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.
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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