Episode 68: How I Broke Into Project Management with a Liberal Arts Degree, with Ariana Rodriguez

Episode 68: How I Broke Into Project Management with a Liberal Arts Degree, with Ariana Rodriguez

Are you a liberal arts major / grad who has a hard time articulating WHAT you bring to the table in your interviews? Tune into today’s episode for the special sauce.

It’s true: liberal arts grads have to work harder and get really good at talking about their strengths, skills, and value proposition.

 
Look, I get the “liberal arts struggle” when it comes to job searching, particularly when you’re early in your career. I went to a liberal arts college and graduated with a degree in Political Science and Italian Studies. When I was a college junior and senior, I wasn’t exactly sure how my major / studies would transfer into the workplace. What skills did I have? Were they even marketable? 
At first blush, it seems like you’re at a serious disadvantage when you graduate with a degree in History, versus someone else who might be graduating with a degree in Accounting and Marketing. 
But here’s the thing. That advantage? It doesn’t last for long. Because of this thing called “real life world experiences.”
Eventually, you WILL be given opportunities, jobs, internships, whatever. And you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and use them. What you THEN need to be able to do, is communicate WHAT those new skills and experiences ARE, their value, and how they apply to your target role.
Building up your career portfolio and communicating powerfully about your so-called “Soft Skills” and how they drive results, is really important. And that’s what we discuss on today’s episode.
On today’s episode, we have a special guest – Ariana Rodriguez – who graduated from NYU in 2010 with a liberal arts degree. At first she thought she wanted to make a difference in the world in education and nonprofit. Within a few years, and with student loans still unpaid, she realized she would need to pivot into a new career that would pay her better. But, how do you market yourself and make yourself competitive for jobs when you have a liberal arts degree and have only worked in the education sector?
Ariana tells us how she made this pivot, drawing upon her own skills, strengths and personal experiences. She knew that she needed to DEMONSTRATE to the interviewers how her skills of problem solving, attention to detail, and collaboration would be beneficial to the administrative assistant job that was posted. 
After she got the admin assistant job (which by the way, she was definitely overqualified for!), she rocked that job all the way through several promotions into the project manager career, which she enjoyed for many years. 
On this episode, we discuss:
  • Why she decided to pivot out of the education/nonprofit and social work space, and move into a project manager career in healthcare
  • How a personal health problem turned into a soap business that she talked about in her interviews 
  • How her philosophy college courses actually helped her fine-tune a skillset that she still uses today
  • Why she left her job to go full-time on her business in 2021 
Follow Ariana Rodriguez on LinkedIn. Ariana owns a business where she helps emerging agencies get to the next level of success by streamlining backend operations and systems.

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68. How I Broke Into Project Management with a Liberal Arts Degree, with Ariana Rodriguez

Are you a liberal arts college grad who struggles to articulate your value proposition to employers? Did you graduate during a recession? Are you thinking about pivoiting into the project manager career path? Then you need to tune into today’s episode, with special guest, NYU grad, and Dominican-American Ariana Rodriguez.

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Episode 67: Why Children of Immigrants Are Afraid To Ask For More, with Neyda Urias

Episode 67: Why Children of Immigrants Are Afraid To Ask For More, with Neyda Urias

If you have ever struggled with negotiating your salary OR worried that leaving your employer might make you seem “disloyal” – you are probably leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

You better check your [money mindset] before you wreck your [paycheck and wealth-building opportunities]!

