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The Community at VMware Empowers Renmin University of China Student to Thrive

From day one, student innovators are empowered to do everything they’ve ever dreamed of at VMware while making a positive impact on the world. Connect with Renmin University of China Student and Staffing Coordinator Intern, Karl to hear his unique perspectives on how the community at VMware is making his professional growth one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.

 

photo of Karl Wang (1)Name: Karl Wang

Role: Staffing Coordinator Intern

Office: Beijing, China

University: Renmin University of China

 

It’s been three months since I started working as a Staffing Coordinator Intern at the VMware Beijing office in China. When I first started, I was not familiar with the projects that I would be working on, but with the help of my teammate and mentor Jenny, I was able to successfully begin work. I have learned how to connect with candidates, schedule interviews and confirm interview times. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to the APJ (Asia-Pacific-Japan) Staffing Coordinator playbook, which is a step-by-step instruction on how to schedule interviews. The book is now being used by the entire APJ Staffing Coordinator team and has received positive feedback from the group. It was wonderful to hear how my efforts have positively impacted other coworkers and that it is making a difference in the candidate journey at VMware.

In China, it is not common for a subordinate to talk directly with his or her boss about anything. However, the community at VMware provides a clear and positive work environment, which means a lot to me. Through open workspaces, regular check-ins with my manager and team, as well as free snacks and drinks, I’m empowered to focus on my work while being comfortable too. I know that I’m a valued member of the team and am respected by my peers no matter their role at the company. Although my manager sits in the Singapore office, we have regular one-on-one check-ins over the phone. I’m able to ask her the questions on my mind and share how my week is going. She is always there to share her perspectives on how she might work through any challenges that I’m facing with my work. The APJ Staffing Coordinator team also has monthly meetings, which is a great opportunity for everyone on the team to share their latest project plans and work through any problems that we might be facing that day.

The kindness that I’ve been shown by other coworkers who has reached out to go have meals together or asked if I need help if I have run into trouble with my work has been so appreciated. The working attitude of everyone has influenced me a lot as well. Everyone is passionate for their work and truly believes that they can make a difference. I know that the work that I’ve contributed is valued by my teammates, and this makes me feel respected and empowers me to do my work better.

I love VMware and believe that my internship here will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

 

 

 

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VMware EWI People Spotlight: Sean Jordan

Sean Jordan AF PicName: Staff Sergeant Sean Jordan

Role:

U.S. Air Force: Storage and Virtualization Shift Lead

VMware: Information Security

VMware Office Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Sean Jordan is an active-duty Air Force non-commissioned officer working at VMware full-time for about a year as part of U.S. Air Force Education With Industry. This program enables Airmen to work in a section of a company commensurate with their Air Force career field to learn industry perspectives and best practices. Similarly, the service members help energize and strengthen companies’ workforce and business practices with their unique military experience and backgrounds.

The following is a conversation with Sean about his time with the Air Force and at VMware. The opinions shared here are his own and not of the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense, nor of VMware.

 

Share what inspired you to serve in the U.S. Air Force.

I was 21 years old when I enlisted; I had worked many odd jobs before and honestly was looking for something better. I remember seeing the World Trade Center towers being attacked in high school. That was probably the biggest memory I have of feeling a sense of country and calling to do my part. It was one of the best decisions of my life and I have never regretted it for a moment. I have been deployed and done many things to sustain a sense of fulfillment in knowing that I have done something for this great nation.

 

How is the Education With Industry Program empowering you to grow personally and professionally?

This program is very unique in that it allows military members to essentially be a civilian for a year. Being able to see how a company such as VMware operates is very enlightening. Professionally it is helping not only myself, but also my fellow enlisted members to see what skills we will need when we leave the military. Additionally, it’s valuable learning a different perspective in completing a job, talking to leadership and finding different ways to do things, then taking that back to the Air Force for positive change. Personally, I’ve been able to network and gain knowledge about what my goals are for accomplishing my degree and other certifications.

 

What advice would you share with others currently serving in the U.S. military who are looking to grow in their careers through Education With Industry?

If you are looking for a different perspective and are open to change and new ideas, this is a great opportunity. This is a great way to strengthen your personal and professional skills, if you’re willing to work for it. It can be tough at times adjusting to a different way of doing things. Interacting with people can be frustrating as contrasting styles often create obstacles, though they are easily overcome with understanding. All in all, if you are open-minded, willing to learn and have a good attitude, you’ll do well.

Making Change Happen: How a Passion for Robots Sparks the Next Generation of STEM Innovators

At VMware, we believe that each of our people has what it takes to make change happen. Through the VMware Foundation, VMware employees are empowered to give back to the causes closest to their hearts through Service Learning. Connect with VMware CTO Ambassador and Business Solutions Strategist, Ed Hoppitt and hear how he is taking his passion for robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to create meaningful change for the next generation of innovators during the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Challenge.

