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Get the spark you need to make your next career change. Your host, Nicolle Merrill, is the author of the book, Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots. A four-time career changer herself, Nicolle asks 50 people how they made the jump into a new career path. The result? 50 bingeable career adventure stories to help you make your next change. This is the podcast for anyone stuck in a mediocre job.

Come hang out on Instagram: @50conversations

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Get the spark you need to make your next career change. Your host, Nicolle Merrill, is the author of the book, Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots. A four-time career changer herself, Nicolle asks 50 people how they made the jump into a new career path. The result? 50 bingeable career adventure stories to help you make your next change. This is the podcast for anyone stuck in a mediocre job.

Come hang out on Instagram: @50conversations

    BONUS: Upskilling yourself: How to learn new skills for any career path

    BONUS: Upskilling yourself: How to learn new skills for any career path

    Reskilling. Upskilling. It seems like everyone is talking about skills lately.

    New technology like automation and artificial intelligence are changing the workplace. Upskilling is a way to adapt to the changes in our workplace.

    Upskilling is a verb and a mindset. It’s the act of learning new skills to improve your professional life. It’s also a willingness to accept that things are changing, take charge of your learning and development, and not burry your head in the sand.

    This bonus episode dives into what it means to upskill and how to learn new skills. You’ll hear why you should upskill yourself and find ways to upskill your career. You'll also hear me say upskill a bajillion times.

    This is part of my keynote Upskill Now: Adapting to the Age of the Agile Worker.
    It's based on my new book Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots.

    This episode on upskilling yourself covers:

    - How to find the right learning experience to help you upskill
    - How to upskill yourself while working
    - How to find free learning opportunities in your workplace
    - Choosing companies that provide a learning environment
    - How to choose a digital bootcamp
    - Why leaders and management need to upskill as well

    For speaking inquires, visit www.nicollemerrill.com

    Got thoughts on this podcast episode? Contact me at hello at 50 conversations dot com.

    • 13 min
    Using people skills to build an adventurous career in tech

    Using people skills to build an adventurous career in tech

    Emily's made a career out of her love of helping people solve problems and growing communities. In this episode, she shares how she's transitioned into the tech industry using her people skills across different roles to show us the many ways you can work in tech without learning how to code. Plus, did you know Google had a jean jacket? I didn't either until our discussion.

    You'll also hear how Emily used reflection as a tool throughout her career changes and why it's so powerful to give yourself space to reflect as you explore a new path. She gives seriously good advice on how to actually make your career change happen.

    This is the episode where we celebrate defying our parent's traditional career advice and and saying yes to new opportunities. Listen to this if you've got serious people skills and are curious where you fit into the tech industry.

    Quotes I'm loving from this episode and I think you'll love too:

    "Even at startups. You have recruiters, admins who support the team, people in finance, people like me who don't know how to. code and plan events. As long as you have an interest and willingness to learn about tech, you can always find a place for. yourself in tech. It's doable. If I did it, others can do it too."

    "I'm a yes person. I jump at every opportunity."

    "Because I live in San Francisco, you see a lot of people in tech who hop around in different jobs or have side projects. It's no longer being at a job for 3 to 4 years. It's the norm now to [jump around]. It's a very interesting shift. There are so many possibilities out there."

    Thinking about a career change? Don’t do it all on your own. Get the book to help you figure out your next career. Explore my new book, Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots.

    • 20 min
    When your dream job isn't a fit: How to figure out what's next

    When your dream job isn't a fit: How to figure out what's next

    What happens when your dream job isn't the job you thought it would be? Dr Casandra Hoy shares her adventures in the healthcare field and the journey she took to opening her own chiropractic practice.

    As a premed and liberal arts graduate, Dr Hoy has always been interested in the medical field. Her first career change was from a Japanese teacher to electronic medical records trainer. In that role, she traveled around the country helping hospitals and medical professionals learn how to use electronic records. While in that role that she realized she no longer wanted to become a doctor.

