The Young Britain Works team here asked me if I would write a post for them on my personal perspective on recruiting or managing young people and it really got me thinking. So I thought I’d post it here and would welcome any feedback
There are 3 main areas I explore when looking at new employees – personal, professional and experience. Let me explain.
Personal covers the actual “body” in front of me. Are they smart, do they look interested in me, the job and the company and can they talk about themselves with passion and enthusiasm? Let’s face it - if you can’t talk about yourself with passion it might be more difficult doing it for a project, product or service you are working on. By the way smart does not mean a suit. Lots of roles now can be carried out in jeans and t-shirt and that’s great as long as they are clean . However, one thing I have learned over the years, you never know when you will be asked to meet an important customer or partner so bear this in mind. First impressions count.
A professional attitude is important for everyone. Deal with everyone with integrity and an honest and open mind. It’s always good to remind younger employees that they will get paid to turn up and deliver – you’d be amazed at some people’s attitudes to a working day. I like to understand the flexible working ability you would like and what I expect. Make sure your manager knows what you would like to do and vice versa. I don’t really care what hours you work as long as the job gets done, you are excelling and are available for IM, on and offline meetings or calls as required. Not all managers or roles can be this flexible though. It’s also incredibly important to understand the roles and responsibilities of you and the team. Make sure you are on top of project deliverables and milestones so you know what needs to be delivered when. Keeping people informed throughout the project and asking for help early if you are struggling also shows maturity. Lastly in this space remember that bragging about the terrific hangover you have or party you had last night is not professional if you have an important meeting or deadline to hit that day.
With regards to experience then I always look for examples where you can demonstrate your experience. Different roles require different skills but I always look for people who can give me Situations, Initiative and Results (SIR). That is, define the situation; what did you do and what happened as a result. If people can articulate this clearly then they have the characteristics I am looking for in an employee. Experience on a cv only gets you through the door.
Lastly, but not least, I look for people who can have fun, smile and enjoy work but also have a fulfilling life outside the working environment. Its important people have an outlet from work to ensure we can all keep our lives in balance.
Hope this helps….
Last week we launched the tech.days site, and one of the major tasks with an event of this size is producing and editing all of the 115 Videos and getting them online. To help us, 6 students from Warrington Collegiate were recruited by Steve Bradbury from Comworks to produce and edit the videos. It worked really well for everyone - it helped us deliver a great deal of video quickly and gave the students an opportunity to gain real world experience.
I’d personally like to thank all of the students from the bottom of my heart for enabling us to turn around the content so quickly, it was a mammoth job and the end result is fantastic. I, Phil Cross, recorded an interview with the team that you can watch below.
Huge thanks to Steve Bradbury who managed the whole activity and the students themselves - Sam Kristiansen, Michael Odgear, Sean Fullerton, Richard O’Hara, Thomas O’Hara, Liam Roberts and of course the whole team at Microsoft UK Students
We had a fantastic morning and lunch with 80 Academics, researchers and students at a special event our team ran on the Kinect for Windows SDK. Our speakers were:-
Introductions - Geoff Hughes, Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Ltd
The Science of Kinect - Andrew Fitzgibbon, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Overview of Kinect for Windows SDK - Dave Brown, PhD, Microsoft Technology Centre
Microsoft External Research Connections - Kenji Takada, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
It was a great morning with lots of stimulating thoughts and definitely got us thinking about how we could more of this type of activity and on what topics? Once we get the slides in one place I’ll point you to them but would welcome any ideas you might have on Academic topics we could cover.
To wet your appetite for what you can do with the SDK here’s a sample of one of the solutions that was built in 24 hours at a CodeCamp the day before we launched the SDK on June 16th
Read Steve Clayton through the official Microsoft blog on the Kinect for Windows SDK. Its amazing what ideas people have come up with for the Kinect for Windows SDK – let us know what you can do with it and good luck with your research!
The link to the blog also has a video of what some people did at a codecamp yesterday with the beta – isn’t technology cool sometimes!
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Lee has written a good article on a live event for Academia on Channel 9 tonight. I know it will interest you as students and when I say live – they are broadcasting live – if you want to go straight to the Channel 9 page then click here.
If you do watch then let us know what you think on firstname.lastname@example.org, comment here, connect on Facebook or Twitter
Two new winners in Round 5 of the Windows Phone 7 Application Development competition. Winner was James Mundy with his Travelnapp app built whilst studying Physics at Sheffield University. James proves you don’t have to be a computer science student to love technology and be able to write great applications. Well done James and a web cam and t-shirt on its way.
Runner up this time is Josh Crowther and even though he won in the random draw I think his publisher name deserves some reward - Rusty Spoons – where did that one come from? A t-shirt is on its way – when he lets me know his size
Last round is currently open and in 2 weeks time we will announce the round 6 winner and the overall winner who wins an HTC 7 Trophy. Details on the last round and T&Cs are here plus the details of how to enter.
If you haven’t entered yet you may want to check out these key resources
Download the Windows Phone Developer Tools
Understanding the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools
Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements
Round 6 is now open.
You may have come across Windows 8 (codename) and us starting to talk about it publicly. For those who have missed it you can watch the video here from Computex
It has caused a lot of debate and discussion and as students you can join in on Facebook here or @msukstudents on twitter. Obviously this is early info and more info will follow in the coming months.
Lee, an Academic Evangelist here in the UK, has written a more detailed blog and rather than duplicate you can read that here. Happy reading and have a great weekend.