Career Crashers

Career Crashers

By Isaac Morehouse
Welcome to Career Crashers where we tell the stories of those who are not content to wait around following rules and hoping for good things to happen. Great careers aren’t found they’re forged. It’s time to Crash the party.

On weekly episodes, you'll hear from people who have broken free of the conventional path and forged great careers.
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23 - Mitchell Earl on Taking Risk and Betting on Yourself in Your Career
Mitchell Earl is the COO of Praxis and former director of marketing at Crash. Today he joins Isaac to talk about crashing his career, knowing the right risks to take in building a career, and how to think through opportunities. Entering college Mitchell was dead set on becoming a neurosurgeon, halfway through college he was set on becoming a lawyer, but he learned from experience that those traditionally prestigious careers he was pursuing weren't actually jobs he liked. In this episode: How a frank conversation with his law firm boss helped Mitchell change his career direction Going door to door with resumes at law firms in Oklahoma to find a job The difference between being confident about the things you can actually do, and faking confidence about the things you don't know Why when you're looking for a job or starting a new job, you should always focus on creating value first, even in the smallest ways How offering to change some lightbulbs got Mitchell a job How Mitchell realized law school wasn't the right path for him Why choosing career moves that are exciting and interesting to you isn't as risky as working a job you hate How Michell thinks about career development and focuses on skill growth instead of following a career track Learn more about Mitchell at https://mitchellearl.com/ We also want to hear your story. If you've created an opportunity and found a career that makes you feel alive, send it to Isaac [at] crash.co    For more resources on creating a great career Check out Crash.co and download our book, Crash Your Career. Get it on Amazon or at crash.co/crashyourcareer
25:28
February 11, 2020
22 - Dave Wasmer on Crashing a Career in Tech
In this episode Crash's own Head of Engineering, Dave Wasmer joins Isaac to talk about how he launched his career in tech.  When Dave graduated from college with a degree in economics, he wasn't sure where he wanted to go in his career. He used his self-taught programming skills to get an opportunity at a large corporation, but he soon realized that the corporate environment wasn't the place for him to flourish. He was feeling the itch to find a new opportunity, but it wasn't until a serendipitous blog post connected him with a start-up that everything fell into place.  In this episode, Dave shares the stories of how he Crashed his career and built his way to a great career in tech.  Connect with Dave at:  * https://twitter.com/davewasmer * https://davewasmer.com/ Discussed in this episode:  * How Dave crashed his career to get his first job in engineering for a software startup. * How blogging an idea led to a unique job opportunity. * Increasing your luck surface area: you can't replicate someone else's luck, but you do things that help you create your own. * How Dave decided to take a corporate job after college and how it helped him learn that working in startups was more in line with his personality. * The uncertainty in moving from working at a big company to a startup. * Dave's advice for people feeling the itch to make a career change:     1) Learn out loud: Don't just consume content while you're learning. Find ways to contribute to projects.      2) Focus on people: Invest your relationships. Get to know the people you're working with. Through your career, those relationships will matter more than almost anything else.     
