The NoDegree Podcast – No Degree Success Stories for Job Searching, Careers, and Entrepreneurship

Jonaed Iqbal

No Degree? No Problem! The NoDegree Podcast helps those without degrees figure out the opportunities that are available to them. Get career advice and learn how to navigate and succeed without a degree. NoDegree interviews successful people without college degrees to figure out what made them successful. Learn how they got into their respective fields and listen to the advice they have so you can follow in their path. read less
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How a CNC Technician Became an Industrial Marker—Christopher Nesbit | EP191 (Republished EP19)
21-02-2024
How a CNC Technician Became an Industrial Marker—Christopher Nesbit | EP191 (Republished EP19)
Christopher Nesbit did web development from the tender age of seven. He's been an art teacher, a computer technician, a manager of retail stores, even a CNC technician. He's owned several businesses from web development to marketing. All of these experiences gave him a solid foundation for Industrial Marketing. Listen as he shares his NoDegree story with Jonaed.TimestampsGood work ethic, how did Chris get it?  [Timestamp 1:49]Working from an early age cultivated this quality in him. He always dressed for the job he wanted. Being well trained played a key role in him knowing how to interview. His strategy for interviewing with no degree? [Timestamp 8:05]He was not deceptive about not having a degree but if they didn't bring it up, he didn't bring it up.One of the best industries to work without a degree?  [Timestamp 13:12]Manufacturing since you can start out on the floor and end up becoming a manager or director of production. Benefits of a Tech school or STEM/STEAM programs? Apprenticeship programs are available that pay you to work with companies. How to get ahead without a degree? [Timestamp 15:52]Dedication and willingness to learn. Why some people don't get degrees? [Timestamp 18:02]People with no degrees crave knowledge, they education system just doesn't stimulate them enough. So they find their own way to learn what they want. Interested in starting your own business? [Timestamp 32:55]Start as soon as possible. Fail fast and fail often in order to figure out what worked and what didn't. What taught Chris everything he needed to know about business? [Timestamp 33:25]In spite of the college courses he took, it was owning and operating a business for five years. A mistake many people make?  [Timestamp 35:44]Not setting high enough goals and going after them. Doing so changes your trajectory forever.  Need marketing for your industrial company? Get in touch with Chris.Contact info:LinkedIn: Christoper NesbitWebsite: www.nesbitmarketing.comInstagram: @NesbitMarketingFacebook: Nesbit Marketing Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
How a Rapper with Torn Vocal Cords Became an Entrepreneur without a Degree—Jamar Jones | E191
13-02-2024
How a Rapper with Torn Vocal Cords Became an Entrepreneur without a Degree—Jamar Jones | E191
Jamar Jones, founder of Foureva Media, shares his journey as a rapper and entrepreneur. He discusses his high school experiences, his passion for music, and the challenges he faced in the industry. Jamar emphasizes the importance of hard work and investing in oneself. He also talks about his transition to the IT field and how his experience as a performer helped him in the workplace. Ultimately, Jamar started his own media company to help others market and promote their brands. Key points discussed:-Don't be afraid to pursue your passion and start from scratch.- Invest in yourself and continuously improve your skills.- Having a plan B can provide stability and open up new opportunities.- Apply the lessons learned from one industry to another.- Confidence and perseverance are key to success in any field. - Transitioning to entrepreneurship requires taking a leap of faith and betting on oneself.- The first year in business can be challenging and requires perseverance and a willingness to learn.- Building a team and finding a niche are crucial for long-term success.- Shifting focus and adapting to market demands can lead to new opportunities and growth.- Taking calculated risks and embracing authenticity are key to personal and professional development.Timestamps:(0:00) Introduction to Jamar Jones and his journey in music and entrepreneurship(8:46) Jamar's personal growth and the correlation with his music career(13:34) Jamar's experience hosting music events and creating the 'We Are Cancer Tour'(24:29) Jamar's transition from music to IT and the importance of having a Plan B(33:27) How Jamar's performance background helped him in the workplace and his transition to starting his own company(43:03) Building a team and transitioning from a "video guy" to running a video production company(51:36) The birth of Forever Media, impact of COVID-19, and understanding the stages of business(54:40) Advice to Jamar's 18-year-old self and the importance of team care in pursuing a vision(57:37) How to support and follow Jamar, and introduction to The Forever Podcast Support/Contact Jamar:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/relatablejamar- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fourevamedia/- Podcast: https://www.fourevamedia.com/podcast Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca- Change Your Circle, Change Your Life: https://amzn.to/483rRGo Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
