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The Grind Podcast
29 minutes | Apr 1, 2018
Episode 16: Responding to a Job Offer
Tuyen has turned her job search around but now has a new problem. She needs to respond to a job offer before she hears back from her dream job. We bring on Phil Strazzulla, the founder of NextWave Hire, to help us learn what a job is really like before we accept. This episode is produced by UW student, Taylor McAvoy.
54 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
Episode 15: How to Take Care of Yourself During a Job Search
This week we meet Tuyen, a first generation Vietnamese American who spent her childhood living in cramped motel room that she shared with her entire family. We’ll follow Tuyen through the ups and downs of her job search as she struggles to parlay a degree in UX design to a career in Seattle’s competitive tech sector. Our guests will be Annika Larson (a recent UW graduate) and Karin Rogers (a counselor at the UW mental health clinic). We’ll also have a special update from producer Warren.
21 minutes | Feb 17, 2018
Episode 14: Vulnerability on Social Media with David Chase
David Chase was laid off from his job earlier this year. The first thing he did was post about it on Linkedin. That post got over 1,000,000 views, 20,000 likes, and 2,000 comments. David is our guest this week on The Grind to talk about vulnerability on social media and his plans to create a “Real Linkedin”.
25 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
Episode 13: Networking as an Introvert with Heather Redman
This week, we’re talking about networking again with Heather Redman, a Seattle-based venture capitalist and executive. To the surprise of many who know her professionally, Heather is an introvert. We talk about how networking as an introvert can make you more purposeful and how she works to keep herself “open” each day.
36 minutes | Jan 18, 2018
Episode 12: What the **** is networking? A conversation with one of the world’s best networkers, Heidi Roizen.
This week, Ignacio’s job search gets serious and he starts making connections. To help him, we bring on one of the world’s best networkers, the self-proclaimed “Snooki of Harvard Business School”, and Marc's business-school hero, venture capitalist, Heidi Roizen. We talk about why she hates the term networking, the best way to get someone’s attention with a cold email, and how to make “networking events” less horrible.
28 minutes | Jan 11, 2018
Episode 11: Should you shut off your social media?
And we’re back! As a holiday present to The Grind, share this episode with a friend. As we start the second half of Season 1, it’s a great time to catch-up on Episodes 1-10. Today, we meet Ignacio, a young professional who fought his way from a challenging childhood in Wapato to a prestigious tech job in Seattle. So why isn’t he satisfied? Warren, Marc, and (intern) Taylor help Ignacio get started on the job search process by examining his social media. We bring on former LinkedIn employee Ana De Sousa to share her social media tips and help us answer the question: Should we shut off our social media or make it an asset during a job search?
31 minutes | Dec 21, 2017
Episode 10: An Update with Youcef - Self-Doubt, Family, and Paying it Forward
In this episode, we catch-up with Youcef after his summer internship at Madrona. We talk about the self-doubt that he experienced after his first round of internship rejections, how he almost called in sick for his Madrona interview, and what he learned this summer. We also talk about what his internship success has meant to his family and how he’s paying it forward with young people in his hometown of Federal Way. This is our last episode of 2017. We’ll be back with fresh episodes in 2018. Happy holidays!
27 minutes | Dec 13, 2017
Episode 9 - What to Wear to Work
Before they can focus on this week’s episode, Marc and Warren are desperate for an update from Youcef on his latest internship lead. To cut the tension, Marc tells his most embarrassing work-related story. We also bring on Ambika Singh, the CEO and Founder of Armoire, who tells us how to dress for work and why we should care about what we wear in the first place. Finally, we meet our production intern, Alex, and ask him how he likes his new bosses.
28 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
Episode 8: How to Apply For a Job (Scattershot or Focus)
This week, Marc reconnects with Youcef who is struggling with the disappointment of striking out on his first round of internship interviews. Resolute as always, Youcef rededicates himself to the process submitting 150 new applications. Marc and Warren wonder if this scattershot approach is a good use of his time especially after he uncovers a new live lead demanding his focus. To answer this question, the team consults a hiring manager at a major tech company and the CEO of a small fashion startup. We cover all aspects of the job application process (job boards, cover letters, resumes, referrals) and try to answer the question: "Is it better to be focused or scattershot when applying for jobs?"
