64 episodes

A podcast where I speak with people about their career path. Focusing on their decisions, success, advice, key traits, career moves, mentoring and listening to interesting stories. This podcast is an interesting perspective on how careers can take a linear path to success, but all often career paths take a zig-zag path. Fun Stuff to learn about. Enjoy!

Wish I Knew . . ‪.‬ Gary Nowak

    • Business
    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

A podcast where I speak with people about their career path. Focusing on their decisions, success, advice, key traits, career moves, mentoring and listening to interesting stories. This podcast is an interesting perspective on how careers can take a linear path to success, but all often career paths take a zig-zag path. Fun Stuff to learn about. Enjoy!

    Mike Saum - 30 Year Navy Career / Civil Engineer / Adapting to new environments / KNOW yourself

    Mike Saum - 30 Year Navy Career / Civil Engineer / Adapting to new environments / KNOW yourself

    I'm your host Gary Nowak and I've got an American hero for you, Mike Saum served our country in the US Navy for almost 30 years and never been stationed on a ship, I know right?
    Background
    Studied
    Civil engineering at union college Navy career where he worked as:
    Commanding officerEngineering and Acquisition directorPublic works officeCommander naval constructionCommanding officer Worked in some great places
     Pearl harborSan DiegoSicily / Spain PentagonVP of Business Development for AECOM
    Adjunct professor at California Lutheran University
     
    Highlights
    Being a Boat boy and a Jack of all trades as a boyFollowing Carl into engineeringBest laid plans Navy then a school teacherHaving an epiphany with a professor in college that changed his career trajectorySeeking advice on the military careerFirst deployment to Spain the choosing SicilyGetting advice to get broaden his experience to progress further in his careerMisconception of being in the navyThe 3 major things you can do in the NavyThe major inflection point in the militaryStepping to every jobAnother imposter syndrome discussion Seeing your holesMentoring in the militaryGreat advice given most The job fills the void if you're not careful, learn yourselfWhat mike does well and how it will serve him in his next roleMoving 15 times in the military and how his kids adaptedPearl Harbor stationingDC and the pentagonGetting help with career movesFinally being a professorKnowing yourself and filling up space

    • 51 min
    #62a Ling Chung - Career Pivot to Uber / Interviewing Process / Thoughtful Career Change

    #62a Ling Chung - Career Pivot to Uber / Interviewing Process / Thoughtful Career Change

    This recording is again with Ling Chung who you heard from in the previous week's episode #62.  Ling went through a career pivot and we though it would be helpful and insightful to share with our listeners as you'll hear there is a such rich advice throughout. 
    Loyal "wish I knew" listener / Making a career change / Generalist vs specialist / The Mess Exterminator / Being pragmatic about her next role / Hundreds of applications sent out / Interviewing with 7 companies at one time / It doesn't always have to be about "who" you know / Great advice on looking for another job / Knowing her passion and preparing for it / Landing a job at Uber / Wanting a GM role in the future, rounded experience / Finding a new job is an emotional process / Show up daily and do the work / Imposter syndrome and reverse mentoring

    • 37 min
    #62 Ling Chung - Senior Manager Ecommerce / Volunteering / Mapping out Values / Taiwan - Singapore - Canada

    #62 Ling Chung - Senior Manager Ecommerce / Volunteering / Mapping out Values / Taiwan - Singapore - Canada

    Welcome to another episode of "Wish I Knew . . . " 
    A podcast where I speak with people about their careers focusing on their success, advice, mentoring and listening to interesting stories.
    I'm your host Gary Nowak and today I have an open and honest conversation with my guest Ling Chung.  I just loved her work ethic and perspective on her career.
     
