Microsoft Ireland Intern Role Profile
Name: Nathan Huggins
Role: Sales Solutions Specialist
Department: Irish Sales Subsidiary
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised here in Dublin, Ireland. During secondary school, I had the opportunity to run a start-up with two of my friends, we designed and produced our own cookbooks, selling them in markets, shopping centres, and trade fairs across Ireland. This experience sparked my interest in pursuing a business degree with a focus on Sales.
Coming out of secondary school I decided to take on a Commerce degree in University College Dublin. Two years into the course I am now on a one year Sales internship at Microsoft in the Irish Sales Organisation.
Looking to the future I would like to be in a position where I can directly improve peoples’ lives through technology on a global scale. I don’t want to have a ‘job’, I want to have a purpose.
Describe your role and typical day.
My role is to sell Microsoft’s analytics solution ‘Power BI’ to commercial and government bodies. This involves, identifying leads, contacting our customers, presenting to business decision makers, and working with Microsoft partners to deliver our vision. I’m also on the intern committee which involves organizing and event managing, social, voluntary and educational activities for the intern community.
In my eyes, there is no ‘typical day’ in sales! Every day has something new, it’s a fast paced and dynamic environment. Some days I will be out of office with customers, other days I could be on LinkedIn generating leads, and some days I will analyse internal data to gather insights for the team. There’s only one constant to my job and that’s caffeine, everything else is liable to chop and change – I think it’s great.
What do you most enjoy about working for Microsoft?
Before Microsoft I worked a part-time job in a supermarket. My primary responsibility there was to make sure there was fruit on the shelves. On day one at Microsoft, I was given the responsibility of helping manage relationships with some of the biggest companies in Ireland. From putting avocados in baskets, to putting technology in companies, Microsoft undoubtedly give their interns a phenomenal level of responsibility and that is something I truly appreciate.
What advice would you give to people applying for the internship?
Apply to a role which you believe you will enjoy. Don’t disregard something if you have an interest but don’t feel your good enough. If you’re passionate about something the knowledge will come in time and Microsoft will support you on that journey.