Jonathan Javier and Jerry Lee are the CEO and COO of Wonsulting - A company whose mission is to turn underdogs into winners.
Jonathan has worked at huge tech companies like Snap, Google, and is currently at Cisco.
Jerry has been at Google for the past 2 years.
Combined they've helped HUNDREDS of students find jobs in tech so there isn't a better team to bring onto the podcast to talk about finding a job as a student.
Check out Wonsulting: www.wonsulting.com
Be sure to connect with Jonathan and Jerry on LinkedIn:
Video games are EXPLODING right now!! And if students don't want to go pro playing Fortnite, their next bet is getting in on the ground floor and designing the video game itself.
This episode, I got to ask Deana from Captilight Studios and Brandon from Electronic Arts (EA) about what it's like to be a game designer in both a large corporate setting, as well in an indie studio.
This episode is filled with insights from the industry as well as advice to all students, not just game designers.
Learn more about Deana's Indie Studio Captilight here: https://www.captilight.com/
Being a student is hard and most people underestimate how much time it takes to be a good student (talking to all of you parents out there). So balancing getting good grades, relaxing, and watching Netflix, can be tough. This week you'll hear from Ledo and Elizabeth on how they balance their lives and maintain being Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholars as well as still having lives.
This is a new segment in "Declassified College" where we go over one specific career and get insights from people who are actually in the field.
Justin Connors has worked with Venus Williams, Victor Oladipo, WWE, ESPN, and the list goes on! He shares his advice to students and what he wished University taught him.
Chris (Pompsie) has a unique story about how he got his job at Vaynermedia. It wasn't the traditional path. You can find his video resume here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNVAtnAmzag
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Most of you have just finished finals, graduated, or are in the midst of your finals right now (Good Luck if that's you!)
With classes ending, it's time to take a step back and relax because you've been working incredibly hard all week. We hear from Austen, Alyssa, and Charles this week on their tips on how to take a break and what you can do during that break to start to position yourself correctly for your career!
This was our best season yet where we cracked iTunes Top 100 for the "How To" Category!
We covered some huge topics such as the future of education, how to get internships by finding your champion, and a couple of world-class interviews from higher education professionals.
Our top episodes this season were:
How I interned at 3 Fortune 150 companies In college
How to build relationships with your professors
How to make the most of your summer
Higher education is in a weird place right now. But Colin has some unique insights as he has boots on the ground (well virtually).
This episode is focused on what Universities and Colleges could look like come Fall. Will college's return normally? Are football tailgates going to be a thing? Colin answers these questions in this episode.
Make sure you stay till the end because Colin leaves his last tips on some resources that you can use to further implement design thinking into your career search!
"What do you want to be when you grow up" probably the worst possible question to be asked. No one really knows the answer to it, but there are ways to start to narrow down what you could do as a career later on in your life.
Colin Byard is a University Innovation Alliance Fellow and he basically gets to find innovative ways to help students find jobs before they graduate. He's a great friend of mine and I love talking to him because he is always working on something cool.
In this episode, you will hear about some of those projects that he is working on, how to use design thinking as a student to find your career path, and much more.
If you're stressed out about not knowing what you want to do later in life... this is the perfect episode for you!
Choosing a major can be extremely stressful AND expensive. Over 80% of all students switch their major at least once... For me? I think that's a waste.
Listen to this episode to learn why you probably shouldn't change your major.
Professors can unlock doors that you can't even dream of. They have decades of experience on you and can be a wealth of knowledge if you know how to ask the right questions.
In this episode, I bring in Om and Varun's clips to showcase their experiences with their professors as well as highlighting some key points from my interview with Eric.
As a student, especially at a large school, it can be tough to stand out. Are you the loud one? Are you the extremely smart one? Do you feel like you aren't anything special?
These are all questions that went through my mind, but Eric says these don't really matter. What matters is why do you want to stand out?
Eric has started a course that helps students publish a book, it started off with a small class of 24 and now each cohort is getting bigger and bigger! His next one is over 100 students!
Eric Koester is a former entrepreneur turned professor at Georgetown University. He is called "The Book Professor" because one of his classes is geared around helping students write and publish a book.
I wanted to bring on Eric to talk about what it's like from the professor's perspective of when students come and ask him "for coffee" or "to pick his brain". His responses may be different than what you expect.
Part two will come out in our next episode.
The next place on campus to find your champion is student clubs.
In this episode, I lay out 3 ways to infiltrate the "Inner Circle" of student clubs and why they are super important. I share a story about how I got to meet one of the most successful investors to graduate from UCF because I was a part of "The Young Investors Club" and I got into the "Inner Circle".
