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4 Tips for Nailing an Interview and Landing Your First Gig After College

Congratulations on making it to the final sprint of your academic career. You have no doubt acquired valuable skills through a series of projects, coursework, and internships to prepare you for the next big step – landing your first job!

The idea of interviewing for what can potentially set the trajectory of your career after college may be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are four ways that you can market yourself to potential employers to stand out amongst the competition to land your first job after college.

First things first, lets talk about your resume.

Often times, your resume is the first impression an employer will get of you. The most common mistake made is to provide a company with a resume that is hard to follow in the first 10-20 seconds of reviewing it. Leverage resources such as your Career Services department to go over your resume, and make sure the format is one that is clear, concise, and free of grammatical errors. Keep in mind that employers may receive hundreds of resumes (sometimes daily), so it’s key to keep it to no more than one page. You may also ask after submitting your resume if the employer (or recruiter) would like to see sample portfolios, academic papers, and/or projects you’ve completed in school to provide a closer look at your project experience.

A common workflow on a resume includes:

  • Basic contact information
  • Educational information (school, degree, graduation date)
  • A list of coursework recently taken
  • Projects
  • Work experience
  • Technical skills (if applicable)
  • Extracurricular activities

You’ll want to be able to speak to the information on your resume during an interview, so leave off any information that you’re not confident about discussing.

Second, develop your elevator pitch.

We’re firm believers that practice makes perfect.. You should be able to give a high level overview of yourself, areas of expertise, and what you are looking for in a potential job opportunity. Friends, mentors, career services advisors, and even your parents are good avenues to practice your pitch and how to tackle potential interview questions that may come your way. Resources such as Glassdoor.com, peers, and even current employees of the company you’re interested in working for can give you an insight into the type of questions that may be asked.

For Technical opportunities, make sure to brush up on your technical skills. Review basic concepts and algorithms. If you are asked to code, be prepared to answer questions on the spot and explain how you worked through the problem to show your logic and critical thinking skills.

Practicing your pitch will allow you to work on your natural and unique pacing for answering questions during an interview. Make sure to jot down a few questions for the interviewers too, as it shows that you’re truly interested in learning more about what’s next for the company, the role, and how you could help achieve the company’s business goals. You will learn that asking questions during an interview can be very empowering when executed at the right time.

Third, take time before your interview to do research.

Figure out where the company you’re interviewing with is headed, become familiar with their products and/or services, and what sets them apart from their competitors. Pick an existing product that the company sells or is developing that interests you and be prepared to talk about it with the interview team.

Fourth, make sure to show up early to your interview and dress appropriately.

When in doubt, ask the recruiter that you’ve been speaking with what the appropriate dress code is, or air on the side of dressing business formal for an interview.

Remember, each persons’ journey in landing their first job is unique and all their own. No matter how many (or few) interviews you find yourself in, make sure to always prepare for the opportunity ahead. Keep practicing, honing in on your skills, taking advice and tips from trusted sources, and maintain a positive attitude along the way.

All the best to you, and happy job hunting!

 

Jen Lestin and Chris Peterson

P.S. If you’re a current student looking for tips & tricks to nail an interview and land an internship, be on the lookout for our next post on this topic.

 

About the authors:

0049190Jen Lestin:

Jen is a University Relationship Manager at VMware, and has been with the company for two years. She is responsible for the execution of many of VMware’s university campus related events and managing the relationships between the colleges and universities and VMware. When not at VMware, you’ll find Jen volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the many trails that Austin, Texas has to offer.

 

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Chris Peterson:

Chris is a University Recruiting Manager at VMware. Chris is passionate about helping VMware connect with top talent while empowering job seekers to successfully navigate their career move to drive their career goals forward. For Chris it’s a unique role that allows him to win tangibly and intangibly, internally and externally. When not at work, you’ll find Chris connecting with others and enjoying a game of soccer.

 

 

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VMware On-Campus Interview at IIT Bombay Empowers Recent Grad to Reach Her Goals

For VMware Bangalore Member of Technical Staff, Shruti Sharma, being valued and successful means being appreciated for her skills and attaining the right amount of ambition and satisfaction. Shruti pursued a career in engineering because of her passion for science and technology. See how Shruti’s on-campus interview experience with VMware at IIT Bombay empowered her to achieve her goals of being both valued and successful in the technology space. 

 

Shruti_Sharma_HeadshotName: Shruti Sharma

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 5 months

Share what your on-campus Interview experience was like at your university?

The day VMware visited IIT Bombay, I had four other employer interviews. The overall on-campus interview experience was a little tiring, as I had to choose the right company for me after sitting in back-to-back interviews. The VMware interviewers were very helpful throughout the interviewing process. I was thinking aloud during my technical interviews and they helped me navigate through my thoughts when trying to solve problems. What mattered to them was the approach to the questions. Thanks to them, I am here at VMware today.