 
Are you a first-gen Latina or child of immigrants?
If yes, chances are that you have a hard time negotiating your salary at work and advocating for more pay.
You’re probably also afraid of “job hopping” and looking “disloyal” to your organization if you leave “too early.”
We’ve all been there…let’s say it’s time for a job offer to finally roll in.
Maybe you’re pleased with it, or maybe not. The scarcity thoughts still show up, though. They sound like this:
  • Maybe I should just accept this, because I know this is what they offered my other friend who has this same job at this same company
  • Maybe I should just accept this, because it’s already X amount higher than my last job’s salary
  • Maybe I should just accept this, because if I negotiate, I’ll look like a money-hungry evil person
  • Maybe I should just accept this, because it’s not in their budget and the recession is coming
  • Maybe I should just accept this, because it’s already an amazing offer. Am I really that greedy?
Whatever your version of “Maybe I should just accept this” is….it’s really just fear talking.
And many of us, especially children of immigrants, have a hard time with asking for more.
Sometimes it’s because we fear failure so much. We fear being told no. We fear the conflict. We fear the rejection. What is it for you?
Here’s the thing: when you DON’T negotiate, when you DON’T ask for more, you close the door on yourself. And you never find out what could have been possible for you.
Why not let someone else do that? Why close the door on yourself?
If you want to dive deeper into this topic, you got to tune into today’s episode with guest Neyda Urias. We dive into why this happens and why it’s bonkers.
Neyda (an experienced talent acquisition leader and child of immigrants from El Salvador) shares her own “wake up call” experience when she realized she needed to step it up and start advocating for her own career.
If you struggle with advocating for yourself at work, you won’t want to miss this episode!!
On this episode, we discuss:
  • The “employer loyalty” idea that many immigrant / Boomer parents subscribe to…..and how it hurts us
  • Why you’re likely leaving money on the table if you’ve been at the same organization for 2+ years
  • Common red flags in the interview process from a recruiter viewpoint (ex: speaking too negatively or positively about your ex-employer)
Follow Neyda Urias on IG and LinkedIn. Neyda also has a podcast called Livin’ La Vida de Luxury.

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67. Why Children of Immigrants are Afraid to Ask for More, with Neyda Urias

Are you a first-gen Latina or child of immigrants? If yes, chances are that you have a hard time negotiating your salary at work and advocating for more pay. You’re probably also afraid of “job hopping” and looking “disloyal” to your organization if you leave “too early.”

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Episode 66: Small Talk & Etiquette Basics for Info Chats

Episode 66: Small Talk & Etiquette Basics for Info Chats

Info chats can intimidate even the most lively extroverts, and that’s totally normal. On this episode, I share how to tackle the small talk and bring the energy for your info chat!

When you release your expectations for how this conversation “should” go, the info chat becomes more natural.

 

Today’s the LAST episode from the “everything you need to know about info chats” series.
Seriously, I have put EVERYTHING that I know into these episodes 64-66 and you’ll want to come back to these whenever you get someone to agree to meet with you.
Last week, I talked about why you should NOT “wing” the call and do the right amount of research prior to the call so that you don’t sound like an idiot.
Today, I talk about the actual call itself – how to structure it, what to say (and not say), and how to wrap up the conversation WITHOUT EXPECTATION.
For the love of espresso martinis, do not end the call asking them for another favor.
I know that a lot of people teach that you should use the last few minutes to ask them to submit a referral for you, on your behalf. But I don’t teach that.
I teach that you use the call to be curious, present, and listen actively. Build upon what they’re saying (don’t just move onto the next question). Treat this person like an old friend, and assume they want to help you.
Coming to these calls without any hidden agenda or expectations will help you show up more naturally. It won’t make you seem so self-serving. You want to exhibit an attitude of gratitude, and that ain’t gonna come through if you’re piling on the asks.
On this episode, I teach you:
  • The 3 E’s required for a successful informational chat (Enthusiasm, Engaged, Efficient)
  • How I tackle small talk as someone who doesn’t follow sports and hates talking about superficial things
  • How to structure your 30 minute call (specific questions that I ask and DON’T ask)
  • How to wrap up the conversation the RIGHT way!
So, if you want to become a pro at running info chats?
This is the podcast for you.

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66. Small Talk & Etiquette Basics for Info Chats

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Episode 65: How To Prepare for an Info Chat in 30 Minutes Or Less

Episode 65: How To Prepare for an Info Chat in 30 Minutes Or Less

Someone agreed to talk to you for an informational chat? Congrats! Now, let’s make sure that you don’t sound clueless on the call and walk away with a new advocate.

