The Atila Podcast

Getting in Med School Without a Degree, Advice for Pre Med Students, WorkLife Balance, Self Care

An episode of The Atila Podcast

By Tomiwa Ademidun
Learn and share stories from people on education, career and life.

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Working in Sales in Tech at Shopify, Declining Ivey, and Networking into Silicon Valley Startup, Clearbit: Trevor Sookraj – Atila TV 004
Trevor Sookraj is a part of the Growth team at Clearbit in San Francisco working to grow their self-serve products. Before that he was a sales intern at Shopify and a marketing analyst at Turnstyle Solutions, which was acquired by Yelp. Trevor is currently at Western studying political science, after he declined his acceptance into the Ivey Business program and took some time off university to work in Silicon Valley, San Francisco.  We talk about how he managed to score an interview (and later an internship) at Shopify and then land a job at Clearbit in the Valley, all at a very early stage in his life. Also how he managed to network and hustle his way through his time at university, how he absorbed all the advice that was given to him by his mentors and used it to go above and beyond to exceed expectations, why he declined his acceptance into the HBA program, his take on the tech industry, and so much more. Timestamps:  What were you like in high school? [1:07] As a younger sibling, do you feel pressure to live up to your brother’s expectations? [2:44] How did you get the Shopify internship after your first year of university? [8:40] What was your thought process when hustling to get your job in Silicon Valley and how did you convince your parents? [12:18] Why did you decline Ivey? [15:58] When you said you were taking a year off, were you planning on coming back to school? [19:24] What are some things you did to help you get the Shopify interview and Clearbit job? [20:55] How did you develop your networking skills? [24:07] Why do you think sales is the best job you can get in tech? [28:43] Where do you see yourself a year, five years, and 25 years from now? [31:53] What are some really interesting books, articles, podcasts… that you consumed recently? [37:16] What are you currently obsessed with? [39:37] Advice you would give to your younger self or to the audience [43:26] Links: Trevor’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevorsookraj  Trevor’s personal blog: https://www.trevorsookraj.com/ Trevor’s boot camp site: http://www.jointhepath.com *spoiler* it redirects to his personal blog http://www.paulgraham.com/  Future Shock by Alvin Toffler: https://amzn.to/2ttuoYV Blogs/books/podcasts Trevor keeps up with:  Accelerated Newsletter: https://accelerated.carrd.co/  Startup Watching: https://startupwatching.com/  Principles by Ray Dalio: https://amzn.to/2EmajtK Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit: https://amzn.to/2V97sty  Making Sense podcast by Sam Harris: https://samharris.org/podcast/ (available on Spotify) Tim Ferriss podcast: https://tim.blog/podcast/ 
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February 21, 2019
Facebook Product Manager, ex-Shopify, Brainstation First hire, Declining Ivey. Annie Zhang AtilaTV 3
Annie Zhang is a product manager at Facebook, working on the Facebook Watch team. Before that she was a PM at Shopify and the first employee at Brainstation. Annie graduated from Western with a Philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) degree after declining her acceptance into the Ivey business school program at Western University. We talk about how she landed the Facebook and Shopify PM roles and being the first employee at a high growth startup. What it was like working inside Facebook during the fake news controversy, why she declined her acceptance into prestigious Ivey HBA program and chose a regular Western degree, how to develop self-awareness and much more. Here are some highlights of the interview. Note: This transcript has been summarized for brevity, if you would like to help transcribe the full interview, edit videos or help Atila TV in any way, please send an email to tomiwa@atila.ca. Timestamps What were you like in high school?  [1:24] Why did you decide not to go into Ivey? [7:45] How did the Shopify opportunity come about [14:37] How did you get the job at Facebook? [35:05] How to prepare for product manager interviews and the best books to use? [39:07] What’s it like inside Facebook during the fake new controversy? [43:29] What is Annie currently obsessed with? [58:14] How to develop self awareness and reduce cognitive bias [1:04:10] Final piece of advice [1:02:00] Links: Annie’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-zhang-ab254472 Annie’s blog post about her Shopify Role: https://medium.com/inside-shopify/shopify-you-mean-spotify-1-2-b7469e9d7e4d  The PM Book Annie mentioned during the episode to help her prepare for the interview:  Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews by Lews Lin: https://www.lewis-lin.com/decode-and-conquer/  Decode and Conquer on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2sXQMZX  Cracking the PM Interview: http://www.crackingthepminterview.com/  Cracking the PM Interview on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Bdtd3S  Charlie Munger’s 25 cognitive biases to help develop self awareness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqzcCfUglws Summary of Charlie Munger’s talk: https://www.allencheng.com/25-cognitive-biases-charlie-munger/ 
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February 7, 2019
Medical School Rejection Twice to Google and Pinterest Software Engineer|Ruth Grace Wong– Atila TV 2
You can find the transcript, video and more on atila.ca: https://atila.ca/blog/tomiwa/from-medical-school-rejection-twice-to-google-and-pinterest-software-engineer-ruth-grace-wong-atila-tv-episode-2 If you would like to help transcribe the full interview, edit videos or help Atila TV in any way, please send an email to tomiwa@atila.ca. Timestamps What were you like in high school? [1:50] Why she switched from wanting to studying to CS to wanting to be a doctor in high school? [2:45] Advice for people who want to go to medical school? [5:50] Learning compassion, empathy and gratitude from volunteering at a Hospice [7:30] How did you feel after getting rejected from medical school and what did you plan to do next? [8:30] How did you get the Google internship? [8:30] How did you get the Pinterest Job? [11:55] Software engineer by day, manufacturing engineer and maker by night [14:40] Lessons learnt from successful and failed projects? [16:50] Working for  startup versus big companies versus starting your own company? [18:45] Advice for females in tech on taking more opportunities? [22:45] How to network and prepare for interviews for a top tech company? [25:45] How Ruth plans on raising kids while furthering her career? [28:25] What is Ruth currently obsessed with? [30:00] General life advice [32:40] Links Ruth’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruthgracewong Ruth’s Website: https://ruthgracewong.com/ Ecoqube: https://getecoqube.com/ Leave Me Alone Sweater:  https://www.boredpanda.com/diy-leave-me-alone-sweater-ruthgrace/ https://www.betabrand.com/leave-me-alone-sweater?sscid=11k3_74m8x The Egg Machine Ruth is obsessed with: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker  https://amzn.to/2RFjvRi If you would like to help transcribe the full interview, edit videos or help Atila TV in any way, please send an email to tomiwa@atila.ca.
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January 8, 2019
Getting in Med School Without a Degree, Advice for Pre Med Students, WorkLife Balance, Self Care
Emily Chen joins us on the first episode to talk about how she got into U of T medical school without a degree, advice for students studying pre med programs and the importance of work life balance and self care. Blog Post: https://atila.ca/blog/tomiwa/getting-into-medical-school-without-a-degree-advice-for-pre-med-students-work-life-balance-and-self-care-emily-chen-atila-tv-001 Video: https://youtu.be/FoN-BiL13k4 Timestamps: What type of high school student were you - 1:10 Cold Calling Professionals in grade 10 - 2:37 McMaster Health Science Rejection and wakeup Call - 4:09 What if I I don’t get into medical school - 5:00 Biggest life jumps and importance of self care - 8:12 Living up to expectations of immigrant parents while making yourself happy - 9:40 Handling lack of motivation and burnout - 10:58 Where do you see yourself in 5 and 25 years - 12:34 Advice for aspiring doctors or anyone who just want to help others - 16:07
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October 25, 2018
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