71 episodes

I’m Samorn Selim. Welcome to the Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy Podcast. I’m a lawyer turned career coach on a mission for us to take our careers from dread to joy. Growing up as the daughter of poor Lao refugees, I was the underdog. Against all odds, I made it to a top 10 law school and landed a job in Big Law. As an outsider, I was told that I was lucky to even be there and that I had to pay my dues. After coaching over 1,000 clients, I now realize that the idea that you have to pay your dues and work in a toxic place is a myth. We can face our challenges head on, do work we are passionate about, and work with good people to make a big impact. So even as we struggle, we can find a sense of belonging.

Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy Samorn Selim

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I’m Samorn Selim. Welcome to the Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy Podcast. I’m a lawyer turned career coach on a mission for us to take our careers from dread to joy. Growing up as the daughter of poor Lao refugees, I was the underdog. Against all odds, I made it to a top 10 law school and landed a job in Big Law. As an outsider, I was told that I was lucky to even be there and that I had to pay my dues. After coaching over 1,000 clients, I now realize that the idea that you have to pay your dues and work in a toxic place is a myth. We can face our challenges head on, do work we are passionate about, and work with good people to make a big impact. So even as we struggle, we can find a sense of belonging.

    Ep. 71: Repost:  Managing the job search when you have mental health issues, been laid off, and struggle with applying consistently with Samorn Selim (CEO of Career Unicorns - career coach for BIPOC, women, and first generation professionals)

    Ep. 71: Repost:  Managing the job search when you have mental health issues, been laid off, and struggle with applying consistently with Samorn Selim (CEO of Career Unicorns - career coach for BIPOC, women, and first generation professionals)

    Have you been struggling with your job search?  And you want to stop feeling stuck and frustrated, and land your dream job in the next 3 months?  In this episode, Samorn shares:
     
    - Answers to the most commonly asked questions from working with over 1,000 clients.
    - Why mental health is the most important thing to having a fulfilling life and career.
    - What you can do to rebuild your life when it has been upended because of a mental illness like anxiety, depression, and bipolar.
    - How you can manage your emotions and job search after a layoff.
    - The number one strategy that makes the difference between a client who has a successful job search versus who isn’t.  
    - How you can stay consistent with your job search even when you’re dealing with fear, rejection, and burnout.  
    - Whether you should disclose your mental illness.
     - How to network effectively to build a community.
     
    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim. 
     
    To get weekly career tips, sign-up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.
     
    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging:  Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.




    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging:  Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.
     

    • 43 min
    Ep. 70: Using mindfulness to connect with yourself, get clear about your priorities, and set healthy boundaries with Jeena Cho (lawyer, mindfulness and meditation consultant and author of The Anxious Lawyer)

    Ep. 70: Using mindfulness to connect with yourself, get clear about your priorities, and set healthy boundaries with Jeena Cho (lawyer, mindfulness and meditation consultant and author of The Anxious Lawyer)

     
    If you feel burnt out, here's how to use mindfulness to reconnect with yourself and set healthy boundaries.  In this episode with Jeena, we discuss:
     
    - How pausing can allow us to reconnect with ourselves and find clarity.
    - What we can do to allow things to unfold at a natural pace and give us clues on the next steps to take in our lives and career.  
    - Why having a mindfulness practice can allow us to have a more expansive view of our lives. 
    - How we can honor the grieving process of life and career changes with tenderness.   
    - What we can do to be intentional about our priorities and set healthy boundaries. 
    - What we can do to stay grounded when facing historical trauma, generational trauma, personal trauma, and collective trauma like racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination.  
    - How you can live with integrity and raise your voice even when the system is built against you.
     
    Connect with Jeena at jeenacho.com or www.linkedin.com/in/jeenacho. 



    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim. 



    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.

    • 46 min
    ​​Ep. 69: Finding your unique value to break the bamboo ceiling and become a leader who creates systemic change and belonging with David Wang (Chief Innovation Officer at Wilson Sonsini)

    ​​Ep. 69: Finding your unique value to break the bamboo ceiling and become a leader who creates systemic change and belonging with David Wang (Chief Innovation Officer at Wilson Sonsini)

     
    David Wang is the Chief Innovation Officer at Wilson Sonsini, and is the only person of color and Asian American on the management team.
     
    According to a Yale Law School report published in November 2022, Asian Americans are the largest minority group at major law firms, but continue to have the lowest ratio of partners to associates (only 4.3% are equity partners). 
     
    So how does one break the bamboo ceiling?  In this episode, we discuss:
     
    - Difficult conversations about how you can break the bamboo ceiling.
    - How a serendipitous meeting can change the course of your career and lead you on a career path you never thought of.  
    - Why fortune favors the prepared, and what you can do to make sure that when the opportunity arises, you can capitalize on it.  
    - How what may be perceived as a weakness can be your X factor that leads to your unique value.  
    - How to create small wins, so that you can get buy-in even from those who are skeptical.  
    - What you can do as a leader to give your team a sense of belonging and to change policies that help to dismantle systemic discrimination. 

