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VMware’s Women Connecting Women Program Makes Networking Simple

Prachi3Prachi Goyal is in her second month of interning in Finance. She is currently making the most of her time at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters, and also looks forward to continuing her MBA at University of Texas at Austin in the Fall.  

My first mentor was, unintentionally, my mother. She leads her own life with independence and empowerment. She’s inspired and motivated me through my childhood to present day — encouraging my big dreams and the persistence to achieve them. My belief in mentorship and female empowerment originates from her. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be mentor and mentee, following in the footsteps of the woman that inspired me.

Purdue University provided me with my first formal mentor. The Electrical Engineering department, as with most technical departments, has an incredibly skewed male-to-female ratio. As a freshman, I struggled to adjust to a new country and culture. The long journey to finding my voice became suddenly smoother with the help of my mentor in the Women in Engineering Program. As a junior, I returned the favor and guided incoming women engineers personally and professionally.

Joining VMware, my goal was to meet people across functions and better understand the company and its culture through those interactions. This goal was advanced by the Women Connecting Women program, which partners each female new hire with a successful female mentor. These mentors volunteer for the opportunity, so they are surely dedicated to inspire and develop the next generation of female professionals. My WCW mentor, Mimi Hills, identified my goal and was proactive in introducing me to the right people and helping grow my network. In addition, I always felt comfortable reaching out to her with both personal and professional issues. My VMware experience would not be the same without my WCW mentor, Mimi.

Prachi Goyal and her mentorThis blog post would be incomplete without mentioning my other VMware mentor – Behrooz Samin. He helped shape my project, and even invested as much time and effort into the project as me. He made sure he was there to help me whenever I hit a roadblock or needed to brainstorm over a challenge. Big thanks to him for dialing in from Hawaii for my final presentation!

I consider myself fortunate to have such supportive mentors at VMware. The mentors provide me with ability to network from day one, and set me up for success. I definitely learned a lot from their mentorship styles and will be able to support my mentees even better when I return to school. I’m sure my journey with Mimi and Behrooz will not end with this internship, but instead will be a guiding force in the next steps of my career!

–Prachi Goyal

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Growth is a Given: Ways the VMware Internship Program Inspires Professional Development

Xiyuan3Xiyuan Liu is in her fourth month of interning on the Network QE Team at VMware’s Beijing office. She is studying Telecommunications at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a special interest in the Internet of Things.   

I started as a VMware intern four months ago full of expectation. As those months passed, my internship at VMware has brought reflection on my future career and professional development. I’ve learned many lessons and have grown in many aspects, including professional skills, communication abilities, and attitude towards work and life.

My manager once gave our team members a lesson about “being brave to ask questions after presentations”. This topic is not that common since it seemingly has nothing to do with our daily work. However, its meaning is quite important to me. I have experienced many times, as a speaker and as an audience member, when there are no questions asked during the Q&A portion of a presentation. My manager shared advice on how to ask questions, even when we are afraid our question may be too simple. He encouraged us to be the first to ask. I have to admit this is a shortcoming in Chinese culture, where people are generally conservative and shy. But the lesson made me think a lot, and I have gradually overcome my fear and made my voice heard after presentations.

Daily interactions and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with my mentor help me improve my professional skills and take advantage of my short internship. She taught me to have a peaceful attitude towards problems encountered at work, reminding me that every problem has its own solution. This new belief makes me more confident and calm when I am puzzled by a problem.

She always tells me that “better” is what we should aspire to. She impresses me with the way she upholds this view and encourages me. This attitude has led me to develop my communication skills. For example, recently I wrote a report about the new features I developed, and she asked me to revise it several times. This editing included improving the format of the email, the pictures inserted, and the titles listed. She notices and cares about every detail. When I compared the final version to the original version of my report, I felt respect and gratitude to my mentor.Xiyuan2

VMware also offers many chances for interns to learn from successful colleagues in our field. The engineers of VMware are willing to share their career stories with interns, which moves me deeply. The common theme between all of them is the passion towards what they have done, what they are doing, and what they are going to do. It is easy to develop this passion when it is demonstrated all around you. Just as the card on my desk says – “PASSION NEVER RESTS”. I hope this three-word sentence will accompany me in my future study and work life.

I have developed a lot as a VMware intern. The reflection on my future career encourages me, and all the lessons learned prepare me to face more challenges.

