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VMware Recruiter Insights: 3 Company Features You Should Consider When Looking For a New Job

Alan Peppard hires white rgbMy Journey to VMware

I write this coming to the end of my very first month working at VMware (I still feel like a newbie, but less and less with each day that passes). Many people can experience stress and worry when moving into a new working environment. However I’m happy to report that my first four weeks at VMware have been challenging, invigorating and exciting!

My role as a Candidate Development Recruiter means that I am responsible for sourcing the very best talent that the market has to offer in our SEMEA (Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa) region. I sit with my colleagues on the Global Talent Acquisition team in the HR organization, a group that can only be described as a hive of activity. There is a constant buzzing of conversations with prospective VMware employees from all corners of the globe.

So you might be asking yourself, what enticed me to join this organization and have my expectations lived up to reality?

To answer this question I am going to focus on the three primary reasons that made my decision to work at VMware quite easy; the people, the training/onboarding program and the future of the company.Campus Photo

The People: As a Recruiter, I paid very close attention to how I was engaged with throughout the recruitment process at VMware. From the very first contact right through to my job offer, I can say that I was met with a level of knowledge & professionalism that made me want to work at VMware. After four weeks on the job, I haven’t been disappointed. Everyone that I have encountered has a sense of enthusiasm in what they are doing and there is a strong sense of pride in VMware, which is very easy to buy into. The atmosphere is positive, not only in our department, but among the Cork campus as a whole, which makes for an enjoyable work environment.

The Training/Onboarding: On my first day at VMware, I was presented with my training program that covered the many facets of my role, such as advanced social media, compliance & recruitment process, and the opportunity to job shadow my other team members. It was a well-balanced program designed to get me up to speed in an efficient manner. Obviously, there’s still a learning curve, but I certainly know a lot more now than I did four weeks ago. There is also the impending prospect of becoming a VMware Sales Professional (VSP) – our accreditation which provides an in-depth understanding of VMware’s suite of products. The VSP certification is an exciting prospect as it will further reinforce my understanding of VMware’s diverse portfolio of products.

The Company’s Future: VMware has always been a dynamic and forward thinking organization. Think about it this way – the company is only 17 years old and already has 18,000 employees world-wide (phenomenal growth in my opinion). Nobody can accurately predict the future, however VMware has seen steady growth in the vCloud Air business and the exciting prospects of our SDDC  (Software-defined Data Center) are sure to lead the way to sustained growth.

Reality often turns out to be profoundly different from expectation, but when you pinpoint what is important for you, make sure you pay attention to it. I’ve learned that the people I surrounded myself with, the opportunity to learn, and being a part of what’s next is important for me. This makes me excited for what’s to come, and right now I know I’m happy to be a part of the community of people here at VMware and the opportunity it provides me to grow as an individual.

 

 

 

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Improve your Life, Search and Work: Online tools to Make Career Growth and Networking Less Daunting

Do you want to know how you can grow and develop yourself effectively in your career? Here’s how VMware employee, Clint Buelter suggests you maximize resources and opportunities to move forward.

I always enjoy learning about the interesting work that people do as well as the challenges my friends, coworkers and acquaintances are working through. By instinct I always try to add value or even direction to help out and solve some of these problems. One of the challenges I get to help friends and prospective candidates with is making that next step in their career. I’m talking about helping people change jobs, make the jump into a new field or even moving to a new city for that next step that is going to move their life forward.

Underneath the excitement of professionally developing, there is a daunting set of ambiguous tasks that we all have to navigate. Because of this, I’ve thought through and made notes of some of the effective strategies and tools I’ve seen or helped to develop that can help during a job search, career transition, or whatever you choose to call it. This post isn’t a step by step recipe that you can follow to receive exact results, but I’m confident if you pick up a few of these tools and use them along with a simple process, you will be more efficient, effective, and better prepared for your next career move.

