Empjoyment: Real-life stories from diverse career changers into non-technical jobs in digital tech companies
By Join Nemo Ashong in empowering diversity in tech by helping career changers transition into non-technical roles in tech companies, so you can experience enjoyment through employment
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Empjoyment podcast connects and empowers YOU and career changers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds interested in getting a job at a technology company by sharing insights, lessons learned, and step-by-step tutorials from others who have been in your shoes. Come join us Empjoyees as we go beyond the technical aspects of the profession and explore different career paths in tech, the best ways to build your skills, and ultimately how you can demonstrate the experience needed, so that you can find enjoyment through employment. Let's spread joy today!
||Clean38: Ventrice Lam||--||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37: Allison Poss||--||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36: A Message from Nemo||Just wanted to share some thoughts with you and connect with you directly! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Additional Resources for your Empjoyment Complimentary 1-on-1 Tech Career Coaching: I'm offering the complimentary personalized...||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: Every Problem is Solvable (DeVon Lineman - Lead Data Scientist, Forkcast)||Devon Lineman is no stranger to bad news. Despite completing all of the coursework to obtain a bachelor’s AND master’s degree in mathematics, financial difficulties prevented him from earning either. He approached the problem like any game or...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: How to Win the "Numbers Game" and Reinvent Yourself (Andrew Ash - Software Engineer, Amazon)||Resetting your career to pursue a life of your design provides its challenges. Those challenges are unique to each individual, but there are certainly frameworks we can utilize to help guide our progress to overcome them. Andrew Ash shares his most...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: There's Never The Right Time to Make a Change (Larry Port - CEO & Founder, Rocket Matter)||Listen to this episode to hear Larry share: Approaches to convert angry and difficult customers to raving fans Considerations for several items of interest when starting a company including funding (self and venture capital), ownership structures,...||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit32: Rejection is not a reflection of you as a person (Amanda Oliver - Content & Brand Strategist, OrionCKB)||Subscribe to listen to this episode as we discuss how to: Determine your transferable skills from a prior role, industry, company to your new opportunity Utilize several tools to get clarity on how to figure how that you want from your work...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Focus on Solving Problems that Interest You to Find Joy in your Tech Career (Elan Greenberg - Senior Manager, DoorDash)||Listen to this episode to hear Elan share: His lessons learned from his transitions from the Marines to Investment Banking to Senior Manager at DoorDash, a fast-growing technology company focused in on-demand delivery The methodical approach he used...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: If you're Not Happy, Change it! (Jess Bertling - User Experience Developer, NewBoCo)||Listen to this episode now to learn how to: Pilot your own side project that both builds experience in areas you want to grow in and benefits your organization Navigate the structure of the development platform GitHub used by developers...||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Know that there Opportunities You are not Aware of Available to You (Danilo Vicioso - Entrepreneur, Influencia.io)||Listen to this episode now to learn how to: Move forward toward your own definition of empjoyment even when you're already experiencing what others might consider success Recover from being turned down from a job opportunity when you feel you have no..||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: How to Align your Work with what's Truly Important to You at Your Core (Dorianne St. Fleur - HR Business Partner and Career Coach)||Listen to this episode now to learn how Dorianne: Navigates the transition from being a top performer in her role in the finance industry she knew well to finding her way to similar levels of success in tech Shares how “fast-paced” work...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Keep Taking Swings to Achieve Fulfillment in Life and Work (Michael Mayer - Growth and Development, Betterment)||Listen to this episode now to learn how to: Navigate moving to a new role within your company (aka internal mobility) in a way that continues to grow your career and move you to your ultimate goals of empjoyment Apply an entrepreneurial mindset to...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Practice Mindfulness to Adapt Quickly in Rapidly Changing Tech Environments (Nitya Shekar - Learning and Development Manager, AppNexus)||Listen to this episode now to learn how to: Incorporate mindfulness into your daily activities (without having to add a brand new meditation practice) Design impactful experiences based on best practices Nitya has discovered first-hand Adapt to...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Moving Past No’s to Reach your Objective (Claudio Vallejo – Product Designer, Managed by Q)||Listen now to learn how to: Leverage a series of roadblocks to grow as a designer and build the skills that can lead you to your next role Approach your next product design project from inception to completion through a step-by-step process...