…
Anna McCormick – Commercial Marketing Organisation (CMO) Apprentice, based in Edinburgh
As an Edinburgh-based apprentice, it was incredibly exciting that my manager and I flew down to London on just my second day at Microsoft! I had never been to London before starting my apprenticeship, therefore this was an amazing kick-start to my first week in role. We were in London for the Commercial Marketing Organisation (CMO) Offsite which was based at the Electric Cinema. The venue was amazing – a huge cinema with luxurious sofas and beds to sit on. I had the chance to meet the whole marketing team, and more specifically I could engage with the Commercial Marketing team which is where I sit in the organisation.
The day was hosted by a business coach who helped to inspire and motivate us to communicate with each other and let out our feelings on relevant events/topics. We bonded as a team by working in groups with a presentation at the end of it.
I realised from week one that this apprenticeship is not about sitting behind a computer all day doing your work, it’s about creating incredible experiences and valuing the team you work for.
Harry Light – Customer Consumer Group Apprentice, based in Reading
During my first month at Microsoft there have been so many moments which I have loved! Particularly getting involved with all kinds of events from a Windows Fans’ Day here at the Microsoft Campus in Reading, to Future Decoded 2016 in London. One of my favourite things I’ve done so far was getting involved with the Xbox Family Day in October. This was an event during the October Half-Term when Microsoft employees bought their children into work for a day of fun activities and games. My role on the day was to man the two Xbox's featuring Forza Horizon 3, help any of the children who didn’t know how to play the game, and keep track of the three fastest laps throughout the day; which were rewarded with prizes at the end of the event. Seeing the smiles on all the children’s faces is a rewarding feeling, especially when you have helped to make the day happen. It was also great to work with so many new people.
Jacob Dunbar – Business Analyst Apprentice, based in London
The 1st and 2nd November bought the Apprentices and Interns the opportunity to help at Microsoft’s highly acclaimed Future Decoded Event at Excel London. Future Decoded is Microsoft’s largest event in the UK with 10000+ visitors across the two days, 15 keynote speakers and 60+ exhibitors. This year bought the opportunity for customers to experience Microsoft HoloLens as well as see the bloodhound car, DeLorean DMC12 and a Rolls-Royce jet engine.
My role during the day was to assist in the Microsoft store selling Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book products. I don’t work in a sales role but this gave me a great opportunity to experience, learn and exercise selling skills.
However, the event wasn’t all work! We could roam the vast number of exhibitors giving us a tremendous opportunity to network with Microsoft partners and learn about the mammoth organisation that is Microsoft.
We were also able to experience the HoloLens and VR Experiences as well as the inspirational key notes. I was lucky enough to catch the keynotes in the morning of the Technical Day and this was a huge learning experience! The direction of technology is truly exciting and changing the world!