Why did you choose VMware?

VMware was on the top of my list to visit with during on-campus interviews as the company works with some of the most exciting areas of technology, like Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Knowing VMware’s direct competitors list was also a big reason that I decided to join the company as it validates VMware strength in the marketplace. Also the pre-placement presentation by VMware was really great. The VMware team started off by answering questions related to VMware and gave out goodies. You could really feel the energy from the employees as they were talking about their work and life at VMware. It really convinced me that VMware is the place to be. Plus the benefits & perks are great!

How does VMware empower you to thrive?

Right off the bat, I attended New College Graduate (NCG) Bootcamp on campus at VMware Bangalore. The bootcamp experience was quite unique as attendees had the opportunity to connect with coworkers that are experts in their fields who shared their technical knowledge and insight into VMware’s product suite. There were also assignments during the bootcamp. My project was to provide kubernetes support on VMware vSphere. The kubernetes project is an open source project by Google. I was very lucky to get my hands dirty in this area.

The people here are wonderful too. I have an extremely helpful team and I cannot emphasize this more. Since I have joined the Information Technology Business Management (ITBM) team, I personally feel that my growth, in terms of technical know-how, has been great. 

There are also opportunities for growth outside of your immediate team if you really want to learn. There are groups on Socialcast, VMware’s internal social network, where employees can connect with people working on all sorts of exciting technology. People really make an effort to share their knowledge and collaborate with coworkers globally. Also there are programs like Take 1 and Take 3, which empower people to take time outside of their day-to-day roles to explore other areas of interest. All of these resources and trainings are fully sponsored by VMware, which is great!

As you can see, there are lots of learning opportunities at VMware, which is what I want from my job. I hope to continue giving my best efforts in everything that I do at VMware, so that we can both continue to grow.

 

Are you interested in connecting with the VMware University Relations Team? Browse our 2015 on-campus event calendar here or connect with our teammates on Twitter.

 

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How One Student’s Curiosity Sparked an Adventure of Learning at VMware

Growing up, VMware Member of Technical Staff, Jobin George was always encouraged to tinker and explore. It was from his curiosity and discoveries that Jobin was inspired to make a life as an engineer. Read on to discover how one adventure at VMware sparked a life-long journey of learning and growth for Jobin.

 

Jobin_George_HeadshotName: Jobin George

Role: Member of Technical Staff and 2014 VMware Intern

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: Eight months

 

What did you want to be when you “grew up?” Why Engineering?

 As a kid I was always curious – from dismantling the new piano I got on my birthday to breaking open daddy’s crashed hard disk, I was always in pursuit of understanding the intricate details of how things are made. This curiosity helped me learn about my surroundings and gain knowledge from it. My father has been a role model for me, as he has always encouraged me to take up daunting tasks and look for moments of growth from those experiences. Carrying this attitude in life has made me pursue engineering as a way of a life.

What your campus interview experience like at your university?

The interview was pretty challenging. However, the interviewers provided a very cozy and comfortable environment for the process. There were questions on Data Structures, Algorithms and Operating Systems. They also tested my problem-solving skills and gave good feedback on what I should be doing to improve my technical skills while polishing my problem-solving skills. Overall, it was a good learning experience.

Why did you choose VMware?

The innovation culture, the people, and the fun-filled environment are the primary forces that led me to choose VMware. From the beginning of my internship to my new role as a Member of Technical Staff, this place has offered memorable experiences and moments that I’ll cherish for a long time. Birthdays here are celebrated in exactly the same fashion that they were in college – all the bumps, cake-smearing, parties, etc. This thriving community has helped me in the transition from college-life to work-life.Jobin_George_2

What was your internship experience and transition into a full-time role like?

The two months I spent as an intern here at VMware helped me connect with a lot of people and gain new technical skills. During those two months, I worked on integrating an Openstack project with VMware vSphere. This project helped me understand the difference between working on a project in college versus one in the industry. I realized how important it was to coordinate and collaborate while developing a project. The guidance I received from my manager and mentors was invaluable and this empowered me to successfully tackle the project. I understood that it was imperative for me to ask and not wait for help to arrive. The internship experience helped me learn a lot of life lessons.

What does the phrase New College Grad Bootcamp mean to you?

The VMware New College Graduate (NCG) Bootcamp was a very important training that I had the opportunity to participate in when I joined the company as a full-time employee. My project during the NCG Bootcamp was “VCOPS Management Pack for Docker deployed Containers.” This project required learning the basics of creating an adapter for vCOPS (now vRealize Operations), which would monitor the resource utilization of docker containers. Combined with my internship learnings, NCG Bootcamp allowed me to learn more about VMware’s technologies straight from the experts themselves (VMware employees), test my knowledge, and see first-hand the value of collaboration. I realized that connecting with people is extremely important not only in work-life, but all walks of life.

