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Mastering College to Career

Mastering College to Career

By Daniel Botero - Career Expert
In this podcast, we help take away the fear of graduating without a job and instead teach you how to master college and land your dream job! We explore topics such as networking, interviewing, resume writing, and student loans. Not only do I speak on these topics, but I also interview other subject matter experts including CEO’s, Chief HR officers, and University Deans. I interview college students as well in hopes that you will relate to at least one of their stories. If you're a college student looking to get ahead, look no further!
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Why Mindset is so Important with Daniel Botero Ep. 71
Everything happens twice.. First in your mind and then in real life. This is why I focus on having the right mindset when I work with students.  In this episode of the podcast, I talk about my personal mindset transformation. I tell the story of how I went from hating to read to reading one book each week. Investing in yourself and building a strong mindset is so important so make sure you check out this episode of the Mastering College to Career Podcast!
May 16, 2019
Becoming Your 2.0 Version with Mark Metry Ep. 70
Have you ever thought about what the 2.0 version of yourself would look like?  In this episode of the Podcast, I interview Mark Metry the host of the Human 2.0 Podcast. Mark’s podcast is a Global Top 100 podcast. In this episode, Mark opens up and shares his story on how he went from being introverted and having public anxiety to building a top ranking podcast. The most amazing thing is that Mark is only 21 years old, meaning that the advice that he will be sharing will be relevant to you as a college student.  Make sure you listen to this episode and if you enjoy learning about Mark, subscribe to his Human 2.0 podcast.
May 13, 2019
Creating Your Own Internship with Daniel Botero Ep. 69
What if I told you that the best summer internship for you might be to create your own? Instead of working for a company and learning what they want you to learn, you could design your own perfect internship that allows you to explore multiple companies. Well in this weeks episode of the podcast I talk about how you can make this happen! Make sure you listen to this short, but powerful episode!
May 09, 2019
Advice From The Intern Whisper With Isabella Johnston Ep. 68
If you’re a college student and you still don’t have a summer internship, don’t worry. It’s not too late! In today’s episode, I speak with the intern whisperer herself, Isabella. We dive into the topic of internships and we talk about how students without a summer internship can still get one. We also dive into internship opportunities with small and medium-sized companies. These internships sometimes go unnoticed since most students are going after internships with large organizations. Listen to this episode to learn more about the benefits of doing an internship with small and medium-sized companies.  To learn more about Isabella and her company, Intern Pursuit, visit her website at 
May 06, 2019
What I Learned From Listening to this Podcast With Luis Guzman Ep. 67
Are you a seat warmer or are taking advantage of all college has to offer?  When you change your mindset, you change your life…  In this episode, I get the opportunity to talk to Luis. Luis has been listing to this podcast since the beginning. I have been able to stay in touch with Luis since he reached out to me and love seeing how he applies the strategies he learned from the podcast. So instead of me telling you how to Master College, listen to this episode and hear it from Luis! 
May 02, 2019
The Importance of Culture in Your Job Search with Lisa Huettema - Ep. 66
What is culture and why is finding a company with the right culture so important?  In this episode of the podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Huetteman, a business coach, Company Culture Expert, and author. This is an episode that everyone should listen to because it could be the difference between you loving or hating your job. It’s critical to make sure that you work for a company that has core values that you believe in. Making sure that you listen to the episode to find out more! 
April 29, 2019
What To Do When Life Does Not Go Your Way With Sean Pan - Ep. 65
Imagine being an engineering student with excellent grades and having a job lined up. Then you get kicked out of school. How would you react when you are at your darkest moment? In this episode I interview Sean Pan, a UCLA alumni that turned his darkest moment into something good. Sean got kicked out of UCLA and decided to teach himself how to code. That decision led him to land an internship with Boeing. After going back to school and graduating he got a job as an engineer at Northrop Grumman working on satellites. There are many lessons to be learned from Sean’s journey. Make sure you listen to the whole episode and connect with Sean!
April 25, 2019
How to Network as a College Student with Lori Saitz - Ep. 64
In today’s episode, I speak with Lori Saitz. She’s a Networking Strategist. We dive into the topic of networking as it relates to college students. We speak about how introverts can take advantage of their natural listening skills to help them network and build strong relationships. You will learn how to work the room and Lori also gives some great questions to ask at networking events. Lori has even been kind enough to offer a document listing the 11 best questions to ask at networking events. To learn more about Lori and to get her networking questions visit
April 22, 2019
The 3 Types of Internships with Daniel Botero Ep. 63
One of the best ways to build the skills to land your dream job is to take part in Internships. To me there are three types of internships: discovery internships, experience internships, and foot in the door internships. When I work with students I challenge them to figure out the goal of their internship. What do you want to gain from that experience? Are you choosing an internship to discover if you want to go into that industry? Are you choosing an internship because you are looking to gain more experience and build up your skills to help you become the ideal candidate? Do you want to do an internship with that particular company because that is the company that you want to work for after graduation? In this episode of the podcast I talk about the three types of internships and share my personal experiences. This is a great episode to listen to if you are a student and you are getting ready to start your summer internship!
