Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca Moore and I've just joined the Academic Team within the Developer Platforms Evangelist (DPE) team at Microsoft. I'm taking over Natasha’s role, though I am very lucky to have Natasha with me still here until the 1st of August. Although I've only been here just over a week, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere different for this year. In this blog I want to share my journey on how I came to be in this unbelievable situation, a week into my year at Microsoft.
As a bit of background on me, I study International Business at Loughborough University and absolutely love it. I'm originally from Maidenhead in Berkshire, so very near to the Microsoft HQ which is great for me.
Loughborough University is actually where this unreal Microsoft journey began. I came across an opportunity from On Campus Promotions to be a Microsoft Student Brand Ambassador for Loughborough University, and decided this would be something I would really love to do - so I applied. I sent an initial application, and when I passed the first stage I then had a Skype interview. My Skype interview was actually on my lunch break of my NPLQ lifeguarding course, so I rushed home soaking wet out of the swimming pool into my interview which was entertaining! I was so happy when I found out I'd been successful.
As a Microsoft Student Brand Ambassador, I worked directly with On Campus Promotions as the face for Microsoft on Campus at Loughborough University. My role was to engage with the student population, giving information and advice on placements and the MACH scheme at Microsoft. This involved frequent social media, emails, attending careers fairs, putting up posters and being involved in the Cube Event – a HUGE white inflatable Cube which we brought onto campus, filled with all the latest Microsoft technology, current interns and HR. All ambassadors attended a training day at Microsoft UK HQ here at TVP last August. I was genuinely in awe of the unbelievable offices and facilities here, and it was from that day I had no doubt that I wanted to become a part of Microsoft.
If you're interested in Microsoft, being an Ambassador is an opportunity which I would really recommend going for in order to start off. It really drove my love for Microsoft and the innovative ‘what makes you makes Microsoft’ culture. Similar opportunities include being a Microsoft Windows 8 Ambassador, or a Microsoft Student Partner. If being an Ambassador for Microsoft isn't for you, On Campus Promotions offer opportunities to students with over 25 big name companies, such as Deloitte, Barclays, IBM and Nestle. If you love engaging with people and want to boost your CV, I'd really recommend checking these opportunities out. You can contact me directly for any further information if you like.
If you're serious about applying for Microsoft as an intern, a really useful resource is the www.beyourfuture.net blog. I'd honestly say that if you could imagine yourself working at Microsoft – apply. You don't have to be advanced in technology, if Microsoft see you can offer something to the business, they'll offer you a role. This applies to you whatever University you went to and whatever degree background you have. I never completely believed it could be me sitting here writing this article – so it could be exactly the same for you too!
I'm so excited for my year with Microsoft and am really keen to hear as much as possible from you guys as students. If you have any questions or feedback at all, just get in touch with the Microsoft UK Students Facebook page which I'll be running. You can also follow me on Twitter at @t_remoor, or email me directly at email@example.com. Keep in touch!