Harry Light - Apprentice Role Profile

Name:
Harry Light

Previous education path:
GCSEs and A Levels at Waingels College in Reading

Apprentice Qualification:
Business Administration Level 3

Job Title:
Office Category Support

Brief description of your job role:
Support the Office Category team working with Partners, Finance, Sales, Marketing & Product Management to deliver a successful category plan.

Job on a day to day basis:
Due to the flexibility of my role I am lucky to be given opportunities in different parts of the business such as Marketing and Data Analysis, so my day to day role varies. My busiest time is at the end of each month when I have to collate all the sales data from our partners together and create a report to send to the Sales team in my department, and also the Corporate team in Seattle. But alongside that I spend a lot of time with the Channel Marketing team, working with their partners to run marketing campaigns.

What is the highlight so far?
I have 2:

When I was given the opportunity to go to London to demo Office 365 features to representatives from BT.

Taking part in Tough Mudder 2017 with 40 other members of my department.

Where are you based?
Thames Valley Park, Reading.

One piece of advice you’d give to an upcoming / potential Microsoft apprentice:
Be open to any opportunities. You will obviously have a business area you are most interested in, mine was Marketing, but at this early stage in your career it is important to get as much experience as possible to broaden your opportunities after the apprenticeship. Before my apprenticeship I would never have seen myself analysing data, and it took me a while to get my head around it, but it has given me experience that will benefit me in future roles.

Did you do any work experience prior to joining Microsoft?
I worked for Reading FC in the Ticket Office part-time for over 2 years. This did give me a lot of valuable experience going into my apprenticeship as it was a fast-paced job working to strict deadlines, but one thing I would say is that prior experience is not essential whatsoever. The apprenticeship scheme is designed to give young people a chance in a business environment and give them that experience.

Do you feel like an apprenticeship has given you the skills and personal development to be successful in your career?
Definitely. The experience I’ve had so far has been incredible. The stereotype that overshadows apprentices is usually something in the trade industry, or if not, then ‘tea maker’ in an office. My experience could not have been more different. From my first day, I was treated as any normal employee and made to feel on the same level as people who has been at Microsoft for years. This experience has definitely given me invaluable skills that I will use in my future career.

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