April 18, 2019
The Hero Factor with Jeffrey Hayzlett Ep. 62
In this episode, I interviewed Jeffrey Hayzlett, the author of the Hero Factor. If you know me, you know that I love reading leadership books, so this was a must read for me. In this episode, we dove into his book and we talk about what you can do as a student to set yourself up for success. We talk about the things that you as a student can do to stand out to C- Level Executives and excel in your career. 
April 15, 2019
How to Overcome Overwhelm with Terry Brock - Ep. 61
In this episode of the podcast I had the chance to interview Terry Brock, a TEDx speaker and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker. We talk about how to “overcome overwhelm.” We talk about how to say no and how to base our life on value for value. This is a very helpful episode for the student that has overextended themselves and feels a little overwhelmed with their life. 
April 11, 2019
How To Achieve Success Through Generosity with Joon S. Han -Ep. 60
In today’s episode I had the opportunity to interview Joon Han, a serial entrepreneur most known for his TEDx talk “Get Ahead By Giving Back.” In this episode, we cover a couple of topics that every student should take notes on. We talk about why you can achieve success through generosity like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. We also discuss how you can stand out by giving back, the importance of building an online presence, and the hidden job market!  This episode is jam packed with great content. There is no surprise why Joon is the consultant that other consultants hire!   At the end of the show, we talk about one of the companies that Joon founded called Awesome Guest. If you want to grow your online presence and expertise by being a guest on podcasts and blogs, then make sure you check out It’s the best place for guest experts, podcasters and bloggers to find each other.  
April 08, 2019
Student Story: Getting Involved in Student Organizations With Josh Chacon Ep. 59
Being involved in student organizations is a great way to gain experience. In this episode, I had the chance to talk to Josh Chacon. Josh is currently a sophomore at Florida Southern College. Since his first semester in college, he’s been very involved in student organizations.  He even became Vice President of Professional Activities for his business fraternity as a sophomore. We talk a lot about his experience and he also gives great advice for younger students who are trying to run for positions that are usually held for juniors or seniors. 
April 04, 2019
Creating a Growth Mindset with Justin Schenck Ep. 58
In this episode I talk to Justin Schenck, the host of the Growth Now Movement podcast. We dive into the topic of growth and we talk about how you can make sure you’re creating a growth mindset. We also talk about how sometimes the worst moments can give you some of the best opportunities. If you haven’t listened to his podcast you should! He’s actually been named a top 8 podcaster by Inc.  Connect with Justin on FB and IG @gnmpodcast and visit to learn more about his amazing Growth Now Movement Live.
April 01, 2019
Having the Mindset to Succeed with Philip Mascia -Ep. 57
In today’s episode, we talk about mindset! I had the pleasure to interview Philip Mascia, the CEO of Mascia Media and dive into what makes him different, his mindset. We talked about how he was able to graduate with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting in 5 years all while running a night club business in New York City.  We talk about personal development and surrounding yourself with the right individuals. This will allow you to fast forward your development and help you reach your goals faster.
March 28, 2019
We Are All Freelancers with Dr. Chaz - Ep. 56
In this episode, we talk about why everyone should see themselves as their own business.  He believes that everyone should conduct a SWOT analysis on themselves and he thinks searching for jobs is like dating. This is a very interesting episode that you do not want to miss! Oh did I mentioned that Dr. Chaz is the Creator/Author/Teacher of 3 LinkedIn Learning courses?  "Creating a Career Plan"  "Succeeding in a New Job"  "Transitioning Out of Your Job" I have personally taken the "Creating a Career Plan" course and I absolutely loved it! 