You know what a champion is... now how do you find them?
The first place to start is on campus through career services. These departments can be super helpful BUT ONLY IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.
In this episode we go over how to leverage career services and find the ultimate champion to get you that internship or job that you've been dreaming about!
85% of jobs and internships never make it to online job boards such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Handshake, etc... So how do you find those coveted jobs that aren't posted?
Referrals aka YOUR CHAMPION
Learn how I interned at 3 Fortune 150 companies (Northwestern Mutual, Lockheed Martin, and The Hartford) and all of them came from a referral. I tried applying online and didn't even get call backs. If you're someone struggling to get a foot in the door, this is the episode you want to listen to.
Summer is fast approaching and with most "student jobs" being taken away because of the Coronavirus... what do you do with your time?
Using a similar approach to Austin Belcak's Value Validation Project (VVP), you want to build something over the summer to showcase your skills for when you're back on the internship/job search. I go over some specific projects that students can start to create during their free time. An hour or 2 a day will compound into something huge by the end of the summer!
The future of higher ed seems to be moving into online education and with the state of the Coronavirus, it may be some time before you get back into a classroom.
Now you may not like online classes and you aren't alone with that opinion, but the matter of fact is, there really isn't another way around it right now. So how can you learn how to get better at learning virtually?
Using platforms like UDemy, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, and more!
Crazy how fast time flies during Quarantine! We're already through season 2, the two main topics this season were Networking and LinkedIn. We got to talk with Blessing Adogame and Austin Belcak; here is a brief recap of the episodes that we had this season.
1. Getting back into the swing of things after break
2. School clubs are the ultimate hack to networking
3. How to study to a 4.0 in college
4. How to optimize your LinkedIn profile
5/6. Interview episodes with Blessing Adogame about being an international student and how to tactically use LinkedIn
7. How to network as a student
8. An unconventional approach to networking
9/10. Interview episodes with Austin Belcak about how to land a job at a Fortune 500 company and how to get a referral during the job search
11. Blueprint to finding an internship
12. How to adapt to the coronavirus as a student
These are crazy times, I've seen internships canceled, companies freezing their hiring efforts, and more. But that doesn't mean that everything is negative.
As a student, this levels the playing field and if you find ways to navigate these difficult waters, you will reap the benefits in years to come! Nows the time to double down on meeting people virtually since basically everyone is at home.
This episode is all about mastering communication with that person that could be your referral at a company. Sending emails and LinkedIn messages can be easy as it's through a computer. The real challenge comes when you have to jump onto a phone or video call.
Austin shares some tips on how to ask the right questions, how to do research and more!
Learn more about Austin and find some fire resume templates on his website cultivatedculture.com
Getting a job at a Fortune 500 company is a dream for many college students and for those that aren't graduating from a "target" school, this can be a tough puzzle to solve.
Thats why I brought on Austin Belcak to talk about how he has helped students land jobs at companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and more!
We go over what a Value Validation Project is and how you can use it to get your dream job!
The easiest way to get in touch with people who you never thought you could? Start a podcast as a student.
It may seem impossible, especially if you're not a business student, but I show you how to easily produce a podcast basically for free! Once you have the podcast up and running, all you've got to do is reach out to people and it's much better to ask "Will you be on my podcast" vs "Can I pick your brain?" even though they are both the same thing!
Pt 2 of our interview with Blessing Adogame, a student at Drexel University. She is a LinkedIn mastermind and this episode dives deep into how she's been able to use LinkedIn to meet influential people like the Chief Of Staff at LinkedIn.
Tune in to pt 1 of her story to learn more about her journey to the United States from the United Kingdom.
I got to interview Blessing Adogame in this two-part series! Part 1 is all about her journey to the States and we briefly bring up how she got started on LinkedIn. Part 2 will be a deep dive into LinkedIn and how it has changed her whole career projection.
People LOVE to talk about optimizing their LinkedIn profile. It makes sense, but if no one sees that profile... does it even matter?
I go over how to use content to bring people to your page (including recruiters) and specific examples of how certain college majors could use LinkedIn content to their advantage.
You will also hear from Daniella Beck talk about how LinkedIn has changed her life!
Linkedin is a game-changer for students who don't have a network from their parents. I didn't and I've been able to meet with Fortune 500 executives and C-suite executives because of this platform.
Some sites talked about on this podcast are:
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Many people join school clubs to put it on their resume. That's great and all, but there is much more to student clubs than just being able to say that you were an active member of the "Young Investors Club" on your resume.