No Degree Success: Job-Search & Career Growth Strategies from a Tech Exec—Jae Taylor | E190
06-02-2024
No Degree Success: Job-Search & Career Growth Strategies from a Tech Exec—Jae Taylor | E190
Imagine getting job opportunities WITHOUT applying for them. Seems too good to be true? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Jae Taylor, a tech executive who’s worked at famous companies like Microsoft, Expedia, and Salesforce, to name a few.Listen in as he discusses how building a strong personal reputation is essential for career resilience, how it can lead to new opportunities and offer protection during layoffs or organizational changes. As he shares his journey in the tech industry he gives insight into career growth, job-search strategies in an employer-driven economy, and changes in job hunting in different economic climates.Key points discussed:- Building a strong personal reputation within and outside of a company is essential for career resilience, as it can lead to new opportunities and offer protection during layoffs or organizational changes.- Specializing in a domain can give you a competitive edge, especially in a tight job market, as employers may prefer candidates with specific expertise over generalists.- Networking and maintaining relationships are crucial in both up and down economies, as they can lead to job referrals and opportunities that might not be accessible through traditional job applications.Timestamps:(0:00) Introduction and overview of episode's content(1:54) Jay Taylor's journey: Salesforce to Twitter to Peloton(7:47) Anticipation of layoffs at Peloton and volunteering to be laid off(12:22) Lessons learned from layoffs and down tech market(16:17) Sponsor: Get Your Dream Career Course by Jonaed Iqbal(18:39) Importance of continuous learning and preparation for economic shifts(24:27) Jae's experience with job transition after being laid off by Peloton(31:11) Jonaed's advice on choosing a specialty during a down economy(35:14) Jae's advice on building a reputation based on trusted execution(42:12) Jae Taylor discussing the growth of Mentor Mesh community(50:03) Jae Taylor introduces Mentor Mesh.io and its eventsSupport/Contact Jae:- Website: https://mentormesh.io- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaeontech/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca  Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
No Degree Required: From Stunt Performer to Trucking & Entrepreneurship—Brett Solomano | E188
23-01-2024
No Degree Required: From Stunt Performer to Trucking & Entrepreneurship—Brett Solomano | E188
In this episode, Jonaed Iqbal converses with Brett Solomano about his transition from stunt performing to trucking. They delve into the salary of stunt performers and truck drivers as well as the skills necessary for both jobs.  Brett's journey unfolds as a testament to the power of continuous learning and adaptability. As a successful stunt performer, truck business owner, and public speaker, he emphasizes the importance of facing challenges daily and seizing opportunities in the entrepreneurial realm. spiring professionals are encouraged to trust their intuition, pursue their passions, and create opportunities while navigating the risks and demands of non-traditional career paths. Key points discussed:- How Brett became found success as a stunt performer, truck business owner, and public speaker- The importance of continuously learning, adapting, and showing up every day to face challenges and seize opportunities in entrepreneurial paths. - Salary ranges for stunt performing, trucking and speaking and the variety of factors that influence earnings in these fields- Skills necessary for stunt performing and speakingTimestamps:(0:00) Introduction and overview of Brett Solomano's career(1:43) Brett Solomano's journey in various jobs and interests(5:17) The earning potential and preparation involved in public speaking and stunt performing(9:47) Frustrated with your job search? Help to update your resume.(11:33) Progression and success in the stunt performing industry(17:11) Brett's transition into trucking and how it complements his stunt work(20:28) Qualities of a good truck driver and opportunities in the trucking industry(24:59) Factors influencing the cost of a truck and rate for truck driving(26:36) Reflection on Brett's career challenges and achievements(29:59) Brett's future goals and upcoming book Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca- A Stuntman's Guide to Learning Anything: Simple Tools For An Extraordinary Life: https://amzn.to/3HhwctR Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Beyond Degrees: How Calculated Risks and Networking Helped this Entrepreneur—Faisal Abid | E187
16-01-2024
Beyond Degrees: How Calculated Risks and Networking Helped this Entrepreneur—Faisal Abid | E187