  

Reflecting on some of the extraordinary opportunities I’ve had while working for VMware, one of the most surprising was when I first joined the company. Through the VMware Foundation, employees receive 40 paid hours of Service Learning time each year to go and support the causes closest to their hearts. VMware’s culture of giving back encouraged me to pursue volunteer opportunities I’m passionate about, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) field.IMG_1548_lowres

When I’m not supporting VMware customers as a member of VMware’s Advisory Services team, I build combat robots. I’ve always been passionate about getting young people engaged in STEM having had such an incredible time taking my own STEM learning from school and building robots. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to take STEM subjects into schools and universities, including presenting to the UK’s Institute of Electrical Engineers to more recently help lead a student team in the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Challenge.

No one ties the STEM subjects together better than the FIRST LEGO League, which empowers young students to enter competitions that require team work, innovation, problem solving, engineering and software. This year’s event ‘Trash Trek,’ requires school children to build a programmed robot using LEGO’s Mindstorms kits to move around different environments to collect and clean up trash.IMG_1515_lowres

Through the support of VMware, I’m giving back by providing the resources, knowledge, and passion to a group of young students to participate in the Trash Trek Challenge who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to take part in the event. I’m working with a school based in Woodbridge, England and have a team that is representative of the whole school, including a broad mix of ages and genders. Working together to amplify the effect we can have in this space (VMware of course being a company of fearless innovators and engineers themselves) and through a range of initiatives, we are connecting children with robotics, engineering, and code.

Head of Computing at Woodbridge School and Trash Trek Challenge leader, Jim Hillman shared, “The kids I’ve got are INCREDIBLY keen. There has been a very positive feel to the whole thing and they are having great fun experimenting with the EV3 [LEGO]. So much so that they want me to bring the kit to the Tuesdays Coding Club as well, so they can do more! Success!”

We are also visiting other schools with our machine fighting robots so students can get a view of some of the fun things you can do with STEM outside of the classroom. Our goal is to both inspire and encourage learning through this unique technology.IMG_1434_lowres

To be able to work for a company that is committed to inspiring and empowering others in their journey to grow is just incredible. Through the connections made in Woodbridge, I’ve been asked to share more about my career, what I do at VMware, as well as run some career sessions for their students who are thinking about going to university. The FIRST LEGO Trash Trek Challenge is something that many of these students wouldn’t have otherwise been able to experience. Knowing how I felt when I was their age and just starting to engage in STEM, I appreciate how much this opportunity means to them.

I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to VMware and the VMware Foundation on behalf of the students. I hope that what they learn in 2015 will be something that inspires the next generation of children coming into the school in 2016 and beyond.

 

 

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The Power of Culture: How a Former Marine Seized an Opportunity to Grow at VMware

Have you ever paused to reflect on what is important to you in a workplace culture? Here at VMware, it is our people and EPIC2 values that shape life for our community. Connect with VMware Hands-on Labs Program Manager, Tina Valle, to get her unique perspectives on the power of culture and how her experiences within the U.S. Marines shaped what’s important for her growth in a workplace culture.

 

DSC_9440Name: Tina Valle

Role:

  • Program Manager, VMware Hands-on Labs
  • 1st Marine Logistics Group, CLR-15 – “Former”

VMware Office Location: Home office in Southern California

 

 

An Inside Look at Life in the VMware Hands-on Labs Team

A typical day is full of conference calls, collaborating with colleagues around the world to coordinate everything from the content development progress to planning for The main project I support is VMware Hands-on Labs. Hands-on Labs is a great program that provides VMware customers an opportunity to sit down at their laptop and take VMware products for a test drive for free. Although the pace is fast and the learning curve is steep on the Hands-on Labs team, I thrive in environments like it that keep me on my toes. It is rewarding to see how impressed our customers are when they are able to explore our products in more depth, and I am grateful to be working alongside the best and brightest minds at VMware. During VMworld 2015 in the United States and Europe, my team helped host 11,000+ labs over 148,000 Virtual Machines.VMW_HOL team2

 

The Power of Culture

Culture may not be something you think of immediately when looking for your next job, but it’s an important assessment to ensure there’s a good fit. When I first landed my job at VMware, I instantly felt comfortable and valued. From speaking with teammates and other employees across the company, I sensed a genuine feeling that people loved their work and what they did. There is a lot of pride behind each and every project, product, and event. I like being part of a team where it is not just about profit, but about doing what is right and that is something you can be proud of.

VMware has many opportunities available for telecommuting and remote employees. While I work from a home office, my team is spread across several states in the U.S. Despite our time zone differences, we are a very cohesive unit. The company gives us the tools we need to communicate and collaborate efficiently. VMware goes above and beyond to give employees the opportunity to grow. This is the first company I have worked at with so many fun events that build camaraderie across teams and the company. VMware invests in its people, and I think that is the biggest reason why our culture is the way it is.pic_usmc1

 

Inspired to Serve with the U.S. Marines

Many factors went into my decision to join the U.S. Armed Forces. At first, I was not sure what I wanted to do once I graduated high school, so I considered joining the military which would give me time to think about this while doing something meaningful. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. added more inspiration to do something that made a difference. That October, I decided to join the military. My parents always supported my decisions and agreed to give me permission to enlist since I was 17-years-old at the time. I finished high school 4th in my class, graduated with honors, and shipped off to boot camp two weeks after graduation. I chose the Marine Corps because I wanted to be part of the most elite, most prestigious, and most feared fighting force.

