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.
How do you feel about the Career Switch Podcast? What do you like and what don’t you like? What other kinds of content would make this podcast better for you? I’m taking ideas for Season 2 (out later this year) and would love to hear your feedback!
Thanks as always for listening and no matter where you are in your career change, I hope you feel empowered and inspired.
I’m really excited about today’s episode – this is one of my favorites!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, and tell me:
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?
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!
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. In this episode, we talk about what it takes to make your dreams a reality.
Ifat is an incredible woman with a really inspiring story. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! And if you want to check out the avant-garde looks from Lili the First, you can check them out here: https://www.lilithefirst.com/
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. This is one of my favorite episodes so far!
You can check out Jeremy’s podcast, the Online Course Igniter, anywhere you listen to podcasts, and visit his website at onlinecourseigniter.com.
Am I the only one who’s been feeling scattered lately? Caught between excitement that we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with this pandemic, stressed about how life is going to look for the next few months, and worried that so many are still at risk? Not to mention everything else going on in the US and around the world…
All of this has had me feeling a bit all over the place emotionally and energetically. If that’s you too, I hope this week’s episode might help bring us all some peace.
Up this week is Lauren Steckler, an intuitive life coach who made her transition after “checking all the boxes” – a corporate job in fashion sales, a marriage, a good education – and realizing that none of it was for her. In this episode, 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.
I left my interview with Lauren feeling calmer, and more confident in myself and my intuition. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it as well.
I’m thrilled to have another new episode for you this week – this one featuring Dan Turner, formerly known as pro wrestler “Dirty Dan Denton.” After touring the world as the Canadian Heavyweight Champion, winning the NWA Canadian Tag-Team Title, and headlining at the fabled Arena Mexico in Mexico City – the Cathedral of Lucha Libre – Dan 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 – navigating your career with a learner’s mindset, but also with confidence and the desire to achieve whatever you set out to do.
I am floored by the response this show got from appearing in The Skimm this morning! If you found me through that shout-out, THANK YOU for signing up, for downloading, and for your interest.
Many of you have already reached out to me about your own career changes. I love reading your stories and am always looking for more great guests to feature on the show. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, I love your feedback. If you like the show, it would be so incredible if you could rate, review, subscribe, and SHARE with anyone you think would benefit! The goal is to inspire and empower, and I need your help to get these stories out to as many people as possible.
Don’t hesitate to reach out with ideas, feedback, and stories. I can’t wait to hear what you think of the show!
I am THRILLED to officially launch and introduce The Career Switch Podcast! These first few episodes were chosen to give you a taste of what this show is all about. You can subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts. I can’t wait to hear what you think.