39 episodes

Honest stories about making career decisions.

How I Got Here is a podcast that interviews professionals about how they figured out what drives and fulfills them in their careers. By sharing these stories, we hope to help our listeners figure that out for themselves, too. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/howigothere/support

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    • 4.9 • 85 Ratings

Honest stories about making career decisions.

How I Got Here is a podcast that interviews professionals about how they figured out what drives and fulfills them in their careers. By sharing these stories, we hope to help our listeners figure that out for themselves, too. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/howigothere/support

    Dr. Howard Murad: Founder of Murad Skincare

    Dr. Howard Murad: Founder of Murad Skincare

    Ever since we started How I Got Here, we have been looking to learn from the various tools, analyses, and thought processes that people use as they design successful careers for themselves. But, as our guest today exemplifies, sometimes good decisions don't come from a pros and cons list or from crunching data -- they come from a strong sense of intuition and trust in oneself. Dr. Howard Murad's career -- which spans pharmacology and medicine, military service in Vietnam, and ultimately building a skincare empire at the age of 50 -- was fueled by a strong sense of conviction in his gut feelings. Listen to how Dr. Murad used his intuition to conquer numerous challenges in his career and life, and become the world renowned skincare expert and innovator that he is known as today.


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    • 31 min
    Omar Shahine, CVP of Product at Microsoft

    Omar Shahine, CVP of Product at Microsoft

    Omar Shahine, Corporate VP of Product at Microsoft, has had a passion for computers since the fourth grade, but growing up, he never considered going into technology. When it came to thinking about careers, Omar wanted the surest path to success and security, which based on what he knew, meant he should become a doctor. He believed that all he needed to do was study hard, go to a good school, and the rest would take care of itself.  Instead, Omar found himself kicked off that path.
    Thankfully, through his time using computers as a hobby, he was able to get a job at Microsoft, which is where he’s worked for the last twenty years! In a world where company hopping has become the default, Omar’s career journey offers a great perspective on how you can craft a meaningful career and life without moving from place to place

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    • 32 min
    Catherine Halaby, Overcoming a Quarter Life Crisis

    Catherine Halaby, Overcoming a Quarter Life Crisis

    During college, Catherine Halaby developed a strong view of what she wanted to do in the world. Ultimately, she wanted to work for the United Nations and support countries post conflict.  After graduation, she found herself at a desk job in DC, writing grants and itching to be actually out in the field. But when she finally got the opportunity to be in the thick of it, things did not go well. She found herself in a moment of crisis, questioning her path and how she would be able to contribute. 

    Catherine’s story is one of the biggest “plot twist” career stories we have ever shared on How I Got Here. I hope you enjoy hearing how she went from avoiding all on-campus recruiting to becoming an MBA graduate to where she is today, leading content partnership at TikTok.


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    • 30 min
    Héctor Colón: From US boxing national champ to non-profit CEO

    Héctor Colón: From US boxing national champ to non-profit CEO

    Héctor Colón believes that boxing truly saved his life. Bullied for the color of his skin and growing up in poverty, boxing brought structure and discipline to Héctor's life. And he was good at it, to say the least. Héctor became a 7X national champion and traveled all around the world with the US team. At just 19 years old, he was favored to go the Olympics. Soon after, though, Héctor completely quit the sport of boxing to pursue something that was bigger and more important to him. Hear what made Héctor quit boxing despite his immense success in the ring, and the ways in which he has carried his legacy with him throughout his career to get to where he is today.


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    • 35 min
    Melissa Baird: COO of hims & hers

    Melissa Baird: COO of hims & hers

    Melissa Baird describes herself as the best two truths and a lie player in the world. Her eclectic experiences help shed a light on why: Melissa has worked in fields as diverse as marine biology, fashion and e-commerce, hospitality, and now in healthcare, where she serves as COO for hims & hers. Her career switches are guided by her philosophy of bravery and her ability to challenge self-imposed rules to unlock new opportunities. In moments that require courage, she asks herself: "If I do this thing which scares me, what is the most likely worst case scenario?" Hear how Melissa used the answer to this question to navigate inflection points in her career, eventually landing at the job that makes her love going to work every day.


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    • 38 min
    Katie Burke, Chief People Officer of Hubspot

    Katie Burke, Chief People Officer of Hubspot

    Katie has an amazing ability to navigate her career along two seemingly opposed career truths. First is that you know yourself best and you know what will truly make you happy in a job. And secondly, that you have limited knowledge based on your own experiences, so it’s important to be open minded and not overly rigid.
    The way Katie threads the needle here is by being firm on her values, but open on the destination. Rather than taking the approach many of take which is to pick some role and work backwards to see how we can get there, Katie leads with her values and what drives her and lets that guide her to the next career step.

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    • 42 min

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