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Holly Boothroyd
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Software Engineering Intern, Microsoft

During my university placement year, I worked at the Lift London Microsoft studio working on Paint 3D that is currently on over 500 million devices. I used C++, C++/CX, and XAML. I was offered a post-graduation job from this team.

Software Engineering Intern, Microsoft

Following my placement internship, I moved back to Seattle, WA for the summer to work on the Xbox team. I used C# and XAML. I was offered a post-graduation job from this team.

Software Engineer

Post-graduation I rejoined Lift and started working on Microsoft's virtual assistant called Cortana. I use C# and XAML.

Hello! I am Holly. 

I was born in Silicon Valley in California and then moved to the Seattle area in Washington where I grew up. You might just say that working in tech was inevitable given that I lived in the two west coast tech hubs. 

After graduating high school, I took the plunge and moved to England! I studied at the University of Surrey in Guildford. It was quite the journey learning to live in a new culture, but it was the best decision I have ever made. 

I started my professional career at Microsoft as a software engineering intern in London working on Paint 3D. This then led to me moving back home for the summer to work on the Xbox team. 

After graduating, I decided to stay in London and work at Lift again, but this time working on Cortana!

So here I am now, just starting my full-time career. ? 

In my free time, I travel, dance, and support environmental and animal causes. 

Follow my tech instagram: HerHelloWorld 

English, Italian, Spanish
Information technology IT / ICT

You get out as much as you put in. Go above and beyond others expectations and your own and you will have a much more fulfilling experience at school and work. Opportunities compound.

My Education
Bachelor of Science (Hons)
University of Surrey
Guildford, England
English Literature, Physics, Computer Science and IT, Further and additional maths, United States government and politics
Issaquah High School
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More about me

- Critical thinking
- Communication
- Technical competence

Moving to the UK and doing a placement year was the best decision I could have made. I easily had over 15 months experience working professionally before I graduated. This also helped develop my passion for computer science, plus made my final year of university easier.

I would have invested more time into personal projects when I was younger to discover the technologies that interest me and create a better foundation to build on top of during my formal training.

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