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VMware's Women Connecting Women Program Makes Networking Simple

Prachi3Prachi Goyal is in her second month of interning in Finance. She is currently making the most of her time at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters, and also looks forward to continuing her MBA at University of Texas at Austin in the Fall.  

My first mentor was, unintentionally, my mother. She leads her own life with independence and empowerment. She’s inspired and motivated me through my childhood to present day -- encouraging my big dreams and the persistence to achieve them. My belief in mentorship and female empowerment originates from her. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be mentor and mentee, following in the footsteps of the woman that inspired me.

Purdue University provided me with my first formal mentor. The Electrical Engineering department, as with most technical departments, has an incredibly skewed male-to-female ratio. As a freshman, I struggled to adjust to a new country and culture. The long journey to finding my voice became suddenly smoother with the help of my mentor in the Women in Engineering Program. As a junior, I returned the favor and guided incoming women engineers personally and professionally.

Joining VMware, my goal was to meet people across functions and better understand the company and its culture through those interactions. This goal was advanced by the Women Connecting Women program, which partners each female new hire with a successful female mentor. These mentors volunteer for the opportunity, so they are surely dedicated to inspire and develop the next generation of female professionals. My WCW mentor, Mimi Hills, identified my goal and was proactive in introducing me to the right people and helping grow my network. In addition, I always felt comfortable reaching out to her with both personal and professional issues. My VMware experience would not be the same without my WCW mentor, Mimi.

Prachi Goyal and her mentorThis blog post would be incomplete without mentioning my other VMware mentor – Behrooz Samin. He helped shape my project, and even invested as much time and effort into the project as me. He made sure he was there to help me whenever I hit a roadblock or needed to brainstorm over a challenge. Big thanks to him for dialing in from Hawaii for my final presentation!

I consider myself fortunate to have such supportive mentors at VMware. The mentors provide me with ability to network from day one, and set me up for success. I definitely learned a lot from their mentorship styles and will be able to support my mentees even better when I return to school. I’m sure my journey with Mimi and Behrooz will not end with this internship, but instead will be a guiding force in the next steps of my career!

--Prachi Goyal

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Growth is a Given: Ways the VMware Internship Program Inspires Professional Development

Xiyuan3Xiyuan Liu is in her fourth month of interning on the Network QE Team at VMware’s Beijing office. She is studying Telecommunications at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a special interest in the Internet of Things.   

I started as a VMware intern four months ago full of expectation. As those months passed, my internship at VMware has brought reflection on my future career and professional development. I’ve learned many lessons and have grown in many aspects, including professional skills, communication abilities, and attitude towards work and life.

My manager once gave our team members a lesson about “being brave to ask questions after presentations”. This topic is not that common since it seemingly has nothing to do with our daily work. However, its meaning is quite important to me. I have experienced many times, as a speaker and as an audience member, when there are no questions asked during the Q&A portion of a presentation. My manager shared advice on how to ask questions, even when we are afraid our question may be too simple. He encouraged us to be the first to ask. I have to admit this is a shortcoming in Chinese culture, where people are generally conservative and shy. But the lesson made me think a lot, and I have gradually overcome my fear and made my voice heard after presentations.

Daily interactions and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with my mentor help me improve my professional skills and take advantage of my short internship. She taught me to have a peaceful attitude towards problems encountered at work, reminding me that every problem has its own solution. This new belief makes me more confident and calm when I am puzzled by a problem.

She always tells me that “better” is what we should aspire to. She impresses me with the way she upholds this view and encourages me. This attitude has led me to develop my communication skills. For example, recently I wrote a report about the new features I developed, and she asked me to revise it several times. This editing included improving the format of the email, the pictures inserted, and the titles listed. She notices and cares about every detail. When I compared the final version to the original version of my report, I felt respect and gratitude to my mentor.Xiyuan2

VMware also offers many chances for interns to learn from successful colleagues in our field. The engineers of VMware are willing to share their career stories with interns, which moves me deeply. The common theme between all of them is the passion towards what they have done, what they are doing, and what they are going to do. It is easy to develop this passion when it is demonstrated all around you. Just as the card on my desk says – “PASSION NEVER RESTS”. I hope this three-word sentence will accompany me in my future study and work life.