How does VMware foster continuous learning?

Apart from the skills employees learn throughout the workday, there are a variety of resources here to help individuals grow. From unlimited access to online books and educational courses, to technical hackathons and conferences, employees are encouraged to meet and collaborate with coworkers outside of their immediate teams while exploring the latest technologies.

Describe the people community at VMware.

The people at VMware were one of the most motivating factors for me to join the company full-time after my internship concluded. Everyone is extremely knowledgeable, yet humble; they’re helpful and approachable people all around. The mentors I had during my internship guided me and challenged me to think creatively so that I could carve out solutions to the problems that I faced while completing the internship project that I was assigned. My manager, one of the most respected individuals in the organization, was always a driving factor for me; his motivating qualities always pushed my teammates and me to stretch and achieve higher goals.

What advice would you give to people looking to explore a career at VMware?

If you are ready to push yourself beyond your limits, are enthusiastic and love pursuing new technological projects, VMware is the place for you.

 

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3 Valuable Lessons on Career and Personal Growth from a VMware Intern

VMware Field Marketing Intern and ESIC Madrid Business and Marketing student, Paula Gaudes Plo shares an honest look at her moments of growth at VMware Iberia, Madrid. Read on to see how the lessons she’s learned can empower other students looking to navigate their first career move after university.

 

10336604_669825616444900_786762363331115067_n“Do you know what we sell and what can you expect from this internship?”

These are the two questions that I remember the most from the interview process at VMware for the Field Marketing Intern position in Iberia. Looking for these answers motivates me every workday to operate in such a high speed company where reaction time must be almost instantaneous through an ongoing learning process.

Let’s be honest here…

What do we sell? I just knew that was something related to “virtualization” but didn’t have a clue of what it really meant. This has posed one of the most challenging things I have had to face during my first six months at VMware: a technology, portfolio of solutions and a sector that were completely unknown for me. I would be lying if I told you that I have full grasp on everything VMware has in the works, but I have been able to develop some criteria in order to discuss and propose actions and improvements as a contributing member of team. First lesson learned: attitude gains knowledge as it can be developed with the support and patience of a good mentor that sees the value in teaching you.

What could I expect from this internship? I remember responding to my manager and mentor that by the time my internship period was over, I hoped that I would have grown both as a person and as the professional that I strive to become.

Now that I have finished my first six-month internship at VMware and have been renewed for another six months, I can’t even begin to tell in words how valuable my experience working within the company has been. Working alongside an excellent and senior team in such a great atmosphere has proved to be a rewarding learning experience for me. How prepared I originally was to not fit in easily with my colleagues due to a gap in age and work experience. The reality of what actually happened could not have been further from my initial concerns. My coworkers made me feel like part of the team from day one. Second lesson learned: being an intern doesn’t mean that you can’t be valuable, and the more you consider yourself part of the company and its project, the more your colleagues start looking at you that way as well.

It is not quite easy to, as your career has just started, but developing your own way of working and finding out what fits for you is a process. My manager and mentor have helped guide me through this. Whether it was feeling backed up constantly at the beginning of my internship to progressively more oriented around how I can best manage my time and projects. As interns, I think that it is our right to feel guided by our managers and mentors and that we have our own specific tasks and responsibilities to learn from. It is up to the intern to respond to these tasks and have the eagerness to learn and grow, gaining more knowledge and professional experience.

I know my career, as other interns, has just started and that I have much to learn and experiment with, mistakes to make and achievements to conquer; however, now that I have the opportunity to be a part of VMware, I can say that I don’t consider any other company as perfect as VMware to continue my growth and to make myself knowledgeable with the skills the market is demanding. And here it is the third and most important lesson learned: the more you take time to enjoy the moments of learning and growth, the more epic the experience is going to be.

Thank you Iberia Team. Thank you VMware.

-Paula Gaudes Plo

 

 

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Discover What’s Next with VMware on University Campuses in 2015

VMware Manager of University Relations Campus Programs, Amber Daniels, shares a behind the scenes look at her biggest takeaways from 2014 with the VMware University Relations Program and the exciting events and programs in store for university students across the globe in 2015.

 

We’ve made it to 2015, can you believe it?

As I look back on 2014, I’m humbled to note all of the exciting things that have taken shape for VMware and the VMware University Relations Program. Through game-changing innovations around the Hybrid Cloud, Software-Defined Datacenter, and End-User Computing, welcoming over 500 of our 2014 VMware interns around the globe, learning and development with the WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program, and helping connect what’s next at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in the United States and India, these moments plus many more are what make working at VMware such a meaningful adventure for my teammates and myself. I It’s because of these experiences and our global community that I know that 2015 is going to be even better! But before I dive into what’s next for students and the VMware University Relations Program, I want to take a moment to introduce you to a few new (and a few familiar) faces on our Campus team.

