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Episode 27

Last updated Sep 4, 2022 Edit Source

# Episode 27

Welcome to episode 27 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 interview Ramzi Marjaba of the “We the Sales Engineers” podcast.   

Original Recording Date: 2019-02-22 

Topics – Ramzi Marjaba of the “We The Sales Engineers” podcast 


# 6:54 Introductions 

# 7:28 Why did Ramzi start the podcast? 

# 9:21 How has your understanding of the role evolved over the course of the podcast? 

# 12:37 How does the SE role fit in with the sales organization? 

# 14:29 Any way to shorten the learning cycle? 

# 16:09 What did Ramzi’s career journey look like? 

# 17:05 Transitioning to the SE role; Did you feel yourself losing your technical hand? How about losing technical credibility? 

# 20:36 Ever miss support role? 

# 23:44 Advice for people who are thinking about changing role due to being under-appreciated 

# 27:16 How do you distinguish between companies you do and don’t want to work for? 

# 28:40 Is it fair to judge a company by how they treat you during the hiring process? 

# 31:40 Ever seen the stall or delay during the process? 

# 34:54 What does your view of the SE career path look like? 

# 36:43 Decomposing the things you like about the role and finding that role that does that 

# 39:56 How has your appreciation of the pure sales role vs. the SE role evolved 

# 44:30 Ramzi asks John about how common career and retirement/financial planning is 

# 48:00 Ramzi’s experience coming out of University 

# 50:28 Ramzi was in a role where the manager lost 6 people, and was surprised every time 

# 51:41 John talks about his positive experience 

# 55:41 John’s observations on how Product Management seems more of a mature, set, career path 

* Ramzi observes that not having a traditional background shouldn’t stop you from applying 

# 59:27 Not so lightning round 

# 57:38 Wrapping up 

# Outtro