The Marine Corps emphasizes history and tradition. It has a proud history that inspires and drives each Marine. You build a bond with those around you in boot camp or on a deployment because you never know if your life might end up in their hands. Trust is part of the foundation of that culture. It is not all sunshine and rainbows – there is yelling, shooting, and lots of dirt. I walked away with a new appreciation for everything we have in our life.

 

Parallels Between the U.S. Marines and VMware Cultures

pic_usmc2The main similarity between the Marine Corps and VMware’s culture which stood out for me was the company’s employees expression of dedication and pride in their work. In contrast, there is definitely less yelling at VMware compared to the Marine Corps, I get to travel to more desirable destinations, and the food at VMware cafeterias is much better than MREs or even the “chow hall.”

In all seriousness though, VMware employees all have a special role to play. When it comes to my Hands-on Labs team, they work like a squad and operate very effectively and efficiently. We give our best because we care about what happens to the rest of the team. When one person falls behind or hits an obstacle, we work together as a team to make sure we are all successful. I am very fortunate to work with such a great team.

 

Advice for Growth After Service

Network, find mentors, and learn as much as you can while you are still in the military. This will help lay the groundwork for your success if you decide to transition out. Have a plan in place to achieve your goals. The better the plan, the better your chance of success. Through job fairs specifically aimed for members of the U.S. military or networking on LinkedIn, you can connect with recruiters and existing employees at the companies you’re interested in working for. If you don’t know someone in the company already, see if you have a mutual connection through a friend that could refer or connect you.

 

 

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New Bulgarian University Student Boosts Her Career at VMware Bulgaria

At VMware, we enable students and new graduates to continuously pursue moments of growth. Connect with New Bulgarian University student and VMware R&D Intern, Sonya Mileva, and discover how her experience at VMware Bulgaria’s Talent Boost Class sparked learning and meaningful connections beyond the classroom.

 

IMG_20150610_160054_1 (1)Name: Sonya Mileva

Role: Member of Technical Staff Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: New Bulgarian University

 

 

 

 

A Passion for Innovation

The simplicity and purity of mathematical and logical tasks have always appealed to me. This is why I went to New Bulgarian University to pursue my curiosity for math. There we use exciting tools like Mathemetica, which solves complex mathematical problems fast. In combination with the great lecturers and my classmates, my passion for technology was ignited.

 

Boosting Talent in Bulgaria

I first heard about the VMware Talent Boost Class from two of my friends who had attended previous sessions. The highly intensive course is held during the summer at VMware’s office site in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the best things about the course was the size of the class. There were only 20 students in my session, so we all had the opportunity to connect and get our questions around the course material answered. Through the course I learned that it is okay to ask questions, even if you ask those questions more than once. Asking questions doesn’t make you sound unqualified or unprepared. Having an inquiring mind shows that you are a responsible and proactive addition to the team.Sonya2 (1)

One of my biggest moments of growth was after the Talent Boost Class when I joined VMware as a member of the 2015 intern class. Interning at VMware will not only allow me to apply my learnings from Talent Boost, but also explore new areas within Information Technology while becoming acclimated to the workplace atmosphere as a young professional. Overall, the Talent Boost Class allowed me to systemize my knowledge in a way that now gives me a holistic snapshot of IT.

 

VMware Intern Life

As a VMware intern, I have had the opportunity to work on a project that focuses on the optimization of the data transport of the product my team is working on. Every week I have discussions with my mentor around what I have worked on, any problems that I’ve run into and the best approach to tackle them. Along with my mentor meetings, I have had the opportunity to go to other team meetings with the broader group where the entire group gets together to discuss major changes and plans for the project. For lunch, we usually go to some of the nearby food places, which has been a great way to get to know my colleagues better while taking a break from the workday.

 

Milestone Memories or Embracing Moments of Growth

One of my favorite VMware memories is from the recent office site company event. Each year, VMware Bulgaria organizes an event for the Sofia employees to get together. This year, the event was held in October near Sofia in a town called Sandanski. Sandanski is known for its thermal springs and clean air free of allergens. The event incorporated Service Learning, which is an opportunity for employees to give back to the causes closest to their hearts. It was a great day because there were various volunteer opportunities including crafting souvenirs, painting schools, cleaning national parks, and translating information into Bulgarian for foreign educational sites. I participated in the group that crafted souvenirs. We made nice products that will be sold at charity bazaars. Knowing that we were creating something that will help others was a great feeling. That day was a great experience for me because I know we were helping make a difference in the community.

 

 

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