Microsoft Employees helping Students Develop Skills for their Futures


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In November Microsoft employees joined with Future Skills and Manchester Academy in an effort to prepare a group of 50 sixth form students from Salford City College in Manchester with the skills they will need for their futures. At the event students were given the opportunity to take part in a CV Skills and Careers Workshops from the Future Skills centre.

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Students were able to hear from a group of Microsoft TAMs Andy Crawley, Ric Harris, Seth Rhodes and Dan Westley. Their enthusiasm towards the project shone through in their sessions. Seth Rhodes, Microsoft “We focus on bringing real world experience to the students, we feel this can add value and excitement to subjects they may otherwise find dry. We are also able to discuss the diverse range of careers available in a large global organisation like Microsoft”.

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The event’s activities focused on the importance of having a great CV, along with tips on selling yourself as an applicant through professional social media sites such as LinkedIn. The students’ comments reflected the success of the day “We increased our knowledge and gained some great tips for applying to jobs” – Zubair Rana. “It was good to know the range of opportunities available at Microsoft” – Adam Mozley.

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Justine Thatcher, Future Skills “The session gave our students a great opportunity to meet industry professionals and get advice about their next steps.  The guidance was relevant, useful and inspiring for all the students; they were engaged with the presentation and asked a range of questions linked to their progression routes from college”. Justine went on to say she would definitely invite the team back to talk to their students again! It seems these individuals are in high demand, with several more events already lined up; further CV and Careers sessions are scheduled at Future Skills and Manchester Enterprise Academy in 2015.

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This team from Microsoft have also been delivering great work to the community through part of an ongoing association with BW3 in Manchester. BW3 is an organisation of likeminded businesses who collaborate in order to improve the lives of those in the community and create a better future, whilst supporting the regeneration of Wythenshawe. Some of the organisation’s members include Microsoft, Manchester Airport, and Wythenshawe Community housing group. With the help of BW3, Rob Jarrett and Ruth Bacci ‘Juicy Data’ sessions have been delivered to many Primary Schools. These sessions cover the importance of numbers in business through using Microsoft Excel and a fun exercise making fruit cocktails!

Following the team’s great work they have recently undertaken activities in their office surrounding the Hour of Code, a movement to get young people coding. These passionate individuals will be rolling out the Hour of Code sessions to local Primary schools in Manchester over 2015, with a session at Wilmslow Grange Primary School in January already planned. Wythenshawe Academy are also soon to expect a visit.

It is clear that these enthusiastic employees from Microsoft’s Manchester office are determined to provide the necessary skills to young people in order to help them improve their employability and future skills. We look forward to hearing what exciting initiatives are next!


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