23:56
February 4, 2020
21 - Part Two of Career Lessons From Founder and Investor James Beshara
This week on the podcast we are excited to share the second half of a two-part conversation with James Beshara. James is an angel investor, founder, podcaster, and author who has been invited to speak at places like Harvard Business School, Stanford, Y Combinator, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, the World Bank, and others.  Since his first paying job at 14 repairing computers, James has worked in and around technology. He's started multiple companies, invested in dozens, and experienced the full range from success to failure.  If you haven't yet listened to the first part of the conversation, press pause and listen as this episode continues directly from the first episode.  Discussed in this episode:  * Finding the idea and starting Tilt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt.com) * Building Tilt, working with debt and raising money * Transitioning to working as an angel investor * Why it's never been easier to start something and never harder to build something * How to start new things and discover career and business opportunities through your experience Connect with James:  * Listen to the Below The Line Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/below-the-line-with-james-beshara/id1457400066?i=1000433676439 * Buy his book "Beyond Coffee": https://beyondcoffeebook.com/ * Visit his site: https://jjbeshara.com/about/
19:08
January 28, 2020
Audio Essay - How I Got My First Design Job With No Experience-and Broke Into the Design Industry by Jeremy Chevallier
This week we're excited to share an audio essay by Crash marketing director Jeremy Chevallier! ---  Going to college wasn’t exactly my cup of tea—at first. Thankfully, I found my place and discovered my passion for design. This is the story of how I hacked my way into the design courses I wanted to take, which led to the opportunity to break into the design industry. I did this all while still in college, before actually getting my degree. In the episode, I cover: • why business school wasn’t for me • how I transitioned to design school • how I hacked my way into graphic design studio courses • my experience at my first design internship • why you shouldn’t sign NDAs • how I won my first real design job • why you shouldn’t lie about your skills—and just learn them before the question even comes up • how I broke into the professional design industry • the AIGA Phoenix Portfolio Review at ASU • why you should follow up asking about job listings you see online • how you should think about unpaid internships • 12 more lessons from my journey so far As a bonus, there’s an inspiring clip at the end featuring advice for beginner creatives from one of the most prominent radio hosts and podcasters out there: Ira Glass of This American Life. Enjoy & let us know on Twitter @CareerCrash how you’re breaking into your industry!
26:09
January 23, 2020
20 - Career Lessons From Founder and Investor James Beshara - Part One
This week on the podcast we are excited to share part one of a two-part conversation with James Beshara. James is an angel investor, founder, podcaster, and author who has been invited to speak at places like Harvard Business School, Stanford, Y Combinator, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, the World Bank, and others.  Since his first paying job at 14 repairing computers, James has worked in and around technology. He's started multiple companies, invested in dozens, and experienced the full range from success to failure.  James has built a truly great career and in our first episode with him, we find out how he got started, from his earliest experiences with entrepreneurship to founding and folding a company, to setting out and starting again. Discussed in this episode:  * What is the meaning behind the name Career Crashers?  * How growing up in an entrepreneurial family impacted how he thought about starting his career * How the financial crisis wiped out a lucrative job opportunity and led James to a different path * Working for a micro-finance organization and coming up with the idea for his first startup * Starting a micro-finance business and then having to shut down because of an SEC change in policy * Bouncing back and going back to work after a business failure * Realizing that he wanted to work for himself and approaching starting a business without one fixed idea * Finding the idea and starting Tilt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt.com) Connect with James:  * Listen to the Below The Line Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/below-the-line-with-james-beshara/id1457400066?i=1000433676439 * Buy his book "Beyond Coffee": https://beyondcoffeebook.com/ * Visit his site: https://jjbeshara.com/about/
24:17
January 21, 2020
Audio Essay - How Your Obsession with Options is Blinding You to Opportunities
Welcome to our new series of audio essays! While new Career Crashers interviews come out weekly on Tuesday we will periodically release bonus short audio essays we some of our best content!  What’s the difference between options and opportunities? How can you balance the theoretical with the actual? In this episode, our founder & CEO Isaac Morehouse dives into the following topics: - What options-thinking is - Thinking we’re “too good for that” without even realizing it - The myth of the perfect path - Why analysis paralysis is such a dangerous trap - How to discover and take advantage of new opportunities Tweet us @CareerCrash to let us know how you’re taking action on options and turning them into opportunities!
05:28
January 16, 2020
19 - The Next Season of Career Crashers!
Welcome back to Career Crashers! After a hiatus, we're back to deliver lessons and stories of people who have won great job opportunities in creative ways!  Every Tuesday, you'll find new lessons and inspiration to take the next big step towards standing out and getting hired!  We also want to hear your story. If you've created an opportunity and found a career that makes you feel alive, send it to Isaac [at] crash.co  For more resources on creating a great career Check out Crash.co. To get our book, Crash Your Career, go to Amazon or at crash.co/crashyourcareer  In this episode:  What to expect from new Career Crashers episodes  We want to hear your story  Why you can start thinking about creating your own opportunities earlier in your career than you think  Forgetting about finding your passion as you start a career, and focusing on not doing stuff you hate Why sharing what you're working on and learning about matters and leads to opportunities you'd never expect 
09:29
January 14, 2020
18 - Season One Finale
This week, in the season one finale, Isaac shares some thoughts on the state of job searches and how you can set yourself apart.   People are relying on incredible expensive degrees, which signal little, and are spending more time than ever on applications, but can't find jobs because no one stands out.   The average job posting attracts two hundred and fifty resumes, of those applicants four to six will get interviews, and only one gets the job.   There are better signals than a college degree and there is a better way to stand out and win a job.   Head to crash.co to create your own Crash profile.
