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VMware Innovator: Aaron Rosen

For Staff Engineer, Aaron Rosen, solving customers’ toughest business challenges within the infrastructure space is what empowers him to innovate at VMware. We invite you to watch this month’s VMware Innovation Series spotlight and hear how VMware enables Rosen to drive what’s next in his role and how people with an OpenStack background can make a difference at VMware.

Compelled by Aaron’s story to challenge the status quo in technology? Visit VMware’s company blog, Tribal Knowledge, to learn more about Aaron’s perspective on the innovation programs at VMware that are empowering him and the wider community to thrive. <Insert bitly link to Tribal Knowledge post>

 

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VMware Gears Up for the National Collegiate Sales Competition

In just a few short days, the VMware University Relations team will be hitting the road for the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC) at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. This is an exciting event for our team as it is VMware’s first year to participate in NCSC, which consists of a career fair, sales competition, and interviews with employers onsite at the competition. During the four-day event, VMware representatives will be connecting with attendees and interviewing for 10 Inside Sales Representative positions at our Austin, Texas site.VMW-LGO-SALES-ACADEMY-GRY

The Inside Sales Representative roles are for recent college grads interested in pursuing a career in technical sales. Inside Sales Representatives will join the VMware Sales Academy in August 2015 and will attend the sales, technical, and product trainings needed to launch a successful career.

Fiona Condon, University Recruiter at VMwareIf you’re attending the National Collegiate Sales Competition and are interested in learning more about the VMware Sales Academy or life at VMware, be sure to connect with our team during the career fair that runs from Wednesday, April 8 through Thursday, April 9.

We’re also thrilled to have VMware Recruiter, Fiona Condon, chronicle her experiences, in real time, during NCSC on the VMware University Relations (@VMwareU) Instagram account on Wednesday, April 8. Fiona’s VMware journey has come full-circle. After interning on the VMware Inside Sales team in the summer of 2012, Fiona is now back at VMware working as a recruiter on the University Relations team. Fiona organized a Sales intern program in her previous position and found the university realm to be a great fit for her. She is passionate about engaging with students that are starting their exciting career journey and making an impact on their lives.

My teammates and I cannot wait to connect with all of the game-changing talent at the #NCSC2015 event. For more information about the conference or our Inside Sales Representative roles, be sure to check out the resources below.

National Collegiate Sales Competition Website: http://ncsc-ksu.org/agenda/

VMware Inside Sales Representative Opportunity: http://bitly.com/1Er85kV

VMware Featured Job:  Systems Engineer Opportunity: http://bit.ly/18yIRWs

 

 

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How VMware’s Niti Khadapkar is on the Journey to Growth in R&D

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware change-maker’s Make It Happen stories. Meet Member of Technical Staff, Niti Khadapkar, and hear how she’s gaining invaluable industry exposure in the technology community while living an integrated life full of learning and fun.

HeadShotName: Niti Khadapkar

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 2

 

Make It Happen Story

One of my Make It Happen stories is my journey to grow and make progress in the R&D field. Throughout this journey I have learned new programming languages, familiarized myself with the development paradigms, handled the pressure of deadlines and tried to deliver flawlessly. I have tried to attain this without compromising on my personal hobbies. My aim has always been to achieve a great experience in the technical field while achieving a strong understanding of programming skills and invaluable industry exposure.WinningBorathon

Make It Happen Milestones

The most important milestone to date for me is the industry exposure that I have received at VMware. My time at VMware has allowed me to see how differently things work from graduate school. Prior to joining VMware, I did not have significant industrial experience. Along with industry exposure, managing a good work-life balance has been another significant milestone for me.

Since joining VMware, I have participated in two Borathons (VMware hackathons), which have given me the opportunity to collaborate with coworkers outside of my business unit and learn more about the innovative projects they’re working on. I won of the Borathons that I participated in and got to file my first patent.

