My internship at Microsoft was quite unexpected for me. As I used to work as a Java software developer I was looking for a position in the field of software project management rather than sales. Besides, Microsoft was not a dream company for me because of its pretty aggressive strategy with some products such as Internet Explorer. In other words, it did not look for me like an innovative company of the future. So, I submitted my application for an internship just in case and did not consider a career in sales seriously. However, it turned out that I had not noticed a new era in the history of Microsoft which had begun with the arrival of Satya Nadella. So, what I observed changed my perception of the company. First of all, it was more friendly attitude to the IT industry and end-users manifested through “Microsoft loves Linux” posters and cool office apps for iOS and Android. Secondly, it was the potential of the company in the field of data management, predictive analytics and cloud computing which are the products I work with.
Last but not least, it was the team where I work now. After each interview I realized that I would like to collaborate with and learn from these people.
Thinking about why I was chosen among many other candidates and what helped me to pass all the interviews I would mention three points. Firstly, it was my mathematical background that now allows me to grasp the concepts of predictive analytics and machine learning. Secondly, it was my working experience as a software engineer which taught me to deal with various software. Finally, it was my MSc study at Lancaster University Management School that developed my business acumen as well as understanding of the role of information technology in the business world.
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I am a student at one of the best technical universities in Russia – Bauman Moscow State Technical university. I have a proactive approach to life and I always try to get new opportunity to develop myself and to get new knowledge and experience. During my study I participated in two student exchange programs. The first one was in France and the second one was in Germany. After my last exchange program I set up goal to myself – to get position at the best company all over the world – at Microsoft.
For young specialist internship in big international company is the best opportunity to start great carrier. During two months I was participating in interview process, was meeting with different people and was increasing my knowledge about company and products.
I have a proactive approach to life and I always try to get new opportunity to develop myself and to get new knowledge and experience.
And finally the day arrived. My first working day at this company! I fell in love with this company at once. Because the best people work there, everyone is ready to help and explain everything, and working together with these people you can become true professional.
I joined the company without working experience in IT area and every day I learn something new and I feel that every day I become better.
Here we can communicate with outstanding people without barriers: with top managers for experience exchange and getting pieces of advice or with celebrities – with those who inspires a lot of people – during learning day in our company.
Olga Gubina, Intern