VMware Austin Team: Amber Daniels (Manager, University Relations Campus Programs), Chris Peterson (University Relationship Manager), Jen Lestin (University Relationship Manager), and Kristina Buchanan (University Relationship Coordinator)

VMware Palo Alto Team: Oded Wurman (University Relationship Manager, R&D Specialist), Sarvenaz Ghodosizadeh (University Relationship Manager)

VMware EMEA Team: Marie O’Sullivan (University Relationship Manager), Tinka Ivanova (University Relationship Manager)

VMware APJ Team: Divya Devassy (University Recruiter) and Maggie Zhang (University Recruiter)

These individuals are your “go-tos” during our campus events this year. Should you have any questions for them, or the rest of the VMware University Relations team, feel free to connect with us in real time on Twitter here . So are you ready for me to get to the good stuff? I know, you’re ready to know when and where we’ll be on campus and what exciting things are in store for the VMware University Relations Program. So here’s the low down.

This month, we’re thrilled to be hosting several top-notch MBA programs from across the United States for Tech Treks at VMware’s corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. VMware Tech Trek students are provided with a unique opportunity to get an inside look at our company culture and products straight from our employees themselves. The Tech Trek students also have the opportunity to tour our amazing campus (we like to refer to it as the “campus in the woods.” Learn more. : )

Chicago Booth Tech Trek at VMware Headquarters

Chicago Booth Tech Trek at VMware Headquarters

On January 14, we will officially kick off our spring campus events. We have over 40 schools on our calendar this year and over 50 events planned! Here are some highlights of the season ahead.

1. Our Stanford University Information Session will feature VMware Corporate Senior Vice President, Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), Ray O’Farrell. During the event, Ray will provide insights on what’s next at VMware, specifically around the SDDC. Past VMware presenters include CIO Tony Scott, EVP of SDDC, Raghu Raghuram, and EVP and General Manager of End User Computing, Sanjay Poonen.

2. We are piloting a new “Technical Interviewing Workshop” at several campuses including NC State, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Carnegie Mellon University. These hands-on workshops will allow 40 students to experience a technical interview before actually interviewing for a company. Detailed questions and feedback will allow students to walk away with a new level of confidence. And here’s an insider tip! NC State’s Tech Interviewing Workshop will be Networking and Security focused.

3.  We are excited to announce that we have been invited to participate and demo the vCloud Air product at MIT’s xFair. This newly branded event gives companies an opportunity to showcase their work and products to MIT students via interactive demos and displays. The goal is to create a career fair with the interactive feel of a tech exhibition.

4. From an international perspective, our teammates in China will be announcing the 2014 VMware Scholarship winners this month from Fudan University, Tsinghua University, and Beijing University of Posts and Telcommunications. The winning students will be invited on campus to our VMware Beijing office site and will have the opportunity to connect with our senior engineers to learn more about their day-to-day roles at VMware and get advice on how to navigate their careers in the tech space. (Interested in learning more about our internship opportunities at VMware China? Visit our Dajie site here.) Over in India, our teammates will be sponsoring several university events including the IIT KGP Global Summit and IIT Kanpur – Techkriti event. These are two great ways for students to meet with VMware representatives to learn about our latest opportunities at VMware.

Are you inspired to join us on the journey towards what’s next now? It’s definitely an exciting ride, and we would be thrilled to have you with us on this trek. Be sure to check out our university events calendar to see when we will be on a campus near you in 2015. We look forward to connecting with you.

Cheers,

Amber Daniels

 

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Technical University of Sofia Graduate Thrives as a Member of Technical Staff Intern at VMware

At VMware, our student interns are empowered with the resources and tools to thrive while innovating what’s next for themselves and the information technology community. Connect with Mariela Kasovska, 2014 Technical University of Sofia graduate and MTS intern at VMware Bulgaria, and learn how her own inner drive to solve tough technological constraints combined with the encouragement of others inspires her to pursue her dream job.

 

Mariela_Kasovska_1Name: Mariela Kasovska

Role: MTS (Member of Technical Staff) Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: Technical University of Sofia

Twitter handle: @marielakas

Who or what influenced your decision to study computer science in university and pursue a career in the field? Why are you passionate about this field?

Since I was a youngster, foreign languages have always been my passion. Therefore, I originally thought that my higher education and future job would be somehow connected to Philology. Contrary to my expectations, I began to discover an interest in applied sciences. My mother, who is a software developer, encouraged me to take some additional classes in mathematics and computer science. From where I am standing now, I can’t thank her enough for pointing me in the right direction. I remember how fulfilled I felt when I solved a trivial programming task in Pascal for the first time. Everyone should feel that way in his or her workplace, right? From these experiences, I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the Technical University of Sofia, where I majored in Computer Systems and Technologies. The fundamental knowledge that I obtained while in university, as well as the practical skills that I developed in additional programming courses, convinced me that being a software developer was my dream job. Studying modern technologies, creating something new, and constantly facing interesting problems is what excites me and motivates me to bring my best to work each day.