24 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
Episode 7: The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews with Jason Dana
Last week, we talked about whether to be honest in interviews. This week, we ask why interviews need to exist at all. We bring on Jason Dana, a professor at Yale School of Management, whose research on interviews was featured in a New York Times Article entitled “The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews.” He makes the case that interviews are inherently biased and actually hurt our ability to make smart hiring decisions. Marc and Warren wonder how interviewers and interviewees can do better. This week our episode is sponsored by Adam Greenberg. Read his blog post about AmeriCorps NCCC here.
25 minutes | Nov 16, 2017
Episode 6: Being Honest in Interviews
On this week’s episode we meet Youcef, a computer science student from UW-Tacoma trying to break into the tech industry. He’s been getting internship interviews at major firms but hasn’t been able to close the deal. Marc and Warren wonder if perhaps he’s being too honest in his interviews. They bring on interview expert Vincent Feliciano and a very special guest, Lindsay (Marc’s sister), to discuss the pros and cons of being brutally honest in interviews. At the end of the episode, Marc and Warren share interview tips from their research and come to a conclusion about whether you should strive to make yourself look good in interviews or be yourself at all costs.
27 minutes | Nov 2, 2017
Episode 5: Update with Amina - The MCAT Adversity and the Life of a Doctor
Marc catches up with Amina four months after her last update. We talk the MCAT, medical school applications, and dealing with adversity...publicly. We also talk about the difficult life of a doctor and wonder if it’s okay to be unhappy if you’re doing something meaningful. Is our first obligation to ourselves or our community? We’re off next week but back 11/16 to introduce a new voice.
26 minutes | Oct 25, 2017
Episode 4: Reimagining Work for Women - An Interview with Annie Dean Founder of Werk
Marc and Warren are two cisgender men, which doesn’t make them experts about this week’s topic: women. And more specifically, challenges facing women in the workplace. Luckily, we bring on Annie Dean, founder of Werk, an online job marketplace for women seeking flexible work arrangements without giving up the leadership track. Annie talks to us about the future of work and flexibility and we test her ideas with two college students and a new working mother.
26 minutes | Oct 18, 2017
Episode 3: The Power of Meaning with Emily Esfahani Smith
This week we revisit Amina, a senior at the University of Washington, who thinks she has her life planned out, only to discover, maybe she doesn’t. A summer research job, meant to be a pit stop on her way to medical school, takes on new meaning as she works on developing a vaccine for malaria, a disease she suffered from growing up. Marc brings on New York Times bestselling author Emily Esfahani Smith to help understand the difference between happiness and meaning. And we ask Amina if she still feels 100% sure about medical school.
25 minutes | Oct 11, 2017
Episode 2: So, what do you want to do with your life (Part 2)?
In Part 2, we reintroduce Amina, a senior at the UW who plans her life to the minute and is 100% sure she wants to go to medical school. Marc and Warren are stirring up trouble for Amina as they challenge her to think more about her decision to attend medical school. They bring on Kat Koh, creative career coach (or...wait...a career coach for creatives) to help them get clear on careers. Kat takes us on a journey and introduces a Japanese flower that helps you plan your life, convinces us that compasses are better than maps, and makes us imagine ourselves as frogs jumping to lilypads. It’s out there. And after all of that, we endeavour to answer our question: Is it better to have a life plan or live in the moment?
25 minutes | Oct 11, 2017
Episode 1: So, what do you want to do with your life (Part 1)?
Amina is a planner. And you can’t blame her. She grew up as the only Somali in her elementary school in Dubai, living a life rigidly planned for her by her father. The financial crisis upended that plan and landed her in Seattle in school with boys and white people for the first time. Now she’s a decorated senior at the University of Washington who structures her time to the minute and keeps a strict list of priorities for herself. Her goal: medical school. Marc and Warren wonder if all this planning is keeping her from new experiences and exploring other career options. They pose the question: Is it better to have a life plan or live in the moment? Also joining them is guest Naa-Sakle Akuete, founder of Eu’Genia Shea, who literally has a 30-year life plan...written out.
1 minutes | Apr 16, 2017
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