    Connect with David on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/david-y-wang.
     
    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.
     
    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.   
     
    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.
     

    • 45 min
    ​​Ep. 68: Making your own luck: how an international student from Myanmar lands a full scholarship at MIT and co-founded a company that becomes the most popular service for gmail with Aye Moah (Co-founder and CEO of Boomerang)

    ​​Ep. 68: Making your own luck: how an international student from Myanmar lands a full scholarship at MIT and co-founded a company that becomes the most popular service for gmail with Aye Moah (Co-founder and CEO of Boomerang)

     
    Do you wonder how some people can get so lucky?  And you want to create your own luck?  In this episode, we discuss:
     
    - How you can get accepted to a top university like MIT with a full scholarship when you’re an international student with limited internet access and know nothing about American universities.
    - What you can do to create your own luck so that when the opportunity comes, you’re able to take advantage of it.  
    - What it means when you don’t feel a sense of belonging where you grew up, and how you can find it later in life.  
    - What you can do to land a job in a different sector when you don’t have the education or experience.  
    - The key factors to look for in co-founders and co-workers, so that you can have alignment and harmony.  
    - What you can do when you feel burnout, so that you can live sustainably.
    - How to manage decision fatigue, especially when the buck stops with you. 
     
     
    Connect with Aye on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/ayemoah, Twitter @ayemoah, and https://www.boomeranggmail.com/. 



    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.  



    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.  


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com. 

    • 43 min
    ​​Ep. 67: Healing generational trauma and making career pivots to land your dream job with Sam Lam (Senior Legal Counsel at Skybound Entertainment)

    ​​Ep. 67: Healing generational trauma and making career pivots to land your dream job with Sam Lam (Senior Legal Counsel at Skybound Entertainment)

    Are your parents refugees, and you struggled with generational trauma and the unwritten rules of Corporate America? In this episode with Sam Lam, Senior Legal Counsel at Skybound (the company behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and other IPs), we discuss: 
     
    - How our parents’ generational trauma impacts our life by making us people pleasers, in survival mode catastrophizing everything, and ignoring our needs and desires. 
    - What it feels like to be parentification children where we play parental roles for our refugee parents, and how that informs our view of the world.
    - The importance of normalizing therapy in Asian American communities, especially for those who come from generations of trauma, including war and genocide.  
    - How to think strategically about going to law school, including post-graduate job opportunities and limiting student loans.
    - How to make career pivots from engineering to Big Law to in-house.
    - Why it’s important to reevaluate our dreams and leave our dream job for something even better.
    - What you can do to overcome imposter syndrome, and use it to your advantage.
     
    Connect with Sam on Instagram @samtlam, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/samtlam, and email at slam at skybound dot com.
     
    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim. 
     
    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c. 
     
    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.
     

    • 53 min
    Ep. 66: Building your dream career in 90 days even when Corporate America wasn't designed for you with Adunola Adeshola (Career strategist and founder of employeeREDEFINED.com)

    Ep. 66: Building your dream career in 90 days even when Corporate America wasn't designed for you with Adunola Adeshola (Career strategist and founder of employeeREDEFINED.com)

     
    Do you identify as BIPOC, and feel like the odds are stacked against you in Corporate America?  In this episode with Adunola Adeshola, we discuss
     
    - What to do when your dream job becomes your nightmare.
    - How to build your dream career and thrive when Corporate America isn’t designed for you.
    - What to do if you’re the only Black, indigenous, or person of color in your office.   
    - How to let go of “vanity metrics” and define what happiness means for you. 
    - What you can do to take the driver seat in your career, especially when things feel out of your control.
    - How to get clarity and land your dream job in 90 days.  
     
    Learn more about Adunola on Instagram at @adunolaadeshola, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/adunolaadeshola/ or at employeeredefined.com.
     
    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.  
     
    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.  

    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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74 Ratings

74 Ratings

stay_pawsitive ,

A Must-Hear for Any Professional

Absolutely love this podcast! This podcast showcases fresh voices (especially from minorities) in the professional world that we've been long waiting to hear. It is loaded with insights on how to navigate being a professional when that world intersects with unspoken issues about mental health and being a minority. Samorn is unafraid to open up about her vulnerabilities and to ask her guests deep questions that many are too afraid to ask but need to hear. It is in this way that she shows her fierceness and strength, and that we can do the same. I highly recommend it!

Whoa g rampage ,

Very applicable

Love this! Samorn is fiercely competent and is able to carve out a name for herself in her world. I love that she’s taking the time to share this knowledge

kamailemae ,

Thought provoking

Interesting, relatable guests. Lots of thoughtful insight and practical advice for blossoming professionals seeking to improve and truly love themselves, their work, and those around them. I wouldn’t even listen if the convos weren’t intentionally anti-racist and inclusive. I also find Samorn’s voice to be calming; helps me to enjoy thinking (even more) about my career and life.

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