Make It Happen Lessons Learned

One thing that I have learned along the way is the importance of spending quality time on hobbies outside of work. It just makes you perform better. At VMware, you get to work with so many intelligent people, so there are always opportunities to learn from one another. Through my mentors I have learned better time-management and presentation. Time management helps me give a good amount of time to for my hobbies while also performing better and learning new things at work.Chinese_New_Year_2014

How VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen

VMware really values work-life balance for its employee community. People are provided with a variety of opportunities to not only grow technically (paper publishing, Tech Talk presentations, etc.), but also find time for fun.

Fun social events including Beer Bash, VMware’s Lunar New Year and Diwali Celebrations, the VMware Speaker Series, Unplugged, and the onsite gym and fitness classes are just a few examples of how I’m able to take care of my whole self at work while getting to know my colleagues. I have also met other new college grad hires at VMware and have been able to share experiences and learnings with them.

Advice to Others

My Make It Happen story can help anyone looking to perfect work-life balance or navigating their first moves after college. VMware provides opportunities for individuals to grow technically while also making meaningful connections in the workplace.

 

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How VMware’s Jenny Fong is Connecting the Power of a Network to Drive Change for Women in the Workplace

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware change-maker’s Make It Happen stories. Meet Group Manager of Tech Marketing & Publications, Jenny Fong, and learn how a viral tweet during a technology conference sparked her drive to encourage diversity and support the development of women in the workplace.

VMW_JennyFong_20150313-3Name: Jenny Fong

Role: Group Manager, Tech Marketing & Publications

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 4

Twitter handle: @JennyAtVMware

  

Make It Happen Story 

Over the past sixth months, I have had the opportunity to co-lead one of VMwomen’s pilot DIALOGUE Circles at VMware. My DIALOGUE Circles group consisted of six women associated with the VMware Hybrid Cloud business unit in senior manager or director roles. We met on a monthly basis to discuss topics like leadership, negotiations, gender bias and influence. We also embarked on a team goal to build our professional support networks of mentors, coaches, and sponsors to help progress our own careers. This is one of my make it happen stories because of my experience at a 2013 tech conference hosted by another company.Jenny_Fong_1

During the conference, there was a viral tweet about the lack of women at the conference. This tweet made an impact on me, as I knew that I worked alongside many smart, capable women at VMware. I was driven to make their presence known and led an effort to help arrange for all of the VMware booths at VMworld 2013 San Francisco to be staffed by women technologists at VMware.

While this was a fun experience, I knew there was more we could do – both for my own career development and for making VMware a better place for all women to develop their careers. Being able to get involved with DIALOGUE Circles has given me an avenue to make real lasting change.

Make It Happen Milestones 

At the beginning of the DIALOGUE Circles program, each group decides on a common goal to pursue together. Over the next six-seven months, we were accountability partners for one another making sure that we were all progressing with our goals and sharing success and lessons learned along the way. Our goal (of building our professional networks) continues today beyond the lesson plan of the Circles. VMW_JennyFong_20150313-1

Make It Happen Lessons Learned 

One of the most powerful lessons was right at the beginning of the Circle. We talked about authentic leadership and a light bulb went off. If I simply ignore or brush off gender bias or gender discrimination, I am not just setting myself back, I’m setting a poor example for the women behind me. I owe it to all the women at VMware to encourage diversity and support the development of women here.

VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen 

By connecting me with other driven women in the company and in similar stages of their careers as myself, I feel like I have a true peer group from which I can get advice and support. I also have a chance to expand my network within the company, having now five others in different roles and teams supporting me.

Advice to Others

Even though I consider myself independent, what I take away from this experience is the importance and value of having a strong network. For other women, find yourself mentors and coaches who can help provide constructive feedback and advice, sponsors who can vouch for you and keep an eye out for opportunities for you, and have a “posse” of peers who can echo your successes.

Learn more about other VMware people’s Make It Happen milestones during our March, 18 live #VMwomenChat on Twitter.

