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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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Commitment to Driving Change Empowers VMware Customers to Solve their Toughest Business Challenges

 At VMware, our global Sales Organization is passionate about helping customers look at business challenges differently in order to drive change. Meet Germany Country Manager of Sales, Simone Froemming, and see how her commitment for VMware creates meaningful moments for all.

 

Simone Frömming_HeadshotName: Simone Froemming

Role: Country Manager – Sales

Office Location: Unterschleissheim, Germany

Years at VMware: 0.25

 

Why do you think someone should join VMware?

Working at VMware is a great opportunity to be a part of a company that is truly redefining the information technology sector with the Software-Defined Data Center. VMware gives its sales employees the freedom to define the value proposition for top customers. Our product managers are intelligent individuals that have the ability to guide customers on the right path to achieve their business objectives.

Share what it is like working for a company that is growing.

There are no limitations for business because of VMware’s broad portfolio. VMware’s growth also provides great opportunities for personal development. There’s still a start up culture feeling within the Sales organization, which is exciting, but we’re lucky to have the benefits of being backed by a financially sound organization. A “hunting” attitude is expected within the Sales organization as we’re always identifying new opportunities. It’s not a pull market – we’re always working together to push what’s next for the company. Sales employees need the passion and expertise to drive VMware’s product vision so that it benefits our customers.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far at VMware?

The speed in making and executing decisions. Collaborating with coworkers that have open mindsets, diverse perspectives, and great experience within their field. My team recently hired four new people. They’ve already come to me and told me that my description of the company is exactly as I described it. It’s a very rewarding feeling to see their excitement and strong commitment for VMware.

 

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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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