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The Career Switch Podcast
38 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Episode 21: Career Pivots for Teachers with Daphne Williams
Daphne Williams is a former teacher who left the classroom for roles in educational consulting and instructional design at EdTech companies. After struggling to identify careers she was qualified for with her own transition, she created the community she wished she had for other teachers. Now, she’s the host of The Teacher Career Coach podcast where she shares stories and advice for teachers looking to find other career options. Today on the show, we talk about the unique obstacles and options for teachers looking to find a new career. A timely episode for back-to-school season full of great tips and resources for anyone looking to make a career transition. Check out Daphne's resources at http://teachercareercoach.com/careerswitch
37 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
Episode 20: From Consultant to Tutor - Learning by doing
Jemma Zoe Smith began her career as a strategy consultant, working across companies such as Proctor & Gamble, KPMG, and Credo Business Consulting. A 3-time Oxford graduate, Jemma worked during her studies to expand access to education for underrepresented sectors, and realized a passion for the education space. Now, Jemma works as an international tutor and education consultant through her tuition agency, The Education Hotel, where she focuses on students ages 11-18 - and she recently launched her second business, Top School and Uni, offering advice on UK schools and universities. Today on the show, we talk about overcoming imposter syndrome and taking the leap into doing something you love - even if everyone around you is doing the “normal thing.”
40 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
19. From Military Procurement to Lactation Consultant: The Power of a Pause
Margaret Becker is a community health nurse and lactation consultant based in Spain. Before going full-time to pursue her passion for maternal health, she worked as a Contracting Officer for the military for more than 5 years. In addition to her clinical and consulting work, she also hosts the Mobile Milk Maid Podcast, where she shares stories and conversations about women’s and infant health. Today on the show, we discuss how and why we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, to know exactly what’s next, and to have a sense of direction, when all we really need is to take a pause, do some reflecting, and let our intuition guide us.Listen to the Mobile Milk Maid Podcast and find out more about Margaret's services at https://themobilemilkmaid.com/. Follow The Mobile Milk Maid on Instagram @themobilemilkmaid or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/themobilemilkmaid/
29 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
18. Career Switch Pathways: Entrepreneurship with Hikari Senju
We’ve talked to so many entrepreneurs on this show so far - people who have made a huge career change to start a business in a field they’ve never worked in, or those who took a risk to hang their own shingle after years of experience in the corporate world. Today, I wanted to dive a bit deeper into entrepreneurship by talking to someone who has made his whole career out of it. Hikari Senju is the founder of Omneky, a platform that helps businesses reach their most valuable customers using deep learning algorithms to generate, test and manage ads. A Harvard graduate in computer science, Hikari began his entrepreneurial career with his first startup, Quickhelp, which he sold to Yup.com before creating Omnekey. Today on the show, we talk about what it takes to build a career as an entrepreneur. Find out more about Omnekey at https://www.omneky.com/
39 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
17. Taking big risks with Raechel Lambert
Show Note: We'll be taking off next weekend for the July 4th holiday. See you back on July 12th! Raechel Lambert is the creator of the Founder’s Marketing Playbook, which helps early-stage founders nail their marketing strategy. She’s also a managing partner at Olivine, a product marketing agency, and an advisor to Momentum, a Slack sales platform. Raechel began her career in finance, working in analyst and operations roles, before making her jump into product marketing at Intercom. Today on the show, we talk about overcoming the sunk cost fallacy, the benefits of informal learning, how the fear of change can be overcome with repetition, and being willing to take big risks on a regular basis. Find out more about the Founder's Marketing Playbook at https://thefmp.io/.