March 25, 2019
Creating A Non Profit While Being A College Student with Federico Tavarez- Ep 55
In today's episode, I had the chance to get into the mind of Federico Tavarez. Federico is the founder of Aspira Foundation.  Aspira all started with an idea that Federico had during college. He had the idea of conducting a clothing drive for a soccer club in the Dominican Republic.  Four years later, that idea has blossomed into a nonprofit that has impacted over 18 different soccer clubs and 5,000 children.  In this episode, we dive into how he executed that idea, why reading books are important, and why building relationships with your college professors should be one of your priorities.  You can find Federico in all your favorite social media platforms.  LinkedIn @federicotavarez Instagram @fede.tavares And if you would like to learn more about Aspira visit their website at
March 21, 2019
Communication and Networking Advice for Millennials with Lindsey Hayzlett- Ep 54
In this episode, I had the pleasure to interview Lindsey Hayzlett. She is an Executive at the C-Suite Network™. C-Suite Network™ is the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite Leaders. In her role, Lindsey is responsible for putting together over 60 events each year. She shares some advice on how millennials and younger generations can communicate with Gen X and older generations. We dive into networking and having a plan when attending networking events. This is an episode that you don't want to miss. Make sure you follow Lindsey @lindseyhayzlett on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
March 18, 2019
Why You Should Plan Your Career Like You Plan Your Vacations -Ep. 53
In this solo episode, I share the story of  Jake.  A college grad that is working in a job that does not require his degree. Followed by talking about why students should plan their life after college like they plan their vacations. This is a short episode, but full of content and strategies on how college students can start planning their life post-college. 
March 11, 2019
Ep. 52 The best way to keep track of your job applications and network with May Lu
In this episode I had the chance to speak with May Lu the Co Founder of Jobwell. Jobwell is a job search organizer that applies the tried-and-true sales pipeline management approach to bring discipline and confidence to your job search. In this episode we learn more about May Lu’s story and her co founders original excel file he made to keep track of his 200+ job applications. We talk about how this tool was created wit the applicant best interest in mind and how Jobwell can help students land their dream job. I did not get paid to talk about Jobwell and instead reach out to them because I found this tool to be a great resource to students.  Jobwell is 100% free and I highly encourage you to try it. 
March 04, 2019
Ep. 51 Sales Lesson because everyone is in Sales with Dale Dupree
In this weeks episode, I sit with a local sales legend, Dale Dupree.  Dale is not your average salesperson. He looks at the art of selling in a unique way. We also talk about one of his sales philosophy and why he thinks everyone is in sales.
February 28, 2019
Ep. 50 The Top 3 Things I Want Every Student to Take away from the first 50 Episodes
In this episode, I talk about my experience with the podcast through the first 50 episodes. I can’t believe we have already hit this milestone. So like I do at the end of the episode I want to recap my biggest take away from the past 50. So I will speak on the top 3 things that every student should take away from listening to the first 50 episodes, as well as talk about the future of the Mastering College to Career Brand. 
February 21, 2019
Ep. 49 Blue Print to Student Success With Matt LeBris
In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt LeBris. Matt has worked for people like Damon John and he has accomplished great success throughout his career. He is actually a Forbes 30 under 30 nominee. We talk all about his accomplishments, his failures, and what he thinks students should do to be successful. In short, the key is self awareness and networking. Something that he said that really resonated with me was that networking is not only about who you know, but it's also about who your network knows. I couldn't agree more. Make sure to listen to the full episode to get great advice and to learn about Matt's story! Also, be sure to check out his podcast Decoding Success!
February 14, 2019
Ep. 46 Real Estate Information Every Student Should Know with Scott Carson
In today’s episode, I interview the CEO of We Close Notes and Host of The Note Closer Show Scott Carson. In this episode, we dive into the topic of real estate. We talk about the different career that students can pursue after college in the real estate industry, as well as when you should look into buying vs renting.  Whether you are interested in a career in real estate after college or not, this episode will give you some great insight about the industry that every student should listen to. 
January 24, 2019
Ep.45 Why Every Student Should Read Books
In today’s episode, I give a case on why every student should read books.  I share my personal story with books. In fact, I did not finish my first book until after graduating High School. I have come a long way since then, and now I have read over 300 books and counting. In this episode I share why books are one of the best ways to accomplish any goal, share my 3 favorite books of all time, and leave you with a strategy to help you finish a book in 2 weeks, without much effort. 
January 17, 2019
Ep. 44: Creating an All Star LinkedIn Profile with Justin Nguyen
In today’s episode, I had the opportunity to interview Justin Nguyen. Justin is the Host of the Young & D.U.M.B Podcast and the CEO of GetChoGrindUp. We dive into how students should be using LinkedIn. We talk about how to get started, why you need to make sure that your profile hits all star level, and why everyone should consider posting on a regular basis. LinkedIn is a very powerful tool that students need to build their personal brand and ultimately land their dream job. Make sure you connect with Justin on LinkedIn and listen to his podcast!