The tools we are going to cover fit into a very simple process:

1. Collect
2. Organize
3. Do

Collect

The greatest thing about the web is the vast amounts of information rushing to all of our devices in near real time. And the worst thing for a person contemplating a career move is all of these real time updates clogging your mind and workspace. How is it possible to work full-time, spend time with family, and stay up to date with current trends and news while planning for a future job? The truth is that most people don’t and you probably hear the same phrases I do like,  “I’m slammed” or “I don’t have time.” I get it, but we all have 24-hours in each day, and we accomplish exactly what we must get done, nothing more, and nothing less. It’s hard, but simply changing your “I need to” into “I must” can help you get the necessary tasks done.

Aside from the distraction of accountability and discipline, let’s get back to the information challenge. How can you manage all of the articles, company information, job postings and applications? Email them to yourself? Print them out? Copy and paste them into a document on your desktop? You certainly could do all of these things, but I believe that each of these methods is flawed. Instead, I’d recommend 3 tools that I use to manage incoming information on a daily basis.

1. Evernote

Evernote is my favorite application and has been since I started using it a few years back. Anything I need to remember or find goes into Evernote. I’d suggest setting up Notebooks in Evernote (similar to folders) and installing their web clipper in your browser. If you see an interesting company you want to research for a future move, clip it into your “Target Companies” notebook. I’ve even created a notebook for articles I enjoyed reading or plan to read at a later time.

The best part of the Evernote service is that it’s free. And, any note you make or item you store is available on all of your devices. So if you spill a coffee on your laptop and lose all of the documents on your desktop – everything in Evernote will still be available in the cloud. Customize Evernote for your needs and organizational style.

2. Clipboard

Clipboard is another way to manage data, I don’t view it as my life database like Evernote, but it does have some unique advantages. The service is similar to a private Pinterest. Install the browser extension so you can clip items from around the web into your clipboard account. Clipboard’s design team did a great job and the service displays information like articles, or job posts in an awesome visual layout to keep everything right in front of you. Act quickly though, because unlike Evernote this is a linking system and if an article or post is moved you may not find it again.

3. Pocket
I recently replaced my instapaper account with Pocket. If you aren’t familiar with either service I describe them as a cloud reading or bookmarking service. You can really manage pocket it in a number of ways, but it is helpful because it gives you a reference point. Let’s say it’s late and you are running a search on jobs.vmware.com for VMware Web Development roles and you’re on page 2 of 10. Hit the browser button (remember to install the browser extension) and the page. Your stopping point will be saved for when you’re ready to roll through the remaining pages.

Organize

I really love the task management space when it comes to productivity. Task management is software lingo for “to-do lists.” With a little bit of discipline you can become very efficient and effective. I know what you’re thinking, I already make paper to-do lists, and use post it notes all the time, but I don’t get a lot of value out of them. I agree, so try Astrid or Wunderlist. I’m positive if you use either of them regularly you won’t ever go back to paper.

Instead of having paper to do lists scattered everywhere, and random things that need to be done lingering in your inbox and calendar, try this, put everything you need to get done today or this week in one of these apps. Organize everything you need to do into singular specific tasks. Do this religiously, and at some point you will want to bucket them a bit. You will probably want to create a list for your job search to dos like: updating your resume, following up from today’s interview with thank you emails, and completing your monthly goal setting. You could also have lists for work tasks and personal tasks.

Every time you start planning for the day or week, spend time pulling items off of your to do list and complete them. I’ve found that by entering items in an application makes me more effective because they aren’t cluttering my mind anymore. I can pick a few tasks off the list and do them and eventually the list is empty (for a short time). I keep rebuilding my list during the day or weekend adding new tasks to my lists from my phone. Hey, if we weren’t busy or tasked we wouldn’t be happy right?

Side note: If you are actively looking for a role you should have your resume stored where you can quickly access it, make necessary updates and upload or email it at a moments notice. You can use Dropbox or Google Drive for this. And, it’s probably not a bad idea to have a copy stored on your smartphone. What hiring manager or recruiter wants to wait until you get home? Or worse, you forget to send it and 3-5 days go by…. Maybe the task of sending out your resume should have gone into Astrid? : )

Stepping back for a second, we started this post feeling overwhelmed with the ambiguity of what to do with all of the information out there and how you can get started on a search. Then you selected some sort of system to essentially store all of the relevant information for a later time when you could focus on the material. That time has come, read and select the tasks from this reading that will apply to you.