 

How VMware’s Soumya Mishra Makes Her Mark on a Thriving Community

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware change-maker’s Make It Happen stories. Meet Member of Technical Staff, Soumya Mishra, and hear how she navigated the transition from a new college grad to full-time employee to define the workplace environment that empowers her and her teammates to thrive. 

Soumya_2Name: Soumya Mishra      

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 3

 

Make It Happen Story

Soumya_Mishra_1I was a new college graduate when I first joined VMware back in 2012. Since it was my first time working in the corporate world, I was not sure what to expect when it came to navigating workplace culture and had to be proactive about defining what I needed in a work community to thrive both professionally and personally. Initially I found that everyone within my team had a different way of communicating information, and I had to individually connect with people to collect information. After sharing this experience with my manager, he encouraged me to come up with a way for our team to better connect with new hires during their onboarding. I created a New Hire Wiki, where I gathered information that I felt would be helpful for a new hire to start off on the right foot at work. My team also made sure to include everyone on emails when sharing important information and news to keep everyone up-to-date.

As a manager, it can be challenging to know each of your team member’s goals, questions, and obstacles. Being a new college grad, I took the initiative to ask him what would be the best way for team members to share their updates and goals with him, and he suggested each of us should have regular one-on-one meetings with him to connect and discuss what was on our minds. During this personal time with my manager, I shared my career aspirations and challenges, and I felt more confident about what I was trying to get done.Soumya_Mishra_3

My team can get so involved in work that we sometimes forget to pause and reflect on what is happening outside of our projects. To tackle this, we created the Fun Group. We made a Wiki page to collect information and post news about team lunches, birthdays, and other milestones like the birth of a child or a cultural holiday. I put up two decorated boards in our workspace that my team uses to share articles, pet photos, Service Learning activities, or anything that individuals find interesting and want to share with the wider group. This has been a great way for my teammates and I to connect and get to know one another better outside of our immediate roles at VMware.

Make It Happen Lessons Learned

  • People are there and willing to help you if you’re facing problems or have a question. All you have to do is reach out and connect.
  • Mingling with teammates and being a part of their joy (birthdays, baby showers, etc.) is a great way to build meaningful connections and makes your working relationships stronger.
  • Creating goodwill within a team elevates the environment where people are happy to work with one another and may go out of their way to be of service.Soumya_Mishra_4

 How VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen 

  • Unlimited Time Off: Management is pretty flexible about schedules as long as one is getting his or her work done. This culture allows people to excel in both their personal and work life and are not forced to choose one all the time.
  • Good corporate values: Its EPIC2 (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community)
  • Open work culture: I feel that there are no restrictions at VMware when it comes to hierarchy. If I have an idea, suggestion, or concern I can reach out to any person – no matter their position – and discuss the topic further.
  • Time for Fun: There is a monetary quota allocated to each team for team building activities, which encourages managers to take time out of the day and invest in team collaboration and fun.

Advice to Others

As a new college grad there may be a lot of questions in your mind before joining a big corporate firm, including how do you thrive in a new workplace culture. I think my stories can help new college grads understand that talking to people, seeking out help, and bringing up new ideas will build stronger work connections that benefit both you – personally and professionally – and the wider team.

 

 

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How VMware’s Olivia Dunne and the Cork Community are Making Diversity in the Workplace a Reality

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware’s Change-Maker’s Make It Happen stories. Meet Global Operations Manager of Talent Acquisition, Olivia Dunne, and learn how she and the wider community in Cork, Ireland are working together to make a dynamic and diverse workplace. 