He was a consultant for businesses WHILE he attended high school. Faisal Abid went to college but dropped out after serious consideration. In this episode, he delves into his career path, underscoring self-learning and constructive criticism as key growth factors. He narrates navigating through his insecurity around not having a degree, his shift into AI and starting and stopping business. Tune in to find out how networking and selling skills can benefit your career if you don’t have a degree, as well as how budding engineers can differentiate themselves in the competitive job market. Key points discussed:- Networking and continuously talking to people is crucial for success, especially for those without a college degree, as it compensates for the networking opportunities that universities typically provide.- Learning through doing, such as reverse engineering problems and seeking practical experience, is more valuable than simply acquiring theoretical knowledge from formal education.- The ability to sell oneself and one's skills effectively is as important as technical knowledge in engineering, particularly in a competitive job market. Timestamps:(0:00) Intro(1:42) Faisal's journey into the tech world and entrepreneurship(5:52) Salary ranges for tech roles without a degree & Faisal's early experiences(13:59) Faisal's self-taught journey in coding and fundamentals of programming(10:12) The importance of sharing knowledge and finding a niche(15:31) Need help refining your resume?(16:23) The strategy of taking calculated risks in career decisions(24:38) Faisal's career pivot to AI and the value of experience(26:57) The long-term benefits of an abundance mindset in career growth(29:13) The importance of networking and starting a business in Japan(33:22) Overcoming the challenges of scaling a business(38:03) Dealing with failure and insecurities about not having a degree(41:07) Advice for aspiring engineers without a degree and self-marketing Support/Contact Faisal:- Website: https://eirenecremations.com/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
How to Thrive in Tech without a Degree: Insights from a Google Engineer—Diamond Forbes | E186
09-01-2024
How to Thrive in Tech without a Degree: Insights from a Google Engineer—Diamond Forbes | E186
High school didn’t interest him much and his grades reflected that. That was until Diamond Forbes found something that was engaging. In this episode, he details how he transitioned from working in Help Desk to a Security Engineer at Google. He details his career journey from earning $14/hour to a six-figure salary, his transition from network engineer to senior security engineer, and his job application experiences at top companies. Diamond also provides insights on handling finances, dealing with workplace politics, overcoming challenges, and offers advice on career growth and self-improvement. Key Points - Having a hunger for knowledge and being curious are key traits for success in the tech industry. - Hyper-focusing on specific skills and areas of expertise can lead to career advancement. - Realistic salaries in the industry can vary based on experience and specialization. - Strategic initiatives, soft skills, and documentation are important for over-delivering in a role and building visibility.  - Tech is a high-growth field that offers opportunities for financial success. - Continuous learning and self-improvement are essential for career growth in tech. - Overcoming failure and building resilience are key to achieving long-term goals.  Timestamps:(0:00) Introduction and Diamond Forbes' journey (5:19) Diamond's journey from $14 per hour to a six-figure salary(14:37) Diamond Forbes talks about his early struggles and decision to join the military(24:06) Diamond Forbes shares his interview experiences and lessons learned from failures(33:59) Jonaed Iqbal and Diamond Forbes discuss navigating office politics(39:08) Jonaed Iqbal and Diamond Forbes on the importance of continual learning and growth in a 6-figure role(43:39) Feel stuck updating your resume?(45:24) Diamond Forbes talks about AI-proofing himself and his plans for the future(51:47) Diamond Forbes talks about how his childhood shaped his response to failure(58:42) Diamond Forbes reveals what he would tell his younger self(1:04:11) Jonaed Iqbal and Diamond Forbes discuss the importance of thinking differently in cybersecurity Support/Contact Diamond:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diamondforbes/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Forget Good Grades & College Degrees: Redefining Success with Alternative Education—Dr. Ai | E185
03-01-2024
Forget Good Grades & College Degrees: Redefining Success with Alternative Education—Dr. Ai | E185
Dr. Ai spent 15 years as a college professor before quitting to establish Classroom Without Walls, an organization committed to helping teenagers and young adults develop needed skills to become career-ready, life-ready, and achieve a high level of success, whether they have good grades or not. In today's episode, Dr. Ai joins Jonaed Iqbal to analyze the issues plaguing the education system, including its stifling effects on innovation, how grades and exams negatively impact students and the reluctance of educational institutions to evolve. Listen in to find out how a student’s purpose and personal connection to learning fosters motivation and the importance of parental roles in education.Timestamps (00:00) — Introduction to podcast(01:18) — Introduction to Dr. Ai | Journey from academia to education reform(06:11) — GPA, perfectionism, and innovation (07:07) — Steps taken towards disrupting the learning status quo (08:47) — The breaking point; leaving academia foster a disruptive cause(11:24) — Why 'Classroom Without Walls'?(14:32) — Approach to learning at "Classroom Without Walls"(17:55) — Key point to gaining motivation to learn; discovering the "why"(22:31) — Lessons learned from starting a business and approaching learning differently(25:19) — The importance of diverse paths to success and different career interests(27:45) — The lack of urgency for change in traditional education and its consequences(30:08) — The role of parents in traditional education and exploring different educational options(32:14) — Follow and support Dr. Ai's work Key Points - Dr. Ai left academia to address its shortcomings, such as the lack of intellectual spark in students who are conditioned to study only for exams, by starting Classroom Without Walls to foster genuine learning.  - Dr. Ai emphasizes that learning should be connected to personal interests and purposes, and that having clarity on one's values, strengths, and purposes can transform unmotivated students into passionate learners.  - The traditional education system is being forced to change due to external pressures from alternative educational pathways, industry certifications, and a decrease in university enrollments, highlighting the importance of diverse approaches to success beyond just obtaining a college degree. - The traditional education system often focuses on grades and exams, which can hinder students' love for learning and innovation. - Motivation is driven by purpose and personal connection to learning, rather than external factors like grades. - Starting a business requires investing in mentors and coaches who can provide guidance and support. - Schools need to adapt to alternative forms of education and embrace the diversity of paths to success.  Support/Contact Dr. Ai- Website: Classroom Without Walls:classroomwithoutwalls.ai- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aiaddysonzhangBooks and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Navigating sales: What to expect, How to Prepare and Earning Potential—Kim Chung | E184
26-12-2023
Navigating sales: What to expect, How to Prepare and Earning Potential—Kim Chung | E184
Jonaed interviews Kim Chung, who shares her experiences with three different sales bootcamps: RAM, Aspireship, and TrainYo. Kim provides insights into the strengths and weaknesses of each program and offers advice for choosing a bootcamp. She emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning and the need for comprehensive training that covers both fundamental and advanced sales skills. Kim also discusses the challenges of rejection in sales and the importance of self-care and mental preparation. The episode concludes with a discussion on entry-level SDR salaries and the potential for growth in the sales field. Timestamps (00:00) — Introduction to podcast (01:27) — Introduction to Kim Chung: Career background | Experience with RAM (04:21) — Rating RAM (07:23) — Experience with Aspireship(08:59) — Rating Aspireship (09:36) — Aspects not covered by Aspireship (12:54) — Important things learned through these programs (14:09) — Job potential after Aspireship (15:12) — Facing rejection and other challenges (17:05) — Experience with TrainYo (22:12) — Rating TrainYo (25:26) — The missing piece (27:23) — Advice to boot camp seekers (30:45) — Advice to younger self before boot camps(31:09) — Entry level SDRs' salary and realistic earning potential (33:08) — Examples of successful salespeople without college degrees Support/Contact KimLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-chung/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Overcoming Addiction to Helping Businesses Scale and Make Millions—Zach Carlin | E183
19-12-2023
Overcoming Addiction to Helping Businesses Scale and Make Millions—Zach Carlin | E183
Zach Carlin delves into his personal journey of overcoming addiction, transitioning careers from professional fighting to entrepreneurship, and his experiences working in fitness. He touches on improving gyms, his work with V Shred, and the creation of his own venture. Zach also speaks about his shift to a garage workspace, starting Next Play, and his struggle with imposter syndrome. The episode concludes with his advice for his younger self and future aspirations. Key points discussed:- Zach Carlin's blueprint for success emphasizes the value of past experiences and applying learned lessons to current endeavors, regardless of their direct correlation. - As a VP of development for a custom window replacement company and founder of Summit Chasers Network, Zach transitioned from being a professional athlete to a serial entrepreneur, applying his competitive spirit and resilience to business. - Zach's journey in the fitness industry led him to consult and revamp struggling gyms, increasing their profitability by diversifying revenue streams and implementing strategic business practices. Timestamps:(01:00) — Introduction to podcast  (01:13) — Introduction to Zach Carlin | Present career paths  (02:24) — Blueprint of success  (04:47) — Salary range  (05:53) — High school experience  (07:23) — Overcoming addiction and homelessness  (10:46) — Competing in martial arts(13:42) — Charging as a personal trainer  (16:54) — Leaving martial arts by 23  (18:15) — Competing in crossfit  (21:25) — Revamping struggling gyms and flipping  (24:26) — Mistakes made along the way  (26:33) — Increasing the profitability of gyms  (29:42) — Collaborating with Tydax  (31:54) — Moving back to Las Vegas | Career journey(35:50) — Dealing with imposter syndrome  (37:18) — Getting into windows (Wind Choices)(38:10) — What Zach is most proud of, careerwise(39:30) — Advice to younger Zach  (40:51) — Future goals  (43:21) Connect with Zach Carlin Support/Contact Zach:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zach-carlin- Website: https://www.summitchasersnetwork.com/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summitchasersnetwork/  Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Thriving in the Film Industry Without a College Degree — Keishawn Blackstone | E182