Do
So now we are near the end of the process, you have your tasks lined out and now you must do them. The whole process is critical but this final step is where your preparation and discipline pays off. Make the calls, send the emails, setup coffees with colleagues you haven’t seen in awhile or told about your upcoming change, apply to jobs and do them all in a timely manner. You can offer and gain the most from the relationships that you’ve previously created, but in a transition you need to be effective on getting out there and building new inroads. Be clear about the value you carry and think of how you can help others.

My advice is to set aside time daily to develop a routine so you can spend time consuming information and completing tasks from your list. Whatever time and day works best for you, then make that your time to focus. Use the tools above that you like, (and please feel free to share/comment the ones you prefer below) and continue to progress your life and work interests.

-Clint Buelter

 

About Clinton:
Clinton Buelter is passionate about people, career development, and software that makes work better. Clinton is currently focused on R&D recruitment across VMware’s suite of applications and infrastructure. Sometimes writing and tweeting, about personal and organizational productivity, software, recruitment, and business. You can find him on Twitter – @buelter.

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What is VMware looking for in a candidate?

At VMware, we thrive on forward momentum. We transform technology by learning actively and acting boldly. And it is through our collaborative drive that we imagine, define and deliver the future of IT. Do you want to know what it takes to be a part of our close-knit community of intellectually driven and entrepreneurial people? Let’s find out with the help of Clint Buelter, VMware Technical Recruiter.

 

What is VMware looking for in a candidate? This is a great question that our hiring teams seem to be answering from candidates as of late. My reply usually starts with the question, “What do you mean?”. The majority of the responses that I hear are related to technologies and skills. So maybe the real question is what technical skills does VMware look for in candidates?

The short answer to this question is that a number of technical skills are required for roles here at VMware. A company of our size with a number of enterprise products ranging from end user applications to infrastructure and operations management requires a number of different skill sets to create a successful team and product.

My focus here at VMware has been on growing products like Zimbra, SlideRocket, Socialcast, and Cetas. I’d like to share with you a few of the things we look for in terms of technical skills around the Socialcast and Zimbra products.

Socialcast

Socialcast is a social networking web application that I use everyday here at VMware to collaborate with teams, share information, and find resources quickly. It is built using Ruby on Rails and modern web technologies. We seek people who have solid web experience around Rails or Java for backend development. On the front end we look for people who can do transformative things with CSS and HTML. Socialcast has an amazing look and feel to it that I really appreciate. While the visual design of the site is important for me as a user, I also want the site to be incredibly fast. We look for engineers that have a solid understanding of advanced JavaScript (client/server) to implement the features and frameworks that make our Socialcast move in real time.

Zimbra

Zimbra is our easy to use email and collaboration product. Like Socialcast, it encompasses web, mobile, and desktop. There really are a number of ways for engineers to help further develop Zimbra. We use a great deal of JavaScript on the front end along with our proprietary AJAX framework. For the desktop products we look for expert level programmers (C/C++) on the Windows and Mac OS platforms.

While this information gives you a sneak peek at the things we look for in terms of technical skills for our applications teams, keep in mind that this post is not a comprehensive list of every skill or role. I hope this information adds some clarity around the skill sets we are looking for here at VMware.

Thanks again to all who have asked the question about what VMware is looking for in a quality candidate, it is definitely a thought-provoking question for me. As professionals we all seek out what I call “career economics”; we want to know what skills are in demand that can be learned so we can mold ourselves to be valuable employees, earns us more challenging work problems, or even more compensation. Whatever the motivation, I advise people to take ownership of these interests; you will be the person who is most motivated to change your career trajectory. If technical skills are your focus, try various technologies, don’t just learn one for the sake of placing it on your resume, find one or two modern technologies that you really enjoy working with and master them. Once you have mastered a language or layer, what’s next for you? If you feel like you’re lacking in another area of your career take that focus and energy you just used and apply it to the the skill you want to grow. I promise, you will be amazed by the results from your focus and energies.

 

Best of luck!

