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Welcome to episode 24 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 John’s 3 Year Check-in at VMware, Part 2.
Original Recording Date: 2019-02-02
Topics – John’s 3 Year Check-in at VMware, Nick’s Questions
1:55 Topics Begin

* Check out part 1 of John’s 3 Year check-in if you missed it last week.
* John mentions sports research. Was he prepared for what came next?

2:54 What has Made John stay with the company?

* John considered this a medium to long-term job once he joined.

* He loves the technology VMware has and the innovations as well as the overall technology space.
* John has enjoyed exposure to new customer problems and situations (technical, political, etc.).
* The constant change keeps it interesting.
* Building good relationships with customers is part of the job and a nice perk.
* The overall experience has been enjoyable. John describes this as a process of continual improvement (always considering ways to get better), which has involved self-study as well as collaboration with others.
* The goal is to always do the right thing for the customer to maintain a long-term good relationship, even if it means advising them not to buy something.
* Everyone has more expertise than someone else and less than others. John is a relative Yoda rather than an absolute Yoda

10:32 Is John where he thought he might be after 3 years at the company?

* John applied a number of times before getting into the company. He had applied for a technical marketing role around the same time as applying for the SE role.

* He had to sell the company on the fact that his career progression was not tied to a specific position or role.
* Mentoring was something he wanted – to be a mentor and to be mentored.

* He’s been able to be more active in social media, attend events, podcast, etc.
* A specific title was not part of the goal. He focused more on the controllable steps to achieve what was needed to accomplish a promotion.

* Nick’s book recommendation – Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron
* Check out our episode on Process over Outcomes as well.
* Figure out the process. Do the things you can control. If your measure of success is promotion to a specific title, you will be disappointed.
* John has been iterating.
* If there’s nowhere for you to go at your current employer, you may not get recognized as you think you should be. Maybe the goal should be to get a better job elsewhere. Being excellent at what you do will always be in demand.

21:45 Favorite memory from the time at VMware

* John tells a story about being nerd famous.
* Giving someone else a tour of the VMware Palo Alto campus for the first time was a great experience.

24:42 How does John stay relevant while working for a vendor?

* Relevance can be measured in different ways.

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