12-12-2023
Thriving in the Film Industry Without a College Degree — Keishawn Blackstone | E182
Keishawn Blackstone shares his non-traditional journey in the film industry without a college degree. The conversation explores his early aspirations, the financial aspects of the industry, and the importance of continuous learning. They delve into authentic networking, industry evolution, and Keishawn's proudest moments. The episode rounds out with advice for hopeful film industry newcomers and ways to connect with Keishawn.Key points discussed:- Success in the film industry is achieved through integrity, trust, and maintaining strong relationships, which are as crucial as technical skills. - Understanding and experiencing different roles on set can lead to better leadership as a director and contribute to a more respectful and efficient production environment. - Resilience, adaptability, and a willingness to embrace the journey are essential traits for navigating the challenges and uncertainties of a career in filmmaking.Timestamps:(00:00) — Introduction to podcast(00:48) — Introduction to Keishawn Blackstone (film director and business consultant)(01:17) — Blueprint of success(02:48) — Salary range(04:15) — Keishawn's high school experience (06:03) — Post-high school: Pro Cycling, trying community college and dropping out (10:10) — Working as a Lyft driver(10:52) — Navigating the film industry | First break(12:50) — First few successes in the film industry(14:04) — Early career wages and negotiating pay in the film industry(17:01) — Upscaling in the film industry | Acquiring production gears(18:48) — Mistakes made along the way(21:45) — Right decisions made along the way(23:57) — The importance of authentic networking(26:01) — Changes in the film industry and staying ahead in a constantly evolving industry(28:26) — Keishawn's biggest accomplishments and overcoming life's challenges(29:38) — What is Keishawn most proud of?(30:31) — Most difficult periods in Keishawn's career(32:56) — Advice to 17-year-old Keishawn(33:48) — Advice for young people entering the film industry(35:45) — Book recommendations(37:14) — How to contact and support Keishawn Blackstone Support/Contact Keishawn:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keishawn-blackstone-97580974/- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/director_blackstone/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca- The Filmaker's Handbook: https://amzn.to/3Txp4AP - The Power of Habit: https://a.co/d/0OeaFse- The Power of Now: https://amzn.to/41pXLdE- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life: https://amzn.to/3Tu4BNj- Life Through The Arches: https://amzn.to/483rRGo Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
College Dropout Finds Success in Music, Tech, Construction & Accountability Coaching—Ben Kirk | E181
05-12-2023
College Dropout Finds Success in Music, Tech, Construction & Accountability Coaching—Ben Kirk | E181
From working at an Apple store in Australia to starting his own business in Sweden,, this week Ben Kirk shares his story. He discusses his venture into the fitness industry, flipping apartments, and his transition into corporate training with Brian Tracy International. He also highlights the importance of mentorship and accountability in personal and professional growth.Key points discussed:- Ben Kirk transitioned from a jazz musician to a successful accountability coach by leveraging his diverse experiences and adapting to new challenges. - Having a supportive partner and the ability to learn from mentors are crucial elements in navigating career shifts and achieving professional success. - Accountability coaching is about holding clients' feet to the flame, ensuring they meet their goals through direct questioning and consistent follow-ups.Timestamps:- (00:00) — Podcast introduction - (00:50) — Introduction to Ben Kirk- (01:22) — Salary range for an accountability coach- (01:58) — High school experience - (02:45) — Playing the Jazz trombone- (04:39) — Backpacking | teaching | playing music around Europe- (06:31) — Return to Australia | working in an Apple store | move to Sweden- (11:19) — Perception vs reality in the fitness industry and concerns about job security - (13:53) — Moving on from personal training | starting a construction business- (22:31) — Adapting after COVID | joining the military | building a coaching business- (28:51) — Diversification: Learning construction and flipping apartments- (29:28) — Most challenging experience - (33:00) — What is Ben most proud of?- (34:30) — Advice to younger selfSupport/Contact Ben:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benkirk/- Website: https://wintheday.com.au/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpcaNeed career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalNDConnect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V- Join our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
How a Single Mom of Three Built a 6-Figure IT Consultancy Business–Carmen Santiago  E180
28-11-2023
How a Single Mom of Three Built a 6-Figure IT Consultancy Business–Carmen Santiago E180
