My name is Zuzana Wrobléwska, I am pursuing a double M.A. degree in Management as well as English and French studies at the University of Warsaw. Throughout the University period I took part in various very interesting initiatives such as the Erasmus Student Exchange Program in Italy, European Intensive Italian Language Course in Perugia, Erasmus Student Placement Program on Malta or the bilateral agreement with Sorbonne University in Paris. Apart from that, I am a great fan of sports. As a tennis ex-professional I still take part in some competitions and recently have discovered the magic of squash. I could not imagine a winter without a ski trip and I definitely enjoy team sports like volleyball. What is more, travelling has always been highly instructive to me thus I love visiting new places and meeting new cultures, especially in the Far East.
I am very happy that I participated in the Manager Shadowing Across the Border project. The whole program is a great idea, especially now when it is organized on an international scale. While working at Microsoft, I learned from professionals, gained some experience in the CSR area and got acquainted with the office environment of an international company. During my internship I elaborated a report on Microsoft Citizenship activities on the Polish market together with my mentor as well as the Polish subsidiary of Microsoft. The manager I worked with was extremely kind and helpful. I also made friends with other interns from Hungary, Slovakia and Poland and had a chance to thoroughly visit Prague.
Probably due to the fact that the internship lasted only two weeks and all four Microsoft interns were ascribed to only one manager, unfortunately I did not have an opportunity to “shadow” the manager a lot. Even though the manager was eager to give us as much information as possible about his work, he was very busy with the ending of the financial year at Microsoft. What is more, most activities in the company were held in the Czech language. I would definitely appreciate some more shadowing, being more included in Microsoft’s day to day activities besides working on the report as well as getting a more individual treatment. Moreover, whereas Microsoft employees from the Retail department were very kind and welcoming for me, I could not say that about the PR/Marketing department. Nevertheless, the internship experience was a great life adventure and gave me an opportunity to make on my own from scratch a very interesting report that will be presented further on to the public.