Katie Hart, a candidate referred by DVR, participated in the first class at Microsoft. Today, Microsoft have 50 hires through their first 10 hiring cohorts.
Katie began the Specialisterne and Microsoft program in May 2015. Over the next month the Employment Services Manager for PROVAIL introduced Katie and other candidates to the Specialisterne recruitment model utilizing business concepts including The SCRUM Agile Methodology, programing techniques, quality assurance testing, and presentation skills. Katie had an opportunity to work with LEGO Education Mindstorm Robots and Visual Studios doing programming and coding for various projects. Hiring managers from Microsoft visited demonstrations at the end of each week. In her off hours, Katie learned more about Agile Business Models and Scrum Meetings/Project Management.
At the end of week four, a Business Profile highlighting competencies and strengths was prepared for Katie. She also received a job offer. June 15, 2015 was Katie’s first official day of work as a Lab Engineer for Microsoft. She has received excellent feedback from everyone on her team. Her quality assurance is highly praised and she brings a new perspective to her team that is valued by her manager and other teammates. Katie has also taken part in a week-long “Neuroversity Hackathon” that helped design game ideas, apps and programs to help people with Autism develop career skills.
Katie is still happily working at Microsoft. Read the full article in “Investing in America 2016”