Last week we introduced you to Ed Baker, the former UK law enforcement agent who earned (many!) certifications and became a technical evangelist for Microsoft UK. Here's an update from Ed on his experience working in his new role, "selling people the art of the possible."
A job candidate.
I had always thought that getting into Microsoft was so far above my level of ability and knowledge that I didn’t ever apply for any roles. It wasn’t until I heard that one of the UK IT pro evangelists was taking a global role with Microsoft in Seattle that I plucked up the courage to send my CV to the team in November 2013.
I won’t say it was a short and simple process, but it was handled impeccably at every stage. I received feedback from all the face to face interviews and Lync calls, and always had a named HR contact to discuss concerns with.
An IT pro breadth evangelist, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft UK.
I am now at the end of my sixth week and my feet really have not touched the ground. The role is one where you really do make the rules (within reason). We are encouraged to think laterally and try unusual approaches to resolve problems.
My role is so open and varied that I guarantee that boredom is not in the vocabulary of an evangelist at Microsoft. I get to sell people the “art of the possible” (as my colleague puts it), to assist them in discovering how our infrastructure solutions can solve their business problems. Essentially it is all about presenting, writing and informing a wide audience of IT pros about the best-in-breed solutions that Microsoft develops.
In the last six weeks, I have been “in the office” on a handful of occasions, the rest of the time I have been on the road at a variety of events: presenting at user groups, career evenings and IT camps all over the UK—literally living the dream.
It is great to be part of something so great, and to work with so many excellent people. The attitude and creativity of all the colleagues I meet is inspiring. I look forward to many more years.