How I Joined Microsoft's Team

by Ventsy Popov

Some Background
Beginning of summer 2011 I decided I need to make some changes in the professional field, and look for new opportunities outside the company I worked for back then. Although I really valued my colleagues there, and from many of them I learned great deal of things, I felt the need to widen my comfort zone and experience new things. Recently after I made this decision and talked to my boss, I was able to find quite interesting projects to work on (and get paid for :)). For some months working on the new projects I was part of an American company's team. The guys were amazingly professional and punctual (it honestly surprised me!). Things happened with very good coordination and pragmatism... as if the work was done in an effortless manner :).

The Catalyst
But how did all this lead to Microsoft? Well... guys that know me, can confirm that I lo-o-ve participating in community events either as a speaker or just attending. The atmosphere in such places is always energizing and motivating. Not only due to the contents leading to gaining some useful knowledge, but also for meeting new people, having the geeky talks and good laughs on jokes which are quite often more than dull for non-technical people :). On such an event I found out about this opportunity in Microsoft for a guy who should take the role of “Developer Evangelist”. A role which did not speak very much to me back then and to be honest, I looked at with suspicion. Nevertheless, I decided not to overlook this chance and give it a good thought (and also make some research). What followed was my decision to pursue this, and series of different types of interviews... and luckily – my hiring :). In the meanwhile I managed to finish the projects was contracted for around that time.

Where are we at
Now, I am a one-month employee. Still on-boarding, but getting better perception of my responsibilities and taking more and more active part in the team with each day. I am excited that one of my goals would be to help the developers' community (not only Microsoft-centric one) learn all about trends in technologies on the road of each participant to being more effective while having great fun :).

The rest is yet to come as they say :)...

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