They’ve got SQL smarts and the certification to prove it. But do they have what it takes to be the next Microsoft employee?Watch the challenges unfold on our website beginning July 24, 2012: http://aka.ms/bethenext
Like all self-respecting geeks, I subscribe to, or ‘like’, a variety of geeky things: gadgets, software, blogs, sci-fi, etc and so on. Of course, I ‘like’ Microsoft, duh! So, when there was an entry on my Facebook activity stream about “Be the next Microsoft employee”, I clicked on it.
You see, waaaay back in 2004, I was sent, along with three developers, to the Microsoft lab in NC. (We needed a little help troubleshooting a memory leak in our application.) Working alongside these wickedly brilliant people, some of whom had ponytails, wore cutoffs and flip-flops, put me in awe. Being exposed to the chaotic, laid-back atmosphere, made me realize I have to work here. I submitted my resume enumerable times over the years and finally landed a contract position as a SQL Server Support Engineer! My hope was that during that year a perm position would become available and my dream would become a reality. Nothing opened up. With the end of my one year contract looming, I was desperate. I figured the odds weren’t in my favor, but one can’t win the lottery if they never buy a ticket, right?
My entry was enough to get me a phone screen. So, standing in the stairwell at work, sweat pouring, I answered technical questions asked by a gentleman with a British accent (I later learned he is the manager for the internal Microsoft IT dept. OMG!) When I received an email two days later that said “Congratulations on being selected to be part of Microsoft’s first web-based reality show, Be the next Microsoft Employee!” I couldn’t believe it. I wrote back, “Am I understanding you correctly? I am one of the contestants?” I told everybody: husband, kids, parents, brother, friends, neighbors, colleagues, former colleagues, my kid’s friends, the clerk at the grocery store, the kid working the fast food drive-thru, and now, you. My nephew’s (ages 14 & 15) were most impressed. “Wow. Aunt Stacy’s going to Microsoft.” Thank you, Microsoft, I am now “cool.”
I am excited, scared, confident, intimidated, elated and worried, my mind going a thousand miles an hour: packing my bags, the world’s surreal…I get to go to my own personal mecca.