January 14, 2019
Ep. 43: How SGA Works and What That Means To You Finding a Job with Josh Bolona
In today’s episode, I had the opportunity to interview Josh Bolona. Josh is the Current Student Body President for the University of Central Florida. We talk about his journey to becoming President and how SGA (Student Government Association) works. Josh gives great tips on how students can get involved and he explains why every student should consider joining SGA.  Building Leadership skills is crucial and SGA may be the best way for you to do that and make an impact on your university.  To learn more about Josh and SGA, make sure you visit his website at 
January 10, 2019
Ep. 42 One Step Back, but Two Steps Forward with David Millay
In today’s episode, I had the opportunity to interview David Millay. David is the managing partner of EngageMint, a consulting company that helps athletic departments become more fan-centric. David has a really interesting story. He shares how there have been multiple times in his life where it may have seemed like he was taking a step back, but he was really taking 2 steps forward. We also dive into the business of sports and how a team with a losing record can attract fans.  To learn more about David, make sure you connect with him on LinkedIn and Instagram
January 07, 2019
Ep. 41: Why Finding Your Why is So Important with Josh Calcanis
In today’s episode I had the opportunity to interview Josh Calcanis, a published author and a total badass. Josh and I dive into his story and why he decided to leave a successful career in medical sales to follow his WHY. Since we both left successful and stable careers to pursue our dream, we dive into why more and more millennials are doing the same thing. We talk about the books that helped us make this decision and why we think that after you’ve attained a certain level of financial stability your priority should be finding your why.  To learn more about Josh, make sure you visit his website at
January 03, 2019
Ep. 40: Biggest Lessons Learned in 2018
In today’s episode, I  reflect back on this past year and I talk about the goals that I set for 2018.  I was able to accomplish most of my goals, but there are a few that I fell short on. I conclude this episode with the 5 biggest lessons that I've learned which will better prepare me for 2019!
December 31, 2018
Ep. 39: 30 Days to Hire with Julian Placino
In today’s episode I had the opportunity to interview Julian Placino. Julian is the creator of the Pathways to Success Podcast on iTunes where he conducts in-depth interviews with world-class performers to discover their mindsets, tactics, and behaviors. He has interviewed CEO’s, New York Times bestselling authors, TEDx speakers, celebrity athletes, company founders, leading entrepreneurs, and prolific thought leaders. We talk about how college seniors can get a job in 30 days and how the market does not seek generalizations, instead it looks for specialization. We also talk we talk about MSLOMAC. For those of you who don’t know what this means, you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!  For more information about Julian check out his website at and his Podcast Pathway to Success
December 27, 2018
Ep. 38 Goal Setting with Tony McGehee
In this episode, I had the chance to sit with another one of the students that I work with and talk about goals. We talk about the importance of goal setting, why setting up goals in 12-weeks time increments is better than setting yearly goals, and we talk about why you should only focus on three goals at a time.
December 24, 2018
Ep. 37: Why the First 7 Days in a Job are so Important with Les Cowie
In today's episode I had the opportunity to interview Les Cowie, consultant and keynote speaker. In this episode, Les and I talk about his 7 steps on how employees can be successful right away which he has written a book on. We talk mainly about what employees can do in the first 7 days to be successful. This is extremely important for those of you who are graduating soon and about to go into your first full time job. Also, Les offers a unique perspective on researching a company before you go into an interview. We talk about all this and so much more, be sure to listen to the full episode to set yourself up for success in the future. Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
December 20, 2018
Ep. 36: How to Get a Mentor with Karla Santiago
In today's episode I had the opportunity to interview another student from UCF and my mentee, Karla Santiago. In this episode, we talk about something that Karla has done really well which is networking and finding a mentor. I talk about how Karla followed the advice I've shared with her in terms of networking and how she's been successful by doing so. Karla also shares her unique story about traveling from Puerto Rico after it was devastated by hurricanes just a year ago and her journey through college thus far. Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
December 17, 2018
Ep. 35: How to Stand Out in Front of an HR Manager with Ricky Baez
In today's episode I had the opportunity to interview Ricky Baez. Ricky hosts his own podcast, "HR Talk" and is a professor for the HR Manager degree at Rollins College in Winter Park. In this episode we talk about focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses, where Ricky shares a great story about a rule he has in the classes he teaches. Also, we talk about how you can stand out in front of HR Managers to help you land your dream job. Ricky talks about one of the most important things you should do in receiving feedback. Check out Ricky's podcast on the same platforms you find this podcast, if you want to know more about Ricky, be sure to connect with him. Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
December 13, 2018
Ep. 34: Why Ikagai Should Be Your #1 Priority with Jordan George
In today's episode I had the chance to interview Jordan George, Head of Leadership and Talent Development for CFE Federal Credit Union. In this episode, Jordan talks about a unique concept called Ikigai, which he will explain in detail in the episode. Be sure to listen to avoid common mistakes that many college students make that end up costing them time and money! Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
December 10, 2018
Ep.33 How Having The Correct Mindset Can Help You Achieve Anything with Jesse Crumbley
In this episode I had the chance to sit down with another amazing student, Jesse Crumbley. Jesse has a really interesting story and a really great perspective on life. He loves challenges and continuously pushes him self to be better. He started off in the marines, went to college, and recently accepted his dream job. Listen to this episode to learn how he discovered what his dream job was and how he eventually landed one of the most difficult jobs to get!