||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Volunteer with Non-profits to Build your Portfolio and Impact (Beth Awalt - Communications and Social Media Coordinator)||By the time Beth Awalt was ready to find empjoyment through tech doing communications and social media, she had already organized a national campaign on a social media channel with tens of thousands of followers... through her volunteer efforts in her..||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Stand Taller with Technology and Purpose to Create Value you Believe in (Matt Plaks - Product Outreach, Temboo)||Join us as Matt Plaks shares how you and others like you can start getting involved now with opportunities in the growing space of the "internet of things". From a personal and professional development standpoint, you'll also gain strong insight into...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Build Trust with your Clients by Being Candid about your Experience (Anna Jordan - Implementation Consultant, Tyler Technologies)||Anna Jordan (Higher Education Admissions to Implementation Consultant) shows us the opportunity that comes from being a career changer who is underestimated...and then over delivers on today's episode. Enjoy full episode notes, discussions, and...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Quick Announcement and Opportunity for Empjoyees||There are some important changes coming to the Empjoyment podcast and all of them work out in your favor! Listen now to hear Nemo explain what you can expect going forward!||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: Implement Organized Plans to Get your Next Role in Tech (Eugene Nam - Product Manager, Venuebook)||Do you have to get lucky to get a role role in tech? What if you could create a plan to get from your current job to your next career opportunity in tech and implement it at a pace that you've set for yourself, over a time-frame that feels comfortable..||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: How You Tell Your Story is Just as Important as Your Experience (Sumant Yerramilly – Head of Advertising, Edmodo)||Reinventing yourself and your career is not an easy feat. In our pursuit of enjoyment through employment, it can often feel like a daunting and unsurmountable roadblock to overcome. How do you pivot your brand from being an expert in one thing (and...||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Apply Your Existing Industry Knowledge to Start Your Career in Tech (Liz Sanders – Information Systems Project Manager, New York-Presbyterian Hospital)||Have you thought about how valuable your industry experience can be within the tech world? We’re not just talking for startups and new tech companies, but throughout any type of organization. Often times, a background within a specific industry can...||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Build a Portfolio of Projects and Experiences to transition into Data Science (Jonathan Ortiz, Data Scientist and Knowledge Engineer, Data.World)||Data Science is a rapidly growing field within technology. But how do you make the transition into getting your first role? How do you navigate the terms, jargon, technical references and more when you’ve never worked in the role before. Jonathan...||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Trust your intuition in times of change and uncertainty (Gabs Ricci, Marketplace Analyst - VenueBook)||Going against the status quo alone and following jumping into a completely different phase of your career can be daunting. There are several forces, both internal and external, that introduce doubt and anchor you into continuing down the path most...||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Clarify your Intentions and Take on Experiences to Live Life by Design (Brian Ssennoga, Alumni Program Manager, Global Health Corps||Not every Empjoyee lives in a place where there is a vibrant tech community. However, today’s conversation with Brian Ssennoga proves that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be one in the future. It just might be up to you to make it come to life, and...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: The 3 X-Factors that differentiate candidates regardless of tech background (Patrick Burke, Senior Director of Product and Analytics, Scientific Games Interactive)||As Empjoyees, we're not about following the same path to success as others. We're about finding the best path for you and blazing a trail where you don't have to compete with others to transition into tech. Instead, you're in a whole league of your...||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14: Take action and Book your Theater to Bring your Career in Tech Dreams to Life Faster (Alli Goldberg, Co-founder, Blogologues.org)||"Follow your passion" is a common phrase people say when it comes to pursuing a new role. That's all well and good, but how does that translate when you feel that your passion has nothing to do with technology? Alli Goldberg, today's featured Empjoyee..||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Use Targeted, Personalized Learning Experiences to Build Skills Faster (Maren Engh - Customer Education Manager, Optimizely)||Getting things done quickly in a tech company is one of the gold standards to success. But how do you manage to do that when you're just one person and there are multiple priorities that people have within the organization. Maren Engh, today's...||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Delivering Great Results for Clients in High-Stakes Situations (Sam Port, Creative Director - Proscenium)||You've done it - it's your time to shine, and the pressure is on. The question is do you sink or swim? (Spoiler: You're an Empjoyee - You swim!) How do you: Handle the high-stakes situations that come with switching careers and progressing in your...