Four bullets in her back, children by 19, divorced by 25 but operates a successful IT company. This week Carmen Santiago discusses her high school experience, early life in the foster care system and how she got into tech sales. She also emphasizes the value of self-education, trade schools, and upskilling workers. Find out how this former foster child built a successful business. Key points discussed:- Success can be achieved through intentional relationship-building and a servant's heart, attracting opportunities and positive energy.- A wide range of technology careers is available without a degree, with entry-level positions starting around $45-50k and potential to earn well into six figures with experience and certifications.- Life experiences, including adversity and trauma, can develop resilience and problem-solving skills that are valuable in the workforce and can lead to opportunities for those without a college degree.Timestamps:(00:56) — Introduction to Carmen Santiago and what she does(04:19) — Carmen's blueprint of success(07:40) — Salary range in tech(11:41) — High school journey | early life struggles(13:21) —  Learning disabilities and early graduation(17:14) — Career ambition in high school(17:42) — Carmen's early life in the foster care system and journey into sales(23:09) — Carmen's entrance into tech sales and the value of workers without degrees(30:52) — Leveraging opportunities by positive relationships(38:36) — How the 'It Girl Solution' brand began(42:54) — What Carmen would have done differently(47:28) — Future goalsSupport/Contact Carmen:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmen-santiago-keenon-a2235b58/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca- "Awaken : Santiago-Keenon, Carmen: https://amzn.to/3Rmk8NANeed career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalNDConnect with us on social media!LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedInFacebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFBInstagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIGTwitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTWTikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2VJoin our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
From High School Graduate to Multi-Million-Dollar Home Services Business Owner–Cameron Bawden | EP179
21-11-2023
From High School Graduate to Multi-Million-Dollar Home Services Business Owner–Cameron Bawden | EP179
Cameron Bawden shares his entrepreneurial journey in the service industry, particularly in pest control. He discusses the importance of company culture, learning from multiple businesses, and overcoming investor challenges. Cameron also emphasizes the value of hiring skilled people and focusing on one's zone of excellence. He concludes with his future goals and advice for budding entrepreneurs. Timestamps(00:00) — Podcast Introduction (00:26) — Introduction to guest, Cameron Bawden(00:47) — Cameron's business introduction (01:52) — Blueprint for success(04:35) — Salary range in the home service industry (07:50) — Starting and growing a pest control business(10:48) — Mistakes made in the first few years (15:22) — First breakthrough in business(18:07) — Important changes made after growth(19:23) — Launching and learning from running multiple businesses(25:18) — Challenges and adjustments in different businesses(27:52) — Biggest accomplishment (28:51) — Most difficult period(30:00) — Importance of hiring skilled people and focusing on one's zone of excellence(31:33) — Future goals(32:30) — Advice to younger self(33:32) — Advice to upcoming entrepreneurs (35:08) — OutroSupport/Contact Cameron:* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cbawden/* LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-bawden-106976102/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: * Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalNDConnect with us on social media!* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn* Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB* Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG* Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW* TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V* Join our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscord Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Ex-Call Center Employee Built a Million-Dollar Laundromat Business–Dave Menz | EP178
14-11-2023
Ex-Call Center Employee Built a Million-Dollar Laundromat Business–Dave Menz | EP178
He was fully committed to having a career. That was until Dave Menz lost his pension. Realizing the power the corporate world wielded, he decided to finally pursue his dreams of entrepreneurship. How did this guy without a degree go from employee to entrepreneur? How did he build that business into a million-dollar franchise? Listen in as Dave Menz talks about his struggle with school and how learning on the job proved to be more beneficial for him. Dave discusses his early career, his transition to entrepreneurship, and his strategy for purchasing and growing laundromat businesses, the importance of community and job experience. Timestamps:(00:38) — Podcast Intro (00:54) — Dave Menz's Intro(02:26) — Blueprint for Success(07:45) — Salary Range & Return on Investment for a Laundromat Business(12:28) — High School Experience(14:55) — Making Money in High School(16:40) — Dropping out of College & First Post-College Career(24:44) — Walking Away After 17 Years (28:13) — Purchasing and Growing the First Laundromat Business: Steps and Challenges(35:43) — What it Takes to Revive a Run-Down Laundromat Business(41:29) — Vertical Integration, Business Optimization and Keys to Success in a Laundromat Business(49:38) — Advice to Younger Self (53:01) — OutroSupport/Contact Dave:* LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-laundromat-millionaire-menz/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:* Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpcav  * Podcast: The Laundromat Millionaire Show: https://laundromatmillionaire.com/podcast/ Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn* Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB* Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG* Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW* TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V* Join our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