I have developed a lot as a VMware intern. The reflection on my future career encourages me, and all the lessons learned prepare me to face more challenges.

-- Xiyuan Liu

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VMware Internship Program: The Manager and Mentor Jackpot

Neha Kashyap

Neha Kashyap is an IT intern on the Business Engagement team. She is currently in her 7th week of interning at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. A student at University of Texas at Dallas, Neha is studying Information Science and Management.

 

VMware has one of the best internship programs in the country, and your manager and mentor play a huge role in the overall success of your internship experience. The managers and mentors volunteer to be part of the program, so you know that they are dedicated to your development, support, and success. Everyone at VMware is super nice, but I was particularly lucky to work with my wonderful manager and mentors.

My manager Pat is very nice and approachable. He encourages me to ask questions and has always patiently answered all of them. He never fails to appreciate my work and has always made me feel like an important part of the team, even though I am an intern.

Neha Kashyap eating lunch with her team.

Greg is a wonderful mentor and great company to be with. Your mentor is your first point of contact regarding any issue at work. They are like your friend, except for the fact that they have answers to all of your questions (regarding work, as well as the best places to visit in the Bay Area). He has patiently walked me through the tools that I use for my internship and has been very helpful in many ways to make my project a success.

Neha Kashyap painting and wine tasting with her Women Connecting Women mentor.

In addition, I am so happy to be part of the VMware Women Connecting Women Program. Having a connection outside of your team or department, especially with a female perspective, is beneficial. I am fortunate to have a woman mentor that I can speak frankly with about my career path, life at VMware, Corporate America, personal matters or just discuss wine. (Yes, she is teaching me wine tasting over the summer.)

The transition from orientation to being part of VMware has been so smooth thanks to my manager, mentors and team. I even eat lunch with the team almost every single day; that says a lot about how much I enjoy working with this team.

The energy at VMware is contagious. Everyone is so passionate about his or her work and VMware’s EPIC2 values resonate through the entire community. The work we do during an internship is only a part of the story. The connections we make are the real deal. VMware’s mentorship program and the Women Connecting Women program provide the guidance to navigate any new experience at VMware, as well as ensuring that you build out your career path in the right direction. The VMware managers and mentors are successful at helping you reach your full potential. There are obviously benefits of doing an internship in Silicon Valley, but having the opportunity to do it at a company like VMware, surrounded with the right people, confirms that you have truly hit the jackpot.

- Neha Kashyap

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Empowering VMware People to Drive Their Self-Development and Growth

Developing one’s career is an art developed over time using experience and resourcefulness. Today Maria Raimundo, VMware University Relations Recruiter, sheds light on VMware’s innovation culture and how it supports the growth and development of its employees through skills training, educational reimbursement and mentorships.

 

At VMware we grow our business by creating value for our customers and partners. More importantly, we grow our people by investing in development and fostering a culture that embraces learning as a part of the innovation process. Not only does the process of developing yourself improve your personal and professional life, but it can assist in your collaboration with others and your overall contributions to the wider community. Here are a few of the resources that VMware employees can take advantage of to reach that next level of growth and development in their career.

VMware Edge Portal

The VMware Edge Portal is an internal portal that offers self-directed development for any employee from any location at anytime. VMware employees can sign up for classes that are related to their role, enhance professional skills or take certification courses to improve a particular discipline. You can even check out digital ebooks for free from Books24x7! So, if you’re looking to take that additional Java-skills course, need some extra help with public speaking, or want to take a certification in your field, it’s all possible through the VMware Edge Portal.