37 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
16. Navigating A Non-Linear Career with Ambika Nigam
Ambika Nigam is the Founder of Zeit, a career discovery platform that empowers the multi-skilled generation to traverse their ultimate career path. After a nonlinear career that included stints at finance company OppenheimerFunds, ad agency Ogilvy and Mather, famous product company Ideo, and head of product at Bloomberg, Ambika set out to build a platform to help others find a career that aligns with their unique skills, talents, and interests. Today, we talk about how storytelling and demonstrating how past experiences are transferable can help convey that you are more than your resume. Find out more about Zeit at https://www.thezeit.io/
41 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
15. From Product Management to Branding and Back: Doing what you're uniquely designed to do
Addison Perrymond is the Chief Product Officer at Vivlio Health, a health tech startup focused on getting mission-critical data into the hands of caregivers to improve patient care. He’s also a strategic advisor at metafour, a consulting and creative agency he started with his wife after realizing he was becoming “too comfortable” in his previous career. Now, he’s living a fulfilled career as a leader and entrepreneur with well-rounded expertise in product and strategic management. Today on the show, we talk about doing what you are uniquely designed to do, no matter what context it’s in. Find out more about metafour at https://www.metafourconsulting.io/Find out more about Vivlio Health at https://vivliohealth.com/
39 minutes | May 30, 2021
14. From Finance to Meditation: Recognizing your calling
Marissa Cole began her career in finance within a division of the private equity firm Blackstone group. After a transformative experience with meditation - something she had fallen out of touch with during her studies and early career - she followed her passion and is now founder and lead instructor of Mind Guided Meditation. Her company partners with corporations to teach individuals and teams a modern, secular, research-based approach to meditation, focusing on the science behind what meditation does to our brains and bodies, to empower them to create their own meditation practices and reach their greatest potential. Today on the show, we discuss the major shift that happens in our careers and our lives when we realize something fundamental about ourselves. I hope you enjoy this inspiring conversation. You can find out more about Mind Guided Meditation and Marissa's practice at https://www.mindguidedmeditation.com/
38 minutes | May 23, 2021
13. From Theater to Therapist: Creating space for a new identity
John Sovec is a therapist and coach who works with clients on career transitions, goal setting, and motivation. After a thirty-year career in theater and managing entertainment for a large corporation, he realized that what made him feel most fulfilled was applying his natural affinity for empathy and caring to helping others, and made the decision to transition into his new career. Today on the show, we talk about letting go of one identity to make room for another.Learn more about John at https://www.johnsovec.com/.
35 minutes | May 16, 2021
12. From Chemical Engineering to Real Estate Development: Owning your story
Richelle Delia, PhD is an award-winning scientist who spent the first ten years of her career as a chemical engineer in research and development, before realizing she wanted to build something fully her own. Now, she and her husband are co-founders of Housing Joint Venture, a real estate education and development firm helping professionals explore income property ownership as a safety net, to diversify or create wealth. Today on the show, we talk about overcoming the "sunk cost fallacy" and breaking through mental barriers to own the story of your career. You can find out more about Housing Joint Venture and their investment bootcamps at:https://housingjv.comhttps://housingjv.com/bootcamp/https://theinvestingbootcamp.com
41 minutes | May 9, 2021
11. From Strategy to Content Production: Systemically planning your career switch
Justin Kelsey is CEO of VAXA Digital, a digital agency focused on scroll-stopping creative strategy and media buying for established e-commerce brands. Before leaving the corporate world to pursue his passion for creating e-commerce videos, Justin worked in finance and digital strategy roles at Bank of America, Accenture, and Amazon. Today on the show, we talk about how he built processes and plans that helped fuel his journey from the corporate world into entrepreneurship. Check out Justin's articles, companies and other content here: https://linktr.ee/justinkelsey
36 minutes | May 2, 2021
10. From Teaching to Innovating: Learning through intrapreneurship
Amma Aboagye’s career began in education with Teach for America. Now, she is the Science, Technology, Innovations and Partnerships Advisor for the West Africa Region of USAID, sitting at the intersection of international development, innovation, and culture. Amma is also the Founding Curator of the Afropole and Host of the Podcast Inside Out by Amma G, a podcast all about intrapreneurship. Amma is a fervent believer in the power of people to drive change and has been using various forms of media, including blogs and radio programming, to empower youth and promote meaningful conversations about the role Afrodiasporans play in their global advancement. Today on the show, we talk about how developing a vision for her life led Amma to where she is today, how to leverage intrapreneurship to test your transferable skills and create opportunities in your career change.Website: www.ammaaboagye.comTwitter: @amma_aboagyeLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ammaaboagye
22 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
9. From Mechanical Engineer to Data Scientist: Iterating Success
Ryan Lambert built a 15-year career in Mechanical Engineering R&D, working on innovations such as the Keurig K Cup, Atomic Clocks, and Diabetes Pumps. 5 years ago, he began a transition into Data Science, and now works as a Data Scientist at American Express, where he has been responsible for innovations that won him the “platinum genius” award. Today, we talk about how taking the simplest approach, finding ways to add value, and applying your knowledge to new problem sets, can help create a flywheel of success for your own career change.I want to know what you think of The Career Switch Podcast! Please email me your feedback at email@example.com. What do you want to hear more of? Less of? What stories am I missing? Thank you in advance for listening and for your feedback!