What has empowered you to be successful in your technical studies?

In my opinion, many students have adjustment issues when first starting their higher education. The fact that they’re entering a different stage of their lives is stressful and a little bit scary (or at least it was for me). The motivation of pursuing what I love helped me overcome these issues and succeed in my studies. Additionally, time management skills and good study habits, which I don’t think are inborn traits but developed over time, were a key factor in my success. Moreover, self-discipline, self-confidence, and a positive attitude also played a huge role in my growth. Last, but not least, I made time to have fun and discover hobbies outside of programming to participate in so that I could clear my head and rest from studying from time to time.

You’re currently interning as a Member of Technical Staff here at VMware. Can you tell us a little bit about the project you’re working on and what it has been like collaborating with the R&D team in Sofia?Mariela_Kasovska_2

The project that I am working on with my mentor and another intern has been interesting and innovative. We are developing an exploratory next generation user interface for vSphere – VMware’s virtualization platform. Our goal is to experiment with new technologies such as the ECMAScript 6 standard, modern libraries like Facebook’s React.js and the Node.js platform in order to build a lightweight user interface application.

Collaborating with the VMware R&D team has been a wonderful and really useful experience. My colleagues, especially my mentor, have always helped me and shared their knowledge with me when I needed a hand. My internship at VMware is actually my first job, so if it weren’t for my teammates here at VMware, it would have be hard for me to adapt to the workflow and the new environment. I am glad that VMware gave me the opportunity to be a part of such a great team of professionals who are so patient and cooperative. Besides working together, we also enjoy getting to know one another better over lunch or other fun activities, which has made fitting in even easier.

Share a fun VMware memory. Why does this memory stick out to you as being fun?

A month ago, the Career Days event took place at the Technical University of Sofia, where leading companies from different fields presented in front of the students future internship and job opportunities. I had the chance to volunteer and share my internship experiences with students at VMware’s booth. It was a fun experience because I got to connect with a variety of people who had interesting questions about VMware, my role, and how I pursued a career in information technology. It was great to see how many young women were interested in pursuing careers as a software developer, which was not the case a few years ago when I was still in school. Since there are currently more men working in the technology space, a lot of the female students had questions around how it was like to navigate a career in the tech space as a woman. It made me happy to see that my personal experiences were having a direct impact in shaping female students decisions to pursue internships and jobs at technology companies.

What advice would you share with students looking to pursue a career in information technology?

After talking to students at the Career Days event, I noticed that most of them, who had the right education and wanted to pursue a career in the IT sector were scared to go to a job or internship interview. The most common answer I got when asking them where this fear comes from was that they wouldn’t be able to answer the interview questions because the companies’ expectations were too high. Well, of course they are, as they should be, especially when we are talking about a leading company like VMware. My advice to the students who are interested in a career in IT is to study hard, aim high, and believe in yourself because even the best software developers were students at one point in time.

What are you looking forward to in the New Year for information technology?

I am thrilled to see how Cloud Computing will evolve the next year in terms of using an application simultaneously on multiple devices. Additionally, since smart TVs and wearable tech such as glasses and watches, are becoming even more popular, I am excited to see how these developments will influence Web design in 2015 and beyond.

 

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Two VMware Intern’s Look Back at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference

Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It was refreshing to see so many passionate people joining together to discuss the latest innovations in technology and how each of us can work together to empower women to thrive in the information technology space. Betty Chen and Akanksha Bansal, 2014 VMware interns and WCW (Women Connecting Women) members are two shining examples of the game-changing talent that attended the conference with me. During the conference, Betty and Akanksha chronicled their #GHC14 journey on the @vmwareu Instagram account to give an inside look at their real time conference takeaways. After having settled back into the work and school grind, I thought it would be great to reconnect with Betty and Akanksha to learn a little bit more about their biggest learnings at the Grace Hopper Conference. Read on to discover what’s next for Betty and Akanksha.      – Price Peacock, VMware Social Community Manager, Employment Brand

 

Betty_Chen_InstagramTakeover_VisualBetty Chen

2014 VMware R&D Intern

Office Site: Palo Alto, California

University: The University of California, Berkeley

 

My flight from San Francisco to Phoenix was full of women ready and excited to attend the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration. If my first interactions with #GHC14 attendees on the plane were any indication of what was to come, I knew that I was in for an amazing adventure. During the entire flight, I talked with two excellent ladies about why choosing computer science was making a huge difference in our lives.Betty_Chen_3