VMware Professional Development Assistance Program

VMware empowers each employee to drive self-development in partnership with his or her manager. The Professional Development Assistance Program provides financial support for external professional development courses, certifications and degree programs that are not offered internally at VMware. Have you ever thought about pursuing a part-time secondary degree or another type of program at some point in your career? If your answer is “yes,” then this is where our Professional Development Assistance Program comes in. We offer assistance to help offset some of the financial cost for the secondary degree with management and HR approval. That’s a pretty awesome perk.

Fostering a Mentor Relationship

Perhaps the greatest teachers you’ll encounter at VMware are your fellow coworkers. Having a mentor is not just limited to your immediate manager (though we hope you find them as a great resource). There are many opportunities to discover colleagues who would be willing to provide both personal and professional support as you grow at VMware. Be sure to connect through our internal social network, VMware Link, support our commitment to giving back to the community through the VMware Foundation, and get to know other members from different teams through our weekly social events. Sometimes even a casual meeting could lead to someone who can help you re-think about how you’re approaching your career goals.

In the end it is up to each of our employees to take advantage of the resources and opportunities provided to them here at VMware. How do you plan to grow to that next step?

 

-Maria Raimundo, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

 

About Maria:

Maria is a University Relations Recruiter at VMware. Her primary focus is on hiring engineering students for both internships and full-time positions throughout VMware’s Research and Development teams. Before working in Human Resources, Maria was a California certified K-12 teacher. She has found a happy medium in her current role of guiding students through what may be some of their first corporate experiences.

 

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Campus tours, information talks, and career fairs top the agenda for the VMware University Relations EMEA Team

Connect with Marie O’Sullivan, VMware University Relations Staffing Partner, as she shares the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) team’s remaining 2013 university campus stops.

 

Fall in the EMEA region is one of my favorite times of year as my team and I have the opportunity to be out on university campuses connecting with dynamic students and promoting what’s next for the VMware University Relations Program.

Although we’re halfway through our fall campus tour, we still have several exciting stops remaining. Up next, we will be hosting a VMware Information Talk on November 19 with students at the University College of Cork, where we’ll share what it’s like to work at VMware and the vast number of roles we have to offer across EMEA. We’ll also share top tips on how to approach VMware’s application process and where you could best apply your knowledge and skills at VMware.

We’ll then cap off the season with a career fair at Trinity College on November 21 and a Future Makers Event for women students onsite at our London office. Future Makers attendees will learn how our products make some of the top companies around the globe tick, take part in a skills workshop to prepare for the work place, and network with members of the EMEA Management Team and like-minded peers. If you’re interested in attending the Future Makers Event, please register here. For questions, contact Ailsa Britain at abritain@vmware.com.

Overall, we’re looking to connect with students who are fueled by curiosity and the pursuit of the seemingly impossible to continuously drive what’s next. If this sounds like you, check out the VMware University Relations career site to see how you can bring your innovative ideas to life! And don’t fret. If we don’t make it to your campus before the end of the year, we will be out and about at universities across EMEA in early 2014. Feel free to connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay in touch.

See you around campus,

Marie O’Sullivan

 

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9 Tips to Get the Most Out of your Next University Career Fair

Are you interested in making the most of your next campus career fair? If your answer is ‘yes’, then connect with Peggy Hsu, VMware University Relations Specialist as she shares nine tips that will empower you to showcase your strengths, make meaningful connections and ultimately help better determine what you would like to pursue professionally. 

 

Heading into the fall semester, students are often curious about best practices for attending a career fair. Here are nine simple yet effective tips that I recommend.

1. Know who is attending & map out a strategy

Depending on the fair and how many employers are of interest to you, you may not have time to speak with every company (and lines can get long). Make a list of priority employers* so you can allot enough time to spend with each of them at the event.

*Your university career services center should have a list of employers (as well as what types of positions they offer to perspective students).

