by Priscilla | Sep 9, 2022 | First-Gen, Latinx, Tech
Does the thought of networking make you want to barf? Do you want to pivot into tech and get a pay increase? Has it been a long time since you’ve interviewed for jobs? Check out Caroline’s story.
Caroline was ready to pivot into tech but didn’t know how to get started.
In January 2022, Caroline came to me with a desire to move into tech, get paid more money, and find a role that was better suited to her strengths and interests.
She signed up for my 6 month career coaching program, and we went on a journey to a) figure out her next career move and b) make it happen.
Together we did the following:
We got clear on what she was looking for her in her next career move (her top 3 career non-negotiables, one-year vision, values, and so much more)
We re-branded her professional experiences into a shiny resume, cover letter, elevator pitch, and LinkedIn profile
We explored a variety of different companies and roles through informational chats, intentional networking, and LinkedIn
We did many mock interviews to make sure Caroline was READY for when the right opportunity came along.
I might have crafted the roadmap for Caroline, but Caroline DID THE WORK. She overcame her disdain for networking, finding a way to make it FUN for her in NYC and going to in-person events. She created a job search process that worked for HER life and centered her well-being. And, she held belief for herself that, no matter how long this process took, it would be worth it in the end.
Fast forward to August 2022: Caroline accepts an offer from a leading tech company with a 30% increase in pay. Not only that, but she successfully negotiated and broke into her desired new industry.
On this episode, Caroline discusses the ups and downs of a career change journey, how she managed the redirections and long waits, and how she made the job search process manageable for her. You can make this happen, too!
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by Priscilla | Oct 15, 2021 | First-Gen, Latinx, Tech
On Episode 33, Noel Mendoza breaks down how he went from being a non-Computer Science major and deciding to join Hack Reactor in his late 20’s. Today, he’s a software engineer at Microsoft.
Have you ever felt so disengaged in your job that you actually end up becoming a “performance flag”? As Noel was navigating his career in his mid-20’s, jumping from sales job to sales job, he realized he was totally disengaged with his career trajectory.
Have you ever felt so disengaged in your job that you actually end up becoming a “performance flag”? As Noel was navigating his career in his mid-20’s, jumping from sales job to sales job, he realized he was totally disengaged with his career trajectory. It wasn’t until a rude awakening – getting fired – that he realized it was time to commit to something new: becoming a software engineer in tech. On this special episode, Noel walks us through his journey going through a prestigious coding bootcamp to become a software engineering apprentice (and now software engineer!!) at Microsoft, beating out hundreds of candidates.
What you’ll learn from this episode:
Why Noel, being first-gen American, chose to go to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and do Teach for America in LA
How Noel jumped from the teaching and education world into tech sales across startups, including the Honest Company
What Noel did when he realized he had lost his sense of career purpose, and even got fired unexpectedly
The steps that Noel took when he realized he wanted to break into software engineering through Hack Reactor (called the “Harvard” of coding boot camps)
What it’s like to make this move without the CS background or degree
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Hey, are you thinking about changing careers? Then you need to head over to my website, ecmpodcast.com, and sign up to get your free 20 page guide that I wrote with YOU in mind. I wrote this guide to help you change careers and get really clear on what it is that you want to do next. Career clarity is key to a career transition journey. All right, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Have a great week.