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34 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Career Path: Investment Banking, Guest: James Marciano, Tuck Advisors
In this episode, we hear from James Marciano, Founder of Tuck Advisors, an investment bank that focuses on mergers and acquisition advisory for smaller companies and startups with a focus on the education and health and wellness space. James earned his undergrad degree from Harvard College and went on to complete an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Surprisingly, James found himself lacking career direction during his undergrad and upon graduation considered joining the Army. James' career path has included management consulting, founding and selling digital/tech start-ups, and opening his own investment bank and advisory firm. Listen in for advice on the many paths in and around investment banking - not just through one of the big, more well-known banks. James also shares his insider tips on how to learn about investment banking before applying for an internship or full-time role.Additional Notes and Links:IB101.com - Tuck Advisors developed an online platform and course to teach students about investment banking, specifically the M&A sell-side process. Learn the basics of how an investment bank works and what is expected of an analyst. Industry Recruiting Cycles by Industry (Washington University)
40 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Career Path: Marketing/Social Media Guest: Haley Georgen, Founder That Cheese Princess and Marketing Major at Providence College
It was the Spring of 2020 and Haley Georgen was stuck home like the rest of us. Haley decided to combine her love of photography and cheese to create That Cheese Princess, a company that makes unique charcuterie boards for small to large gatherings in the Providence/New England area. Learn how Haley put the marketing knowledge she learned in the classroom to work in real life. Haley shares her path of experiences including the classes, clubs, and internships that have helped her grow a marketing mindset. Launch Career Strategies intern Megan Stenberg joins the conversation!A few links from our conversation to help you learn more!Companies where Haley interned: Idea Village is the owner of many amazing brands including Flawless and Copper Fit. Vaya Life swimwear and clothing Nantucket Island Marketing Online resources for learning: Hubspot Certification Google Digital Garage - learn digital skills in digital marketing, career development, data and tech A great book that inspired Haley: That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life, Marissa Mullen
27 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Career Path: Computer Science and the Spirit of Entrepreneurism, Guest: Roland Afzelius
Listen in to hear how undergrad Roland Afzelius turned his love of the water into a business (Oyster Bay Water Sports) and an amazing learning experience. This episode has tons of great advice on entrepreneurism, being a computer science major, and how to learn by doing! Hear what it's like to run a small business and learn about entrepreneurism from the many sides - inventor, finance, funding, marketing, customer service and more. Roland’s experience launching OBWS and understanding how a small business is run will help him in any career path he chooses.You may not be the inventor but if you love the excitement and energy around a start up - listen in for ideas, maybe look at marketing or finance or operations or the customer service side of a start up! Hear about the many ways Roland has educated himself on possible career paths including Tech Track. Related episode links: Info on Oyster Bay Water Sports (OBWS) Article on OBWS BC’s Tech Track class - see if your university has something similar or ask that they create one!
49 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Kevin McCordic: Lacrosse Injury leads to resilience and success off the field. How to balance your time as an undergrad and young professional.