||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Turning a 7 year Gap into Tech Career Success (Adele Sanchez, VP of Partner Success)||Q: How do you transition into tech when you've had a long gap in US employment or have been out of the country for a while? A: Use what you did during that time to your advantage by incorporating it into your story and your differentiated value...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Navigating your career in tech through multiple reorgs (Angela Christian, Account Manager – VenueBook)||Re-organizations (more commonly called “re-orgs”) are a common occurrence in tech companies as they grow and adapt to accomplish better meet product and market fit. These reorgs may result in a shift in team structure, priorities, and often...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Don't let sunk costs and fear of the unknown keep you from your dreams (Leslie Lai, Software Developer)||Full show Notes: https://empjoyment.com/9 Let's face it: making a career change when you've invested a lot just to get to where you are currently can feel really scary. To take things further, transitioning into a brand new industry can make the fear...||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Set, Manage and Exceed Expectations to get hired and help clients succeed (James Kaikis, Sales Engineer Manager – Showpad)||As a career changer, there is a natural level of risk associated with an employer taking you on for a role. In fact, the fear of making a mistake with a “risky” higher can be a common roadblock to getting into a new field. Great – now that...||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: How to find all the answers you need to succeed at your job in tech (Mila Singh, Culture Strategist - CultureIQ)||One thing that holds a lot of us back from making the career change we know that we’re meant to make is the nagging feeling that we don’t know enough about the job/ product/ company industry/ [insert your personal limiting belief here] to truly...||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Embrace the positive power of being non-technical within a tech company (Deniz Cebenoyan, Senior Product Manager – Revinate)||Full episode summary: https://empjoyment.com/denizcebenoyan You got this! Deniz Cebenoyan, our featured Empjoyee, reminds us that you already know what you need to know to be able to be widely successful in tech. It’s not about the specific skill...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Reframe Your Problems to Solve them Faster (Jon Fosdick, Software Engineer - AppNexus)||Visit https://empjoyment.com/jonfosdick for full show notes Jon Fosdick's journey is one of perseverance and making consistent strides towards an overall goal: to become a software engineer. We're happy to share that at the time of this...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: It's OK not to know when you're transitioning into tech (Katie Sawyer, Content Marketing Manager - Eventbrite)||Interested in putting your skills and passion for writing to good use in tech? Are you prone to find ways to connect and build relationships with people through text? Regardless of your writing background and aspirations, today's episode with Katie...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Leverage design principles to create the best experience for your users – Angélique Bélizaire (Product Designer)||Have you ever heard the quote “If you build it, they will come.” from the movie Field of Dreams? That might have worked at the time that it was released, but in today’s economy that phrase speaks more to the dreamer than the successful...||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: How to manage digital and tech products within a large financial company (Alaric Eby, Product Manager – American Express)||If you’ve been trying to figured out how to keep the security and structure of a well-established, large company while pursuing a life in tech, you’ll definitely want to listen to today’s episode with Alaric Eby (probably multiple times)!...||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Use your past experiences and interests to provide value to your team and customers (Monette Sommers, Senior Product Specialist - SurveyMonkey)||Throughout your career journey, you'll likely find aspects of different roles and project that speak to you both in terms of interests and skills. With your transition into tech, you'll have the opportunity to find a role and contribute value to your...||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0: Start Here - How you'll benefit from the Empjoyment Podcast||Let's start off by getting to know each other and explaining why the Empjoyment podcast exists. Enjoy!||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great tips for aspiring career changers!
The podcast and other resources on the Empjoyment website are both useful and free. Lots of actionable tips to help aspiring career changers move into tech and get jobs. This is a great and much-needed resources for anyone who wants to build a career in the tech industry.
I've always been interested in tech, although the steep learning curve made me shy away from the field. This podcast offers great insights in how to get the job of your dreams in the tech field. Highly recommend if you're someone looking to get involved, but don't know how to take the first step.
Super easy to listen to, and Nemo is really enthusiastic in his conversations with his guests.
It's an easy listen, and has easily consumable insight. And I just like Nemo.