Role Insight: Global Agencies Sales Co-Ordinator - by Connor Jipps

connor jippsHello! Bonjour, Hola, Hallo, Ciao, Merhaba, Aloha, Sveiki! If you happened to be wondering, that last one was Latvian – one of just a host of languages some of our current interns boast. You’ll hopefully be reading this blog because you’re interested in working for Microsoft by this time next year, just like myself and many other interns were last October. Whether you’re from the UK, France, Turkey or China –there are opportunities to be grasped by those that demonstrate a great balance of passion, commitment and ability.

I hope you’ll forgive the egomaniac in me for saying this, but let me start with my story. I applied for Microsoft last year with vague ideas of what I wanted to do. I study Advertising & Marketing at De Montfort University so felt those two areas would be a good path to start with, but remained flexible with regards to changing my mind (a trait I’ve found to be very important in the working world). Application Form, Psychometric Tests, Phone Interview, Assessment Centre. It’s a lengthy and daunting process, especially when you have numerous other applications on the go at the same time. Needless to say I eventually got the placement; I was offered the chance to work within Microsoft’s advertising and online department and snapped it up without a moment’s hesitation. You’ll hear plenty about the process from your university’s placement departments and Microsoft themselves, so rather than reiterate similar stories that you’ll have heard I’ll get to the point and tell you exactly what I do.

My role within Microsoft is titled Global Agencies Sales Co-Ordinator. Not sure what that even means? Neither was I until my first week. In a snapshot my role is easily defined as working alongside advertising agencies with huge clients to assist in monitoring their spend with us. I create presentations on the advertising offerings that Microsoft can deliver to clients and co-ordinate digital days and marketing events alongside our trade marketing team, in association with the big agencies that we work with based in offices all around the globe. There are so many more exciting tasks that pop up from time to time and that unpredictabilityofworkbrings nothing but excitement to me personally.

table footballAs well as this I’m a part of a 101 team, which again you’ll soon find out more about, called Get On Schools. We visit secondary schools and Sixth Forms around London attempting to get young people enthused about getting into work and identifying the industries that they have a passion for working in when the time comes for them to finda job. Through working in this scheme, I’ve also been able to showcase my own creationby creating a monthly newsletter for those looking for inspiration in finding a job. It’s a humbling role to perform and I would absolutely recommend that if you are lucky enough to get a placement here that you join the wonderful Get On team (How’s that for a plug?).

London life’s great too. If you work in London, you’ll have a ball because there is just so much to do – from the Science Museum to the London Eye or the lesser known impressive attractions that such a vast and vibrant city has to offer. The interns I’ve met working here have been fantastic as well and it’s like a huge family, no doubt helped by the fact that we’re all in exactly the same situation. That’s not to say that those in full-time positions here aren’t nice, as they are all fantastic people too! But if you want to make the most of your experience getting to know the wonderful fellow interns is a great place to start. Who else are you going to pass your lunchtimes with byhaving a game of foosball, Fifa or just chatting with a coffee?

So that’s enough rambling on from me; I haven’t even mentioned the various exciting external events that us interns are lucky enough to have the opportunity to work on with such regularity – though I’m certain you’ll be hearing more if you keep tuned to the blog. If you want to work for Microsoft, I won’t lie, it’s going to be hard work and will require will and patience but I can honestly say it’s worth every moment of nerve-shredding anguish. Good luck and I hope to see you here next year! :)

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