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On this podcast, we interview people from different professions and gain an in-depth understanding of their job. Learn about different careers, from management consulting to mountain climbing - what each is all about and how to get in if you wanted to. If you want us to cover any company, role, or answer any additional questions, email us at hello@learneducatediscover.com. Additional resources on our website at www.learneducatediscover.com. Follow the show on Twitter @LED_Curator
 
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Fabiola Cazares, Sales Manager at fintech startup Affirm, describes what it was like to transition from an Individual Contributor to Manager role.In this conversation, Fabiola touches upon:1. Why Fabiola decided to move from an IC to Manager role2. What Fabiola found challenging about this transition3. Unexpected aspects of being in a manager vs IC…
 
Fabiola Cazares, Sales Manager at Affirm, describes in detail what working in Sales is like. Affirm is a series E FinTech company, co-founded by Max Levchin (of the PayPal fame).Fabiola has a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley, and has been with Affirm for close to 4 years.In this episode, you'll hear Fabiola talk about:1. Difference between Sales a…
 
Excerpts from Clay Christensen's address to his students at Harvard Business School, titled "How will you measure your life?". Clayton Christensen is best known as the author of "The Innovator's Dilemma" and his theory of "Disruptive Innovation".Follow the show on Twitter @LED_CuratorWebsite www.learneducatediscover.com/Like us on FaceBook at www.f…
 
Tracey Pavlishin, Director of Global Internal Communications and Alumni Engagement at A.T. Kearney, shares a detailed account of working in Alumni Relations. Tracey has over 10 years of experience in this space. She has an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business.Some of the areas that Tracey touches upon include:1. What got Tracey interested in w…
 
Nitin Julka, Group Product Manager @LinkedIn, describes how he went about getting his first PM job, and was able to get one in just 5 weeks.Here are some things that Nitin talks about in this episode:1. How Nitin prioritized getting meetings in the beginning, as opposed to getting a job2. How Nitin got these meetings - from introductions, to cold m…
 
Nereyda Espraza, Customer Success Manager at Amazon (Amazon Business), shares her insights on what working as a Customer Success Manager is like. CSM is a relatively new but up and coming function, found in a lot of tech companies today.Nereyda has a BA in Latin American Studies from Smith College, and M.Phil from University of Oxford.Some of the a…
 
Jordan Kong, Director of Business Operations and Board Observer at FoodTech startup Ando, talks about what working in Business Operations is like.Some of the areas that Jordan touches upon in this episode include:1. What's a venture studio (eg: Expa) and how it's great for people who want to work at a startup but dont have an idea2. What does someo…
 
Nkem Nwankwo, Senior Product Manager at BetterCloud, describes what he does to excel as a Product Manager. Nkem has over 5 years of experience as a PM. His educational background consists of a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and MBA from Ross School of Business.Some of the areas that Nkem touches upon include:1. What Nkem focuses on - Ru…
 
Sunayana Gutta, Senior Financial Analyst at General Motors, shares a detailed account of what it's like to work in Corporate Finance - from examples of projects to her typical day to her advice for interested candidates.Sunayana has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.Some of the areas that Sunayana touches upon in this episode include:1. How …
 
Clara Nellist, Particle Physict at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), shares a broad overview of what it's like working in the field of science. Some of the areas that Clara touches upon include:1. Types of projects she works on2. Defining characteristics of a career in science3. How there's a lot of failure and need for persist…
 
Leah Burnett, Former Senior Director for Strategy & Planning @Viacom, shares her thoughts on what's involved in working in a Strategy function at a large company. Prior to Viacom, Leah has worked in consulting at BCG and Finance at UBS and Citigroup.Leah has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and MBA from The Wharto…
 
David Salazar, Head of Marketing for Amazon Business, shares some of the key decisions he took early in his career that helped him along the way, and his advice for early career professionals. David has an MBA from Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.Some of the areas that David touches upon in this episode include:1. Why…
 
Former Googler Sarah Cooper describes her journey as she moved from Tech to Comedy. Today, Sarah is a successful writer and comedian, with a popular blog https://thecooperreview.com/ that gets >100,000 readers per month. She regularly performs as a standup comic, and has authored multiple books inlcuding "100 Tricks To Appear Smart In Meetings" - h…
 
Mariyam Zhumadil, Associate Investment Officer at International Finance Corporation or the IFC, describes in detail what it is like to work in the field of Development Finance.Mariyam has a Masters in Accounting from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.Some of the areas…
 
Dushka Zapata, VP Comms @Zendesk and Top Writer on Quora (>100M views on her Quora answers), shares more detail on one of her recent answers to the question "What are things you wish someone had told you when you were in your twenties?"We delve into further discussion on the following points from Dushka's answer:1. "Networking events = waste of tim…
 