How a Former Marine Corps Become a Cybersecurity Specialist—Jeremy Anderson | EP177
07-11-2023
How a Former Marine Corps Become a Cybersecurity Specialist—Jeremy Anderson | EP177
He got a baseball scholarship to college. But, since Jeremy Anderson skipped classes, he failed and ultimately dropped out.Today he’s the CEO of Overwatch Technology, a cyber security company. Listen in as he shares his journey from high school to the Marine Corps and his transition to a civilian career life. He discusses his experiences starting a business, addresses hiring people on the spectrum, provides advice to aspiring network engineers and highlights the role of business books and personal finance in his career.Timestamps:(00:00) — Intro(00:50) — Cybersecurity: About Jeremy and his job description (01:32) — Blueprint for success(02:13) — Salary range for a C-Suite executive in MSP(04:26) — High school experience/backstory(05:29) — Making the most of a great opportunity(06:16) — Books that had a great impact(07:27) — Certifications acquired along the way(08:28) — How long did you serve at the Marine Corps?(09:20) — Getting a network engineering job offer(09:58) — Transitioning to a career outside the military(11:07) — Technical skills learned along the way(11:55) — What came next?(14:04) — Challenges faced transitioning into a business owner (17:11) — How has the MSP industry changed over time?(18:27) — Notable big wins in the first few years of business(19:30) — Mistakes made along the way(20:53) — What does enterprise software cost?(22:13) — Biggest Career accomplishment so far(23:15) — Finding passion for hiring people on a spectrum (24:27) — Most difficult career experience(25:08) — Any hold-backs/insecurities from the lack of a college degree? (26:28) — Advice to 18-year-old Jeremy(27:18) — Looking ahead: Future goals and business plans(30:43) Industry insights: Advice for aspiring network engineersSupport/Contact Jeremy:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyandersonowt/Company website: https://www.owcybertech.com/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpcav   EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey: https://amzn.to/3QF8RYG Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalNDConnect with us on social media!LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedInFacebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFBInstagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIGTwitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTWTikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2VJoin our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Disillusioned Law Student Drops Out and Becomes A Marketing Genius – Anneliese Vance | EP176
31-10-2023
Disillusioned Law Student Drops Out and Becomes A Marketing Genius – Anneliese Vance | EP176
She loved building relationships and advocating for people. So Anneliese Vance paved the way for a career path that would make this possible: Law. Unfortunately college filled her with discontent and dropping out was a hard decision she knew she had to make. But, Anneliese discovered another path to advocacy—marketing—and hasn't turned back ever since. Listen in as this college dropout turned successful entrepreneur, shares her journey from her first big job to starting her own consulting company. She discusses the value of on-the-job learning, her approach to sales and customer retention, and the challenges and rewards of business ownership.Timestamps:(0:00) — Introduction and Guest Background: Anneliese Vance(00:53) — Introduction to Anneliese' career(02:37) — Blueprint for success(04:11) — Realistic salary range for a marketing manager(5:16) — High school experience(06:40) — Jobs held while in high school(07:02) — Post-high-school experience/plans(10:17) — Selling dream vacations to families(13:03) — First Big Job at YellowBook(15:21) — Relevant skills picked up at YellowBook(18:28) — Timeframe at YellowBook(20:02) — Getting better at sales: Anneliese's approach to sales and customer retention(22:05) — The 'Get Your Dream Career Course' ad(28:26) — Most memorable sales made(32:19) — Getting let go from YellowBook(34:06) — The birth and growth of Anneliese's consulting company(41:52) —  Most difficult period as a business owner(45:48) — Future goals(49:45) — Advice to 16-year-old Anneliese(52:43) — Reach out to Anneliese(54:02) — Outro, sponsorship and patreon mentionSupport/Contact Anneliese:* Company Website: nevermissamomentconsulting.com * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anneliesemvance/  * Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/nmamconsultingllc/?locale=ms_MYBooks and resources mentioned in this podcast:* Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpcav* Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn* Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB* Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG* Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW* TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V* Join our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
