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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 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 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!

 

Learn more about how VMware people give back in the community through the VMware Foundation.

Search the latest job opportunities for New College Grads at VMware
Learn more about life at VMware on VMware’s Celebrating Who We Are microsite

Learn more about the workplace culture at VMware, see pictures of our offices, connect with our team, and get real time job openings by following us on our social pages:

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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.

 

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

 

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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