17:53
May 27, 2019
17 - Your Own Personal Iron Man Suit
This week on Career Crashers Isaac shares his essay "Your Own Personal Iron Man Suit".  The idea comes from legendary tech investor Mike Maples and his vision for a future where we use technology to enhance life.  In this episode:  - Tech doesn't threaten Tony Stark - Why tech isn't a threat to your career future, it's an ally - How tech can your career opportunities and show help show your work Read the essay at: https://blog.crash.co/your-own-personal-iron-man-suit/ Check out our new book, Crash Your Career. Get it on Amazon or at crash.co/crashyourcareer Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
06:26
May 20, 2019
16 - Kevin Cherrick On How to Win a Job Opportunity
Kevin Cherrick is this week's guest on Career Crashers. Kevin is an entrepreneur and currently a digital marketing executive at FreightWaves. He joins the show to share his story and approach to the hiring process and winning great job opportunities.  Read Kevin's detailed breakdown of his job search: https://medium.com/@kevincherrick/how-i-turned-three-job-rejections-into-two-job-offers-7135a4fee8b0?sk=8993582aa5009df823e75c89cd92e1d9 In this episode:   - The process that Kevin went through for identifying and pursuing job opportunities   - How to research the company and the industry you are targeting to find out if you're interested   - Why and how you should reach out to front line employees at your target company to find out more about companies you're interested in - Kevin's story of joining a company happy hour as a way to get a leg up in the hiring process - Using rejection for one position as a doorway to other opportunities with the same or other companies   Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevincherrick/ Check out our new book, Crash Your Career. Get it on Amazon or at crash.co/crashyourcareer Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
40:42
May 6, 2019
15 - Jason Rink on the Journey Toward Your Dream Career
On this episode of Career Crashers, Jason Rink joins the show. Jason is CEO and Executive Creative Director at Simplifilm and in this episode shares his story from dropping out of film school, to a career in financial services, to making the jump to a film career.  Learn more about Jason at http://www.jasonrink.com/ and https://simplifilm.com/ In this episode:  Jason's career journey from dropping out, to banking, to film.  Realizing that he wanted to move out of commercial banking and how to look around at what types of new career opportunities his past interests and career capital would be well suited for.   How working in commercial banking wasn't what Jason wanted to work on for the rest of his life, but it helped him learn many skills that were valuable when he decided to make the jump to his new career.  How a role at a non-profit, helped Jason as an intermediate step between his career in banking and starting a film company.  Why working for others is often the best path to working for yourself.  Check out our new book, Crash Your Career. Get it on Amazon or at crash.co/crashyourcareer 
24:40
April 29, 2019
14 - Rethinking High School with Garrett Smiley
This week on Career Crashers, Garrett Smiley joins the show to talk about the future of high school. Garrett is one of the co-founders of Sora Schools, where he is helping to build a network of schools that put the students goals first.  Learn more about Sora Schools: https://soraschools.com/  In this episode:  - Why Garrett and his founding partners created Sora Schools  - The first principles that Sora School uses when designing education  - Learning from his experience of going to different private schools, that most schools were broken in the same ways  - A day in the life of a Sora School student - What's next for Sora Schools   Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
17:28
April 22, 2019
13 - Stacey Ferreira on Dropping Out and Founding Forge
This week on Career Crashers, Stacey Ferreira joins the show to talk about her experience of launching a company at 18 that raised $1.2M in funding and learning from real-world experience over the classroom. Learn more about Forge at: http://www.joinforge.com/ Learn more about Stacey at: https://twitter.com/staceyferreira In this episode:  - How Stacey started a business and raised 1.2M in venture capital right after high school - How being young can be an advantage when you are starting your career - Why and how Stacey learned to code  - How video games can lead to learning and opportunities  - Challenges and lessons learned building a company as an 18-year-old  - How people overlook the positives that individuals get from starting companies, even if the company isn't financially successful  - Making the decision to leave college for the Theil Fellowship  - The idea that led Stacey to create Forge - Stacey's advice for young people just starting their careers   Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
24:53