    We talk about how she came to that realization, how to go back to school, and the many surprises in her journey to become a chiropractor. Plus we talk about the different types of career changes that happen in our lifetime.

    Listen to this episode if your dream job isn't a dream job anymore or if you're curious about navigating new paths in the healthcare field.

    Quotes you'll enjoy:

    "This is my third career change. My first one was out of convenience because I happen to have the skills necessary to do that job. My second one was out of necessity because I knew I needed that experience to get what I thought was my dream job. Now I've landed on a career that I've actually calculated."

    "I come from a family of career changers. So I can't say that i won't ever change my career again because I have this in the back of my head, that I know that I can, because I have so many examples in my life that have done it."

    "Don't settle. If you're unhappy in your career and you feel like you're waiting for something to nudge you in that direction, nudge yourself. Because it's worth it when you find something that you're really content with."

    Thinking about a career change? Don’t do it all on your own. Get the book to help you figure out your next career. Explore my new book, Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots.

    • 20 min
    Community college for career changers: From social work to IT operations

    Community college for career changers: From social work to IT operations

    Brady shares his journey from social work at a nonprofit to transitioning into tech and working at a startup. Plus, a discussion on how new technology is changing our careers.

    • 23 min
    BONUS: Will robots really take our jobs? It's complicated.

    BONUS: Will robots really take our jobs? It's complicated.

    Bonus time! This episode is an intro to my talk, Upskill Now: Navigating the Future of Work. In it I answer the question: Are robots really taking our jobs? Plus I talk about what happened when a machine came to take my job at Yale. I'll also introduce emerging jobs like AR designers and AI Clinicians and talk about where we're headed in our new world of work. Listen to this to get beyond the robot hype.

    Interested in hiring me for a talk on upskilling? Visit my website for contact and speaker kit: http://www.nicollemerrill.com/work/speaking/

    • 13 min
    Don't get too comfortable: How to make a change in the middle of your career

    Don't get too comfortable: How to make a change in the middle of your career

    In this episode we're talking about what it's like at the start of a career change. Stephanie shares what she's learned as she starts her shift from higher education advising into instructional design and voice acting.

    This is an extra special episode. In this conversation, I'm chatting with someone who is at the beginning of her career change journey.

    Stephanie has had a fabulous international career working in higher education. Now, she’s just started the process to make the jump to instructional design and voice acting. In this episode, she explains in detail how she found her next path and selected the right educational program to get her started on her next career path. We talk about her interest in her new field of instructional design and how a career coach helped her figure it out.

    Plus, we talk about the finding your strengths and the paths you might discover as you start the career change process. Stephanie’s curiosity practically jumps out of the episode and into your ears in this episode.

    This episode is a must-listen for any mid-career professional looking for a change and wanting to learn how to work through the process. And if you’re curious about the field of online learning and development, Stephanie shares what she’s learned about the industry so far.

    Thinking about a career change? Don’t go on your own. There’s a new book to help you. Explore my new book, Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots.

    Quotes from the episode that'll motivate you to make a career change right now:

    “Knowing what your strengths are, knowing what you’re interested in, what you’re good at, and what you like to do, is important as you consider what comes next for yourself. That’s all a part of it.”

    “I was at a point where I was too content to the point where I wasn’t really moving forward. It was too comfortable. I needed to be challenged.”

    “This role has been transformational for me. But it’s also still time to get out of my comfort zone. This why I’m pursuing this new graduate degree, this new voice over opportunity, to challenge myself and enjoy what I’m doing. And then build on the skills and experience in to the next career."

    “Don’t let imposter syndrome stop you from moving forward. Imposter syndrome manifests itself as feelings of inadequacy sometimes or there are behaviors where you doubt your own accomplishments or have this fear of being exposed as a fraud. So don't let that stop you or hold up your progress. I want people to believe that they are more ready than they think they are. If they feel that sense of discontent with their current career, act on it, don't settle."

    • 21 min

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