My year interning at Microsoft: part 2

After 14 months at Microsoft, Stefaniia’s placement comes to an end. 

In this second part of her blog series, Stefaniia shares what she’s learnt from her time at Microsoft. 

I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. I’ve learnt so much and I’ve grown up as a person. Here’s what I learnt during my time at Microsoft.

I had a better understanding of business 

It’s highly beneficial for me to spend over a year in a business environment as now I have a better understanding of how a business is structured.

Microsoft value people and supports their staff

As mentioned in my previous blog, Microsoft value people a lot and it’s all about supporting and helping each other.

During my time in Microsoft, I met so many people from various backgrounds and cultures.

The biggest thing I’ve learnt is no matter which country you’re from, there is something in common that unites people and helps them to achieve new heights together.

Maybe it’s just human nature, maybe it’s Microsoft’s environment, but it was surprisingly easy for me to get on with colleagues. Which I think is extremely important.”

I was learning something new everyday

I did not expect such a steep learning curve when I first joined.

Being an employee I had an opportunity to sit Microsoft Office exams – I managed to obtain an advanced qualification in MS Excel, Power Point and Word.

I believe that all those skills and certificates will help me in my future career and will make me stand out for future interviews.

I developed a variety of skills 

Undoubtedly I developed a number of skills and personal qualities over my placement.

I’ve become more self-confidence, improved my public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills.

I would recommend a placement year to anyone

To sum up, I think my year in industry has been an extremely valuable experience and I would recommend it to everyone.

Lots of companies offer placement year and depending on what you’re looking to achieve and learn, you need to choose the right company for yourself.

Microsoft has been a great experience for me. What differs from other companies is that it gives you real responsibilities which I believe is the best way to get some practical knowledge and life experience.”

Stefaniia has come a long way to build her knowledge of the business industry. Read more about her internship in the first part of her blog series. She studied International Foundation in Economics, Finance and Management in 2012 and progressed to the University of Exeter and studied Business Economics with Industrial experience.

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