OliviaName: Olivia Dunne

Role: Global Operations Manager, Talent Acquisition

Office Location: Cork, Ireland

Years at VMware: 4

Twitter handle: @Liv_Dun

  

Make It Happen Story 

The VMware Cork Diversity Event, in conjunction with IT@Cork in November 2014 was a significant milestone for the VMware community and me in Cork, Ireland. Over 200 attendees filled our training and development center for a morning of inspiring presentations, discussions and training around the theme of ‘What is Diversity?’. KB141111_VMWDiversity01

It was a privilege to be a co-collaborator on this project as it is the largest VMware diversity event to date in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). It was a multi-faceted event opened by the Chairman of the European Tech Cluster, Denis Collins, with speakers from VMware, EMC, IT@Cork and Cork Institute of Technology. We had a significant number of attendees from companies in the technology industry as well as representatives from other sectors including pharmaceutical, medical devices, telecommunications and fast-moving consumer goods.

Make It Happen Milestones 

A driven and enthusiastic team was formed to prepare for this event, with all members displaying commitment and fortitude to make this as successful as possible. Talent Acquisition was strongly represented by myself and a couple of my colleagues, Joe Hendry and Sharon Beale. Key business leaders from the VMware Cork campus invested their time and resources in the event, namely Sr. Director of Global Support Delivery Karen Egan, Director of EMEA Business Operations Mary Sullivan, and Director of Order Management Anthony McCoy. Without a doubt our stalwart PR and Events Coordinator, Claire O’Regan, played a pivotal role in the organization and advertising.Audience (1)

We secured guest speakers and presenters both internal and external to join us on campus for the event. Denis Collins, Chairman of the European Tech Cluster, opened the event, spoke of the close ties between VMware and IT@Cork and the importance of gender diversity in the workplace.

Mary Sullivan welcomed the audience on behalf of VMware and spoke of VMware’s EPIC2 values and the impact that VMware people have in the community.

David Parry-Jones, VMware VP of UK and Ireland, took to the stage to discuss diversity in the workplace stating, “It is about respecting and valuing variety and individual differences to create a culture, environment and practice for the benefit of society, organizations and individuals”.

Joe Hendry, VMware Senior Staffing Manager, spoke about local VMware initiatives aimed at achieving a more diverse workplace. With the IT industry historically male-dominated, the VMware Cork team took initiative and launched a CoderDojo Club at VMware, which creates a collaborative and fun environment where kids learn to code. Every week, 16 girls ranging in age from 9 to 12 years are invited to come onsite for mentorship in an environment which supports their interests in STEM subjects. Joe was joined by the principal of a local school in Ballincollig, Mairéad Ní Mhurchú, and three of her students to speak about the development of the children who have taken part in VMware’s CoderDojo Club,Coderdojo Project (1)

I was fortunate to be the host for our lively and thought provoking panel discussion that included Ruth Buckley from IT@Cork, Micheal Loftus from Cork Institute of Technology, Sarah Abbott from EMC, and David Parry-Jones from VMware. Topics included what diversity means to them personally, successful initiatives at schools and colleges, talent attraction and retention, as well as development concerning diversity in the workplace.

Closing the event was a triumphant and thought provoking training session on Unconscious Bias by Angela Peacock of People Development, which people are still talking about!

Make It Happen Lessons Learned 

One of the most powerful lessons from the event was how much interest there is in this area. There is a genuine desire to develop a work environment that is the most varied, dynamic and diverse place it can be for the good of employees and business strategy.

Another is that VMware is a leading example of how we are taking diversity seriously. We are driving this initiative both internally as a company but also externally in our communities; through sponsorship, partnership and participation at diversity related events.

When asked what they enjoyed most about the event, we got wonderful feedback from the attendees including comments such as:

“The thing I enjoyed most was seeing how proud people were to be representing VMware. I saw a really great culture in action.”

“The whole event was fantastic from start to finish (meeting time, people to direct us to park, password made available for Wifi, speakers, interactions, Unconscious Bias….) the list is long.”

How VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen 

Unconscious Bias TrainingThe passion of the people at VMware who genuinely care about diversity. This event involved months of behind the scenes work including planning, scheduling, administration, weekly meetings and dry-runs.  Not once did anyone waiver. In fact, people became more impassioned during the build up to the event.