On the first day of the conference, we had ample opportunities to connect with other women to share our perspectives on pursuing a career in technology. Attending the celebration was like finding the right place and people to confide our troubles as women in computing for the first time. Whether you were a student, professor, or engineer, we were all connected.Betty_Chen_1

The most impressive talk I attended was “Graduate School Surviving Skills”. Although I am an undergraduate student, I could feel how other conference attendees felt when they told the speaker things like, “I have a new baby and I am a graduate student.” “I am the only female in my lab.” and “Whenever I have something to ask that men won’t understand, I do not know who I should talk to.” The speaker always answered the audience member’s question and shared experiences that were truly inspiring. She made us feel warm and cared for. Finally, at the end of the talk, the speaker asked all of us to sing a song where she had revised the lyrics. The song was about being stronger and that no matter what difficulties we faced, we can get past them.

There was also a student opportunity lab, which shared advice with students looking for jobs. The opportunity lab used a new style of talk where ten people sat around a table and only one of them would be the speaker. They would talk about one topic and everyone would have chance to ask questions and share experiences. Attendees would take turns to attend different topic sessions, such as Interview Skills, How to Refine your LinkedIn Profile, and Exploration in Data Science. These sessions opened new ‘windows’ for me to see things differently. Although we have fewer women in the computer science field at this point in time compared to men, we have so many sisters looking out for each other and helping us achieve our goals.

Finally, I want to thank VMware for supporting me to attend this amazing event! It led me to a new world that I had never explored, and allowed me to make friends that can help each other on the way to pursuing our dreams!

 

2014_Intern_Poster_Session_Edited_30Akanksha Bansal

2014 VMware R&D Intern

Office Site: Palo Alto, California

University: The University of Texas at Austin

 

As a second year attendee of the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (#GHC14), I was inspired to be around so many talented and motivating women. This year was particularly special for me because it increased my curiosity and desire to get involved in open source. There were so many great takeways from each session that will definitely be useful for navigating my career and life after college.Akanksha_Instagram_1

Attending Grace Hopper sparks a newfound energy in all of its attendees. Time is the only constraint that needs to be managed when looking to create a successful Grace Hopper conference experience, as there are so many talks and workshops happening simultaneously. It’s always a tough choice to decide which sessions to attend, as they are all so interesting.

From sessions on career development, like “Building Your Professional Persona,” and “Perfect Team: Networking Matters,” to motivational talks like “Change the World and Boost Your Career.” In addition to these tracks, there was also a poster session that happened in parallel with the Career Fair.

Attending the conference allowed me to connect with prominent leaders in the technology field and get a better understanding of their research while sharing ideas with them. The conference really instilled a sense of togetherness among attendees, as we were able to connect with one another and share similar struggles that we go through on a regular basis.Akanksha_Instagram_2

I feel that the Grace Hopper Conference is the platform for women in tech as it aims to empower everyone with equal opportunities and unending inspiration, by bringing together a community that is life-changing. This can be seen by the fact that there are so many scholarship programs that help students attend #GHC14 that more than likely would have never had the chance to hear about this conference, let alone be a part of it. Conference attendees are also empowered to present their recent research findings and attend sessions that focus on the professional development of women in technology fields.

The conference creates opportunities for collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for everyone. I watched professors meeting potential Ph.D. students, companies finding their future teammates, young entrepreneurs meeting their lifelong mentors. Everyone puts aside their fears for three days to connect and share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others, which is truly inspiring.

 

 

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VMware Boosts Growth for University of Manchester Student

Do you remember what ignited your passion for Computer Science? At VMware, our people are co-creators of a thriving community, empowering our people to take bold bets to forge change across the industry. Meet Ivan, a student of the University of Manchester and VMware intern in Sofia, Bulgaria, and discover the community that inspires him to drive what’s next for himself and for information technology.    

 

Ivan_Kalchev_HeadshotName: Ivan Kalchev

Role: Member of Technical Staff Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Twitter handle: @IvanKalchev1

 

What inspired you to study Computer Science at your university?

The first time I encountered computing was when I was twelve years old at school. It was the first time my classmates and I studied Information Technology as a subject in class. We solved trivial algorithmic tasks in the C programming language, and since my father is also a computer scientist, I could build on those studies at home and ask for help with the things that I couldn’t understand as a twelve-year old. Ever since then, I knew what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Computer Science has always been like a hobby. I have the kind of fun that other fellow computer scientists can understand when tinkering with technology, and my interest and knowledge continues to grow. Even though the subject was not the primary focus of my primary school studies, when the time came to look for a university, I knew without a doubt that I should pursue Computer Science, as it was the most natural thing to me. I have not regretted my choice so far.