April 15, 2019
12 - Creating a Career as a Writer | Keith Farrell's Career Crash Story
This week on the podcast, a career crash story from Keith Farrell. After spending tens of thousands of dollars and six years on college Keith realized that something would have to change for him to create the career he wanted. He decided to pursue his passion for writing and by finding ways to create value, created a career for himself as a ghostwriter.  In this episode:  - How a low point led Keith to decide to pursue a career in writing  - Writing political op-eds as the first signal for his writing  - Finding the intersection of stuff you don't hate, stuff you can do, and stuff others value as the place to start creating - Getting his first job in writing and then breaking out as a freelance ghostwriter  Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
08:17
April 8, 2019
11 - Hannah Frankman on Skipping College and Her Career Crash Story
Hannah Frankman is the community manager for Praxis. She joins Career Crashers this week to share her story of deciding to skip college and go straight to building a career.  Topics discussed:   - How Hannah grew up homeschooling and why she decided to not go to college  - Answering people when they asked what she was doing instead of going to college   - How working at a farm, leading english classes, and reading voraciously prepared Hannah for her opportunity with Praxis   - How Hannah pitched Praxis on being an intern and used that role to land a full-time opportunity   - Letting work, enthusiasm, and patience lead to future opportunities   Learn more about Hannah at http://hannahfrankman.com/ and connect with her on twitter at https://twitter.com/hannahfrankman Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co 
22:59
April 1, 2019
10 - Mailbag and Miscellany: Your Career Crash Stories
This week on Career Crashers, Isaac is sharing listener career crash stories and some of the best examples of career crashing that you can learn from.  In this episode:  - How creating without permission got a fan a job with Derek Sivers - A listener whose viral parody video led to a great full-time job  - Thinking outside the box and using doughnuts to get job interviews  - Focusing on value creation instead of formal titles  - It's never too late to start moving towards a great career  - How bartending created the foundation for a career in graphic design  - What the college admission scandal shows about the signal of a college degree  Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
24:28
March 25, 2019
9 - Thaddeus Russell on Creating a Career as an Intellectual Entrepreneur
There are certain areas where people think you can get by without going to college. If you're going into a trade or starting a business, people get that you can get by without college, but what about being a history professor?  In this episode Thaddeus Russell talks about his experiences working as a professor at elite colleges and eventually breaking out to create Renegade University.  In this episode:  - How Thaddeus' early experiences as a professor led him to think about options outside out academia and eventually create Renegade University  - Building an education company around his field of study - How colleges insulate professors from the market - What provoked Thaddeus to leave academia and start his own business - The entrepreneurial opportunities that exist for charismatic and compelling professors   Follow Thad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThaddeusRussell Learn about Renegade University at http://www.thaddeusrussell.com/ Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
22:00
March 18, 2019
8 - Austen Allred on Launching Lambda School and Learning From Failure
Austen Allred is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lamda School, a 9-month, immersive program that gives students the tools and training to launch new careers in tech—from the comfort of your own home. Students only pay once they are hired after the program, so Lambda is completely accountable for the results they promise.  Austen joins the podcast to talk about launching his career in marketing and founding Lambda School.  In this episode:   - What is Lambda school?  - Moving to San Francisco and living in his car to launch his career - How Austen got his start - Learning from the failure of his first company  - Stories of Lambda School alumni  Learn more about Lambda School at https://lambdaschool.com/ Follow Austen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Austen Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
16:41
March 11, 2019
7 - College Jobs > College Degrees with Amanda Grimmett