Kevin McCordic had just started his senior season on the Providence College Men's Lacrosse team when bad luck literally hit him square in the jaw. Hear how his time on the sidelines helped him grow as a student, athlete, and human being. And as a result, authored his first book: Wired Shut, 21 Unspoken Keys to College In this episode, Kevin shares tons of his incredible advice - everything from how to pick the best classes and balance your time so you can excel in the classroom and still have time for friends - to rules on how to best manage social life and extracurriculars. Plus, incredible tips on managing your health and money. Wired Shut is packed with useful tips and advice for undergrads and recent grads and teaches through real-life hacks and proven advice. You can have it all - listen in to find out how!As a bonus, hear about Kevin's pivot from a management consulting career path to a startup in Crypto. This is an episode not to be missed!Show notes and links from this episode:Kevin's book Wired Shut, 21 Unspoken Keys to CollegeThe 4-Hour Workweek, Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and join the New Rich by Tim FerrissA great book that Kevin read to learn about the Pareto principle = 80/20 RuleRateMyProfessor.com Find the best professors to maximize your time and learningBlinkist.com Audio reading to help you read more in less timeAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones - book by James ClearMeetup.com Great site to help meet people for networking and learn about new career pathsProof of Talent Great resource to find opportunities in the crypto space
22 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Career Path: Technology Enterprise Sales, Guest: Mackenzie Coughlin, LinkedIn
How a positive attitude and strong networking lands you the job...twice!Key Career topics include: Networking before, during, and after job experiences | The hidden job market | "Creative" NetworkingMackenzie Coughlin had recently graduated from Providence College and secured her dream job at LinkedIn when COVID-19 derailed those career plans. Mackenzie was less than a year into her new job when she became part of a large layoff at LinkedIn. Mackenzie shares how she got the job at LinkedIn - spoiler alert: she didn't intern there during her junior summer! Hear about what she did do in her summers (and as an undergrad) and how she leveraged those experiences to get into one of the most coveted sales programs in the tech industry. Her first two years out of college have not been a straight path but that's what makes her story so interesting and so very much worth the listen! Links mentioned in this episode:Mackenzie's LinkedIn profileVidyard
47 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Career Path: Investment Banking | Guest: Eric Stein, Global Chairman, Investment Banking, JPMorgan
Switching gears to Investment Banking as I chat with Eric Stein, Global Chairman of Investment Banking for JPMorgan. Eric has had a tremendously successful career at JPMorgan but his initial path wasn't the typical IB path. Listen in to hear his message around work ethic and passion for the finance space. Plus, he shares advice on how to prepare for the investment banking summer analyst interview process.Some links references in this episodeA few platforms to help prepare for the IB summer analyst interview process:Training the StreetBreaking into the StreetInformation on tech platforms used during the interview process:PymetricsHireVueCNBC article about JPM's use of tech platforms during the hiring process
37 minutes | May 29, 2021
Career advice from a Media/Advertising HR Pro, Guest, Bucky Keady, Sr. HR/Talent Leader
Career Topics: Networking | Growth areas in the media & content spaces | Getting your resume past ATS | Organizing your job searchToday's guest is Bucky Keady, an extremely well-respected HR and talent management leader in the media and publishing industry.Bucky spent 15 years as Associate Director of HR at Conde Nast - home to Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, Architectural Digest and more - she led recruiting, employee relations, career coaching, as well as guiding the strategic vision and decision making around bringing in top talent.Bucky then spent 18 years as SVP of Talent and Learning & Development for Time Inc. - another home to big brands including Time, People, and InStyle. Most recently Bucky was SVP of Executive Search for MediaLink and for the past year Bucky has been leading her own Talent and Culture coaching/consultancy.Bucky brings her incredible depth of experience and wisdom around career development to Top of the pile this week. Great advice for any career level!
5 minutes | May 18, 2021
Fast Facts Five Minutes, Career Topic: Feeling like you bombed that interview?
Fast Facts: Bomb that interview?Not feeling like you put your best foot forward? We've all been there. That pit in your stomach after finishing an interview and thinking "Jeez, I really screwed that up". Here are some thoughts around how to try and repair the damage and how to avoid it in the first place.
43 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Career Path: Advertising & Media | Guest: John Osborn, CEO, OMD Worldwide
Today's guest is John Osborn, CEO at OMD Worldwide, an award-winning global media agency that works with top household brands including Pepsi, Apple, McDonald's, NFL, and FedEx to name a few.This episode is packed full of interestingand useful information about the current advertising/media landscape and the different paths that you can take in the industry. There's a pathway for just about every undergrad major. You'll hear how OMD navigated the past year as an organization and the unique and fun ways they've kept the lines of communication open with their employees. Plus, John shares the interview question he always asks and the skills he looks for in new hires. And - a special insider bonus that you won't want to miss!Advertising Industry trades to learn and keep up to date on the industry. Some also have learning/courses on advertising topics:Ad Age AdWeekMediapostIABMarketing Brew
6 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Fast Facts Five Minutes, Career Topic: Efficient and Effective Job Search
