How I Got Here

How I Got Here

By HIGH Podcast
Finding the perfect job can seem impossible. We share stories that prove it’s not.
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Elyse Neumeier: "I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up"
In this episode, Elyse Neumeier, Chief People Officer at EverQuote, tells us about how she embraced the many twists and turns of her career.  We cover her journey plus: What it’s like to be on the job market during a global crisis, like a recession How being open to serendipity and not overly-planning your career can lead you to happiness and success How to find new roles within a company, when you’re not enjoying your current one Why confidence in yourself is essential when making a career switch How taking every job interview that comes your way can lead to surprising opportunities
27:58
March 30, 2020
Chris Bell "Am I going to be excited to tell my grandkids what I did?"
In this episode, Chris Bell, CEO of Whele, tells us about how he achieved his career goal of running his own company. We cover his career journey plus:  Making long-term goal setting easier by not getting caught up in the specificity of you goals  How to stay true to your goals through consistent reflection on what your “65 year old self” would think  Strategies for learning how to quickly switch functions and industries Keeping in mind that careers are long and you can make mistakes and be okay
19:11
March 20, 2020
John Harthorne, Founder of Mass Challenge (Part 2 of 2)
In this episode, John delves into the details of how he actually grew Mass Challenge from scratch. You’ll hear John talk about: How a hypothesis driven approach gave him the freedom to move forward, make mistakes, and learn How he recruited mentors to help grow MassChallenge step by step Why he prefers being an entrepreneur over working in an established company in a more stable role
21:25
February 18, 2020
John Harthorne, Founder of Mass Challenge (Part 1 of 2)
John Harthorne, founder and former CEO of MassChallenge talks to us about his career path and how pursuing struggle is the only way for him to find meaning and joy. MassChallenge is a start up accelerator headquartered in Boston, MA and as of 2019, it has helped almost 2,000 start ups raise over $5B in funding which have gone on to generate almost $3B in revenue. In this episode, we cover a lot of topics, including:  A framing that may make career changes feel more comfortable and less risky  The differences between management consulting and entrepreneurship  How John made a career switch during the Great Recession
16:31
December 6, 2019
Uvini Lokuge "We're instilled with this feeling that you should always be passionate about your work, which to be honest is crazy"
Uvini Lokuge talks to us about how being passionate about your work doesn't always lead to being happy. In this episode, we cover her journey plus: How investing in your skills early in your career can be helpful Building a career based on your strengths rather than shoring up your weaknesses Measuring a job’s fit by your day to day happiness rather than the overarching mission of the company What a sh*t sandwich is and how you can use the concept to help you pick the right job
21:18
December 6, 2019
Elias Hoban "Waiting to the last minute"
Elias Hoban talks to us about his path from engineering and consulting to finding his ideal job as an equity research analyst. In this episode, we cover his journey plus: How procrastination can be beneficial in making the right decision The challenge of transitioning from being an engineer to working as a management consultant How he figured out his ideal job by reflecting on his skills and what makes him happy How to find that ideal job with or without business school
18:41
October 11, 2019