FY16 Apprentice Graduation

Our FY16 apprentices have just recently graduated, so we thought we would get their opinions on their journey as an apprentice at Microsoft. This is what they had to say: Sophie Ware So, after 18 months in a Partner Sales role at Microsoft, I’ve completed my apprenticeship and have …

Apprentice Marketing Role Profile: Digital Marketing

Name: Anna McCormick Previous Education Path: 6 Years in High School Apprentice Qualifications: I am a Digital Marketing apprentice studying to gain qualifications in SCQF Level 6 Digital Marketing and SCQF Level 6 Digital Applications. Job Title: Digital Marketing Apprentice Where are you based: Edinburgh, Waverley Gate Brief Description of …

101 Team Spotlight: Aspire

What is a 101 team? As interns at Microsoft, we work with other interns, as part of our 101 teams. They allow us to explore areas of the business outside of our job roles, as well as having different responsibilities from our job. So, if you want to develop your …

Apprenticeships Open Evening: 29th March

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Apprentice Role Profile: Communications and Marketing Manager

Name: Katie Rose Bradbury Previous education path: I studied: English Language, Biology and Psychology A-Level at Henley College. Description of Apprentice Qualification: I’m doing a Degree Apprenticeship; I study for a degree in Business Leadership and Management whilst working at Microsoft. If you’re wondering how it works – I …

Apprentice Role Profile: Support Engineer

Name: Ruby Bedford Previous education path: Before Microsoft, I attended Reading Blue Coat School where I completed my A-Levels in ICT, History and PE. I loved school, but as everyone else in my year started to think about going to university, it dawned on me that it wasn’t what …

Apprenticeship Overview

My name is Nicole Ryle and I am a Business Program Manager Apprentice in Services, Microsoft. I am currently transitioning into my new role at Microsoft (post-apprenticeship) - I will be in the same team, doing a very similar role. In my role, I work as part of a cross …

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 …

Apprentice to Full Time Employee: Luke Lloyd on his time at Microsoft so far…

I went to Queens Marys College in Basingstoke, where I studied A-Levels in English Language, Maths and Sport and Exercise Science. During my time at college I was unsure around what I wanted to do when I finished my qualifications, so I started to explore the world of apprenticeships. It …

BeYourFuture is a blog for students run by Microsoft Interns and Apprentices’. BeYourFuture will help equip you with the knowledge you need to submit the best possible application to our programmes. Ewan Harry ThomasIntern BeYourFuture Role: Project Lead Job Role: Service Delivery Manager/TAM What does your role entail? Trusted …

Being an intern at Microsoft means more than doing a daily coffee run. You’ll discover early on that you are given real responsibilities that have significant business impact. Within the first few months you’ll already have some amazing stories to tell! Below are just a few of the …

Have an international mindset #BeYourBest

Welcome everyone to another episode of the Be Your Best series, Today we will be talking about a specific skill or quality (depends how you look at it) which is about diversity and having an international state of mind. Diversity is something large corporations like Microsoft take really seriously. They …

From College to Apprenticeship

By Sania Samad Transitioning from college to an apprenticeship at Microsoft can be daunting. College can be a very comfortable place as you are with your friends, you know what subjects you will be studying and what you will be learning. An apprenticeship can be a step in to the …

How connected to the world are you? #BeYourBest

Welcome everyone to our fourth episode of our BeYourBest series! Are you familiar with Microsoft’s latest news? Have you heard of HoloLens? Or Brexit? What about Drake’s latest song? Ok, maybe not so much about the last topic but you see the point. Today we will talking about …

BeYourBest Week - Creating Powerful Presentations

We are officially mid-way through BeYourBest Week! This week we've worked hard to bring you all the top tips and tricks to help you perform to your potential, whether that's with Microsoft or in any of your own personal/university work! We've aimed to enrich your lives with some fantastic …

Sometimes #BeYourBest means helping others be theirs

Apprentices Get Involved with LaunchPad for Brathay Challenge This week the Microsoft FY16 Apprentices have been working hard with Homeless Support Charity Launchpad as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. For 35 years, Launchpad have been helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential. …

How to be a better team player ? #BeYourBest

Hi all, Welcome to the first episode of our brand new series called #BeYourBest! Ever wondered why recruiters always talk about the general skills every candidate should possess when it comes to employment but don't actually tell you how you can develop them beforehand? Well not to fear because for …

How to master the fear of public speaking? #BeYourBest

Dear readers, Are you uncomfortable presenting in front of other people? Are you a bit jealous when you watch all those TEDTalks presenters and say: D*mn, I wish I could be just as calm and cool as them when being on stage. Well, don’t worry because you are …

The Great Leap - School to Apprenticeship

Moving from school to doing an apprenticeship is a big step, especially when you come straight from your GCSEs to one of the largest companies in the world! Moving into an apprenticeship was weird at first, as there are a lot of things to get used to from just being …

An Apprentice Moves to Reading

Before Microsoft I grew up and lived in a small town in Dorset and when the exciting news came through that I had been selected for a place on the Microsoft apprenticeship scheme I soon had to start planning the move ‘up north’. After some careful research I soon found …