— Xiyuan Liu

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VMware Internship Program: The Manager and Mentor Jackpot

Neha Kashyap

Neha Kashyap is an IT intern on the Business Engagement team. She is currently in her 7th week of interning at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. A student at University of Texas at Dallas, Neha is studying Information Science and Management.

 

VMware has one of the best internship programs in the country, and your manager and mentor play a huge role in the overall success of your internship experience. The managers and mentors volunteer to be part of the program, so you know that they are dedicated to your development, support, and success. Everyone at VMware is super nice, but I was particularly lucky to work with my wonderful manager and mentors.

My manager Pat is very nice and approachable. He encourages me to ask questions and has always patiently answered all of them. He never fails to appreciate my work and has always made me feel like an important part of the team, even though I am an intern.

Neha Kashyap eating lunch with her team.

Greg is a wonderful mentor and great company to be with. Your mentor is your first point of contact regarding any issue at work. They are like your friend, except for the fact that they have answers to all of your questions (regarding work, as well as the best places to visit in the Bay Area). He has patiently walked me through the tools that I use for my internship and has been very helpful in many ways to make my project a success.

Neha Kashyap painting and wine tasting with her Women Connecting Women mentor.

In addition, I am so happy to be part of the VMware Women Connecting Women Program. Having a connection outside of your team or department, especially with a female perspective, is beneficial. I am fortunate to have a woman mentor that I can speak frankly with about my career path, life at VMware, Corporate America, personal matters or just discuss wine. (Yes, she is teaching me wine tasting over the summer.)

The transition from orientation to being part of VMware has been so smooth thanks to my manager, mentors and team. I even eat lunch with the team almost every single day; that says a lot about how much I enjoy working with this team.

The energy at VMware is contagious. Everyone is so passionate about his or her work and VMware’s EPIC2 values resonate through the entire community. The work we do during an internship is only a part of the story. The connections we make are the real deal. VMware’s mentorship program and the Women Connecting Women program provide the guidance to navigate any new experience at VMware, as well as ensuring that you build out your career path in the right direction. The VMware managers and mentors are successful at helping you reach your full potential. There are obviously benefits of doing an internship in Silicon Valley, but having the opportunity to do it at a company like VMware, surrounded with the right people, confirms that you have truly hit the jackpot.

– Neha Kashyap

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VMware Innovator: Rean Griffith

For VMware people, they look at their roles as more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to create something new and better together every day that will disrupt the way things have been done across the technology industry.

In this month’s edition of VMware’s Innovation Series, the VMware Careers team connects with Staff Engineer, Rean Griffith about how the VMware community innovates together and what inspires him to explore new ideas that spark growth.

During our conversation, Rean shares a look at RADIO, VMware’s internal R&D Innovation Offsite, which helps foster discussion around unexplored ideas that would be impactful for the company while also connecting members of our global engineering community that allow for cross collaboration across product groups.

Moved by Rean’s passion for innovation? Visit VMware’s company blog, Tribal Knowledge, to hear how RADIO has become an important part of our culture of instigating innovation.

 

 

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One Woman’s Passion for Innovation Empowers Girls to Code at VMware

IMG_0576Growing up as a young woman in India I was always encouraged to follow my passion for Computer Science and innovation. It never occurred to me during my youth that as a female I could potentially be viewed by others as ill equipped to have what it takes to drive innovation within a global technology company. After moving to the United States to pursue my passion for technology, I discovered how young women today are consciously and subconsciously affected by gender stereotypes when it comes to working in fields focused around Computer Science and Engineering. Because of this, I’ve made it one of my missions to seek out opportunities to be an advocate for change so that today’s young women, as well as future generations, can be introduced to the fun and excitement that I am able to experience each day as a Staff Program Manager at VMware. The community here at VMware has been extremely supportive of my desire to be a part of this change for women. One way this can be seen is by VMware’s 2015 sponsorship of Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program.

