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Learn More About the Role of A Campus Ambassador at VMware

The VMware Campus Ambassador Program is a six-month program for talented, ingenious, and resourceful university students to represent VMware on university campuses worldwide. It aims to create a platform for students with similar interests and passions, bringing them together to promote and represent VMware at their university. Recently, we sat down with Abdul Bakinson who is one of VMware Ireland’s first Campus Ambassadors.

Abdul Bakinson, Business Information Systems Student at UCC & Campus Ambassador at VMware

VMware Careers: Tell us about yourself and what motivated you to be a Campus Ambassador at VMware? 

Abdul: Sure, my name is Abdul. I’m a 2nd-year Business Information Systems student at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. I’m one of the very first Campus Ambassadors for VMware Ireland and it has been an amazing experience so far. There were a lot of motivations behind my becoming a Campus Ambassador for VMware. I saw it as a great chance to improve my skill set, connect with new people and learn more about myself. Also, it was a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and do something adventurous, so I thought hey, why not give it a try. And of course, getting to work with such a big company like VMware was something that really appealed to me. 

VMware Careers: What has been the most rewarding part of being a Campus Ambassador? 

Abdul: For me personally, I always get joy from helping others, so the most rewarding part about being a Campus Ambassador is being able to give useful information to people during Virtual Career Fairs. Being able to give someone a clearer picture or idea of something they weren’t quite sure of beforehand is quite satisfying. 

VMware Careers: What have you gotten up to and taken part in during your time as a Campus Ambassador?

Abdul: As a Campus Ambassador I’ve taken part in a lot of activities. As I mentioned above, I take part in Virtual Career Fairs almost every Wednesday. What does this entail, you ask? Using the Graduateland platform, we answer queries and questions from university students and graduates about placement and job opportunities giving them the information they need to make vital decisions in their career paths. The aspect I like the most about the events is the ‘Sourcing’ aspect. Looking for the best candidate for a certain job role that VMware has is quite fun. It’s almost like a treasure hunt! 

Another VMware Campus Ambassador and I are currently working together on a research project for VMware that will be used in the future. Unfortunately, I can’t give details, but it is very intriguing and is something we have taken a huge interest in. It has really helped to improve our coordination and communication skills, two skills we will need not only in the world of work but also in life. We are also currently planning on hosting an in-person campus stall later on in the year, to raise even more awareness about the VMware brand. 

VMware Careers: How has VMware invested in you throughout the program? 

Abdul: VMware has invested in me a lot throughout this program. I have received multiple packages by post including so many cool things like Bluetooth speakers, VMware t-shirts, pens, water bottles, and even a blanket! I’ve also gotten great mentorship from one of the mentors throughout the program, from things like CV prep and cover letters to general life skills, they really have given me everything. Especially with regards to LinkedIn, a platform I wasn’t all too familiar with, I was given plenty of help in building my LinkedIn profile from the ground up, which is something I will always be grateful for.  I’ve even gotten the chance to shadow one of the new VMware employees who is fresh off the internship program so that I could really see what goes down in the company. 

VMware Careers: Would you recommend students to sign up to be a Campus Ambassadors in the future? 

Abdul: I would 100% recommend people to sign up to be a Campus Ambassador in the future. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills, connect with new people, and really learn how to work as part of a team in a work environment. I also love the fact that there is no pressure put on you at all if you can’t make a meeting, for example, you can simply reschedule it to another time. To anyone who is considering it, I would highly recommend it. You won’t regret it! 

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