Dorrene Brown hasn’t polished her résumé all senior year. She hasn’t applied to any jobs or gone on any job interviews. That’s because since September, she has known that once she walks across the stage for graduation, she is heading to her dream job with Microsoft.
Brown, a fifth-year software engineering student from Rockledge, Pa., will make the move to Seattle in August to start with Microsoft as a program manager working on apps for Office. She worked on a co-op with the company last summer writing app specifications, helping to create user-experience patterns for the platform, presenting project proposals to external parties and developing potential app prototypes. She was offered the full-time position after excelling during that co-op.
“During your first day at Microsoft, they say, ‘Everyone here is a potential employee if you do well and meet your goals,’” says Brown.
Brown has taken advantage of co-op opportunities throughout her time at RIT—fixing bugs on everything from satellite systems for Goodrich ISR Systems in Boston, radios for Harris Corp. in Rochester and for financial software company Intuit in Mountain View, Calif. In fact, after every job ended, the employer has asked her to consider coming back after graduation.
“I think all of my job experiences will help me immensely as a program manager,” Brown says. “I’ve already worked with the technical background of developing and testing, so it will be easier to write specs and schedules that are realistic for the developers who are writing code.”
For Brown, the position truly is a dream job, as it combines her love of technology and communicating with people. It was just an added bonus that she could accept it a whole academic year before graduation.
“It’s been great not having to fly across the country during the middle of the school year for job interviews,” says Brown. “I’ve had more time free time to work with the Society of Software Engineers, help other students find jobs and even relax—a little bit.”