Also, allowing us the time and resources to develop, execute and coordinate an event like this. Rather than just talking about Diversity, we are given the opportunity to ‘make it happen’ and live our values.

Team work and connecting was critical. For example, the entire Cork Staffing team volunteered to help with coordination of the event and undertook roles as registrars, stewards, guest liaisons, timekeepers and coordinators.  It was amazing to see how much support and commitment the team gave to ensuring this was a show-case event.

Advice to Others

If there is an opportunity to get involved in a diversity initiative that speaks to your heart, grab it with both hands. It’s a motivational, thought provoking and rewarding initiative that benefits the current and future communities we live and work in.

Learn more about other VMware people’s Make It Happen milestones during our March, 18 live #VMwomenChat on Twitter.

 

Celebrating Pi Day of the Century at VMware

We are Citizen Philanthropists. Fostering a thriving community is a shared value at VMware. Our recent designation as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For reflects how we bring our EPIC2 values to action in our everyday lives at work. VMware people are passionate about contributing and giving back to their local communities. i-DsNFn6L-X3

Pi Day is one of VMware’s hallmark community events of the year where we get geeky about Giving Back. We celebrate 3.14 every year by bringing together VMware people to build connections and learn about opportunities to contribute. It’s a time to inspire the Citizen Philanthropist in all of us.

This year’s Pi Day is pretty special – it’s Pi Day of the Century! It happens this Saturday, 3.14.15, at 9:26am and 53 seconds. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Local Festivities

i-xQ57vWg-X3People at VMware sites around the globe are joining in on the Pi Day celebrations. At headquarters, in Palo Alto, people are gathering today to share their favorite cause and why it inspires them to give back. We’ll be sharing limited edition Pi Day Pi-nt glasses to serve as daily inspiration.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, the local Foundation Citizen Council held a Pi Day Service Learning fair where employees were able to connect directly with six local nonprofits to learn more about ways they can contribute. Of course, their celebration included some Whoopie Pies as well. Not far from Cambridge, in Burlington, Massachusetts, the Citizen Council is showcasing upcoming Service Learning opportunities, as well as hosting a pie-judging contest. The Colorado Springs Citizen Council is serving up some pizza pies to bring people together around giving back.

Pi Day and Beyond

Oh, and did I mention? Through the VMware Foundation’s Matching Gift program, we match employee’s charitable donations from USD $31.41 up to $3,141.59 annually. We get pretty excited about Pi and giving back.

Join the Pi Day of the Century Celebration by sharing your favorite cause with @vmwFoundation. Looking for inspiration? Check out the VMware Foundation’s 2014 Year in Review to read the service stories of VMware people around the world.

 

 

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How VMware’s Sarah Lalani is Making Change Happen Through Service

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware’s Change-Makers’ Make It Happen stories. Meet Communications Specialist and Citizen Philanthropist, Sarah Lalani and see how a summer camp’s impact on her life fuels her drive to give back.

Sarah_Lalani_HeadshotName: Sarah Lalani

Role: Communications Specialist, Worldwide Operations

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 2

 

Make It Happen Story

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” The VMware Foundation provides VMware employees with 40 paid hours of Service Learning each year. This allows VMware people to give back to the community and encourages us to pay it forward.Sarah_Lalani_8

Last summer, I had the opportunity to use my Service Learning time to volunteer at Camp Mosaic, a nonprofit program for youth ages 6-13 in California. I chose this project because as a child, Mosaic had a significant impact on my development. As a participant, I was very shy but being in a nurturing camp environment with supportive counselors helped me step out of my shell and try new activities. After being a participant with Mosaic for six years and a counselor for three years, I felt obligated to give back to the program that gave me so much. Hoping to give other students a similar experience, I joined the Leadership team as the Marketing and Resource Manager (MRM). During the months leading up to camp, I had the opportunity to manage the entire marketing process, recruit 100 participants and train 60 local staff members. The best part of the job was applying the communications skills I developed at VMware towards a cause so close to my heart.sarahandali

