KatGirl aka Katrina Wong
I'm a Technical Account Manager at Microsoft Australia
While studying Commerce and Law at university I built up experience in a range of roles in marketing, human resources/recruitment, and legal. I joined Microsoft in a marketing role, and at the time I joined I didn’t even know what a Technical Account Manager did, let alone think that I would become one.
I love my job because it involves helping our customers use our services and products to achieve their goals. There is some travelling involved, both interstate and internationally, and I love meeting new people and building strong relationships.
I also love working at Microsoft because of the programs we do around empowering youth and providing access to education via technology, under our global program YouthSpark. Through this partnership with not-for-profit organisations and charities, we help inspire students to stay in school by showcasing the awesome careers we have. We help by mentoring high school students, and running competitions for university students so they can kick-start their careers.
The culture at Microsoft is great – very flexible and allows you to manage your own time to achieve your goals – and of course, the office is great.
- My favourite books tend to be those which explore themes of social and/or political inequality, such as The Inheritance of Loss, or The Line of Beauty. I also find Haruki Murakami’s writing beautiful and particularly love Kafka on the Shore and Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Crime fiction writers like Agatha Christie and Kerry Greenwood are also on the top of my list, and finally I also love travel and cooking books!
- Favourite music at the moment is the soundtrack for Disney’s movie Frozen. I'm also loving Lorde, and always up for an 80s power ballad!
- Outside of work I am particularly committed to volunteering for Dress for Success, a charity which helps women who have experienced long term unemployment and disadvantage. I also volunteer with the Adult Migrant English Program, providing English lessons to newly arrived migrants and refugees to help them join Australian society. I am also studying part-time to finish my law degree which I will hopefully finish this year.