2. Do your research

If you are interested in a company, take the time to review their history and current projects. Explore their website by looking for news reports and press releases to find topics of interest to you. These make great conversation starters with company representatives attending the event! This knowledge will show employers that you are truly interested in learning more about what’s next for their company.

3. Bring copies of your resume

Even if you have submitted your resume to a company or to career services prior to the event, it is always best to bring extra copies. You want whomever you speak with to have a point of reference (and have your contact information if they are interested in speaking with you at a later time). If you are interested in different types of roles, you may want to come with more than one version of your resume so that it is tailored for certain positions. It is critical to proofread your resume and make sure your contact information is current. Be prepared to speak to your resume, experience and skills.

4. Prepare an elevator pitch

You don’t want to sound like you are reading off of a script, but you do want prepare a 15- 30 second introduction. You only have a short time to impress an employer in these types of settings. It is pivotal to let them know that you are well spoken and that you have done your research. Showcase your strong points so that you can elaborate on why your background would be a good fit for the role(s) you are interested in pursuing.

5. Prepare questions

Be smart about the questions you ask. You do not want to ask questions that you can easily find on the employer’s website. Employers like students who are proactive. Remember, you do not have that much time with each representative, so use it wisely. 

6. Engage one-on-one with employers 

Career fairs are a rare opportunity for you to engage one-on-one with employers. You should take advantage of this time and use it to engage with employers and not with your friends. It is okay to attend the event with friends, but establish relationships with employers on your own. This is your chance to find out what opportunities are best suited for YOU.

7. Find out if the company will be participating in other events on campus

Companies will often host information sessions or other events on campus during their visit. Attending company-sponsored events will give you better insight to the company (as well as their culture). Some companies engage in on-campus interviews too. If they do, it would be beneficial to know when those dates are so you can apply to their job(s) before their application deadline.

8. Collect business cards 

If possible, try to collect business cards or contact information from employers. If you do, be sure to follow up with a thank you message (can be email) within 24-48 hours. This is simply a courtesy and it may make you stand out!

9. Apply on the company website 

Many companies are trying to move away from collecting paper resumes at career fairs. Most employers will still want you to apply online even after accepting your resume. This is because companies need to capture your information in their applicant tracking system so you can officially be considered an “applicant”.  It is CRITICAL that you apply online if an employer asks you to do so. This is not to duplicate efforts, but rather because they are required to do so for compliance reasons.

In summary, prepare yourself. Make the most of your time at on-campus events because these are rare opportunities to showcase your strengths outside of a formal interview setting. You never know what opportunities could be around the corner. You may end up speaking with an employer that you might not have otherwise connected with and you will likely gather more information to better assess where you want to grow your career.

Regardless, you can pick up some cool swag.

 

Best of luck!

Peggy Hsu

 

About Peggy: Peggy Hsu is a University Relations Specialist for VMware working out of the headquarter office in Palo Alto, California. She manages the relationships and engagements between VMware and university campuses across the U.S. She enjoys interacting with students, providing guidance and finding new creative ways for VMware to engage on campus. During her spare time she enjoys traveling, watching movies, eating and dancing.

 

 

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The VMware University Relations Team is Headed Back to Campus! Are you?

The VMware University Relations Team strives to empower student innovators with the resources and opportunities to architect what’s next in IT and for themselves. Connect with Amber Daniels, Senior University Relations Specialist as she welcomes the newest members of the University Relations Team and highlights the university pit stops the team will be making on a campus near year this Fall.

 

Fall is upon us, which can only mean one thing…. it’s time for the VMware University Relations (UR) Team to head back to campus! We will start this season with a few new faces on the UR Team and a few new universities on our roster. Meet our new teammates and find out where you can connect with us on campus this Fall!