December 06, 2018
Ep. 32: Develop a Career Plan with Leslie Mizerak
In today's episode I had the chance to interview Leslie Mizerak, the Founder of Mizerak Executive Coaching. Leslie focuses on leadership development for individuals who want to become successful leaders. She also helps people align with their career goals and put them on a path for success. In this episode, we talk about developing a plan and putting it into action! Leslie stresses the importance of having a plan even though you are able to change it. Without a plan, you have no idea where you are heading! She talks about where exactly you should start when you develop your plan and how crucial self awareness is in creating a plan. Also, she talks about how far in advance you should be planning for your career. Finally, we talk about how you can take this plan you have and make it a success in landing your dream job! Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already! Connect with Leslie also if you want to learn more about her or get in touch with her at
December 03, 2018
Ep. 31: 5 Career Killers and Builders with John Crossman
In today's episode I got the chance to sit down with the CEO of Crossman and Company, John Crossman. If you don't know John, he is the author of the book, "Career Killers and Career Builders" and in this episode we talk a little bit about this book and how he came to write it. Also, we cover the difference between a job and a career, what you should look for in a career, the 5 career killers, how to build a strong career and so much more! You don't want to miss this episode so listen to the full interview! Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 29, 2018
Ep. 30 Student Story- How to Gain Confidence By Jessica Lupo
In today's episode I got the chance to sit down with another great college student, Jessica Lupo. She's landed some amazing internships and we talk about how you can do the same! Make sure to listen to get some great advice on how to gain the confidence to apply to any company you want!
November 26, 2018
Ep. 29: What You Need To Do To Avoid Student Loans with Terri Walsh, CPA
In today's episode I got the chance to sit down with Terri Walsh, CPA and Accounting Professor at Seminole State College. We dive into the topic of student loans. As someone that graduated with over $20,000 in debt, I understand how simple they are to get and how hard they are to pay off. Did you know that the average student loan debt is $39,000 and currently 44.2 million Americans are paying off student loan debt? Terri gives really great advice on how to decrease the amount of loans taken out and she also provides some strategies on how to pay off your student loans if you already have them. You don't want to miss this episode so make sure to listen to the full interview! Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 22, 2018
Ep. 28: How to Minimize College Debt with Dale Leatherwood
In today's episode I got the chance to sit down with Dale Leatherwood, the Founder of Clear Degree. Dale helps people find the online program of their dreams and how they can afford it. For this reason, in today's episode I really wanted to focus on how to minimize the cost of getting your college degree. Dale talks about some short cuts and secrets that you may not know about that can save you a ton of money through your college career. We talk about how important it is to make sure you know exactly what you're paying for because you could be over paying! We also map out how much money you could save over your college career and how to do it! Dale is so knowledgeable and passionate about helping students get into their dream school while also making it affordable! You don't want to miss this episode so listen to the full interview! Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 19, 2018
Ep. 27: Brand U with Dr. Carolyn Massiah
In today's episode I get the chance to sit down with one of my favorite professors who influenced my life tremendously, Dr. Carolyn Massiah. For those of you who don't know her, Dr. Massiah is a Marketing professor at UCF. In this episode, Dr. Massiah talks about why she thinks she has made such an impact on so many students at UCF, why she chose marketing and why it's okay to not know and change your major in college. Also in this episode, Dr. Massiah talks about her "Brand You" philosophy and how you can start building your brand. Lastly, we talk about how to align your perception of yourself to others perception of you and more! I had a great time doing this interview with Dr. Massiah, she has been a mentor of mine since college and I'm glad I got the chance to sit down with her for an interview. Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 15, 2018
Ep. 26: How I Gave Up Professional Sports for an American Education
In today's episode I interview my good friend, Milan Pualic. Milan was a former professional soccer player in Serbia before he decided to move to the United States to pursue his education. In this episode, Milan talks about why he chose to give up professional sports for education, the process he went through to apply to school in the US, how his interest in entrepreneurship started, and his career in Finance. Milan has such a great story that is unlike most peoples! For those of you who are in a similar situation you can definitely take some good things away from my interview with Milan! Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 12, 2018
Ep. 25: What I've Learned in My First 25 Episodes
Welcome to the 25th episode of the Mastering College podcast! In this episode, I cover my journey so far in the creation and making of the podcast. None of this would have been possible without all of you, my loyal listeners and supporters! It is truly my dream to help students land the career they desire and I'm so happy I have been able to play a role in so many students lives already. I can't thank you enough for your support and be sure to stay tuned into future episodes for more content geared toward helping you land that dream job. Also, thank you to all the guests who have come onto the show. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all the students listening in an effort to aid them in finding their desired career. Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 08, 2018
Ep. 24: Overcoming Adversity with Frank Gonzalez
In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Frank Gonzalez, a student at the University of Central Florida. Frank much like myself, is a first generation student and we talk a lot in this episode about being a first generation student and what comes along with that. He shares many of the struggles he faced growing up including being undocumented until he was 19 years old, his journey and how his mindset has changed over the years since beginning college, and the benefit of facing so much adversity throughout his life. I really enjoyed this episode with Frank, it makes me extremely happy to see a mentee of mine doing so well and I have no doubt that he will succeed in anything he does. Make sure to connect on social media @thedanielbotero and leave a rating/review on iTunes if you haven't already!