Unemployed or looking for your first job? Or an undergrad looking for a summer internship? Here are some quick tips to help you use your time wisely. Don't get stuck in the black hole of job portals. Ask yourself: Am I doing enough networking? Who can be a mentor in my career search? Can I be a mentor or sounding board to someone else who is in the job hunt? Sometimes helping others ends up helping ourselves!Find a free online course to upskill - Data and Tech | Digital Marketing | Career Development (Public Speaking is a great skill to focus on)Free courses on Google Digital Garage
60 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Career Path: Tech Sales | Guest: Ken Grohe, President/CRO, Weka
Career Path: Tech SalesMissed our recent career chat on CLUBHOUSE? Download this episode today! Today's guest is Ken Grohe, President & CRO at Weka, the leading next-gen data storage firm. Ken is an epic storyteller and shares some of his best stories - how he broke into sales and what it takes to find continued success while selling and leading sales teams. Ken brings over three decades of tremendous sales success in the SaaS and storage industry. Ken possesses a rare dedication and passion for winning that is based on a customer-centric perspective. In addition to his roles at major tech companies, Ken is an advisor and board member for numerous up-and-coming Silicon Valley companies.Following are some show notes and links mentioned in this episode: Check out Ken's company Weka.io For a little motivation, check out the Steve Harvey "Jump" video Tom Hopkin's sales techniques How to Master the Art of Selling, Tom Hopkins - National Bestseller Close more deals with The Feel-Felt-Found method Learn the health benefits of Vital Proteins
6 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Fast Facts Five Minutes, Career Topic: Ghosting
60% of candidates say they've been ghosted during their job searchThis week's Fast Facts Five is a quick (5 minutes) listen on tips and advice on what to do if you're being ghosted during your job search. Follow us on our social media and let us know if yoy've been ghosted. We're also giving some tips to make sure you're not ghosting an employer - it can happen both ways.Follow us for career advice and jump in the conversation on our social media:Top of the Pile/Launch Career Strategies Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn
30 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Career Path: Private Equity & The Power of Weak Ties, Guest: Brian Ramsay
Interested in Private Equity?Don't miss my convo with Brian Ramsay, President at private equity firm Littlejohn and Company. Brian talks about the skillset needed to succeed in private equity and how that set of skills evolves as you progress. But the best part of this episode might be Brian's advice on networking. It centers around something he learned in an economics class during his first year of college. This could be the key that unlocks the most powerful connections in your life. Check it out!If you're interested in learning more about the research behind the power of weak ties, here are some articles: Why your 'weak tie' friendships may mean more than you think (BBC) The Strength of Weak Ties (Stanford)Weak ties matter (Techcrunch) Why Every Employee Should be Building Weak Ties at Work Recent book Brian enjoyed:The Midnight Library, Addie LaRue
5 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Five Minutes of Networking Tips
This week's Top of the Pile is a fast facts episode where I'm giving you all of the most important tips and tricks to crank up your networking! Shoot us a note if there's something that didn't get covered or you just have more questions about your career search process! Go to launchcareerstrategies.com and CONTACT US today!SUBSCRIBE to Top of the Pile so you don't miss an episode!
37 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Don't be afraid to pivot (your major or your career): Life is a Decathlon, your career is just one event!
Just get your first move down. My guest Jane Holt has a front-row seat to the struggles - and the successes - that undergrads and new grads go through as they figure out their career path. As former Director of Northwestern University's Waldron Student-Alumni Connections Program, Jane has seen first hand what employers are looking for and the important skills needed to succeed in this job market. Listen in for some real advice and inspiration - especially if you're still figuring things out.And find out what the "airport test" is..... 😉 Hosted by Karen Elders of Launch Career Strategies
33 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Howard Stern Internship to Managing Big Brand Ad Campaigns for Pandora, Guest: James Saho
Interested in Digital Media or Advertising?Check out my conversation with James Saho, Senior Account Manager at Pandora, a leading music streaming service. Hear how James' networking success came from a very unexpected place and led to internships at SiriusXM and the Howard Stern Show. Ultimately, James landed himself at Pandora - this time through a part-time gig. It's all very exciting to hear! Extra Career Search Tips:Know the acronyms of the industry you’re interviewing with. Google is your friend when you’re preparing for an interview. You don’t have to know exactly what they all mean but being familiar and letting your interviewer see that you’ve done your homework may be the difference in making it to the next round.Find "experience patterns” - look at career paths on LinkedIn of people who have been successful in the industries, companies, and/or roles that you aspire to……maybe even just see where they've interned to get ideas for your own internship. As promised in this episode, a few things to follow up and share: Learn about top Amazon author McGarvey Black and how she followed her passion for writing. Full Sail University - Degrees in entertainment, media, arts and tech.Interesting stat regarding Volunteer Time Off (VTO) or Employer-Sponsored Volunteerism (ESV) – According to a 2019 study, 26% of companies offer paid time off for volunteering.