How did you discover VMware Sofias Talent Boost, and what are your takeaways from participating in the program?

Even though I’m studying abroad in the UK at the University of Manchester, I use every vacation to fly back home (Bulgaria) to have some fun with family and friends. This past year, I decided to grow my skills and started pursuing a career while being at home. I applied for an internship at VMware Bulgaria and was offered a place in the VMware Talent Boost academy as a course preceding my three-month internship.

Talent Boost academy was great fun, but also very challenging and involving. Even though the class was four hours each afternoon, I needed the whole day to prepare and work through the examples from the previous sessions. The material was clearly presented and the experience of the speakers, professionals from VMware, was unparalleled. There was even a challenge where every member of the group developed a program that had to interact with a server and do some clever computation in order to get as many points as possible. Overall, I can say that the academy not only helped me with my university studies, but also helped me get insight into what a real-world industrial standard development can look like.

Youre currently wrapping up a three-month R&D internship project here at VMware. Can you tell us a little bit about the project and what it was like collaborating with the team in Sofia?

My project was aimed at improving the VMware internal build system and automating several of the processes that the developers did manually. Scale is really a factor at VMware and the build system needed to provide more ways for the developers to observe, analyze, and act upon the great amounts of code and external systems being involved.Ivan_Kalchev_2

Working on the R&D team at VMware Sofia was very rewarding, as the team did not hesitate to share their knowledge and experience with me. As I mentioned earlier, scale really plays a part here and without my team giving me a hand from time to time, I would have had a really hard time adapting to the environment. But it wasn’t only the work that my colleagues helped me adapt to at VMware – we also went to lunch together every day, I participated in my team’s weekly meetings, and we had fun offsite during outings such as bowling night. Opportunities like this to connect beyond our work really made me feel like a member of the team and that my input mattered, which made the experience go by fast.

What is one of your favorite fun VMware memories?

When I was about to go back to finish my studies in the UK, the team organized a going away event specifically for me. We all went out to have a snack and get a drink. We had a really nice chat and there was not a single word about work, which made for a great evening.

What are you looking forward to within information technology, and what part do you hope to play in its evolution?

The world is getting more and more connected, and there is a need more than ever for reliable, scalable and adaptable distributed systems. Security in those systems is also an important factor that often stays neglected. I am passionate about contributing in this area and am fortunate that my team at VMware was working on this initiative.

What advice would you share with students looking to obtain an internship at VMware?

Go for it! My internship at VMware really changed the way that I thought about Computer Science within the industry and as a whole, the way problems need to be addressed, what to watch out for, and how good team work is needed to achieve high quality results. Be prepared to give your all, as it will definitely be worth it.

 

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Discover the Endless Possibilities of VMworld through a VMware Intern’s Eyes

VMware people, including interns, are empowered with the tools and resources to discover what’s next within information technology and each other in an environment build upon community, passion, integrity, and fun. Join Abhinav, senior at Columbia University and former VMware intern, for a look at his journey to growth at VMworld 2014. 

 

Abhinav_Mishna_2My name is Abhinav Mishra and I’m currently a senior at Columbia University in New York City majoring in Computer Engineering. Over the summer I had the opportunity to intern on the vCloud Air Quality Engineering and Infrastructure teams at VMware in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During my internship, I helped develop a Java REST API Client that developers could use to implement and test new features in VMware products such as vCloud Director. Outside of exploring what’s next in technology, I’m passionate about singing, watching sports (I’m a huge New England Patriots fan), and traveling.

At the end of the summer, VMware R&D interns in the United States participated in an intern poster session to showcase the projects that we all worked on with the VMware employee community. I was fortunate enough to win the poster contest at the Cambridge office and won a ticket to attend VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. This year’s conference theme was “No Limits – Break through the endless possibilities.”

2014_Intern_Poster_Session_Group_PhotoOn Monday, August 25 my day started off with breakfast followed by the keynote speech given by VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger. It was amazing to hear his thoughts on the latest trends in technology, especially his views on how products are moving to be centered on the Software-Defined Data Center. Next, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, Bill Fathers gave a speech on the new features in vCloud Air and why the Hybrid Cloud is the right approach when using cloud services. Even though I knew a lot about vCloud Air having worked on that product, it was still inspiring to hear about its new features and how the Hybrid Cloud can truly lead to endless possibilities for customers in industries such as healthcare, automobiles, and more.