November 05, 2018
Ep. 23: How to Master Any Interview with David Mowell
In this episode of Mastering College, I had the opportunity to interview David Mowell, Senior Director, Head of Talent Acquisition for Westgate Resorts. If you are reading this, do not go anywhere. You do not want to miss this episode where David shares a lot of insight of how you can master the interview process and land that dream job! In this episode, David shares his insight on Talent Acquisition, how interviews should be conducted, why you need to become self aware of what exactly it is you want out of your position and company, and why the true needs of the hiring manager may be different from what you see of the job description. Also, he covers what you should do before you go into your interview, good questions you should be asking in your interview rather than the same generic questions, and that only covers about half of the interview! There is so much to learn in this episode so be sure to listen all the way through! Make sure to connect with David and leave a rating/review if you enjoyed the episode!
November 01, 2018
Ep. 22: How to get a job at Google with Simon Baksys
In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Simon Baksys who works in Cloud Sales for Google. For many people, working at Google is the dream. That's why in this episode I talk to Simon about what he did while he was in college to position himself for a career at Google. Simon talks about how he began building his personal brand early on, how getting involved is what changed everything for him, and how what you think may be disadvantages can really be an advantage. Also, he talks about his journey of applying to Google and waiting for a year until he got an opportunity. Of course, Simon also covers how you can best position yourself to land that dream job at Google. Simon's story is one of patience and perseverance that every student can learn from, you do not want to miss this episode! Make sure to connect with Simon at the link below and leave a rating or review if you enjoyed the episode!
October 29, 2018
Ep. 21: The Future of College with Dean Paul Jarley
In this episode, I sit down with the Dean of the College of Business at the University of Central Florida, Dean Paul Jarley. In this episode, Dean Jarley talks a lot about the importance of growing your network and who you should include in your network while you're in college. Also, we talk about why it's important to take risks now and what you should do outside of class to set yourself apart from your classmates. This only covers part of the episode! Be sure to listen to the full interview to make sure you don't miss out on any of Dean Jarley's advice. Also, be sure to check out the Dean's podcast and blog at the links below!
October 25, 2018
Ep. 20: How to Communicate with Your Future Boss with Sarah King
In this episode, I sit down with the Senior Human Resources Officer of Darden Restaurants, Sarah King. In the interview, Sarah talks about how much communication has changed between generations, how to communicate effectively with someone from any generation and some common mistakes people make in terms of communication. When you first get a job in a corporate environment you will quickly find out that one way of communicating may work for one person, but not someone else! We talk about this and so much more in the interview so be sure to listen to the full episode and be sure to connect with Sarah on linkedin at the link below.
October 22, 2018
Ep. 19: Entrepreneurship as his Dream Job with Brent Henderson
It's time for another entrepreneur on the Mastering College podcast! Today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brent Henderson, the founder of Party Tutor. If you're a UCF student then I'm sure you've heard of his company. In this episode, Brent talks a little bit about Party Tutor and how he got started on the business during college. He also talks about tips for college students including why it's important to get involved and take opportunities early on. If you're considering starting a business, be sure to listen to the episode as Brent talks about why you should start your business while still in college and much more! Be sure to connect with Brent on social media @brenthenderson_ and follow Party Tutor @ucf_partytutor!
