With my internship slowly drawing to a close, I would firstly like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has read and contributed to our blog and TechNet newsletters over the past year. I’ve had a fantastic year learning more about ITI and have met lots of great people along the way – do stay in touch.
Now, I must hand the reigns over to Harry, our ITI Editor. He joined the team yesterday and will be taking over as the main point of contact for blog and newsletter content moving forward, so do wish him a warm welcome.
I caught Harry for a quick interview so that you can get a little more insight into him as a person; his interests and survival instincts should he be stuck on a desert island.
Q1. Hi Harry, welcome to the team, who are you and where do you come from?
Hello! I’m Harry Eagles and I’m from a small market town in Suffolk called Bury St. Edmunds. I study International Relations at Loughborough University and have just started my industrial placement year at Microsoft as an ITI Editor.
Q2. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Logical, passionate and energetic
Q3. Current Favourite Gadget?
In my spare time I am a bit of a gamer so it would have to be my Xbox One; it has come to dominate much of my down time. Not only do I use it to play many of the latest games, I also use it for Netflix and other streaming apps – being a student I don’t have the luxury of live TV!
Q4. What would we find if we asked you to empty out your pockets?
Not much! I always carry a bag so it’s often only my phone and wallet, the two most vital items!
Q4. If you were on a desert island, which 3 items would you take with you?
- My Golden Retriever Puppy – she may only be little but I am sure I could teach her to help me hunt!
- An axe – chances are I’ll need to chop something if I’m going to survive
- Fishing net – I am not a fan of fish, but on a desert island I can’t be too picky
Q5. First Microsoft product?
Windows PCs have been a constant in my home growing up and it’s hard to remember exactly which computer I had first – lets just say I remember Windows 98 well! My dad has always worked from home for various tech companies and each computer only lasted a year before something even better swiftly replaced it.
Q6. What did you want to do when you were little? Did this change?
When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer; the idea of arguing for a living seemed like fun! I quickly realised, however, that there is quite a bit more to it than that! As my interests in law dwindled, my passion for IT increased. If you ever fancy a good debate though…
Q7. What’s the strangest thing anyone has asked you since you started at Microsoft?
Without a doubt the strangest question came from another applicant at my Assessment Centre. After mentioning my work in dog obedience training I was asked, “If you were a dog, what breed of dog would you be and why?” I met the question with a look of bemusement – not the only one in the room who did – but thankfully managed to pull an answer together.
For those of you that are wondering, I would be a Golden Retriever: loyal, friendly and easy to train. It makes sense right?
I’m very excited to start the year as TechNet Editor at Microsoft and hope to see as many of you as possible when we’re out and about at events. If you have any thoughts or feedback on the blog then please don’t hesitate to get in touch; I’m keen to engage with you, the readers.