"It's surprising how hard we'll work when the work is done just for ourselves." Excerpts from the wonderful commencement speech delivered by Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin & Hobbes, at Kenyon College.Full speech can be found here: http://web.mit.edu/jmorzins/www/C-H-speech.htmlThank you for listening!!Follow the show on Twitter @LED_CuratorWebsi…
 
Uzo Osikhena, former Senior Program Manager with Clinton Health Access Initiative and currently with Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health), describes what working in the field of International Development (Global Health is like).Uzo has an MBA from The Wharton School, with a focus on Finance and Management.Some of the things that Uzo…
 
Jad Finck, VP of Innovation and Sustainability at Silicon Valley based eco-friendly woolen shoes company, Allbirds, shares his thoughts on what working in Sustainability is like.Jad has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and MBA in Finance and Strategy, from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.Jad …
 
Audio of the speech titled "You and Your Research", delivered by American Mathematician Richard Hamming in 1986.This a great talk with a number of observations and recommendations for how to excel in your career. From working on important problems, to routinely examining your life, there are a number of ideas here that you can begin applying immedi…
 
Jeremy Schifeling, Founder of BreakInto.Tech, a startup that helps people with non-technical backgrounds land jobs in Tech, shares numerous tips on how candidates can structure their job search and improve chances of success. BreakInto.Tech has helped candidates land jobs at well known Tech companies such as Amazon, LinkedIn, Microsoft, etc. Jeremy…
 
On how to find fulfilling work. Excerpts from posts on BrainPickings.org and Paul Graham's essay on How to do what you love.Posts cited:https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/04/23/how-to-find-fulfilling-work-roman-krznaric/http://www.paulgraham.com/love.htmlThank you for listening!!Follow the show on Twitter @LED_CuratorWebsite www.learneducatediscove…
 
As we approach the end of this year, and begin a new year, I would like to share this passage from the book 'On the Shortness of Life' by Seneca - on how life is long, if we know how to use it.Thank you for listening!!Follow the show on Twitter @LED_CuratorWebsite www.learneducatediscover.com/Like us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/learneducatedisc…
 
Travis Moore, Founder of TechCongress (non-profit startup), describes how he and his team are creating a way for those interested to apply their tech skills to government. TechCongress is a year long fellowship, where fellows get the chance to work with members of Congress and leverage their technical skills to influence policy and legislation.Some…
 
Jiayi Liang, joined Amazon as a Product Manager in their Amazon Web Services business. After a few years, she joined their Entrepreneur in Residence program. In this episode, she shares her experience as an EIR (including what it was like to present to Jeff Bezos), and how she made the move from Product Manager to EIR.Jiayi has a Bachelors in Econo…
 
Ian Murdock, Senor Manager of Marketing Analytics at cloud communications platform company, Twilio, describes in detail what a Marketing Analyst in Tech does. Good listen for anyone interested in Data and Tech.Ian has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston, and MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.Some of the areas that…
 
Taylor Pearson, Author of The End of Jobs, shares his thoughts on future of work, and his own journey as he transitioned from a full time job to writing a book and running a small business. Taylor's work has been covered in numerous publications including Business Insider, Huffington Post, etc. His book has also been recommended by James Altucher a…
 
Simon Kirk, Co-Founder @RaisedBy.Us and Director of Business Development @InVisionApp, draws on his experience of organizing events over the last 10 years, and talks about how organizing events is a great way to build your own network.​As co-founder of RaisedBy.Us, Simon has closed relationships with some of the leading startups of New York includi…
 
Alex Bentley, Product Management Leader and Coach at IBM, describes the role of an Offering Manager at IBM (IBM has renamed Product Management to Offering Management).Alex has over 10 years of experience working as a Product Manager. He also leads the Associate Offering Manager program at IBM. You can check out IBM's Associate Offering Manager prog…
 
Helen Chou, came to the US for her MBA at The Wharton School. Before that, she was working with Asus in Taiwan. In this episode, Helen shares a candid account of the challenges she faced as she went through recruiting, how networking was a scary experience in the beginning, and how she learnt to do it.Thank you for listening!!Follow the show on Twi…
 
Atif Nayeem, former Account Manager at Amazon, recently completed his MBA at Kellogg School of Management and recently received an offer as a Product Manager at Series B funded E-Commerce startup, Narvar. In this episode, Atif shares how he went about startup recruiting.Some of things he touches upon include:1. Why he decided to recruit for startup…
 
Helen graduated from Wharton in 2014. After business school, she joined IBM’s leadership development rotational program and has been with IBM for three years now. She is currently a Product Manager on the IBM Watson Internet of Things platform. Prior to her MBA, Helen was a Business Development Manager at ASUS in Southeast Asia, traveling across Ma…
 
Jim McCarthy works with executives to build happy, high-performance teams. He is an internationally acclaimed leadership consultant and motivational speaker. Jim’s workshops often include scientific research, anecdotes, writing exercises, group discussion, action items, and daily practices.Jim has more than 19 years of executive and board level exp…
 
