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Are You Inspired to be a Fearless Leader?

At VMware, we celebrate our people who come from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By embracing diversity and fostering a culture where talented people feel empowered to bring their full selves to work and thrive, we have conceived new innovative ideas, achieved better business results, and revolutionized information technology – together as a team.20130887 VMware073 Fearless Leader Student Summit Logo_FINAL

VMware is committed to diversity and inclusion. One of the ways we express this is by providing resources and support for women in technology, empowering them to grow into senior business and technical leadership roles.

We’re excited to announce the inaugural VMware Fearless Leader Student Summit on August 13-14, 2015 at VMware Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Thirty female students in Computer Science and Engineering who are passionate about making the impossible, possible will be invited for an all-expenses paid, exclusive two-day event to learn valuable leadership skills and connect with luminaries from across the technology industry.

Are you inspired to be a Fearless Leader? Submit your resume via email to universityrecruiting@vmware.com to apply for the 2015 VMware Fearless Leader Student Summit. A member of our University Recruiting team will reach out to you within 72 hours if you’re handpicked for this exciting opportunity.

 

 

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Meet Sanchit Gupta, VMware Intern and Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As a global company, VMware knows the power of building meaningful connections. By networking and working together, our people are able to drive change for VMware, the community, and each other. Connect with 2014 VMware intern, Sanchit Gupta, and hear how a conversation on social media sparked an opportunity to pursue new experiences.

 

Sanchit's PictureName: Sanchit Gupta

Role at VMware: 2014 VMware Intern on the VMkernel team

University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Pursuing Interests & Passions

I am now finishing my computer engineering degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, I didn’t start off as a computer engineering major; I initially joined the university as an electrical engineering major. When I was pursuing an electrical engineering degree, my coursework included electronic circuits, signal processing, semiconductor physics, E&M, and other similar classes. I took some computer science courses on the side as well. The class that really pushed me to what I am pursuing right now was the Systems and OS course. This class introduced me to the internal workings of a modern Operating System and I even got to write my own kernel from scratch! This class helped me clear the interviews for the VMware kernel team. I really enjoy working on systems and followed up with courses in advanced distributed systems, networks, and real time systems. I am now doing research work in distributed systems, specifically large scale cluster scheduling.Fuel_For_Finals

Landing a VMware Internship through Social Media

Social media is a great tool for students to connect with university recruiting teams across the industry. In just a few short clicks, students can connect with a large number of recruiters in the social space. This empowers students to connect with teams and companies beyond the ones that show up for career fairs on campus. Moreover, it allows for an informal conversation between the student and the recruiting teams. Finally, using websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Piazza enable students to create their professional brand online, which is key in the job search process.

Facebook actually helped me land my internship at VMware. One day, I wrote a message to the VMware University Relations team explaining my past experiences and my interest in kernel work. I got a reply from a member of their team within a day. It was the fastest response time I ‘ve seen so far from a recruiter in the social space. I was then set up with a series of interviews with the VMware kernel team, and as they say, the rest was history.

An Insider’s Look as a VMware Intern Prodigy

Angel Island 2The VIP (VMware Intern Prodigy) student ambassador program is a great way for students to connect with former VMware interns to get an inside look at VMware, its culture, and the experiences they made while on campus. A lot of the times students miss on the opportunity of meeting and interacting with a company’s engineers and representatives just because the company isn’t active on their campus. VMware’s VIP Program helps bridge this gap by conducting fun activities like Fuel for Finals, coding competitions, VMware Tech Talks, and more on campus at various universities. This program was a great way for me to give back - like sharing some of my favorite memories, including the trip to Angel Island in San Francisco, where the 2014 VMware Palo Alto Intern Class and I had the opportunity to enjoy loads of games, island hiking, and food & drinks, while making new connections with my peers on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Advice to Students Looking for an Internship

There are two factors that play a key role in landing a great internship:

1)    Networking– Interacting with new people helps create more opportunities for an individual

2)    Experience – Hones a person’s skills and makes them a better problem solver

Being active on social media, attending career fairs and information sessions, meeting recruiters, and connecting with peers are all great ways of networking. Students should take part in various industry-sponsored events, such as hackathons and coding challenges to meet various company representatives and engineers. Also, participating in activities with student-led organizations (like ACM and IEEE) helps students to connect with their fellow peers.

The best advice for gaining more experience and increasing a person’s knowledge base is to take classes that appeal to them, work on projects, and take part in research. Learning from professors, who usually are the best in their fields, exposes you to new and cutting edge work being done in the field. Working on research and co-curricular projects sharpens your problem solving skills and makes a person more hands on.

Meet VMware Sr. Manager, NSBU Nauman Mustafa

At VMware, students and recent university graduates are empowered to make an immediate impact on projects that are disrupting information technology as we know it. Connect with Senior Manager of the Solutions Architect Group – Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU), Nauman Mustafa, and learn what fuels his drive to innovate and how he and his teammates are investing in future innovators.