35 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Success in the Emerging Space of Renewable Energy: Guest, Ned Horneffer
Looking for a career path in a high growth area? Check out my conversation with Ned Horneffer, VP, Strategic Partnerships at PositivEnergy, a dedicated clean energy asset marketplace. Whether you're interested in finance and investment, research, operations, sales, or engineering, learn how young professionals are launching successful careers in the booming renewable energy/cleantech space. Hear how Ned carved his path and the advice he gives for those considering this growing sector.Relevant links from our conversation:Ned's undergrad alma mater St. Andrew's, ScotlandThe Mongol Rally All you ADVENTURE SEEKING people out there - Check out the amazing bio-fuel road race across Mongolia that Ned did a few years ago! Ned is currently VP, Strategic Partnerships at PositivEnergyCheck out Young Professionals in EnergyYoung Professionals in Energy (YPE) is a non-profit organization, a forum for networking and career development. YPE aims to facilitate the advancement of young professionals in the global energy industry. A few interesting startups Ned mentions: DandelionSealed HomeRenewable Energy Industry Terms:What is ESG? Environmental Social and Governance investmentForbes Article on ESGWhat is EPC Engineering, Procurement and Construction
36 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Breaking Into Finance: Guest, Jennifer Foster, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Chilton Investment
Thinking about a career in finance? This week you'll hear how a liberal arts undergrad degree nurtured curiosity and an analytical mind. Get some amazing insights from this week's guest Jennifer Foster, Co-Chief Investment Officer at global investment management firm Chilton Investments. Jennifer credits her liberal arts undergrad degree with her ability to think analytically. This along with her natural curiosity to learn has supported Jennifer in her 23 years of success on Wall Street. A few top tips and links to share:Be well-read = be interesting in interviewsA few great book recommendations from Jennifer:Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike, Phil KnightThe Lemonade Stand: What every entrepreneur should know to succeed in starting and running any businessA good bio on Warren Buffet, here are a few suggestions:Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger LowensteinThe Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder Dip your toe in an area that might be of interest. Accounting is a great class to check out for a career in finance. A few online options: Coursera: Accounting Fundamentals courses For young women, if you're looking for a support or mentoring group, this seems worthy to check out:Financial Alliance for WomenNeed help figuring out your career path? or with your resume, LinkedIn or interview skills? Connect with Launch Career Strategies today!
23 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Digital Media Sales, Pandora: Guest Bailey Spalding
Thinking about Digital Media Sales? Check out my conversation with Bailey Spalding, Account Executive on the Pandora sales team. Hear about Bailey's path from college intern to entry level sales planner to successful seller.A few links related to this episode:Check out these great notebooks and make taking notes at work a lot more fun and interesting. Check out these notebooks to put a little style into your note taking…. Want a little attitude in your notebook? Funny and awkward notebooks… Best Notebooks of 2021 according to New York magazine’s The StrategistIn case you don't subscribe, check out Pandora here: Pandora Courses to up your Excel and Powerpoint skills: Excel online course Advanced Excel course Powerpoint online course
30 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Money Advice for your 20's: Putting Your Career and Finances on the Right Path
In the amount of time it takes to watch an episode ofFRIENDS or THE OFFICE,get the financial advice that every young professional needs to hear.This week's guest Jacquette Timmons has been featured on SiriusXM, "Good Morning America," Oprah.com, CNN, HLN, FOX, Black Enterprise, NPR, Reuters.com, and The Wall Street Journal. Jacquette is a financial behaviorist, author, podcast host, and the President/CEO of Sterling Investment Management. When she's not providing behavioral-based financial coaching, she's traveling the country for speaking engagements on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, AM Law 200 firms, nationally known non-profits, and conferences to talk about the intersection of emotions and money. THE pep talk everyone wishes they had in their twenties. Sterling Investment Management Jacquette Timmons, Financial Behaviorist
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