Malcolm Phelan, ex-consultant and techie, having worked at BCG, Dropbox and Webflow, and now twice Campaign Manager (currently managing the campaign for Miller for Georgia), talks about what it is like to work as a Political Campaign Manager.Some of the things that Malcolm touches upon in this episode include:1. What is campaign management2. Elemen…
 
LED has partnered with Y Combinator backed startup Fullstack Academy, to bring to you these startup projects. Great opportunity for anyone interested in getting exposure to a high growth startup and making connections in the startup ecosystem.Apply here: http://www.learneducatediscover.com/startup-projectsThank you for listening!!Follow the show on…
 
Jordan Kong, Director of Business Operations and Board Observer at FoodTech startup Ando, talks about what working in Business Operations is like.Some of the areas that Jordan touches upon in this episode include:1. What's a venture studio (eg: Expa) and how it's great for people who want to work at a startup but dont have an idea2. What does someo…
 
Akash Mayur, Manager at Management Consulting firm A.T. Kearney, Inc., shares some of the things that he does to excel in his role as a Management Consultant.Some of the areas that we touch upon in this episode include:1. The role of a Management Consultant2. The 3 layers to a great Management Consultant - Analytics/Problem Solving, Communication s…
 
George Zeng, Product Marketing Manager at Facebook, describes what is involved in working as a Product Marketing Manager and what you can do to excel in this role.With an undergrad from Princeton, and grad from UPenn, and a highly diverse work experience ranging from Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, to running Sales for Groupon for Souther Chin…
 
Matteus Pan, Principal Product Manager at Bina Technologies, a genomics based cancer diagnostics company, and formerly Group Product Manager at Dropbox, talks about working as a Product Manager in the Biotech space. Bina Technologies was acquired by Roche Sequencing recently.Matt has a bachelors in Economics and Computer Science Engineering from Un…
 
Nimit Maru, Co-Founder of Fullstack Academy, shares his thoughts on startup recruiting for MBAs. Fullstack Academy is a Y Combinator backed startup that offers a top ranked coding bootcamp in the US.Some of the areas that Nimit touches upon in this episode include:1. How to figure out the ideal startup size for yourself2. Which roles can be a good …
 
Priyadarshini Routh, Director Sales Strategy and Operations @SalesforceIQ, goes into great detail on what working in Sales Strategy and Ops entails.Priyadarshini has an MBA in Marketing and Operations from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining SalesforceIQ, Priyadarshini has worked in Management Consulting with McKinsey &…
 
Kim Hess, a high altitude climber, shares her journey on how she is carving a career as a professional mountaineer. Over the span of her career, Kim has climbed many peaks, including Everest, Denali and Kilimanjaro.In this discussion, Kim talks about:1. Some scary and beautiful moments that Kim has experienced while on her expeditions2. How to look…
 
Richard Ruback and Royce Rudkoff, Professors at Harvard Business School and Authors of the book HBR Guide To Buying A Small Business, talk about how apart from going into a traditional job or starting your own company, there is now a third option to consider - buying a small business and running it like your own company.Some of the areas Richard an…
 
Cristina Cordova, first Business Development hire at Stripe and former Head of Business Development at Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), talks at length about a career in Business Development in Tech.As part of Stripe, Cristina has led complex deals to rapidly expand Stripe’s business through partnerships with companies including Apple, Facebook, Fresh…
 
Pascal Finette, VP Startup Solutions and Entrepreneurship Chair at Singularity University, talks about Exponential Thinking and Singularity University in this episode. Pascal was previously Director of Open Innovation Group and Mozilla Labs at Mozilla Corporation. He was also Portfolio Manager at Google.org. Some of the areas that Pascal touches up…
 
Sanjana Tandon, Director of Business Development at Hulu and previously in Business Development at Dropbox and Intuit, talks about what working in Business Development is like. Sanjana has worked on a number of strategic partnerships during her tenure, including driving a deal with American Express while at Intuit.Sanjana has BA in Economics from S…
 
Annie Liu, Global Consulting Director at OgilvyRED, the consulting arm of the well known advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather, talks about what working in Brand Consulting is all about.Annie has a Bachelor of Science, Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from The Wharton School.Some of the areas Annie touches upon in this e…
 
NYT Bestselling Author of "Positive Intelligence" and Faculty at Stanford and Yale Business Schools, Shirzad Charmine, talks about his research on the inner saboteurs within our minds, and shares tips and suggestions on how to improve our performance and realize our full potential.Shirzad was previously CEO of the largest coach-training organizatio…
 
Jessica Brody, Director of People & Talent at Crunchbase, shares her tips and insights for startup recruiting for MBAs.Crunchbase is a database spun out from TechCrunch that charts startups, other tech companies, the people who work for them, and those who fund them.Here's a sneak peak at what Jessica shares in this episode:1. While there may be a …
 
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