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We spoke with Aura 32 contributor, Mattea Nybo, about her work at Microsoft from intern to full-time associate.
Aura 32: What is your current job title?
Mattea Nybo: I am the Business Operations Associate at Microsoft.
A32: What does a typical day look like in this position?
MN: Every single day is different. I usually start my morning grabbing a cup of coffee and working on projects and administrative tasks that I have to do. Then, I often meet with my coworkers or boss in the morning about upcoming work and goals for the future. I will work on some other projects such as our monthly newsletter, ordering for events, or responding to emails. Sometimes I’ll grab lunch with a friend who works at Microsoft or I’ll do a working lunch at my desk (Listening to Girls Gotta Eat, of course). In the afternoon, I could be hosting an event for my business group or attending more meetings. I often will help host students on campus or volunteer for community events through Microsoft.
A32: Did you study this industry at university? Did you picture yourself in this role post-grad?
MN: I did not study the technology industry in school. I studied Communications and Business at my college but never knew I would be in the tech-field. The large and powerful Microsoft campus in my college town really intrigued me. I am from the area and grew up thinking that the best of the best in our community worked at Microsoft (which is somewhat true; there are AMAZING people at Microsoft AND a bunch of other companies too). I set my sight on it and randomly got paired with a mentor from Microsoft through my school. It’s my belief that this was the stars aligning. I figured that I would be working with people and I do that in a lot of ways through my job (events, communications, strategic thinking, and culture).
A32: What was your work experience prior to holding this position?
MN: My first 3 years in college, I worked at the YMCA because I love working with kids. In another life, I would be a teacher. I knew that I wanted to get my “kid fix” before I had to get a serious internship. That serious internship came after my junior year when I got hired for Microsoft’s Student Experience Program, a program only offered in my city. I ended up staying on as an intern all throughout my senior year. After I graduated, I started working at Microsoft full-time as a vendor (aka temporary contractor). I worked on Community Development and got to run a giving campaign that raised $2million for nonprofits in our community. It was amazing! My current job became available in November, I interviewed, and then I started in December. I have been in three different roles at Microsoft within a year and a half span.
A32: How did you find this job opportunity?
MN: My boss thought that I would be a wonderful fit to replace someone that was leaving on a different team. She encouraged me to apply and I was able to have an informational interview with my current boss which had convinced me to apply. My experience was exactly what they were looking for. It was a perfect fit.
A32: How long were you actively job-searching before you were hired?
MN: Prior to starting as a vendor at Microsoft, there was a 2 month gap where I was just job-searching. It was a painful experience of applying, interviewing, rejection, repeat. When the vendor position opened up, it was exactly what I wanted and I had the capacity to work in a temporary role for a few months since I had just graduated (which was lucky, most people would not be able to take a temporary job).
A32: What was the application process like?
MN: It was pretty typical! I had an informational interview and then I applied. After that, I had three interviews with different people on my team. The interviews were very behavioural based and conversational. I left them all feeling great because I clicked well with the interviewers.
A32: What advice do you have for our readers who may be looking for a job at your company or in this role?
MN: First off, try to get coffee (or do a phone informational) with people who have jobs that interest you! Getting your name out there, being curious, and seeing if it would be a great fit for you is always a good idea. Also, I would say to keep trying!! It was not until my third role did I become a full Microsoft employee. It was worth the wait completely.