Clint Buelter

 

About Clint:
I help people discover innovative software products, develop themselves, and become more productive. I am passionate about: solving problems through technology, software, the web, music, and coffee.

 

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Tips for Work Authorization as a Foreign National

As graduation in December fast approaches, many foreign nationals have questions about their work options. Do you fall into this category? If you’re thinking “yes,” then this blog post is right up your alley. There are two common mechanisms for hiring foreign nationals in the United States- Optional Practical Training and H-1B. I will provide clarification on these two mechanisms, their respective timelines and caps. In the end, I hope you take away some tips to better prepare yourself in the application process as well as your future career opportunities as a new college graduate.

Optional Practical Training

For graduates in F-1 status, Optional Practical Training (OPT) will allow a student up to twelve months of employment after graduation. Students holding Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) degrees may get an additional 17 months. OPT allows the student to work for any employer in a job related to the student’s degree program. OPT can be part-time during school or full-time during breaks. OPT can be used while a student completes a degree (summer internship, fall co-op, etc.) or can be used upon graduating. OPT used while a student completes a degree will be subtracted from OPT time available after graduation.

In order to qualify from OPT, students must obtain permission from their respective universities and gain a work authorization card from the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). A nominal CIS filing fee applies.

H-1B

H-1B’s are available to foreign nationals who have at least a United States Bachelor’s Degree or foreign equivalent and will be working in a job that requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree. An H-1B allows employment for 6 years or longer. The employer must submit an application to the CIS. Normal processing times can take several months but CIS has a premium processing that guarantees processing in 15 days (there is an extra $1,225 fee).

The CIS issues 65,000 new H-1B approvals each year so there is a cap on the amount of H-1B’s that can be accepted within a year. The CIS year runs from October 1-September 30 and they begin accepting H-1B cases at beginning April 1 for October 1 H-1B’s. There are some exceptions to the cap such as University jobs and non-profits affiliated with universities, non-profit research organizations, H-1B extensions with same employer, and H-1B transfer to new employer. Graduates with US advanced degrees have special allocation of 20,000 H-1B’s above the 65,000 cap. Also, citizens of Singapore and Chile have special H-1B allocations.

For further questions on H-1B or OPT options, contact United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, more commonly known as CIS (formerly INS).

Many law firms specialize in Immigration law and are happy to answer questions free of charge but it is best to find out first whether or not you will be charged for their services. Most large companies are well versed in hiring foreign graduates and have Immigration departments that will walk you through the process with ease.

I hope this was helpful in providing a high level overview for obtaining work authorization. Best of luck with your upcoming graduation and success in your future career!

 

-Amber Daniels – VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

About Amber:

Amber is a Technical Recruiter for the University Relations Team here at VMware. Her focus is on Research and development.

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Immigration & How it Relates to Hiring at VMware

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Hi Everyone,

We’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding immigration and how it relates to recruiting. I’d like to take a moment and address some of these questions that have come in.

1. Can I apply to a job requisition if I do not live in the country that the job is located in?

Yes. You do not need a visa in order to apply for a job located in another country. If VMware seriously considers you for a position, then the Human Resources Immigration Team will assist you with any of the necessary legal documents that are needed for the position you have applied for.

 

2. Does VMware sponsor individuals? If so, when does the sponsorship process start?

VMware does sponsor individuals. We sponsor for both visas and green cards. For the green card process, there are a couple of conditions that apply in order to be considered for sponsorship. First, individuals have to have worked with VMware for three months. Secondly, during their three months, the employee must meet or exceed expectations in their performance and contributions. Each case is considered on an individual basis, including expedited cases.

 

3. Does VMware aid with Dependent Visas?

Yes. VMware does aid in the filings for the candidate’s legal dependents. VMware does not pay for dependents at the time of filing, but will reimburse attorney's fees and filing costs as per VMware’s Immigration policy when using the VMware preferred law firm. The complete Immigration Policy is provided in combination with the offer letter.

 

4. How long does the process take once I have been given a job offer?

Generally, the process can take between 6-8 weeks. If VMware expedites the process, it can take six weeks or less. As there are always variables involved, it is important to be patient during this process.

