So yeah, it’s been a while. Did you miss me?
This is the end, beautiful friend…
I did intend to blog about my placement at Microsoft, however I lead too busy a life and with the extra work I had to put in for university in addition to working full time five days a week and trying to find time for my family, I made the decision to take a break. I really need to learn how to say no!
After an intense but very fun year working for Microsoft, I handed in my security pass at the end of July and tried not to get too emotional at my leaving do. I ended being more emotional when given my leaving presents but shhh, don’t tell anyone…
…they know me so well!
I already miss everyone as I can genuinely say that Microsoft is the best company I’ve worked for (so far). The work culture is fantastic, the opportunities are plentiful and the office is a five minute walk from the bus stop and train station – handy for lazy gits like me! However, I knew it would end at some point as my return to university loomed so I made the most of my time there. I even managed to get some certification under my belt and am the proud owner of a bit of paper saying I’ve passed the Security Fundamentals exam, hurray!
Going on placement was worth it on so many levels. In addition to the tremendous amount of experience and kudos I gathered while working there, it was actually a good feeling just to be back into the world of work. I probably should expand on my experiences a little more, but having just written a massive end of year report for university my brain still hurts too much. I’m sure you can imagine though, dear reader, how ecstatic I was when I got the call last May asking if I’d like to go work for one of the biggest and oldest tech companies on the planet and how fortunate I feel after 13 months of industry insight and the opportunity to make some wonderful friends and professional contacts. I intend to put everything I’ve learned to good use when I’m back in the world of academia and ultimately post graduation, which fortunately is an awful lot.
Although my placement was an absolute blast, I was more than ready for my holiday to France. Sitting in a gite in the middle of rural Brittany drinking the local cidre really helped me to put my thoughts in order, plus I had ample opportunity to put my shiny new Band through its paces as we holidayed. Being so busy and then suddenly not having anything to worry about always gives me a strange anti-climactic feeling as I don’t always enjoy having nothing to do, but the holiday was a welcome tonic and I returned to dear old Ecosse refreshed and ready for the next set of challenges with a full set of batteries.
Back to the world of academia
Since returning from France I’ve been working on trying to get back into the swing of being a good-for-nothing student again. Admittedly I am looking forward to going back to uni, despite the last minute pressures of getting the big report done and feeling I have no brain cells left. The end of my degree is starting to creep up over the horizon and I’m ready for the final stretch.
I’m pleased to be returning to the role of Interconnect Student Champion for the 2015/16 academic year at Napier and thoroughly enjoyed meeting my fellow champions from across Scotland today at the Equate Scotland office. I was also recently successful in my application to be a Microsoft Student Partner. Not sure exactly what the role will entail in the coming year but I’m looking forward to it all the same. I’m definitely going to have to put my time management skills to very good use this year – I told you have I have trouble saying no, didn’t I?
To be continued…