New Episode, an Update, and a Favor

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m excited to share my latest new episode with you, “From Mechanical Engineer to Data Scientist: Iterating Success.” Ryan Lambert is an award-winning data scientist at American Express. After working in mechanical engineering R&D for the first part of his career, he and his wife picked up and moved to San Francisco sight unseen with no jobs and no plan. After parking cars as a valet, he got a job at Sauce Labs and took a bootcamp in data science, eventually realizing that his own “first principles” – what I think of as transferable skills, the fundamental skills that make you uniquely valuable in the workplace – and adaptability could help him get where he wanted to go. This is a really fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it! Click here to listen on Apple, here on Spotify, and here on Overcast.

You can also download the transcript here.

I also wanted to let you know that I’ll be ending Season 1 of the podcast with its final episode on June 6, just in time for summer. I’ll have some great bonus content for you throughout the summer, but I wanted to take some time to re-evaluate and get your feedback on the podcast…

…Which brings me to the favor I wanted to ask. If you’ve been regularly listening to the show (or even if you’ve only listened to one episode), I’d really love to hear from you. My goal is to get a sense of who is listening to this show and how I can make it more useful and valuable for you. So if you can, please take a minute to email me at, and tell me:

  1. Introduce yourself and let me know where you are in your career switch process. What’s your current career? Are you just starting to look around, are you in the midst of a transition, or have you already transitioned? What are your life circumstances? What are you thinking about?
  2. What do you want to hear in the show? Are these stories helpful, or is there other content you wish we had? Would a Facebook or LinkedIn community group be helpful? How can I make the podcast the most helpful for you in your career switch? Any and all ideas are much appreciated!

I am so grateful to everyone who has listened and subscribed to the show! Thank you so much and I can’t wait to hear from you!

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