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Episode Info: Welcome to episode 88 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two Pre-Sales Technical 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 leveling up your career and making the conscious decision to change with Yadin Porter de León. Original Recording Date: 08-07-2020 Topics – Leveling Up and Making the Decision to Change 2:05 – Career Background Yadin is one of those people that recruiters have no idea what to do with. He currently works for VMware as a part of the Marketing organization. Throughout the conversation, Yadin will be channeling Amy Lewis. His background is in regional management, sales alignment, and professional services. The bulk of his tech career was from working with companies like AIG, Apple, Dell, and VMware (customers of his at one time or another). Yadin saw a disconnect in Marketing. Maybe we should create content by people for people (very intuitive to the tech community). Sometimes marketers will create content for an audience they don’t really know (i.e. the person doing the creating may not know a CIO, a Database Admin, or a SysAdmin). When Yadin was young, he leaned toward tech around age 10 (got excited about AppleSoft Basic). Listen to the story he shares about pseudo-hacking a program at school. He was super into storytelling, and went back and forth between video production and tech. He eventually attended film school. Yadin got a MBA in Information Systems and made the decision to go all tech after the dot com crash. Yadin shares a story from his experience in the last week speaking with Joe Beda and James Watters on his podcast. It was intimidating to speak to people who are so technical. Yadin was a documentary filmmaker at one point and lost his funding. He received a from a friend about working at a software company around the same time and said yes. Yadin feels like his journey started that day. Right after leaving Thomson Reuters, the software company he originally worked for was dissolved. 9:04 – Pro Tips on Leveling Up Ask your company if they pay for any education. There’s usually something they will throw at you. Check with HR first because there is cash to be had. Yadin is the founder of the Level Up Project and co-founder of Tech Village Media. There will be a vTrailMap again this year for the benefit of the community. The Level Up Project is in line with what we do on the podcast (helping people level up in their career by sharing lessons we learned earlier in our careers). John shares that he and Nick have had their eyes opened to the vast career possibilities for individual contributors. The number one thing that opened Yadin’s eyes from a career standpoint was podcasts. It was not just one but many. Yadin started with The CloudCast and went back to their first episode. He thought he was in tech but did not und...
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