October 18, 2018
Ep. 18: How I finally found my dream job with Arron Solano
In this episode of Mastering College, I sat down with my good friend, Arron Solano to talk about his journey of finding his dream job. Arron currently works at a venture capital firm here in Orlando, but upon graduation he worked in medical device sales as well as pharmaceutical sales before starting his own business and earning his MBA. As you can see, Arron held many different roles before landing the role he is in now. During the episode, Arron shares his number one tip for your first full time job out of college and he talks about how you are likely to not be in your dream job right away! Make sure to listen to the full episode to hear Arron's full story and how he landed his dream job!
October 15, 2018
Ep. 17: Creating Your Dream Job with Josh Wilson
Today on the podcast I had the pleasure of hosting Josh Wilson. Josh is an entrepreneur in the Orlando area that hosts 3 different podcasts and produces a couple others. In this episode, Josh talks about his numerous failures as an entrepreneur and how he's overcome them. Also, he talks about how you can be an entrepreneur even if you don't have an idea for a business! If you are interested in entrepreneurship, this is an episode you need to listen to right now! Be sure to leave a review on iTunes if you enjoy the episode, thanks for listening!
October 11, 2018
Ep. 16: How to Stand Out from the Number One Sales Student in the Nation, Omar Nasser
I'm excited for this episode because I have another great student on the podcast. I like to switch it up between having professionals and students on the podcast because they each provide such different perspectives. Omar Nasser is a student at UCF and he's one of the top sales competitors in the entire country! In this episode, Omar talks about how to stand out from the rest of your peers and how being yourself is the only true way to do so. Make sure you connect with Omar on LinkedIn (he is very active) by clicking this link Please leave a rating and review if you enjoyed this episode!
October 08, 2018
Ep. 15: How to Land Your Dream Job in Sports with Alan Gooch
We have another expert in the sports industry on the podcast today! In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Alan Gooch. Alan is the CEO for the Orlando Sports Foundation and the Executive Director of the AutoNation Cure Bowl. In our interview, we talk about everything from his experiences to what he thinks students should do to be successful in the industry. Make sure to connect with Alan on linkedin at and make sure to buy a ticket to the cure bowl to help fund cancer research at!
October 04, 2018
Ep. 14: How women can land their dream job in a male dominated industry with Kay Rawlins
Interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry? If so, you need to listen to today's episode!I got the chance to interview Kay Rawlins, one of the founders and the VP of CommunityRelations for Orlando City Soccer. In the episode, Kay talks about her role with Orlando City, how you can land your dream job in sports, how women can overcome obstacles in sports, why community service is so important, and so much more! She is truly an inspiration, especially for women who want to pursue a career in a male dominated industry such as this. Be sure to listen to the full interview and leave a review if you enjoyed the episode. Thank you!
October 01, 2018
Ep. 13: The four things that will almost guarantee you a job
In today's episode, I get to interview one of the most known faces in the College of Business at UCF, Mr. Lonny Butcher. Lonny is the Director of Professional Development and Placement for the University of Central Florida. He's in charge of the career professionalism classes that all College of Business students are required to take. These classes focus on helping students find jobs by the time they graduate. In this episode, Lonny talks about his role in the college and how these classes help students to be successful. He also talks about the 4 key activities that students graduating with a job all do. Finally, we go over how to gain experience when you have none. Be sure to subscribe and leave a review. Thank you for listening!
September 27, 2018
Ep. 12: How to Improve Your Communication with Jack Dillion
In this episode, I sit down with my good friend, Jack Dillion, to talk about communication! Jack found his dream career at an early age, and has remained in the same career throughout his professional life. Has held the position of senior management for 5 top industry organizations, serving as VP of sales and operations for 3 different organizations. Has trained teams of people beginning in the early 80's. Jack has always had a skill for training people in his organizations. He has a strong background in management, purchasing, and the customer service experience. For more than 30 years Jack has been deep into personal development. Jack realized as business continued to get faster and more complex, he had to remain curious. Jack continues to be a consummate learner. No matter his experience in sales, service, and developing people, Jack realizes the business world continues to change so much, it does not play like the past. He is working diligently to stay ahead in his world of business. One of the critical lessons that Jack has learned is that business is about people. It is vital to treat people well, whether a staff member, vendor, or customer. People create success! As a long time senior executive, Jack has now turned his energies to helping people land their dream job by getting people to realize their skills, talents, and passion. In the episode, Jack will share some of his most important tips on improving your communication skills and why they're so important! Be sure to connect with Jack on LinkedIn to stay connected with him at
September 24, 2018
Ep. 11: Why Career Services Holds the Key to Your Dream Job with Dr. Calvin Williams
Dr. Calvin Williams is back for another episode! He truly is the expert in this area so it was hard to fit everything into one episode. On the last episode, we talked about the career fair, but in today's episode we're going to talk about career services and how you can leverage career services to help you land your dream job! In the episode, we talk about how the earlier you go the better, the 3 areas of career services that are all there to help you, the steps you should take and in what order to take them to help you land your dream job, your relationship with your career services liaison, and so much more! So many students don't know about the resources available to them and it hinders them from getting that dream job. Don't be one of those students! Listen to the full episode to learn about how you can use career services to your advantage and land your dream job!