My team at work was very supportive of me pursuing this opportunity. I learned a lot of new skills through this role that I was able to bring back with me to my job at VMware. For example, on the first day of camp, we found out that the swimming pool onsite was not working. As swimming is one of our key curriculum areas where many developmental assets come into play, we decided to find a new venue for the remainder of the week. That day, we had to develop and implement a communications plan to inform all the parents and students of the change. The messaging had to be clear and thorough to maintain the integrity of the program. Logistically, we also had to find and rebuild a new campsite and ensure a seamless transition. This situation required a lot of creativity, flexibility and efficiency.

Make It Happen Milestones & Advice to Others

Service learning is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the community, learn new skills, and gain experiences outside of your day job. This year, I am serving as a MRM Coach and mentoring MRMs throughout the marketing and resource management process. This is a great way for me to stay involved with the program and continue to give back. These experiences have taught me that we can use our educational and professional backgrounds as enablers to create meaningful change and Make it Happen!

 

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How VMware’s Meagan Donnelly is Making Meaningful Connections Happen

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware’s Change-Makers’ Make It Happen stories. Meet Global Experience Manager of University Relations, Meagan Donnelly and hear how her passion for connecting women in technology is creating opportunities for growth for both students and full-time employees at VMware.

WCW_37 (1)Name: Meagan Donnelly

Role: Global Experience Manager, University Relations

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 4

Twitter handle: @MeaganVMW 

 

Make It Happen Story

One of my Make It Happen stories is co-founding the Women Connecting Women mentor program at VMware. My former colleague and I piloted the Women Connecting Women program in May 2012. Due to the current ratio of men and women in the technology workforce, we felt that it would be beneficial to create meaningful moments for female interns to connect with female mentors at VMware.WCW. (1)

Women Connecting Women provides female summer interns with the opportunity to be connected with a female mentor at VMware. This mentoring program has enabled our female interns to develop strong relationships with other women in their functional area, gain an insider’s perspective on career navigation, build confidence, gain an understanding of how to work effectively in a corporate environment, and expand their network of women in technology. This program experience is rewarding for both women, mentor and mentee.

The program continues to grow tremendously each year. We have been able to offer female interns the opportunity to accelerate their personal and professional development while giving mentors the opportunity enhance their leadership skills. Women in Technology is a focus for the VMware University Relations Team and this program helps us to attract and empower female student talent.WCW Preso

Make It Happen Milestones

The biggest milestone for the Women Connecting Women program was during the summer of 2014. The size of the program had more than doubled since our pilot and the number of VMware women interested in mentoring the interns tripled. It made me realize that the entire VMware community was seeing the value of the program and their opportunity to make an impact. 

Make It Happen Lessons Learned 

I learned that years of experience do not always make an effective mentor, but instead a person who is passionate and committed to helping another women to learn and develop. My teammates and I found that pairing our female interns with an employee that had just gone through their internship experience and had transitioned into a fulltime career not long ago made great mentors. They were able to connect with the female interns in ways that I had never imagined.wcw speaker

How VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen

VMware enables me to make it happen by encouraging me to take my ideas and passion and bring them to life. They provide me with the tools and resources I need to execute and make an impact on our community.

Advice to Others 

I would encourage people no matter what point they are in their career to seek out opportunities to build meaningful connections with others. Whether they are senior or junior to you, on your immediate team or a team that personally interests you, there are endless opportunities to grow and build your network when you take the time to pause and connect with others that inspire you.

 

Learn more about other VMware people’s Make It Happen milestones during our March, 18 live #VMwomenChat on Twitter.

