The right conversation can be life-changing, especially when it involves learning from someone else’s choices, regrets, successes, and mistakes. Unfortunately, these kinds of profound, helpful conversations are hard to come by--you’re lucky if you have 2 or 3 of them as a young adult, and lots of people never even get to have a single one. Job Interviews is here to fill that void with honest, real, direct advice about school and careers from real people with real experiences. We conduct thorough, lively, funny interviews (or at least, we think they’re funny :) ) with all kinds of people. We find out about the work and school choices they made, how it all worked out for them, and what they would recommend to a young person in their field. You get the benefit of their life experiences without having to spend years learning hard lessons. Every single episode--just like every single life--includes twists, unexpected insights, and useful, concrete, actionable ideas you can start applying in your own quest, right now. We made this podcast to be the kind of resource that we wish had been available for us. We hope you like it, and we hope it helps you.
So Many Letters: Frank Hu on Being a Lawyer, Figuring Out Your Story, and Why Companies Love Data So Much
Frank Hu is a corporate lawyer with a bunch of certifications and responsibilities, which is surprising because through high school and college he wasn't really focused on any particular goal, and he wasn't interested in much besides gaming and hanging out with his friends. But at the urging of his parents, he figured out what was important to him—and found a path to prosperity for himself, and help for others as well. Plus the brothers say some stuff too.
Order After Chaos: Nesha Zackery on Permission, Funnels, Engineering, And That Time Maya Angelou Saw Into Her Soul
Nesha Zackery grew up around the Army Corps of Engineers, and was eager to enter FEMA so she could help out after disasters. But her negative experiences in the wake of Hurricane Katrina set her on a different path, allowing her to make an impact in ways she never foresaw. In this episode we talk about the Toastmasters, whether anyone is paying attention to you, and what Nesha advises students to do before they enter adulthood, among many other things.
Good with Words: Kris Sharma on Screenwriting, Performing, Selling, Laughing, Crying, and Other Stuff
Kris Sharma wanted to be a lawyer, mostly because he thought it sounded good. But a passion for writing and improv led him to LA. Along the way, he found a talent for sales, decided against law school, joined the Peace Corps… well, we’ll let him tell it. You’ll learn about balancing passion with practicality, and you’ll hear about a film legend who shifted Kris’s perspective on success. Plus: crying in Boise, the brothers wax philosophical on the default human state, and the heartbreak of moving.
Schools Within Schools: Shirin Foroudi on Making a Career in Education, Finding Meaningful Work, and Becoming Who You Are
After college, Shirin Foroudi became disillusioned with the legal field. She was inspired to change career paths and become an English teacher in New York City. She went on to work in several different programs, including KIPP and The New York City Teaching Fellows. Along the way, she has learned a lot about what makes for a good fit in a career or a school. Shirin explains how she finds new jobs, why not going to her top-choice school was one of the best things that ever happened to her, and much more.
Just the Facts: Reporter Breanne Williams Finds Her Calling in Journalism
Breanne Williams wanted a way out of her small hometown that would also serve a greater purpose in helping other people. For a long time, she thought nursing was the only way to do that. After she realized she hated nursing, she didn't know what to do—and then a barely-remembered meeting with a mysterious college adviser changed everything. Find out how Breanne discovered her passion for journalism, and what she's doing with it.
How Coding for Pizza Money Became a Career in WordPress Development: Mark Jaquith on Programming, Unorthodox Education, and More
After finishing home school, Mark Jaquith went to college to study business. In his free time, he became absorbed in a quickly growing technology: weblogs, or "blogs." Today, he's a major figure in the WordPress community—and a self-taught developer and businessman with no degrees or diplomas. Mark talks to us about his career path, what he looks for in a new hire, how to bootstrap your way into a technical field, an impromptu rodent dissection, and other interesting stuff.
Love this podcast. Very tangible learnings that transcend all roles and industries.
Insightful, funny, and an easy listen!
If you’re interested in learning about different careers, career paths, or just want to hear two entertaining hosts interview people from different walks of life ... this is for you! Super informative yet had me laughing with each episode! Great for young people trying to decide what’s next after high school and how our education and testing plays a role post high school, or even for seasoned people looking for a new perspective! Highly recommend!!
Great podcast, everyone can listen to this!!! Hilarious and provides useful info!!!