Nerd Journey Podcast Trailer / Episode Zero

Welcome to the trailer/pilot episode of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two VMware Solutions Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers.

Original recording date: 2018-07-11


  • 01:05 – Why did we start this podcast?

    • We both came from IT Operations in the SMB space and realized our career progress was slower than it could have been (i.e. making career advancement more of a priority)
    • We’re sharing opinions and career advice we wish had been given to us along the way.
    • Career advancement does not necessarily mean moving to a different company.
    • Your career is a journey with many stops along the way.  We hope something we’ve said will help you.


  • 03:33 – IT Conferences as IT Career Catalysts

    • Each conference is different but can bring the same benefits.
    • What do you want to get out of the conference?
      • Learn new skills / technologies
      • Meet new people – at random or strategically
      • How many people does John stalk on Twitter / LinkedIn to meet at conferences?


  • 11:10 – Surviving and Thriving at IT Conferences

    • What’s your plan to get plenty of sleep?
    • Proper footwear is a must!
    • How hard is it to stay hydrated?
    • What’s your packing strategy?
    • Planning your schedule at the conference each day is a balancing act between sessions and social activities.
    • Drinking is not required to enjoy the conference.  Don’t let it be a detriment to your experience.
    •  Nick’s blog posts about surviving/thriving


  • 24:45 – A Preview of Upcoming Podcast Topics

    • What is it like to work for VMware?
    • Prioritizing career advancement
    • Interviewing for new positions (at your current job or elsewhere)
    • Work / life balance
    • Resume writing tips
    • Company culture and the effects on career advancement
    • Questionable career advice

One Reply to “Nerd Journey Podcast Trailer / Episode Zero”

  1. Saw some heels and combat boots last year!!! I was thanking God those weren’t my feet… Lol

    Yeah, T-Shirts with years on them easily give my age away… Lol

    2017 VMworld highlight… Eating lunch with William Lam 🙂 Dude is so stinking smart!!!

    Drinking – So true…Don’t waste a great learning event and seeing a cool city with a hangover!

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