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The National Collegiate Sales Competition: How a Community of Students is Transforming Customer Success

In just a few short days, my teammates and I will be heading off to Kennesaw, Georgia with one goal in mind – hire professional selling majors for the 2016 U.S. VMware Sales Academy at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC).VMware_Sales_Academy_Logo

Based in the lively city of Austin, Texas, the VMware Sales Academy is a competitive 12-week training program designed to launch new graduates into a successful career in Information Technology Sales. From its inception in 2015, VMware has welcomed 24 students into the U.S. and U.K. divisions of the program. From one-on-one mentorship, to technical, product and sales training, to meaningful interactions with key Sales leaders, VMware Sales Academy participants leave the program with their own customer accounts and the necessary tools to highlight how VMware products can solve businesses’ toughest technology constraints.IMG_4748 (1)

It has been inspiring to see the growth of the 2015 U.S. VMware Sales Academy class. Each of its members took the leap to move to Austin post graduation to join our community. They have successfully navigated the transition from student-life to work-life, and are thriving in their new roles at VMware.

This year we have five Inside Sales Representative positions that we are looking to fill at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. We will be interviewing students on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Final hiring decisions will be shared with candidates at the conclusion of the competition on Monday, April 4.

I am thrilled to be heading back to Kennesaw later this week to meet our newest team members. Throughout the competition, I will be sharing real-time updates on the VMware University Relations Instagram and Twitter accounts. Be sure to follow along if you are interested in learning more about life at VMware or have a general question about our latest opportunities, as we would enjoy connecting with you. For questions about interview slots at #NCSC2016, email me at condonf@vmware.com.

 

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Daring to Launch a Career in Information Technology Sales

For Western Kentucky University graduate and 2015 VMware Sales Academy participant, Natalie Koppel, choosing an employer that would empower her to grow to her fullest potential was important. Continue reading to hear how daring to launch a career in Information Technology Sales at VMware has landed Natalie exactly where she wants to be. Natalie will also be sharing an inside look at life at VMware Austin on Tuesday, March 29 on the VMware University Instagram account.

 

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Name: Natalie Koppel

Role: Inside Sales Representative

VMware Office Site: Austin, Texas

University: Western Kentucky University

Fill in the blank: Dare to spread confidence!

 

 

Choosing VMware

While interviewing with VMware at the 2015 National Collegiate Sales Competition, I quickly recognized how much effort the VMware team put into connecting with students. From the beginning I felt welcomed and appreciated for being myself, rather than just another potential candidate. After evaluating my options upon graduation, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join a company willing to train, invest, and believe in me. I knew that VMware would challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and allow me to grow to my fullest potential. Joining the VMware Sales Academy has been the best decision that I could have made for my professional career and personal development.

Journey to Growth in Sales

During my six months in the VMware Sales Academy, I was challenged to grow in several ways. One of my biggest moments of growth at VMware so far has been realizing that you can’t master everything on your own. There are so many products, processes, and sales cycles to take into account on a daily basis. As someone who thought they could learn it all, I quickly noticed that it takes each individual’s strengths to keep our sales engine running. This was a very important lesson to learn because I now understand that I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know where to go to find the answer. At VMware you don’t have to be afraid to ask a silly question or bring an improved process to the table. Confidence is spread when people’s passions are embraced, whether it be having expertise on a certain product, mentoring others, or being a guru at Microsoft Excel.

Welcome to Austin

The VMware Austin office consists of a great group of people. As a new Austinite, my co-workers have been quick to give me local insight. Whether it’s giving me the scoop on the best salon, inviting me to a BBQ cook-off, or sharing ACL Music Fest tips, I’ve never been disappointed in people’s genuine friendliness. The office environment is full of motivation, knowledge sharing, and good humor.

Daring to Explore

When I reflect back on the last year of my life, I focus on a few things. I received an amazing opportunity with VMware, graduated from college, moved from Kentucky to Texas, made 10 new lifelong friends, and launched my career selling a solution that I honestly believe in. As I’ve headed into 2016, I couldn’t be more confident that I’m exactly where I need to be. I’m looking forward to seeing VMware tackle the challenge of helping customers as they face increasingly complicated IT problems. I have no doubt that my peers from the VMware Sales Academy will have an amazing year at VMware as we sprint towards our career goals of promotions to the field, management, or partner tracks. We celebrate our victories together and serve as a voice of reason when someone is having an off day. I’m personally looking forward to continually building relationships with my customers, collaborating with my peers, and mentoring the new grads that will be joining the 2016 VMware Sales Academy in the fall.

Advice for the 2016 VMware Sales Academy

Don’t worry if you don’t know the ins and outs of VMware’s products. Instead, take the time to understand the values we stand for and how we’re changing the way our customers run their businesses.

