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Welcome to episode 21 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two VMware Solution Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode, we discuss Nick’s 1 Year Check-in at VMware, Part 1.
Original Recording Date: 2019-1-19

* John couldn’t remember the name of the AeroPress coffee maker.
* Nerd Journey 001: Career Advancement and Nick’s First Week at VMware
* Nerd Journey 010: Seven Month Check-In and Impostor Syndrome

Topics – Nick’s 1 Year Check-in at VMware, Part 1 – Nick’s Observations
5:06 – Context And Working From Home

* Nick went from math teacher to business analyst to IT operations to pre-Sales Engineer. The observations are meant to be about the transition from operations to pre-Sales more so than to be an advertisement for VMware
* Adjusting to working from home instead of going to an office every day

* Coordinating lunch with a homemaker spouse
* Training children to adjust to a parent working from home can be challenging.
* Being present at "home" during the day is for work.
* Listen to Nick’s daily routine. If you work from home, what is yours like?

* John mentions pre-planning meals as a pro tip.
* Don’t work through lunch. Put it down while you eat (away from your desk) to have a mental break.
* Working from home lends itself to working more. Can it wait until tomorrow?
* Should the daily routine be strict or flexible?
* Nick cites exercise classes as a forced work stoppage

14:57 Adjusting to travel

* Local, out of state, special functions)
* Expense reports were new to this role. It took practice to make them routine.

* John mentions that he uses Automatic to track business mileage
* Have a system, and stick to it
* Consider the aggregation of marginal gains from Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron

* Travel to special trainings events can be voluntary
* Planning meals and customer visits takes time and effort
* Administrative catch up is necessary after travel days

21:36 Expectations coming into the role

* Read Nick’s blog post about the process involved in getting the job at VMware
* Nick was so focused on getting in the door he essentially had no expectations for day 1

* You can’t know all the questions to ask if you have never done the job
* John and Nick work in different segments and regions even though they have the same title, and their day-to-day experiences are different as a result
* Control what you can; be prepared for what you cannot control

* Nick was initially concerned about his product knowledge coming into the role (i.e. not knowing enough to be effective)

* "Everyone here is as good as or better than you."

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