Intern Role Profile – Rare Ltd. Business Intern

"When you start your internship they don’t expect you to be the god of all things Microsoft" - Patti Piguing

Hello everyone ! Midweek is already in full swing and today our amazing Promo Lead, Patti has taken the time to write a bit about her role in Microsoft and the things she gets to do apart from being our social media goddess. Enjoy !

Patti Piguing

Role: Business Intern at Rare Ltd

Department: Gaming

Location: Twycross

Hello BeYourFuturers!

My name is Patti Piguing, I am 21 years old studying Business Marketing in the University of Kent. Deciding to take a year break from my studies and do a placement year with Microsoft was the best decision I have ever made!

My Role:

I am working alongside an amazing group of people in the Community team for Rare Ltd. For those of you who may not know what Rare does, we have created some of the best retro games such as Battletoads, Conker and Banjo Kazooie most of which are in our games collection pack called Rare Replay! We also have a highly anticipated pirate game in the making called Sea of Thieves.
When I was initially offered the job at Rare, I was meant to be in a Product Managing role for Sea of Thieves. However, as the year started I was asked to be part of the community team who manages the social channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for the studio. This was where I found my new love towards Social Media... #FBTWYTIGLove
Each week we come together as a team and plan what the content for each channel will look like for the next 2 weeks. Along with this I have also had the opportunity to learn some high level and low level reporting. This meant evaluating our social channel performance that gets sent out to other Microsoft Studios community teams.

My Roles outside of Rare:

Alongside my main job role, I have had the privilege to be part of 2 amazing 101 teams; Milkround and BeYourFuture.
Milkround is a group of around 16 interns who go around various Universities across the UK showcasing our internship and graduate programs. I was able to visit Exeter, Bournemouth, Loughborough and Cardiff for careers fairs as well as returning to Kent (The best uni ever! ;)) for a presentation.
And last but certainly not least, I am also the Promotions lead for the Be Your Future blog team managing the Facebook and Twitter channels. Being part of this intern team has been the best part of my entire year. We surpassed expectations of what we can achieve as a team and exceeded the definition of #SquadGoals.

My top tips:

Be open: How you think your year will be like when you walk through those doors can be very different from when you actually start. Be open to changes that may happen during your internship, and who knows, you may find something else that you love doing! 

Ask Questions: When you start your internship they don’t expect you to be the god of all things Microsoft. They expect you to be asking a lot of questions at the start, so don’t be scared to get your voice out there!

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