 

How VMware’s Aishu Raghavan is Making Her Passion for Technology Happen

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re shining the light on several VMware change-maker’s Make It Happen stories. Meet Member of Technical Staff, Aishu Raghavan and discover how she took her passion for solving tough technological problems and created a thriving career.

Aishu_Raghavan_1Name: Aishu Raghavan

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bellevue, Washington

Years at VMware: 1

 

Make It Happen Story

Ever since I was a kid, I always loved working on puzzles and playing strategic games. Figuring out solutions to complex problems was always the thing that fascinated me the most. When most kids in my class cursed the existence of mathematics, I could not thank my stars enough. Going to school was the best part of my day. An interesting anecdote that my mom always narrated to her friends was about the time I was down with Typhoid when I was nine. I was medically exempt from going to school and taking exams. I threw a tantrum and made sure that I got a quarantined room in school where I could not only attend classes, but also take the exams. I knew in my heart that I had a passion for learning and solving tough problems.Aishu_Raghavan_2

Make It Happen Milestones

  • In 2010, I completed my Computer Science and Engineering degree and graduated as the valedictorian of the Computer Science Department at PSG College of Technology.
  • I was recruited by Intel to work on their Chip Manufacturing Automation team. While at Intel (2010 to 2011), I received many individual and group recognition awards. My papers and articles on Chip Manufacturing Automation were published during this period.
  • In 2011, I chose to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) School of Computer Science for my Master’s degree.
  • During my time at CMU, I received an opportunity to work with Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratories to develop static Linux Kernel debugger library.
  • In 2012, I got recruited by Intel and worked on one of Intel’s seminal mobile processors. To see these processors hit the shelves was a really nice experience. Soon, VMware recruited me and here I am today.

Make It Happen Lessons Learned

My journey was quite simple yet satisfying. I always worked hard to get as much knowledge out of the situations I was placed in. The rewards and results automatically fell into place. If I were to look back at my path, I would say that these are the lessons that I learned along the way:

  • The harder you try, the sweeter the reward is.
  • If you work in a team and find yourself coming out as the best, then you are in the wrong place. All throughout my journey, I liked to push my boundaries and always worked with people who challenged me intellectually.
  • The field I chose to work in is currently male dominated, but in my experience so far, this has never been an issue. Once you look past the gender, you realize that on the inside, everyone is driven by the same passion. It has helped that all of my male friends and colleagues have not once discriminated against me for being a woman. They treat me fairly and value my decisions.
  • Never settle for anything less than ideal. I have often noticed that due to time or external pressure, people tend to settle for sub-optimal solutions to problems or incomplete knowledge of a topic. In my experience, this has always led to unintended results.
  • Be practical. Failures may be stepping-stones to success. But one must quickly identify their failure threshold. You cannot keep failing at something hoping to succeed in an uncertain future. This could be valuable time wasted on what could be your true calling. It is important to learn to distinguish the battles you can and should win from the ones that are not worth winning.
  • Do not be bogged down by external events that don’t matter. Sometimes, I have been hit by external events like people’s trite comments. Looking back, I’ve realized that I shouldn’t have let those affect me. One should not let anything external control him or her. Things like bad grades or harsh comments are usually temporary and they disappear over the course of time.

How VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen 

Aishu_Raghavan_3jpgIt’s a privilege to work at a company, which constantly encourages technological innovation and academic excellence. At VMware, I feel that I am rewarded for my contributions. I am also given the freedom to design my own solutions to existing problems. I am always excited to read about the interesting research that VMware churns out on a regular basis. It also gives me a great sense of pride when I see all of the amazing search results when I search the Web for the products that I worked on at VMware. There is no feeling as satisfying as that for me. It further reiterates the fact that, if you enjoy your work and word hard, the results automatically fall into place.

Advices to Others

The field of Computer Science is only growing and evolving. More and more students are aspiring to become computer scientists. If I can inspire at least one of these individuals by my passion-driven hobby turned career, then I would consider my journey worthwhile.

 

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