Apprentice Year Reflection - Joe Hardie

7 months ago I walked into Microsoft without knowing any of the other apprentices or any of my colleagues, I didn’t know what it was like to be in a professional environment or even much about the job role I would be doing. So 7 months later how have …

Apprentice Year Reflection - Sophie Ware

Hello Readers, Did you know... it's the last week to apply for an Apprenticeship with Microsoft UK?!? No seriously... What are you waiting for?! To help wet your appetite, and to give you an insight into why you should consider this life-changing opportunity, our Microsoft Apprentices of FY16 are providing …

Apprentice Year Reflection - Nicole Ryle

Was joining the Microsoft Apprenticeship Scheme a good decision? YES. I didn’t realise how much this programme would help me develop as a person, but it really has. As apprentices, each day we are put out of our comfort zones, we learn new things and we grow as people. …

National Apprenticeship Week 2016... Recap

National Apprenticeship Week was a busy period! Throughout the week we were here, there and everywhere raising awareness of the Microsoft Apprenticeship Programme! Below are snippets from a number of the apprentices summarising what they spent their week doing… Monday & Tuesday ‘On the 14th and 15th March, during National …

How can we use social media to our advantage?

“Social media is a new way of communicating for people… there has been a lot of development over the years which has allowed us to be better educated and prepared for certain situations.” - Simone Schuurer Picture was taken from mediavisioninteractive.com Dear Readers, Happy Friday all! And yet another …

Apprentice Role Insight - Data Operations Apprentice

Name: Sania Samad Role: Data Operations Apprentice Department: Marketing & Operations Location: TVP Background Information I completed my GCSE’s and A Levels at Collingwood College. During GCSE I studied the compulsory subjects and also; OCR IT, Business, French and Humanities. My favourite out of my options would have to …

All aboard for National Apprenticeship Week!

This week is National Apprentice Week (#NAW2016), and a chance for employers, schools, young people and parents to discover more about why Apprenticeships are so important to them and the wider UK economy – one reason why the Government has pledged to create 3 million more by 2020. As the leading …

Microsoft Apprentice Insight Event - 21st March 2016

We want to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime; the chance to work inside a global technology company during one of the most exciting periods in its history. Following on from last year’s successful launch of the Microsoft Apprentice Programme, we are now recruiting for our next intake …

Apprentice Role Insight - Enterprise Marketing

Name: Georgie Bartley Role: Enterprise Marketing Apprentice Department: Enterprise Marketing, M&O (Marketing & Operations) Location: TVP Background Information Hi! My name is Georgie, and I am 19 years old. Fresh out of secondary school after studying for my GCSEs and A-levels, I was so excited to be working …

Why I chose an Apprenticeship over University

By Nicole Ryle, Apprentice Deciding your career path is difficult. Nowadays there are so many external factors which affect our life choices; from parents to friends to school teachers. Despite these outside pressures, ultimately it is YOUR decision – what do you want to do? In my case, my school pushed …

Apprentice Role Insight - Software Support Engineer

Name: Sam Whaley Role: Software Support Engineer Department: CSS (Customer Services & Support) Location: Thames Valley Park, Reading. Background Information Microsoft has always been an inspirational company to me and I was lucky enough to find out about the apprenticeship scheme when it was first launched back in 2014. Even …

Dear readers of the Be Your Future blog, The month of February has come upon us… and you know what that means... No, we aren’t talking about roses and indulging in chocolate covered strawberries. But the other thing that involve just as much planning and stress eating. That’s …

Apprentice Role Profile - Business Investment Funds

Name: Sophie Ware Role: Business Investment Funds Apprentice Department: SMS&P Location: Thames Valley Park Background Information After I left school at 16, I went to college for two years and studied English, Business and ICT A-Levels. At 18, despite all my friends moving away, I decided that University …

Apprentice Advice: The Application Process

Long gone are the days of being able to hand in a CV and get an interview not long after. As the number of jobseekers rise thorough application processes are being used to ensure companies get exactly the right person for the job. More common for apprentice and intern roles …

Apprentice Role Profile - Microsoft Technology Centre

Name: Robson Smith Role: Lab and Support Engineer Department: Microsoft Technology Centre Location: Thames Valley Park I attended Aylesford School Sports College in Kent where I studied Media Studies, Sociology Additional Science and ICT for my GCSEs. Ever since I was little I had a passion for Technology and computers. …

Day in the Life of an Apprentice - Part 2

This post is a collaboration of day in the life articles, written by some of the FY16 Apprentices Sania Samad I wake up for work at 7am, get changed into business casual clothes and leave for work. From Bracknell it only takes me 20 minutes to drive in (as long …

A to Z Application Advice - Final Part ...#MayThe ForceBeWithYou

Much to watch, you still have ... "Fear is the path to the Dark Side" but thanks to the A to Z Application Advice series, fear has left place to confidence and determination ! Indeed, when all three A to Z Application Advice videos, you finish ...bright prospects in the application process, …