High School Dropout Becomes Journalist & Author of "Uneducated"–Christopher Zara | E175
24-10-2023
High School Dropout Becomes Journalist & Author of "Uneducated"–Christopher Zara | E175
He was placed in the special education system. But, Christopher Zara’s so-called “behavioral issues” continued so, he got kicked out of high school in the 11th grade. Zara still went on to get his GED and at 32 he found himself working at a picture frame shop. He didn't enjoy his job. Occasionally he reflected on the few teachers that told him he was a good writer. Those embers of encouragement were enough to spark a flame of hope and pushed him to pursue writing. Listen in as he talks about getting kicked out of high school, overcoming addiction, finding a book that helped him to get his career in journalism started. He shares insights on building a portfolio without a degree, and his early work experiences, his book 'Uneducated', and handling imposter syndrome.Timestamps:(0:00) Introduction to the episode and guest, Christopher Zara(4:43) The changing landscape of journalism and the shift towards independent journalism(6:06) Building a portfolio in journalism and salary ranges(10:29) Need resume help?(11:28) High school experience: Behavioral issues, getting kicked out and getting his GED(12:43) Embers of Encouragement from teachers: The reason Christopher believed he could write(13:39) After high school: Drugs, overcoming addiction and other work experiences(16:33) How an unpaid internship got him a foot in the door(18:44) Lessons from the first job(20:26) Learning about the online journalism industry and transitioning to larger organizations(27:44) Reflecting on career decisions and overcoming the 'imposter syndrome'(33:12) How the applicant tracking systems affected his job search because he didn’t have a degree(34:51) Skills-based hiring is on the rise vs the strong branding of college(36:08) The purpose of Christopher's book 'Uneducated' and the importance of viewing education holisticallySupport/Contact Christopher:Linktree: https://linktr.ee/christopherzara LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherzara/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Uneducated by Christophe4r Zara: https://amzn.to/46Jv515   Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalNDConnect with us on social media!LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedInFacebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFBInstagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIGTwitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTWTikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2VJoin our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
From Working as a UPS Driver to Becoming a Podcast Founder–George Monty | E174
17-10-2023
From Working as a UPS Driver to Becoming a Podcast Founder–George Monty | E174
His employer did not have any regard for the employees' personal lives so George spoke up. Ultimately, that led to him losing his job. This experience only served to make him stronger.  Today, he is the founder of The TrueLife Podcast, which tells similar inspiring stories. Listen in as George Monty details his path to success without a degree, how he coped with failures, and life lessons from his move to Hawaii. He highlights the value of relationships, dissatisfaction with corporate life, and the effects of job loss on family. Monty also offers tips for current creators and entrepreneurs. Timestamps(0:53) —  Introduction and welcoming of guest, George Monty(01:09) — George's introduction (1:45) — George Monty's blueprint for success without a degree(03:31) — Salary range for a podcaster(06:00) — Dealing with failures as an entrepreneur(06:40) — High school experience (09:10) — Life after high school (moving to Mexico | getting a job at UPS)(10:33) — The 'Get Your Dream Career' Course(11:19) — Moving to Hawaii | Gaining life-changing experiences and lessons (17:00) — Importance of building a positive relationship with oneself (18:47) — Starting a podcast(22:17) — Dissatisfaction with the corporate world, standing up against injustices, and getting fired(30:38) — Impact of job loss on family and maintaining work-life balance(34:45) — Making money as a podcaster(37:29) — Advice for creators and entrepreneurs in the current economy(39:21) — Insecurities about not having a degree(42:24) — What is George most proud of, career-wise?(44:20) — Advice to eighteen-year-old self and career highlights(46:16) — The TrueLife Podcast promotion >>Support/Contact George:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-monty-6891b21a5/Resources mentioned: * Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca* The TrueLife Podcast:  "TrueLife" https://truelife.transistor.fm Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND* Connect with us on social media!* LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn* Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB* Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG* Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW* TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V* Join our discord server: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeDiscordThank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.