 

 

Austin, Texas Teammates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Hollenshead (UR Recruiter), Amber Daniels (Sr. UR Specialist), Allison Steinkopf (UR Recruiter) - If Allison looks familiar to you that is because she was the University Relations Intern last summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lestin (UR Specialist)

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts Teammates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jikado Hanna (UR Recruiter), Heather Fish (UR Specialist), Matt Wendorf (PhD Recruiter/Specialist), not pictured Keri Riley (UR Recruiter)

 

Palo Alto, California Teammates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back row- left to right - Dustin Stites (Director, UR), Meagan Shannon (Intern Program Manager), Sarvenaz Ghodosizadeh (Recruiting Coordinator), Leanne Farmer (Recruiting Coordinator), Trish Austin (UR Recruiter), Daniel Kim (UR Recruiter), Michael Anvari (UR Specialist), Jimmy Khov (Recruiting Coordinator), Jim Salas (Manager, University Recruiting) Front row- right to left- Amy Roberts (HR Coordinator), Maria Raimundo (UR Recruiter), Peggy Hsu (UR Specialist), Danielle Stevens (MBA Recruiter), Shawn Sigona (UR Recruiter), Heather Scola (Operations Lead, UR), Not pictured Ernie Salle (UR Recruiter)

We will target over thirty campuses this season and have over sixty events planned!

You can check out the where’s and when’s right here on our list of University Relations Campus Events Calendar!

Here’s to another successful season! We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

 

Cheers!

 

-Amber Daniels

 

About Amber: Amber Daniels is a Senior University Relations Specialist for VMware working out of the Austin, Texas office. Prior to her role as a University Relations Specialist, she was a recruiter on the University Relations Team. Amber enjoys connecting with students and planning creative ways to engage with them. During her spare time, she likes spending time with her two year old and watching college football- not at the same time.

 

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VMware University Relations Connects With Future Female Innovators

At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive. Today we hear from Alicia on the VMware University Relations team’s outreach initiatives for female interns and future innovators.

 

As another year of UR (University Recruitment) comes to a close, those of us on the VMware University Relations team are now looking forward to welcoming our summer 2013 intern class. We have a ton of great events in store for our interns on-boarding over the next few weeks. We are especially excited for our initiatives around our female interns and future female innovators.

One program that we want to highlight in particular is our WCW (Women Connecting Women) Mentoring Program. The WCW program matches each U.S. - based female intern with another female employee at VMware during her internship. The Mentors may hold roles in similar or vastly different functional areas of VMware in comparison to their Mentees, which helps in offering a unique perspective of life at VMware. Mentors and Mentees usually meet at least once a week in person throughout the summer to connect and catch up on projects, upcoming events and VMware experiences.

In addition, the UR team organizes a few events for WCW members to attend together. This year we’re exited to host a speed networking themed kick-off event in June, which enables members to greatly expand their network. We are also busy planning VMware Foundation Service Learning activities for the WCW group. Last year, our WCW interns had the opportunity to give back to InnVision in Palo Alto, LifeWorks in Austin and Cambridge Women’s Center in Massachusetts. Another event that we are very excited about organizing will be a networking mixer for WCW members and our newly on-boarded female new college graduates who have taken full-time positions with VMware. We’re very exited to introduce these two groups to one another and expect that long-term connections will be developed.

Helping inspire and ignite a passion for technology with future innovators is another initiative that we are proud to support here on the University Relations team. We have just about finalized the details to host a WCW job shadow day in July for Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in IT (BFOIT) at VMware headquarters. During this event, middle school and high school students from BFOIT will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of an intern and full-time employee. They will also be provided with a tour of our expanding Palo Alto campus and will get involved in a panel discussion about careers in tech.

On a related note, VMware is once again looking forward to sponsoring “VMware Day” at the University of Texas, Austin’s First Bytes Summer camp. First Bytes is a one-week residential camp for female high school students in Texas that are interested in studying Computer Science in college and/or pursuing a career in the technology industry. We are currently hard at work on an exercise that we will conduct with the First Bytes students, which will help introduce the concept of a virtual machine.

Lastly, we are also proud sponsors of the MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP) this summer. WTP is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students can explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs and team-based projects. Employees from our Cambridge site will be getting involved in activities with WTP participants in July.