  

nauman-headshotName: Nauman Mustafa

Role: Sr. Manager of the Solutions Architect Group – Networking & Security Business Unit

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 2

Favorite innovation: NSX

 

What is a typical day like for you and your team at VMware?

One of the most exciting things about working on the VMware NSBU (Networking & Security Business Unit) is that every day brings new opportunities to incubate fresh ideas and solve interesting problems for VMware users. To do this, we work on NSX architecture and design in the ream of the SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center), while also overseeing escalation support and enablement for customers and field teams. By working directly with customers, we’re able to provide immediate feedback and product improvement suggestions to our product team.

What fuels your passion in the technology space? 

The biggest reward that fuels my passion is the success of VMware customers and the enthusiasm they demonstrate when technological improvements create stronger business agility for their organization. Innovation requires ambitious customers and users who are looking to continuously improve and evolve the way business is done. VMware provides a unique fast paced environment that empowers engineers to nurture ideas and transform them from a vision to reality all while transforming the way businesses do work.

What innovation projects are you excited to see evolve?

Networking and Security was my passion when I started my career 14 years ago, but I exhausted it to the limits with traditional approaches. After joining the VMware Networking & Security team, I have been able to relive my passion by taking a software approach to solving infrastructure problems. The experience has been priceless.

As part of the NSBU, my teammates and I are working to make our flagship product, the NSX platform, even more exciting. Our strategy is to make NSX rock solid and provide features at scale that will not only bring innovation to the tech industry, but also create business efficiency for our customers.

I hope to see several Networking/Security related inventions come to life, including data analytics to intelligently optimize the Cloud/Data Center environments and simple yet powerful ways to connect Data Center and remote branch offices.

How does VMware empower you to grow both professionally and personally?

Two years ago, my then manager convinced me to pursue a role in NSBU, and stated that one year of work at VMware would be more transformative for my career than several years of continuation at my former employer. He was absolutely correct, and I am thankful for this opportunity as it has allowed me to work on transformative products and technologies, while also empowering me to lead specialized projects, incubate new ideas, and speed up development of existing products portfolio.

Why are University Relations (interns and recent graduates) important for NSBU efforts at VMware?

Recently I collaborated with the VMware University Relations team to assist with the NC State University Career Fair and Tech Interview Workshops focused on Networking and Security. As expected, it was a huge success and the turn out was tremendous.

It is extremely important for NSBU to keep a healthy connection with of interns and recent graduates as the NSBU’s fast paced and dynamic environment requires self-motivated individuals with fresh ideas, drive, and enthusiasm . These individuals are long-term assets with high levels of innovation and can quickly adapt to rapid changes while being agile. NSBU has embarked on a transformational journey and fresh grads will bring tremendous value in shaping the future of networking and security industry.

Share some of the biggest lessons that you have learned as an engineer that you would like to impart on others starting their careers in the technology space.

Being an Engineer can be very rewarding and satisfying if you enjoy the area you work in and build things that brings real value. This can happen if you keep the following in mind:

  • Think outside the box and challenge the status quo. Ask the “why” question as it continuously forces you to re-examine your approaches and bring new ideas to life.
  • Stay close to your users and customers as they give you their perspective on what really matters most to be successful.
  • Build and innovate products and solutions that solve your customers’ business problems.
  • Be creative and enjoy your job everyday as it not only brings the best out of you, but also allows you to keep a healthy work-life balance in long run.

 

 

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Visit the VMware Careers Site to learn more about the VMware University Relations Program

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VMware Academic Program Announces 2015 Graduate Fellowships

Established in early 2000, the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) drives faculty-led research in a variety of areas such as Machine Learning, Security, and Big Data. To date, VMAP has supported research on university campuses across the United States, Canada, China and the United Kingdom. Empowering the student community to innovate and grow is an important element of VMAP’s mission. To support this commitment for future researchers and innovators, VMAP established the VMware Graduate Fellowship. Through this initiative, top students have later joined our employee community as VMware interns and have made a significant impact on our engineering community.VMware_Academic_Program_logo

On behalf of the VMAP team, I am proud to share that we have awarded the 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships to three outstanding students, Tudor David from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Soudeh Ghorbani from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Seyed K. Fayaz from Carnegie Mellon University. The Graduate Fellowships initiative personally means a lot to me as it highlights VMware’s commitment to nurturing a new generation of researchers and technologists. These students bring new perspectives and ideas. In an industry such as high tech, creativity and the courage to pursue new directions is a crucial ingredient to moving engineering methods and technologies forward.

