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If you have questions about returnships at VMware, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the VMware team at Ascent@vmware.comPlease note: Applications must be submitted through the VMware careers website. We are unable to review applications sent to the email above.

Minal Verma has been a Senior Recruiter at VMware for over 5 years, and her journey with the company has taken her from technical to full-cycle recruiting, as well as a move from Bangalore to Australia. She helped launch and handle recruitment for VMware’s first returnship program in 2019, as well as their second program in 2020, held remotely due to the pandemic. As VMware launches their next returnship program, we talked to Minal about her experiences recruiting returnship applicants, the positive feedback on returners she has gotten from hiring managers, and why she’s excited to take part in VMware’s third program round. Learn more here.


We sat down with the 2020 cohort of returnees at VMware so they could share their insight on why VMware was the perfect place to restart a technical career. They discuss the mentorship, support and community they enjoyed through the program and how it allowed them to ramp back up and enjoy new success. Read their stories here.


Senior Director of Engineering Lilit Div helped start the returnship program at VMware. She tells us about her experience, and how she and her team provided support and mentorship to returnees transitioning back to work. For VMware, a 2019 Forbes Best Employer for Diversity, “this program is just one example of how VMware’s leadership walks the walk. VMware’s values of execution, passion, integrity, customers, and community are engraved in our culture.” Learn more here.


Shaffaly Talwar took a five-year break to raise her daughter. When she was ready to start school, Shaffaly decided she was ready to go back to work. After months of fruitless searching, she learned about Path Forward and was accepted into VMware’s first returnship program.

During the 16-week returnship, Shaffaly says, “I [got] to put my technical skills back to work and [learned] new skills every day. I loved it.” She now works at VMware full-time as a Software Engineer. Read her story here.