There's networking... I go over how school clubs are the easiest way to "infiltrate" and practice your networking skills with people who are your age and who you're probably more comfortable talking to compared to a senior executive at a company.
Toughest part about breaks in college? Getting back into the swing of things.
I go over how to engage your professors after break
Nicole talks about why you need to make friends with your peers because you never know when you'll need them
And I show you how to start back up your relationship with your career advisor even though they're usually the busiest at the start of each semester!
Recapping Season 1 - Freshman Year
Episode 1. Choosing Your Major
Episode 2. Dorming vs Commuting
Episode 3. Attend Every Freshman Event
Episode 4. How To Use Career Services
Episode 5. How To Find Scholarships
Episode 6. How To Choose Classes
Episode 7. How To Find Your First Job
Episode 8. How To Find Your First Internship
Episode 9 and 10. How To Finese Your Schools Money with Benjamin Fields
Episode 11. How To Prep For The Summer
Episode 12. How To Write A World Class Resume
Many college student's first jobs are being a waitress, bartender, working at McDonalds, etc. While they may seem basic on paper, you can use the skills you learn in those jobs to build a world class resume.You will hear from Mike Torres, my old career coach at UCF and recruiter with 10+ years of experience, talk you through how to turn that McDonald's experience into a resume that can get you that Fortune 100 Internship.
Freshman Year Season is coming to a close, so how do you prep for that first college summer?If you didn't line up an internship, don't worry. I've got you covered with a few ways you can continue to learn throughout your first summer to make sure that you don't lose everything that you learned throughout the year.
Benjamin Fields is a master at finessing the college system. Whether it is free food, travel, degrees, etc. He has the cheat codes to it all.We cover a whole lot and I can't fit it all into this description. If I were to summarize this whole episode, the best way to put it is imagine playing GTA with cheat codes, those are the level of tips that Ben shares here.
Benjamin Fields is a Double Major and Quadruple Minor at Cornell University... I know, he couldn't just go to an Ivy League school, he had to go above and beyond. But besides being an extreme scholar, Benjamin dealt with a lot of racism throughout high school and struggled with his grades during his first couple of years at Cornell. During this time, he started to come up with his own cheat codes about college which he reveals one in part 1 and the rest in part 2.
That first internship can be tough to find, but here are some tactics that you can use to discover that diamond in the rough, even if you feel like you aren't "qualified" for an internship just yet.Eventbrite.com and meetup.comParkerdewey.com
First jobs can be tough to find. You may feel like you're limited to just the world of fast food, but I go over why that isn't the case with some examples in this latest episode.I go over how I got my first job and get to learn from Ashley about how she got her first job. Ashley - University of Central Florida
This week we go over the college struggles of choosing which class to choose, how to create a plan A, B, and C, and then how to use the resources around you to get the inside look into what are the best classes to take.You'll hear from:Ashley - a University of Central Florida studentDaniela - Chatham UniversityTaja - Baruch College
Kiara Jones is a student debt expert who graduated with her Master's degree DEBT FREE. We go over how she did it and the resources she used to accomplish this feat!Kiara is the CEO of Free Money Maven, a company that helps students navigate the world of student debt.Resources:
Career Services, love them or hate them, there is value in going to them.I share a story about how I got my co-op at Lockheed Martin and how Career Services played a part in it as well as the step by step approach of how to get the best out of your college or universities Career Services department.
Freshman Year... all of a sudden there are events every day and clubs trying to recruit you each time you walk through a hallway.So what's good and what's bad?The simple answer is... attend everything your Freshman year. We'll go over why in this episode of the Declassified College Podcast.
No parents, come home at any time, have anyone over whenever you want. That's the beauty of freedomBut is it worth the cost of living on campus?Hear from Sarah Hartono and Wilmar Gamboa talk about their college experiences.I'll show you how you to have freedom for a fraction of the cost.
Why should an 18-year-old have to choose what they want to do for the rest of their life?In this episode, you’ll hear from Jarred Mauney talk about his unique journey to becoming a Marketing major. As well as Nicole Alkhazov talk about why she choose International Business.I also talk about what I would have done if I was starting college as a Freshman.
I’m your host, Justin Nguyen, and long story short, I graduated from the UCF and turned down a job offer from the Big 4 to grow GetChoGrindUp! This podcast will uncover all of the secrets that colleges don’t want you to know and you’ll hear from not just me, but other students and industry experts from around the US.Leave a review so more college students will hear about this!