Here we are, it’s November and I think this has been the longest period I’ve been silent on my blog. Three months now. But these 3 months represented a key foundation of my future career. My internship at Microsoft in Bing is honestly the best thing that could have happened to me and I’d always be proud of myself for taking this decision.
In order to sumarize my last 3 months, I’ll try and keep this post as short as possible, focusing on the main points that have helped me improve myself as an individual, both technically and personally.
- Embraced challenges. I’ve been given the chance to work from an early point in my internship on a great project for Bing. I’ve embraced all the challenges I encountered and saw them all from the very beginning as oppotunities to learn. I’ve learned more that I could imagine and I’m not even at the half on my internship. I cannot wait to enrich my knowledge even more with every new project I’ll join.
- Learned from the best. All the people at Microsoft and especially in the Bing office, are very intelligent, ambitious and helpful people. They’ve helped me grow more than I would have expected in my first months, guiding me in the right direction at all times.
- Learn how to learn. The most important thing I’ve learned so far is how to approach learning a new programming language or any computing concept in general. It is crucial to understand concepts in depth in order to write the code in a professional and performant manner. It’s easy to learn the semantics of a new language and write some lines of functional code, but it takes passion and knowledge to truly write the best code.
- Got involved in strech projects. At Microsoft, interns benefit from a great deal of attention. We get to allocate 70% of our time for work, 20% for stretch projects and 10% for volunteering. We’re very much encoruaged to get out of our comfort zones and improve our soft skills such as communication, organisation or public speaking. The projects I’m currently part of are the Milkround team that attends Career Fairs and networking events at various UK universities and also the Sprint programme, which focuses on encouraging female undergrads to succeed in the job market.
- Listened to Microsoft’s CEO’s talk. Just last week, I felt inspired by Satya Nadella’s talk at the Future Decoded Conference, organised in London by Microsoft and its partners. This unique opportunity has made my experience at Microsoft even more interesting. I heard what motivates him and what are his opinions and vision about Microsoft’s future.
- Had fun. And last, but not least, I had loads of fun! There have been incredible team events in these last months. We went together to visit the Bletchley Park, did indoor skydiving, went bowling or to the cinema together. Attended a very nice event on one of London’s best roof top bars and so much more! I cannot wait for all the upcoming events and our intern 2-day off-site event at a camp in South England!
I’ll promise I’ll try to find more and more time to write on my amazing experience as an intern in Bing, Microsoft, as this will definitely be a marking and unforgetable year for me! So far, I can only say the same thing over and over again : this internship is truly incredible!