-Sarah

About Sarah:

Sarah Clark first started working on immigration at the University of Southern California for the Information Technology Division. She was the division’s go-to person for H1-B visas and initiating the green card process. Sarah has been in the HR/Recruiting field for seven years.

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VMware Careers TV RECAP: The VMware University Relations Program

Today Price Smith, VMware Social Recruiting Community Manager sat down with Dustin Stites, Senior Manager of University Recruiting & Relations at VMware to discuss the VMware University Relations Program. Tune in to their discussion below to hear Dustin’s insights on the Program.

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Discussion highlights

-VMware culture

-The different types of internship programs available at VMware

-Location of internships/Time of year when the internships occur

-The overall internship experience

-Tips for getting through the internship interview process

About Dustin:

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Dustin is the Sr. Manager of University Recruiting & Relations for VMware. Dustin joined VMware in 2011 and leads our University Programs globally.  Before coming to VMware, Dustin served in multiple areas of Human Resources from staffing and compensation to employee relations.  He has managed and designed numerous university programs for companies like Amazon, Visa USA, and Cost Plus World Market.

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VMware University Relations: Make it Your Own

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 It is now 2012, and many university students are about to embark upon their first full-time career upon graduation, or maybe starting an internship this spring or summer. You most likely received loads of advice from your professors, career counselors, recruiters, and yes even fellow students on how to best write resumes, prepare for interviews and secure coveted on-campus interview slots. So, I am going to pass on adding to that already full lecture. But, I do want to share with you some key advice on what to do once you have your full-time or internship position secured.

 First, now that you have your offer in hand and have accepted the role and the cheers and toasts have died down (yes, spend time congratulating yourself, you earned it) remember the journey has just started. Many students will accept both full-time and intern offers way in advance of their actual start date. But don’t stop engaging your new team or company simply because you accepted the offer. Reach out from time to time to your new manager; reach out to your HR recruiter or HR representative. Observe and stay informed on the topics and business trends associated with your new employer. This sends a powerful message that you take this seriously, want to stay informed, and recognize that this is a career not a job. Find out what things you can do now before you join them to get a head start. You will have impressed them way before you even complete your first day.

 Second, look around at your fellow classmates.  How many of them have accepted roles?  How many are still searching? Take this time to ensure you are connecting with your classmates, this can ensure you are keeping your university network intact as you move into new adventures. You never know when your paths may cross again or when you may need to seek out members of this group. This goes double for your professors, and career advisors.

 Third, if your classmates have not found a place to call “home” upon summer break and graduation, reach out to them.  See how you can help. Share their background with the company you are about to join, see if there are roles still needing to be filled. Quite often companies love to get referrals, just make sure you can speak to your classmate’s skill sets before you submit them. You can also offer interview preparation advice, or participate in mock interviews for your classmates. By helping them find their “home” you might learn things about yourself and your passions that you never knew. Think holistically.

 Lastly, once you do start your internship or full-time roles, make sure your share with your new manager areas of passion for you. Be a part of the process versus just letting the process happen. Your new manager or team needs time to get to know you if they are to support the growth and learning in your new career, but you have to be open, communicate effectively, and not be afraid of trying new things.  Remember this is your first role with your new company, not you’re last. They have opened the door for you; you choose to walk through that door.  Now you need to make it your own.

About Dustin:

Dustin is the Sr. Manager of University Recruiting & Relations for VMware.  Dustin joined VMware in 2011 and leads our University Programs globally.  Before coming to VMware, Dustin served in multiple areas of Human Resources from staffing and compensation to employee relations.  He has managed and designed numerous university programs for companies like Amazon, Visa USA, and Cost Plus World Market. 

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VMware Careers TV: The VMware University Relations Program

 Join us this Friday, February 3rd, at 2:00 PM EST for our live VMware Careers Livestream episode of VCTV (VMware Careers TV). Price Smith, VMware Careers Community Manager, will be sitting down with Dustin Stites, the Senior Manager of the VMware University Relations program to discuss the university relations internship program at VMware. During this interview, viewers will gain a better understanding of the types of internship programs available at VMware, the overall internship experience, and the type of individual who would fit the necessary qualifications to obtain an internship at VMware.

