Worlds apart? Try coming together

Language. It has the power to connect us. Yet, this very same power can serve as an even bigger disconnect. Imagine considering a purchase. You have questions, yet no one in the room speaks your language. What if you long to answer those questions, but you’re powerless due to an inability to speak their language?…

How to engineer a better life

Vaz Rosario remembers her Microsoft phone interview like it was yesterday. The phone rang, and she had to hurry outside her house in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, to take the interview call because inside her baby was crying. As she closed the door on the noise and stepped into the yard, the native chickens began to…

The evolution of a passion

Gone are the days of letting your career choose your intended path. Just ask Jenny Ferries. She went from devoting 14 years to a world of teaching elementary and middle schoolers to becoming a Software Engineer at Microsoft, simply by taking a chance and believing in herself. “I’ve always loved building things and problem solving,…

Why employees find Microsoft Ireland to be a perfect career fit

A hub for music giants (U2 and Sinead O’Connor kicked off their careers here), and home to the literary canon, Dublin has long offered a feast for the eyes, ears and mouth. Now it’s a career destination as well. Those looking for job opportunities could join Microsoft’s new state-of-the-art inside sales center in Dublin, where…

Building your professional toolkit at Microsoft

Ask Shaina Morrison, Audience Marketing Manager within the Marketing and Operations organization. She has taken pointed, yet adaptive steps to better understand her interests, apply them to her passions, build her network and craft a trajectory that continues to build upon her experiences. Hailing from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Shaina got tons of…

From engineering leader to HR leader

Word on the street was that Diego Rejtman was an inspiring ball of energy. I was particularly excited about this interview because who doesn’t look forward to a “ray of sunshine” during a Seattle winter? Suddenly, I hear – in the most cheerful of tones – “Toyyyyyyy!” He welcomes me with the warmest of welcomes.…

“I started learning sign language at six months”

“Both of my parents lost their hearing as toddlers. I started learning sign language at the age of six months. It’s mainly due to my background that I’ve seen – firsthand – how technology can impact lives.” Thus began the storied career of Microsoft program manager, Heather Dowdy. The South Side Chicago native is the…