On Tuesday, August 26 the keynote by Executive Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen and Chief Technology Officer, End-User Computing, Kit Colbert was awe-inspiring to watch because the products they are working on with their teammates have the ability to really impact consumers in a positive way across industries. The healthcare demo by AirWatch was especially inspiring, since the enterprise mobility management industry is one that I have a strong interest in.Abhinav_Mishra_5

Each day after the keynote speeches, customers and attendees would break out to attend general sessions. There were a ton of sessions and at first it was overwhelming to see so many options because they all seemed so interesting. From demos of new features to group discussions on products, there was something for everyone. For me, the “No Limits” conference theme meant that you truly have the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge with the best tools and resources in any area that you want without restriction. The sessions did exactly that, as I was able to learn about the diversity and power of VMware products such as NSX, EVO:RAIL, vCloud Air, and AirWatch. Furthermore, I was extremely fortunate to be able to meet some of the top leaders in software, such as Kit Colbert. Even though I was an intern, Kit and other individuals were willing to take the time to talk to me and answer my questions, which I truly appreciated.

Overall, the sessions at VMworld helped me learn and explore the endless possibilities within information technology while also allowing me to network and gain advice from some of the best engineers and leaders in the industry. To cap off my VMworld experience, I joined VMworld attendees at the Yerba Buena Gardens for a live performance by the Black Keys at the VMworld Party.

 

*If you’re interested in learning more about what took place at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, be sure to check out the VMworld social media page for announcements made, keynote highlights, and more.

 

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Student Interns Soar with the VMware University Relations Program

At VMware, our University Relations Program goes beyond the game-changing project work for students. Connect with Leanne, University Relations Program Coordinator and get her take on the programs and events that empowered student interns to soar this summer at VMware.

 

Although VMware has bid farewell to its summer 2014 intern class for the school year, their time with us was epic and will definitely not be forgotten. Join me for a look back on a few of the memorable events that my University Relations teammates and I brought to life to help empower our interns with the resources to grow while collaborating in an environment built around community, passion for what’s next, and fun.Leanne_3

One VMware

The summer started off with our Intern Program Kickoff where VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger welcomed our interns from across the United States to VMware. Hans Bernhardt, Sr. Solutions Architect followed Pat with a “VMware 101” session that gave an inside look at virtual machines and how VMware became what it is today. From there, the interns along with their managers and mentors headed over to the gym to enjoy a BBQ and lawn games including volleyball, soccer, corn hole, and more. It was a beautiful day and such a great way to kick off the summer intern adventure.

As a member of the University Relations team, I’m proud that we offer our interns with learning opportunities that reflect our dynamic and diverse community here at VMware. Our Leadership Speaker Series is one example as it gives the interns the opportunity to learn from some of our top executives in an open and casual discussion. This summer, Sanjay Poonen, Raghu Raghuram, Ray O’Farrell, and Martin Casado took the time to share their roles at VMware, career paths, and advice for the interns.Leanne_6

In its third summer at VMware, the WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program, which strives to connect female interns with other female employees (mentors) throughout VMware, partnered with WiRED (Women in R&D), for a speed-networking event. This casual round-robin style event gave our female interns time to share their backgrounds and interests as well as learn more about the variety of career paths available at VMware from all of the WCW mentors. After the speed-networking portion of the event, the group headed outside to wind down from the workday to enjoy the summer weather in Palo Alto.

Growth through Service

Leanne_9At VMware, giving rooted in Citizen Philanthropy is a core part of who we are. Because of this, VMware interns receive the opportunity to give back through a Service Learning project together. This year, the Palo Alto intern class hosted a job shadow day for 50 high school students from the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT). Interns hosted students and shared insight into their summer projects. One BFOIT student even helped one of the interns rework the layout of their poster for the Intern Poster Session that took place the following week.

Architecting What’s Next

Leanne_4The Intern Poster Session, which is held each year at the end of the summer for the Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts R&D interns, is a way for the University Relations team to bring together the entire intern class and recognize their hard work within the technical community at VMware. 110 technical interns showcased their work, which was reviewed and voted on by the R&D community. Over 900 votes were collected and the top two winners won a trip to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. Vivian Wang from the User Experience team and Anuj Gupta from the QE Storage Virtualization team were the winners in Palo Alto. Abhinav Mishra, was the winner from VMware Cambridge. Read more about Abhinav’s VMware experience here.

Celebration

To celebrate the learnings and fun memories made over the summer at VMware, the interns headed out on an excursion to Angel Island with the University Relations team. Angel Island is a small island off the coast of San Francisco where the interns hiked, played football, and just enjoyed a day away from the office getting to know one another better. From gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, to numerous activities readily available for the day, this trip is one that neither they nor I will ever forget.VMware_2014_Intern_Class_End_of_Year_Offsite

In the end, a VMware intern’s experience goes beyond the project work. The programs and events brought to life at VMware for students allow them to fully emerge themselves in VMware’s culture while discovering the next steps for their studies and careers after university.

We pride ourselves in the experience we offer for students and are already looking forward to the next group of interns to join VMware next year!

If you’re inspired to pursue the seemingly impossible within information technology, discover our latest opportunities and join us.

 

 

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