Overall, we are extremely excited about being involved in these initiatives, camps and programs. We look forward to sharing these experiences with you further as they unfold. If you will be interning with us this summer, we’re excited to meet you very soon and get you involved in one or more of the highlighted efforts. If you would like to intern with us, we still have a few positions available. Visit our career site here to learn more!

 

Network on!

Alicia Montesa, Sr. University Relations Specialist, VMware

 

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Meagan Shannon,VMware’s New Intern Program Manager Gears Up for the VMware 2013 Intern Season

The VMware University Relations team fosters relationships with universities, executes on recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe. We connected with Meagan Shannon, former University Relations Specialist and VMware’s new Intern Program Manager to get her take on her new role and the exciting things in store for VMware's summer 2013 interns!

 

For the past two years I have been a VMware University Relations Specialist based out of our Cambridge, Massachusetts site. This role allowed me to travel to many of the top universities on the East Coast, learn about their degree programs and connect with talented students. I recently moved across the United States to Palo Alto, California to take on the role of Intern Program Manager for the VMware’s Americas (AMERS) sites. Like many of the 200+ interns that will be joining us at VMware headquarters this summer, I have spent the last few weeks learning to navigate the 100 acre (bigger than Disneyland) Palo Alto campus, testing out the different café daily specials (and gelato flavors) and getting used to the sunny California weather. For the interns that are joining us in Cambridge, Massachusetts you are going to love the city and the open innovative culture that the Cambridge office provides- both locations really do have their perks!

The entire University Relations team is currently preparing for the interns that will be starting this summer at our Americas sites. We have TONS of great social events planned, including a weekly speaker series with senior leaders and intern specific trainings so that interns can dive into our company culture and see how our employee community works together to drive what’s next in IT.

To learn more about our student programs and the internships that we still have available for summer 2013, check out our University Relations Website here. You can also learn about our program and past Intern experiences on our social media channels too!

 

-Meagan Shannon, VMware Intern Program Manager

 

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Fostering Innovation and Discussion at the ACM Richard Tapia Conference

At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive long term. Today we hear from Alicia on the VMware University Relations Team’s involvement and takeaways from the ACM Richard Tapia Conference.

 

Just as the 2013 U.S. winter storm Nemo approached New England, members of the VMware University Relations Team headed to Washington D.C. for the highly anticipated bi-annual ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference that took place February 7-9. Luckily, those of us that attended Tapia just missed the effects of the winter storm and benefited from being part of a great celebration of diversity in computing.

This year marked VMware’s first year participating in and helping sponsor the Tapia conference. With over 550 people in attendance, Tapia provided VMware representatives with the opportunity to interact with talented students from university campuses that VMware does not actively recruit on. It was an exciting time as our booth was flooded with eager students hoping to learn more about VMware employee life and our full-time and intern opportunities. Many students stopped by to simply tell us how much they enjoy using one of our many products.

Highlights of the Tapia conference included inspiring presentations by leading industry, government and academic experts, including a discussion, “Fueling Innovation in Government,” led by Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer for the United States. VMware also sponsored seven VMware Tapia scholars during the event that hailed from the University of Texas at Austin, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Washington. On February 8 we had the opportunity to connect with several of the VMware Tapia scholars during a networking lunch. The students discussed their career interests with us and we in turn offered advice and guidance related to their current job or internship search. Personally, I very much enjoyed learning more about the courses that they were currently enrolled in at their universities.

Overall, we had a great experience at the Tapia Conference and met many innovative students along the way. If you’re interested in learning more about the Tapia Conference check out the site here or follow the discussion on Twitter with hashtag #Tapia2013. Tapia 2014 will take place February 5-8, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. By the way, if we met you in D.C. and you have not yet applied for our opportunities; please use the links below to do so.

Tapia Conference Internship Opportunity

Tapia Conference New College Graduate Opportunity

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