Don’t even think about winging your info chat! Here’s why….

 
So, I think we’ve all been guilty of trying “wing” calls with new people, i.e., not preparing for them whatsoever.
It seems like a good idea at the time.
“I mean, I already know how to introduce myself. I’ll just ask them a bunch of questions. That’s really the point of this right?”
WRONG!
When you “wing” an informational chat, it’s obvious to the person on the other line.
When you “wing” a call, and take it from a noisy location or while driving your car (facepalm), the person may answer your questions, but they’re annoyed that you weren’t even able to find a quiet space.
BTW – I actually did this once in my early 20’s (take a call from a noisy environment), and the person on the other phone actually hung up on me and didn’t get back to me. Ouch.
When you “wing” this call, you come across as distracted, unfocused, and a bit careless.
Remember: this person offered to spend 30 minutes of their FREE time to HELP YOU and meet with YOU.
They don’t get ANYTHING from this conversation.
And they’re not exactly catching up with a close friend, either.
Most of the time, you’re talking to someone whom you’ve never met, or haven’t talked to in a long time.
In your attempt to be “casual” and skip the preparation work, you actually risk losing this person’s respect altogether.
Instead of gaining an advocate, they walk away from the conversation thinking, “Seriously? They couldn’t even look up what our company does? What a waste.”
Don’t do that…..
The least you can do is prepare for this conversation, and give them a positive experience that they will remember. Only then will they feel compelled to HELP YOU beyond this conversation.
On this episode, I teach you:
  • Why “winging” the call is a very risky move
  • How to conduct research on your “Booster” and their current company so you don’t sound clueless
  • How to introduce yourself and frame the purpose of the call to maximize your time
Next week, I’ll cover how to actually run the actual informational chat with confidence and ease.
So, if you want to understand how to prepare for info chats so that you make an AMAZING impression and increase the odds of building an advocate for you?
This is the podcast for you.

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65. How To Prepare For A Successful Info Chat In 30 Minutes Or Less

So, someone agreed to talk to you for 30 minutes for an informational chat. Congrats!!  Now it’s time to prepare for this call so that you can a) build an authentic relationship with this person, and b) inspire them to become an advocate for YOU.

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Episode 64: Why You Can’t Skip Informational Chats During Your Job Search

Episode 64: Why You Can’t Skip Informational Chats During Your Job Search

If I had to give you just ONE tool that I view as a “magic bullet” for the job search process, it would be the informational chat. On this episode, I break down WHY.

What do you think I would do if I were laid off from my job today?

 

For one, I would NOT start applying to jobs online.
Instead, I would hit up my existing network and start sending out personalized requests for informational chats.
Why?
Because it is statistically MORE likely for someone to get their next (best) job offer through an informational chat versus an online application.
I view conducting info chats as a NON-NEGOTIABLE job search activity, especially if you enroll in my 1:1 career coaching program.
I recommend that my clients conduct outreach to 5 people on a weekly basis, assuming that only 1 out of those 5 people will respond and schedule an informational chat with them.
And that’s OK.
Because over time, that 1 person becomes 5 people, and 5 people become 10 people.
Before you know it, you’re being invited to access those people’s immediate networks. They are referring you to jobs (which is the equivalent of cutting the long line at the club).
BIN-GO! That’s what we want.
On this episode, I teach you:
  • The different reasons WHY you should do an informational chat
  • The type of people you should (and should NOT) target for your info chats
  • How to think about low response rates from info chat requests
  • How to set up your info chat when someone says YES!
So, if you want to understand the WHY behind informational chats and why I won’t shut up about them?
This is the podcast for you.

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64. Why You Can’t Skip Informational Chats During Your Job Search

Are you frustrated with your job search process? Have you been applying to countless jobs online, with little results? I would like to introduce you to your job search BFF: the informational chat. It is statistically MORE likely that you will get your next (best) job offer through an informational chat versus an online application.

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