    Career Background:
    - Unilever ~3 years as Senior Manager, Ecommerce 
    - Prior to
     Brand Manager for Schick Disposables Energizer 6 years Pepsico- York University bachelor in Marketing
    - Born in Taiwan, raised in Singapore and lives in Canada
    Highlights
    - One of my avid listeners
    - Great first job as a translator Taking notes in her spare time while on vacation
    - Volunteering as a pillar to her career
    - Getting a warm hand off for her first job
    - Don't be discouraged if your resume isn't picked out inititially
    - Mom being a massive influence
    - Being "Top of Mind" for people who can support your career
    - Another "tell the world" perspective
    - Aligning your actions to what you want out of the world
    - Likeability and kindness in your career
    - Mapping our your values
    #1 is building human connectionsDefining your values

    - Being a Generalist vs specialist
    - Being hard to replicate in your career
    - Being comfortable with ambiguity and things being a mess
    - Making decisions - does this opportunity open more doors
    - Top 3 values
     Human connections Curiosity Well being for society

    - Proud moment is a great one
    - Making superstars of your team instead of you
    - Great conversation with someone special
     

    • 1 hr
    #61 Paul Mahoney - Big 4 AD / True Blue Consultant / Icebreakers / Consulting "Ups and Downs"

    #61 Paul Mahoney - Big 4 AD / True Blue Consultant / Icebreakers / Consulting "Ups and Downs"

    I'm your host Gary Nowak and I'm going to introduce you to one of the greatest guys I was lucky enough to meet and work with in Australia.  Paul Mahoney.  Paul showed up and consistently did high quality work and built up solid relationships
     
    Career Background:
    Straight forwardKPMG for nearly 11 years where he is currently an Associate DirectorRMIT with a bachelor in Business information systemsHighlights 
    Working fish and chips when you actually don't eat seafoodExtremely linear career with consulting, this career made a great deal of senseAll set to be an architect from the problem side not the technical sideLearning and working with great people at KPMGUsing icebreakers and working to be memorableAllowing junior members the opportunity to present and get exposureJumping over to the dark side (corporate position)Comparing consulting vs industryPeaks and troughs of consultingManaging expectationsBeing self aware and understanding the person across from youLet your intentions be knownPassive feedback, it's a bit of trend I've noticedPersonality agnostic and cascade knowledge downSqueaky wheel approach

    • 58 min
    #60 Jeri Lykke - Partner Talent Transformation (IBM) / Being brazen / Making great family decisions

    #60 Jeri Lykke - Partner Talent Transformation (IBM) / Being brazen / Making great family decisions

    I'm your host Gary Nowak and you are going eavesdrop on my conversation with a good friend Jeri Lykke.  Jeri is an intelligent, driven person and it comes through in our discussion today.
    Career Background:
    Hookum Horns going to university of Texas in psychology (good story)
    Work encompassed:
     EDSFujitsuTXUEquaterraKPMGIBM Great global career that started in Texas and is currently residing in Texas
     
    Highlights
    The first time we metTrying to get out of her psychology class and having it be her majorAcing the subject after never showing up to classEDS first job and asking for another role within the company, brazen?Being brash and learning to soften the edges just a bitWorking in compensation and the impact it has and doesn't haveThinking that she will lead the company one day and laying the groundwork to do soThe change in mindset for seeking a Noble Cause with the current work forceNot letting being a woman impact her careerBeing told international wasn't in the cards, then getting sponsored to go to Korea then LondonDon't tell Jeri she can't do something, it will only fuel herGreat role in LondonMoving back to the US San Diego after marriageMaking great family decisions that worked out well from a business perspectiveTry something when you're young, remember it doesn't have to last foreverMoving over to consulting to help clients with their journeyLearning how to sellYour perception is your reality

    • 52 min
    #59 Julian Alvarez - Meta Software Engineer / Entrepreneur / Improving the World / Fellow Podcaster

    #59 Julian Alvarez - Meta Software Engineer / Entrepreneur / Improving the World / Fellow Podcaster

    I'm your host Gary Nowak and if you want to be inspired by a bright young mind, this is the podcast for you with my guest Julian Alvarez. 
    Career Background:
    Currently working at Facebook as a Software engineerPodcaster "Inventing the future"Founder and CTO at a company he started VizeTexas A&M with a Bachelor in Computer Sciencehttps://pod.link/inventingthefuture
    Highlights
    Thank God it's  . . . . . .MondayStart up - Improving the working conditions of low skilled workersImpact driven perspectiveBuilding an App for Ipad early onComputer science as a means to an endGreat story about a Retreat with sharing and transparencyLeveraging privilege and using it to help othersUsing Role Models, developing a road map for lifeHow Julian assess where to focus his timeBuilding up a network and acquiring knowledgeLinear vs non-linear learningGetting the most out his time at FacebookDefinition of success

    • 55 min

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