 Have a question for Friday's VCTV chat? During the live episode, you can tweet in questions regarding the discussion for Dustin to @VMwareCareers with the hashtag #VCTV in the text. This is an open forum; so live questions are allowed and encouraged! 

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About Dustin:

DustinStites

Dustin is the Sr. Manager of University Recruiting & Relations for VMware.  Dustin joined VMware in 2011 and leads our University Programs globally.  Before coming to VMware, Dustin served in multiple areas of Human Resources from staffing and compensation to employee relations.  He has managed and designed numerous university programs for companies like Amazon, Visa USA, and Cost Plus World Market. 

Upon joining VMware in 2011, Dustin relocated from Seattle, and now lives in the San Francisco bay area.  Dustin loves the outdoors and spending quality time with his two dogs named Thunder and Tanis.

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Q&A with VMware CTO, Steve Herrod

Steve 124 The VMware Careers Team recently sat down with VMware Chief Technology Officer, Steve Herrod to get his take on the VMware employee experience and culture, the effect of technology’s influence on education, and staying motivated and excelling within a career.

When sharing his thoughts on culture, Steve points out VMware’s unique approach to problems, “We ambitiously attack amazingly difficult problems, and have used great creativity and innovation to solve them.”

This interview session left us looking forward to the new beginnings for all in 2012. Read below to learn more. 

1. What is it about VMware culture that excites you from a technology and people perspective? 

I've just passed my official 10-year anniversary… wow! Over the past decade, we have launched hundreds of new products, hired thousands of new people, and pleased hundreds of thousands of customers. Despite all of the change, the core culture of VMware's R&D department has held tight. We've ambitiously attacked amazingly difficult problems, and we have used great creativity and innovation to solve them. And while it's great to work at an innovative company, I really enjoy the culture we have of making it easily consumable. This means that our user interfaces have to delight, but it also means that the innovation just works. This is novel in software companies, and has truly become our hallmark. The end result? Customers that love our software more than I've ever seen people love enterprise products. Ever. This all starts with the culture that started the company and that remains to this day.   

 

2. What is it about the VMware culture that gives employees the opportunity to stretch the bar and continuously expand upon current technologies?

We really do encourage everyone to think ambitiously and to try things that are hard. We encourage risk taking and often celebrate strong failures as much as we celebrate resounding successes. At our engineering orientation, we share stories of the first Workstation product booting Windows 95, the first VMotion, the first demo of fault tolerance, the first VDI session, and many other firsts. This is to let our new employees know that these innovations are what we're about and that they can be the ones to deliver the next breakthroughs. And as we enter so many new spaces… networking, management tools, programming languages, mobile phones… we have more opportunities than ever to raise the bar even higher! 

 

3. During the panel discussion organized by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness back in August, you and the panel discussed the evolution of education over the next several decades. How do you see technology shaping the education system? How will this in turn mold the way in which individuals pursue careers after they finish their schooling? What role does VMware or Silicon Valley have in shaping the future?

I'm proud that our products are being used throughout the world to improve education… from bringing computer-based learning to rural communities to enabling new forms of customized education, technology can help today's students prepare for tomorrow. But education is at the core of our work at VMware as well. The industry and technologies are changing faster than ever before, and the skills that you arrive at VMware with need to be continually expanded. We're pushing forward on a number of internal education programs that keep you abreast of the latest technologies, helping VMware expand into new areas AND helping employees challenge themselves along the way!

 

4. How do you try to challenge yourself in your career?

I have two principles that have guided me throughout a lot of my career. First, surround yourself with incredible people from different backgrounds and with different skills. This is the best way to learn and to really hone your collective ideas until they are as sharp as possible. Second, put yourself into new and challenging roles. Comfort can be a bit numbing! Whether it is switching groups, meeting a new person, speaking in public, traveling to new places, or taking on new responsibilities, push yourself to learn or do new things every single day!

 

5. What advice would you have for anyone on success and starting over in one’s career?

Go somewhere with great people, a great reputation, a learning culture, and a hunger to change the world. 

 

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