Join me in congratulating Tudor, Seyed and Soudeh, and hear what the VMware Graduate Fellowship means to these Game-Changers.

tudor-david-photo “Being awarded a VMware graduate fellowship represents both a validation of the research direction I am pursuing, as well as an opportunity allowing me to continue to work along this research path. “ - Tudor David, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

 

 

Ghorbani“Winning this recognition and award from VMware, the current leader in virtualization, empowers me to fully pursue my interests in virtualization and SDN research. It will also give me a great opportunity to jump-start my career. “ -Soudeh Ghorbani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

seyed“These are exciting times for computer networks researchers owing to game changers such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). This gift not only helps fund my research on new opportunities enabled by SDN and NFV, but also it allows me to collaborate with VMware's pioneering practitioners in these areas.” -Seyed K. Fayez, Carnegie Mellon University

 

VMware Talent Boost Ignites Learning for New Bulgarian University Student

At VMware, we know first-hand how learning empowers our people’s innovation, both professionally and personally, as they work together to define what’s next for information technology. Talent Boost is an employee-led initiative at VMware Bulgaria that provides future innovators – aka, students - with the resources and tools to grow their IT skills. Join us as we connect with Member of Technical Staff and 2014 Talent Boost participant, Valeri Colov, as he shares a look at his innovation journey. 

 

Valeri_Colov_HeadshotName: Valeri Colov

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: New Bulgarian University

 

 

What inspired you to study computer science in university?

Studying computer science gives me a comprehensive understanding of the surrounding world and this understanding inspires me to seek out opportunities to learn each day. As a computer science student, I am able to make useful programs that make my life and the lives of my relatives better. As a new employee at a leading technology company, I have the opportunity to make my own mark on products and applications that are changing the world.CareerEvent (1)

How did you discover VMware Sofia’s Talent Boost class? What were your takeaways from participating in the academy?

My friend, Stanislav Ivanov, recommended it to me. He shared his own unique experience from participating in Talent Boost the previous year and convinced me that it was worth pursuing. I attended an open house event at VMware Bulgaria called “Lord of the Code” that consisted of technical presentations, a company overview, and networking and fast track interviews. Although I did not make it through this particular interview, I did not give up hope. Several weeks later, a VMware University Relations recruiter, Tinka Ivanova, reached out to me. She asked if I was still interested in VMware and offered an opportunity to participate in VMware’s Talent Boost class. I grabbed the opportunity and that’s how my career started at VMware. My main takeaway from this experience is that as a student, it is important to learn fundamental concepts and focus on how things work in principle instead of concrete technologies and tools.

What’s your favorite memory of your experience with Talent Boost?

During Talent Boost, participants have the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and culture at VMware Bulgaria. One of my favorite memories was when the other Talent Boost participants and I enjoyed some relaxation time playing games with auto simulators. There was a projector, a steering wheel, and three pedals that connected a gearshift to a PlayStation. The game was called Gran Turismo. One of the Talent Boost lecturers organized a competition for us with the game. It was fun because most of us had never played a game on PlayStation with a steering wheel before. The best moment was seeing people with real driving experience mess up. This was because the people with their driver’s licenses were busy making sure that they weren’t hitting walls while the people without their driver’s licenses were open to exploring the road and driving fast. I was one of those people:)

You’re about to start your career at VMware. What are you looking forward to within your new role?

While this is the start of my career at VMware, it is also the start of my career in general, as I am a recent graduate from New Bulgarian University. I know that I will do well sometimes and there will be other times that I make mistakes while working on problems. I know that the people that surround me here at VMware will be by my side as I navigate through whatever technological challenges come my way. Because of this, the lessons I learn will empower other recent graduates joining VMware in the future.

What advice would you share with students looking to join VMware Talent Boost in Sofia, Bulgaria?

What can a student looking to join Talent Boost do? Stop looking and do your best to join. Talent Boost is an intensive course covering a variety of topics such as data structure, algorithms, OOP, Input/Output, networking, multithreading, and more. VMware employees, who are the Talent Boost instructors and innovators in their field, will challenge you to grow. The path to success is full of failures and lessons learned – this is one of the best ways to grow. If the VMware University Relations team doesn’t connect with you right away, re-strategize and be better next year. If they call you and you get into Talent Boost, empower yourself to make the most of this course. My formula to success during the course was: Comprehend, Challenge and Code.

  • Comprehend: Listen to what the lecturers share with you and try to understand why the things are done that way.
  • Challenge: Challenge the Status Quo. Work in “what if” mode (i.e. "What if I do it in another way?").
  • Code: Try to code everything you learn.

 

Click here to learn more about VMware's Talent Boost Class.

 

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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:

http://www.facebook.com/vmwareuniversityrelations

http://twitter.com/vmwareu

http://pinterest.com/lifeatvmware/

http://gplus.to/vmwarecareers‪

 

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

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

Aishu_Raghavan_1Name: Aishu Raghavan

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bellevue, Washington

Years at VMware: 1

 

Make It Happen Story

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

Make It Happen Milestones

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

Make It Happen Lessons Learned

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

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

How VMware Empowers Me to Make It Happen 

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

Advices to Others

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

 

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