GWC3In early 2014, I became aware of the great things that Girls Who Code, a non-profit focused on inspiring girls to pursue computer science by exposing them to real life and on screen role models who are challenging the status quo in technology, is driving within our community. Girls Who Code’s 2015 mission is to empower 10,000 girls in all 50 states within the United States with the organization’s proven computer science education programming, so that a pipeline of talent will finally bring gender parity to the technology sector. Girls Who Code mission matters because the U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected to produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs. While women make up half the workforce in the U.S., only 25% hold jobs in technical and computing fields.Knowing these statistics and the great work that Girls Who Code has done within the past three years, I thought it would be a great mission for the VMware community to be a part of so that we can work together to drive systemic change around this issue. This summer, 20 high school girls from across the U.S. have joined my colleagues and I on campus at VMware for a four-week Girls Who Code pilot program for young women that have prior experience in computer science for their age. From learning more about computational thinking, problem solving, virtualization and programming in python, to connecting with luminary female thought leaders at VMware, these innovative young minds will have the opportunity to learn and grow while exploring the amazing things that can come to life through STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology & Math).

Today marks an exciting milestone for these future female leaders, as they will be graduating from the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at VMware. Join me in congratulating these inspiring individuals. I’m thrilled to be a part of this milestone and cannot wait to see where these young women take our global community because of their passion and drive to discover innovative solutions for thorny technological problems.

Inspired to be a part of this change? Learn more about Girls Who Code and join the conversation by sharing your thoughts with #GirlsWhoCode.

 

 

 

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Meet VMware Member of Technical Staff, Sabo Rusev

VMware people are passionate about making a difference, creating game-changing products, and committed to empowering our customers with innovative solutions to simplify IT complexity. It’s because of these people that VMware is the leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software. Connect with Member of Technical Staff, Sabo Rusev, and discover how his love for innovation and the community at VMware Bulgaria drive him to refer his friends to join VMware’s inventive culture.

 

DSCF2861Name: Sabo Rusev

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Years at VMware: 2

Favorite VMware Milestone: The release of vCloud Suite 6.0 – “I am proud to be a part of such a huge success.”

 

Share what inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology.
This is quite a complex question – I have many things that inspire me, so I’ll try to list some of them. It is kind of a family business for me as my father is also involved in IT. When I was about 12 years old, he showed me how to write my first line of code spelling out “Hello World” using Pascal. I felt like a real hacker when I saw the black console for the first time. My love for computers has grown stronger ever since then.

I think that programming can be really addictive – let’s take the “Hello World” for example. To illustrate this, I will list my thoughts when I first wrote my first program (and yes – I do remember them, even though it was quite a few years ago):10338235_10204047773214016_4539677485654923393_n

  • I made the computer print “Hello World.” Hooray!
  • Why do I need this?
  • Can I do something else with this?
  • I know – I’ll try to make it print my name.
  • Hmmm… How do I tell the computer my name?
  • Ok now I am seeing my name! Hooray!
  • How can I print it 100 times in a row?
  • Hooray! I did it. Why do I need that? Let’s do something more useful… how do I make it colorful now?
  • Ok – can I make the Snake game now?

This can go on and on forever – whatever your imagination can come up with. When I was answering this question I realized that my twelve-year-old self had been asking “What’s next?” over and over again – a question often asked here within the community at VMware.

Also another reason for me to pursue a career in IT is that I was quite good at math in school, so that’s why I chose Computer Science as my major.

So in general, I am involved in IT because it is both fun and challenging, and computers are the closest thing to magic that we have at the moment (and people love magic).

What’s a typical day for you and your team at VMware?

20140627_141546Coffee with my colleagues, stand-up meeting to discuss project statuses, reading and writing emails, fixing and creating bugs, as well as writing features. There is a lot of communication going on within the team because most of the problems are quite complex (that’s what makes them interesting). When the workday is over, sometimes I play table tennis, go to the gym, or grab a beer with my colleagues.

What inspires you to innovate in your career?

VMware’s internal employee-led events like Borathon (hackathons), RADIO (R&D Innovation Offiste), XLR8 (innovation program to accelerate the development of solutions to hard computer science problems). The whole idea of innovation for me is coming up with the next “vMotion-like” feature, which will change the IT world. This is what I remind myself of when I am asking myself “What am I doing?” at 5 A.M. when I am participating in a hackathon. It fuels my drive.

What drives you to refer friends to VMware? 

I believe that VMware is the best place to work and grow. The work is interesting and I want my friends to be a part of this journey with me. I’m proud that some of the people that I’ve referred through the Employee Referral Program are colleagues with me at VMware now.

 

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