35 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
8. From IT to Fashion: Giving life to a life-long dream
Ifat Pridan is the owner and founder of Lili the First, a women’s fashion boutique in Washington, DC focused on introducing emerging designers from around the world. More than 20 years ago, Ifat arrived in the US from Israel for her career in technical and IT project management for telecomm and financial companies...and 20 years after that, she left her career in the corporate world to pursue her lifelong dream of owning a fashion boutique. Today on the show, we talk about what it takes to make your dreams a reality.
43 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
7. From Electrician to Online Course Guru: Creating your career shift community
Jeremy Deighan is a coach and online course creator who helps others turn their expertise into a thriving online business. His show, The Online Course Igniter Podcast, showcases successful entrepreneurs who are making 6, 7, and even 8-figures by teaching what they are passionate about. Before becoming an online course guru, Jeremy worked as an electrician and technical stagehand before beginning the side hustle that turned into his full-time career. In this episode, we talk about the power of creating your community, budgeting your time the same way you budget your money, and getting into the right mindset to accomplish whatever it is you set out to do. Jeremy has great advice, not only for a career switch, but for life in general. I hope you get as much out of this conversation as I did. You can check out Jeremy’s podcast, the Online Course Igniter, anywhere you listen to podcasts, and visit his website at onlinecourseigniter.com.
39 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
6. From Leggings to Life Coaching: Listening to Your Intuition
Lauren Steckler is an intuitive life coach who left her career in fashion after realizing she was “checking all the boxes” – a good education, a successful job, marriage - but was feeling unfulfilled in her life. Now, she helps clients break out of limiting beliefs so they can live more fulfilling lives. Lauren and I talk about how to take the leap when your gut tells you that it's time - even if you don't know where you're going - as well as setting boundaries in talking about your career change with family and friends. You can visit Lauren's website at www.laurensteckler.com.
39 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
5. From Pro Wrestler to Corporate Fixer: It’s all about mindset
Dan Turner has been formerly known as Dirty Dan Denton, a professional wrestler touring the world as the Canadian Heavyweight Champion. As a wrestler, he held the NWA Canadian Tag-Team Title, and headlined at the fabled Arena Mexico in Mexico City, the Cathedral of Lucha Libre. Eventually, he pivoted his way into journalism and eventually into a career as a corporate fixer, focused on talent development and profitability. He also runs a media company that publishes newsletters focused on everything from news to wellness, and helps diabetics reform their health through his diabetes army platform on Facebook and Instagram. In this episode, we talk about mindset - coming into everything you do with a learner’s mindset, but also with confidence and the desire to achieve whatever you set out to do. Visit Dan’s company, Big D’s Roadhouse, and his other media properties (including his Diabetes Army), at: http://bigdsroadhouse.com/
39 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
4. From Fashion to Financial Education: The power of visualization
Samantha Lach, head of partnerships at Capri for Girls, a financial educationapp designed to develop confident money mindsets in young girls, and help them build long-term, sustainable financial wellness. Sam came to Capri for Girls after making a number of career changes that took her from fashion sales, to retail technology, and now, to financial education. Sam and I spoke about how our careers should become more connected to our life circumstances. Sam’s experiences show that there are different times in our lives for every type of career transition, whether it’s just to a new role in the same company, a similar role at a new company, or a different role in an entirely new industry.To find out more about Capri for Girls, visit capriforgirls.com, and @capriforgirls on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
41 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
3. Creative Director to Innovation Firm Founder: How curiosity catalyzed career change
Matt Phillips is president of Phillips & Co., an innovation strategy firm based in Chicago that helps companies invent breakthrough products, brands, and businesses. Before transitioning into the world of professional innovation, Matt was a creative director and brand strategist at Razorfish, a marketing and advertising agency. In this episode, we discuss what makes a great brainstorm, the importance of having relentless curiosity, and setting the foundation of your skillset or offering so that you can adapt to any situation or challenge that’s thrown your way. Check out Phillips & Co. at https://phillips-co.com/.
40 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
2. From Film Producer to Sustainability Expert: Building your skills bridge
My guest this week is Ellen Dux, associate director of the Office of Sustainability at theUniversity of Southern California. After a successful stint as a film producer in theentertainment industry where she held a number of senior positions, including as Executive Director of 20 th Century Fox’s mobile content division, and co-founding a film entertainment production company with musician Peter Gabriel, Ellen took the leap and, over the course of 3 years, translated her writing, connecting, and project management skills to a career in sustainability. In this episode, Ellen and I talk about identifying your transferable skills and making them central to your story, how you pitch yourself and how you offer value to others.
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