Courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft wants you in an IT career

March 02, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Microsoft is one of the nation's leading companies in computer technology. Veterans interested in pursuing a career in computer science will find that Microsoft is an employer actively looking to recruit as well as train them for the latest needs in the technology sector.

Microsoft has over 120,000 employees around the world, with nearly 75,000 in the U.S.

“We’re a big company and we really are making a difference in the world,” said Chris Cortez, the Vice President of Military Affairs at Microsoft.

Hiring Veterans

“Microsoft believe it’s critical to have a diverse employee base, which leads to innovation, and why not draw from this amazing pool of talented men and women,” said Cortez

One of their programs is the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA), which trains transitioning service members and veterans for jobs in information technology, with an opportunity to apply to Microsoft.

“Microsoft encourages veterans to see Computer Science and STEM careers as a viable path when transitioning to civilian life in the public or private sector,” he added.

Why Hire Veterans

“Veterans are exactly the type of talent Microsoft looks for to evolve the face of IT beyond the traditional four year degree,” Cortez said. “They are trained to quickly assess, analyze and fix a situation with the resources at hand while working with a diverse group of people as a team; skills that are incredibly applicable to the IT industry.”

Veteran Experience

Courtesy Mary McCready

Mary McCready is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and works at Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer in Washington, D.C. with public sector customers. She is also a graduate of the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy.

“I go on site with customers to help them with anything developer related, whether it’s doing code reviews or helping with development related Microsoft products,” she continued.

For transitioning veterans looking for their next career, McCready says they should look beyond what they did in the military because they “can do anything.”

“My advice to them would be to really explore the different options and kind of think about what your strengths are. And not just what your strengths are, but what you enjoy doing to figure out what roles you’ll be most successful in and apply to those,” she said.

When looking to hire a veteran, Microsoft along with the rest of the private sector sees that “we bring a different perspective into the company” such as troubleshooting and leadership experience.

“I think that Microsoft is a great company to work for as a veteran,” she said.

They are also very flexible with her desire to continue serving in the USMC Reserves.

“They do as much as they can to hook you up with the right mentors and get you involved with the right groups so that you can continue learning,” McCready said. “It makes the transition a lot easier.

“They really make a great environment for veterans and I would highly recommend it as a place to work for other veterans.”