Amanda Grimmett is the Area Community & Corporate Events Manager at Convene, where she oversees all of their client facing and community events in New York.  In this episode, Amanda shares how her college jobs and extracurriculars helped her land her first opportunity after college and talks about what she looks when she is interviewing job candidates.  Find more of Amanda's work at: https://amandagrimmett.com/ In this episode:  * How running events from college led to Amanda's first career opportunity  * Getting offered a job during her interview that was actually higher than the role she was interviewing for * Selling your experience in a way that shows a company it is relevant to the jobs you want  * How to prepare for an interview  * What separates the best applicants she interviews for roles  * What skill did she wish she had when she was starting her career  Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
13:05
March 4, 2019
6 - Crashing a Company to Launch a Career with Christopher Lochhead
Christopher Lochhead is the author of Play Bigger and Niche Down, the host of the Follow Your Different podcast, an advisor to over 50 startups, and a three time Chief Marketing Officer.  He joins Career Crashers to share the story of how he co-founded a company at 18 to start his career.  In this episode:   How Chris launched his career by starting a company  Creating a character to "lead" the business   How Chris and his partner got their first clients with cold calling   Saying yes to opportunities and learning on the fly  Closing down his company and getting a job at a software startup   Having a reason to connect with people instead of no-context networking   Making connections as an introverted extrovert   Why you should follow your different   Learn more about Chris at www.lochhead.com Read Play Bigger and Niche Down: https://lochhead.com/play-bigger/ Listen to Follow Your Different:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/christopher-lochhead-follow-your-different/id1204044507?mt=2  Check out Crash.co for resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
19:00
February 25, 2019
5 - Seizing Opportunity Before You're Ready With Chuck Grimmett
Chuck Grimmett is the product manager at Crash. In the last episode Chuck shared his story of launching his career with the Foundation for Economic Education, and in this episode, Chuck talks about how he transitioned from his first job into his career working in tech.  Topics:  Saying yes to projects before you are 100% ready Just in time learning instead of just in case learning Using side-projects to build trust and create opportunities  How consistently creating leads to opportunities   Learn more about Chuck at http://www.cagrimmett.com/ Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
12:54
February 18, 2019
4 - Be Generous With Your Work | Chuck Grimmett on Launching His Career
Chuck Grimmett is the product manager at Crash. He joins Isaac to talk about how he launched his career through photography, internships, and a willingness to share his work.  Topics:  How Chuck used photography to land an internship with the Foundation for Economic Education and then transition to his first full-time role out of college  The power of being an engaged customer for creating career opportunities  How free work pays off in the future  Creating opportunities with photography Doing more than just applying for an opportunity  Learn more about Chuck at www.cagrimmett.com Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email Isaac [at] crash [dot] co
10:51
February 18, 2019
3 - From High School to Full-time Marketer
In this episode Tim Chermak shares the story of how he decided to hire a young employee at the start of her career.  It's not about resumes or connections, but this story shows how to separate yourself from the pack and get noticed when you're looking for opportunities.   Topics:   - Using creativity to make an impression to a company - Offering to work for free for a trial period - Getting specific about how you can create value for a company - Most companies are looking for good people all the time, even if they aren’t publicly posting about hiring - It’s way easier than you think to stand out in the hiring process  Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email isaac [at] crash [dot] co 
13:17
February 11, 2019
2 - Creating a Career in Marketing with Tim Chermak
Tim Chermak is the CEO and founder of Platform Marketing, joins Isaac to talk about how Tim launched his career helping small businesses with marketing and turned that opportunity into a thriving company, Platform Marketing.   Topics:   - The first step Tim took to starting his career. - Realizing he wasn't interested in finance  - The difference between what he learned in marketing classes and what he learned on his own from marketing blogs, books, and seminars - Lessons learned starting his career Check out Crash.co for great resources on creating a great career and if you want to share your story email isaac [at] crash [dot] co. 
14:36
February 11, 2019
1 - Welcome to Career Crashers
Welcome to the Career Crashers podcast! Each week you'll hear from someone who has broken free from the slow and conventional path to forge a great career. 
05:29
February 10, 2019