A to Z Application Advice ... Part 2 #We're back

“I’ll be back” … and we are! We haven’t “terminate” to provide you great Application Advice! As Arnold, we will keep coming back to you but also continue to give you complete, concise and accurate insights on how to succeed during this application process and be at your best! …

A to Z Application Advice... Part 1 #Throwback

"Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." (Winston Churchill) … huum, as Marty McFly would say: “This is heavy”. Indeed! But both seem to agree that our past is key to shape our future. Therefore, we went Back to the (BeYour)Future’s content archives to …

A Day in the Life of an Apprentice - Part 1

This post is a collaboration of day in the life articles, written by some of the FY16 Apprentices Nicole Ryle My job role is not customer facing therefore I do not have to dress smartly, instead I opt for smart casual! Most days I wear jeans, a nice jumper and …

Apprentice Role Profile - Support Engineer

Name: Joe Hardie Role: Support Engineer Department: Customer Services & Support Location: TVP, Reading Background Information I went to Highdown school in Reading, I enjoyed my time at school and did quite well in my GCSEs but when I found out about the apprenticeship scheme at Microsoft, I knew I …

CV tips In the Application Tips 101 series, the Be Your Future blog will be providing you with various application tips that can get you one step closer to that future job offer. When it comes to applying to jobs, your CV could be the golden ticket to get you …

Apprentice Role Insight - Consulting Apprentice

Here, here! One of our fantastic Apprentices has kindly taken the time to give all readers of the BeYourFuture blog an insight into his role inside one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, and how he got here... Name: Jacob McQuillan Role: Consulting Apprentice Department: Microsoft Services Location: …

Apprentice Role Profile - Business Program Manager

Nicole Ryle Role Business Program Manager Apprentice Department: Services Location: TVP I went to Theale Green Secondary School where I completed my GCSEs and A-Levels. At GCSE level I took all of the compulsory subjects as well as: PE, Media Studies, Business Studies and German. All of which I thoroughly …

Apprentice Role Profile - Sean Phelps

Name: Sean Phelps Role: Product Marketing Manager (Apprentice) Department: Application and Services Marketing Location: TVP Me, Myself and I I went to school at St Crispin’s in Wokingham where I studied A-Levels in Media Studies, English Literature and Language and PE. I really enjoyed school but knew that university …

Luke Lloyd - Apprentice in UK Services

Hi all, my name is Luke…and I am part of Microsofts first ever Apprenticeship programme. The scheme runs for 18 months, and splits into two separate streams…Technical and business management. The latter of which I am on. It is a great opportunity to gain some valuable work experience …

Megan Hampton - Apprentice Project Administrator

Role Title: Project Administrator, MCS. Hello everyone, I’m an apprentice for Microsoft UK working in the services department – the last 5 months have been nothing other than mind-blowing. I was originally living near Wolverhampton and made the decision to move down to Reading for the apprenticeship programme, I can …

Emma Oxley - Apprentice in Marketing

My Apprenticeship Role My name is Emma and my role sits within the marketing department which targets Microsoft Partners. I have been in my role for about 6 months now and honestly think I’ve learnt so much more than I ever did whilst I was still in education. This …

Apprentice Diaries - Helping Run Major Events

by Matt Shaw Apprentice Job Title: Partner Marketing Executive As an apprentice you mightexpect that my job is just to make tea and file –thankfullyyou’d be wrong! As a Microsoft apprentice I am given just as much responsibility as other employees within Microsoft. Within my role as …

Abbie Sweeney - Technical Apprentice

Job Role: Support Engineer-Technical Apprentice In my role as a support engineer I support Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Basically my day-to-day job involves communicating with customers to help them and us understand their what their issue is. We then troubleshoot the problem to try and find a solution …

Kane McDougall - Apprentice in Sales

Role: Apprentice – EPG Sales Excellence Team, Microsoft Hi, my name’s Kane and I’m an apprentice in the Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) at Microsoft. I’ve been here for 5 months now and can honestly say that I couldn’t imagine doing anything I’d enjoy more. My Role …

Apprenticeship Application Advice - From Beginning to End

by Matt Shaw Partner Marketing Executive If you’re reading this blog it means you are considering being an apprentice at Microsoft- Good Decision! The application process for the apprenticeship at Microsoft involves 4 stages! This post is written to advise you on how best to approach the whole process …

Matt Shaw - Apprentice in Marketing

Matt Shaw Job Title: Partner Marketing Executive What do I do? My team are called MPN (Microsoft partner network) we do business to business advertising and try to get other businesses to sell Microsoft products. My role is a really diverse one, in the first month our team put on …

What is a Microsoft Apprenticeship scheme?

by Harriet Richardson Apprentice in HR. The Microsoft apprenticeship scheme is an 18 month program based in Reading. There are two branches that you can apply to, which are the Business stream and the Technical stream. As well as gaining invaluable work experience, you also gain a qualification after 12months …

Harriet Richardson - Apprentice in HR

Role: HR Apprentice – University Staffing Team Hi, my name’s Harriet and I’m an apprentice in Human resources at Microsoft. I’ve been here 5 weeks now and I have loved every minute of it! About the Apprenticeship Scheme The apprenticeship scheme is an 18 month placement at Microsoft …