 

 

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VMware Propels New Graduates into Sales Careers in Ireland

For University and VMware Sales Academy graduate, Neils van Iwaarden, finding a workplace community that aligns with his personal values and professional goals is important. Get Niels’ take on participating in the VMware Sales Academy, and hear how strategic learning and development opportunities driven by people invested in his growth have empowered him to advance as an IT Sales professional in Cork, Ireland.

 

Rough Cut Cork 2016 007Name: Niels van Iwaarden

Role: Inside Sales Associate

VMware Office Location: Cork, Ireland

Fill in the blank: Dare to be the best.

 

Knowing Who You Are to Launch a Career in Sales

I absolutely love working and talking with people. Knowing this and the fact that I have an outgoing personality, a career in Sales seemed the right fit for me. During my internship with the U.S. Embassy, I received my first introduction to Sales through my work in the Commercial Services Department. Later, during my Board year with Asset | Economics, a study association related to Tilburg University, I gained further knowledge in Sales as the External Affairs Officer. The work I did covered both cold calling as well as warm calling, setting up events and being responsible for projects. This served as an excellent base for the VMware Sales Academy.

I leaped at the opportunity to start my Sales career at VMware. Nothing is more exciting for me than building relationships with both customers and partners, as well as helping shape a deal to both of their likings. I also enjoy consulting, which I’ve been able to practice during my 8-months as an Inside Sales Associate.

 

An Insider’s Look at the VMware Sales Academy

The VMware Sales Academy is a two-year training program that focuses on soft and hard skills that empower new graduates to launch a successful career in Information Technology Sales. An external speaker was brought in to help us develop several of these skills. This individual helped us get comfortable in new situations, and helped to find our strengths and weaknesses. Since every participant in the VMware Sales Academy is starting his or her professional life, the focus is also on team building and growing a network inside of VMware. In the weeks following the start of the 2015 VMware Sales Academy in Cork, Ireland, my coworkers and I had the opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues, including our managers and Buddies (former graduates of the VMware Sales Academy). We met them during special events set up for us, such as dinners, workshops and master classes.

One of the most interesting weeks during the VMware Sales Academy was when we participated in START (the onboarding program for Sales new hires), which took place in VMware’s Staines, UK office. Through product trainings and workshops, we developed a holistic understanding of VMware’s product portfolio and role in the IT marketplace from more senior colleagues in the company.

After the first two months in the Academy, it was time to hit the floor and hit the phones. During the first calls, I was shadowed and coached by my Buddy. It was a great way to receive real-time feedback on my work. In the months to follow, I took on more responsibilities until I was ready to take on my own territory. These responsibilities include handling deal registrations from partners, working on under $20,000 deals and creating more pipeline for the territory executives. Taking on a territory means being fully responsible for a certain market/geography and being the executive here. Sales Academy participants have the opportunity to drive business and collaborate closely with field sales.

  

Growth & Development in the VMware Sales Academy 

For me, the biggest takeaway of participating in the VMware Sales Academy were the skills I developed. During my academic career, I developed important skills like academic thinking and analyzing. However, beginning my first job after university showed me that I still have room for growth. By receiving extensive training in the first few months of my career, I was able to identify my current strengths and areas that I can further develop as a new professional in Sales.

Another aspect of the VMware Sales Academy that stood out for me was the importance of creating meaningful connections. By participating in START and having a manager and Buddy, I saw how the employee community at VMware valued who I was and what I could contribute to the company.

Finally, VMware really invested in my personal and professional development. Whatever I wanted to achieve, there was always someone there willing to help me work through ideas to find the best solution to achieve my goals. From financial assistance to pursue additional training and education to online tools to develop myself further, I know that I can count on the community at VMware to listen to my questions and share their advice along my journey to growth.

  

Taking Flight at VMware

The VMware Flight Program helps new graduates transition into their new career after graduation. Realizing that professional life is completely different from university life, the Flight program helped me take the necessary first steps to launch a successful career post university. Additionally, the Flight Program provided additional insight into VMware’s IT solutions, which really helped me with customer conversations. The big difference between START and Flight is that Flight is a long-term program, which is especially focused on new graduates, while START is only a week and designed for Sales new hires.

 

Advice for New Grads Interested in Pursuing a Career in Sales in Ireland

The best advice would be: Just do it. Ireland and Cork itself are wonderful, with a lot of friendly people, pubs, and nice restaurants. Having lived in Brussels, Belgium and London, Canada already, I can easily adapt to different cultures, and the Irish culture is close to the Dutch one, which made it easy for me to make the move to Ireland.

The key for the job interview is to be yourself. Every conversation in Sales is different, so you need to be flexible, which in my opinion is a personality trait. Be confident and you might be my next colleague!

 

 

Browse the latest VMware Sales Academy opportunities in Cork, Ireland

Search the latest job opportunities for New Grads at VMware

Search the latest internship & Co-Op opportunities for students at VMware

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

Learn more about life at VMware:

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