23 min

22 - Dave Wasmer on Crashing a Career in Tech Career Crashers

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In this episode Crash's own Head of Engineering, Dave Wasmer joins Isaac to talk about how he launched his career in tech. 



When Dave graduated from college with a degree in economics, he wasn't sure where he wanted to go in his career. He used his self-taught programming skills to get an opportunity at a large corporation, but he soon realized that the corporate environment wasn't the place for him to flourish. He was feeling the itch to find a new opportunity, but it wasn't until a serendipitous blog post connected him with a start-up that everything fell into place. 



In this episode, Dave shares the stories of how he Crashed his career and built his way to a great career in tech. 

Connect with Dave at: 

* https://twitter.com/davewasmer

* https://davewasmer.com/

Discussed in this episode: 

* How Dave crashed his career to get his first job in engineering for a software startup.

* How blogging an idea led to a unique job opportunity.

* Increasing your luck surface area: you can't replicate someone else's luck, but you do things that help you create your own.

* How Dave decided to take a corporate job after college and how it helped him learn that working in startups was more in line with his personality.

* The uncertainty in moving from working at a big company to a startup.

* Dave's advice for people feeling the itch to make a career change:

    1) Learn out loud: Don't just consume content while you're learning. Find ways to contribute to projects. 

    2) Focus on people: Invest your relationships. Get to know the people you're working with. Through your career, those relationships will matter more than almost anything else. 

   

In this episode Crash's own Head of Engineering, Dave Wasmer joins Isaac to talk about how he launched his career in tech. 



When Dave graduated from college with a degree in economics, he wasn't sure where he wanted to go in his career. He used his self-taught programming skills to get an opportunity at a large corporation, but he soon realized that the corporate environment wasn't the place for him to flourish. He was feeling the itch to find a new opportunity, but it wasn't until a serendipitous blog post connected him with a start-up that everything fell into place. 



In this episode, Dave shares the stories of how he Crashed his career and built his way to a great career in tech. 

Connect with Dave at: 

* https://twitter.com/davewasmer

* https://davewasmer.com/

Discussed in this episode: 

* How Dave crashed his career to get his first job in engineering for a software startup.

* How blogging an idea led to a unique job opportunity.

* Increasing your luck surface area: you can't replicate someone else's luck, but you do things that help you create your own.

* How Dave decided to take a corporate job after college and how it helped him learn that working in startups was more in line with his personality.

* The uncertainty in moving from working at a big company to a startup.

* Dave's advice for people feeling the itch to make a career change:

    1) Learn out loud: Don't just consume content while you're learning. Find ways to contribute to projects. 

    2) Focus on people: Invest your relationships. Get to know the people you're working with. Through your career, those relationships will matter more than almost anything else. 

   

23 min

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