September 20, 2018
Ep. 10: Why the Career Fair is the Superbowl for College Students with Dr. Calvin Williams
It's almost that time again. Time for the career fair! For college students, this is the Super Bowl of their college life! Everything that they have been working hard for all comes down to this. That's how my next guest, Dr. Calvin Williams, positions the career fair to his students and personally, I would give it the same emphasis. I've known Calvin for a long time as he was my career coach at UCF when I was in school. Dr. Calvin Williams then moved to Florida State to become the Director of Employer Relations there and now does independent consulting for businesses. In this episode, Calvin gives some tips and pointers about how to get the most out of the career fair. He talks about how to best prepare for the upcoming career fair, what you should take away from each employer you talk to, how to get in front of an employer THE DAY AFTER your career fair and more!
September 17, 2018
Ep. 9: Networking Tips with Roger Van Sluis
In this episode, I talk with my good friend and mentor, Roger Van Sluis. Roger is a serial entrepreneur who owns four 7-elevens and invests in commercial and residential real estate. He also has an innate ability to network with everyone he meets. In this episode, Roger talks about how he has been successful and how networking has helped him get to where he is today. He also shares his philosophy about how he has used his curiosity to be successful at networking in any environment. Roger also spends time going to different universities and speaking to students about the importance of networking. He gives a lot of great tips in this episode about how you can become better at networking so be sure to listen to the full episode to hear about Roger's take on networking and how it can help you get ahead!
September 13, 2018
Ep. 8: Networking
In this episode, I talk about one of the most important topics for life in general: Networking. I don't care who you are or what you do, you need to be able to talk to people and network to build relationships for your career. Not only do I talk about networking though, I talk about how to network and turn some of your network into potential mentors. I can't stress to college students how important this is! As a student, no one will say no to you. Ask someone to lunch or a cup of coffee. Find people you are genuinely interested in getting to know and seek them out, most of the time they aren't going to say no. In this episode I cover my 5 tips for networking: What's in it for them, Receive only when needed, Stay top of mind, Be a trusted advisor, and Don't take more than you need. I will elaborate more on these in the episode so be sure to listen all the way to the end! Please remember to leave a review and subscribe to the podcast as well!
September 10, 2018
Ep. 7: The Shotgun vs. Sniper Approach
In this episode, I cover one of my favorite philosophies when it comes to searching for your dream job: Shotgun vs. Sniper approach. You might be able to tell just by the name what I mean by this, but it is one of the most important things to keep in mind when searching for a job. Rather than sending in the same resume or application for 100 jobs, you could be much more successful by focusing on a couple jobs that you aligned with and could tailor your resume and application towards each of those jobs. To learn more about my sniper vs. shotgun approach listen to the full episode.
September 06, 2018
Ep. 6: Paid Time Off
Welcome back to episode 6! Today I talk about one of my favorite topics, vacation! For college students, it may feel like you have no time after classes, internships, jobs, and all of your other responsibilities. In reality, you have much more time than you think. While you're a student you have 8-13 weeks of vacation. Once you step into the real world you'll be lucky to get 4 weeks of vacation, with most college graduates only receiving 2 weeks of vacation. If vacation time is important to you, be sure to listen to this episode to find out the truth about PTO in the real world.
September 03, 2018
Ep. 5: Jessica's Story
In this episode, I sit down with the most beautiful guest I'll ever have on the show, my wife! Throughout this content, I will compare both of our journey's through college. Jess was the perfect student in high school! She got great grades, was involved in extracurriculars and knew exactly what she needed to do to get into her dream college. She continued her grades through college and got involved in a few organizations, but didn't network or have a plan for after college. She thought like many college students, get good grades and work hard and a good job will come. Unfortunately, that is not the case in today's world with such a competitive environment and she ended up taking the first job offer she got. Luckily, she is in a much better position now, but it would've been even better if she started where she is now! Listen to this episode to hear more about Jess's story and how you can avoid the mistakes she made while she was in college. Make sure to leave a review if you enjoyed this episode!
August 30, 2018
Ep. 4: My Story
Many of you listening to this podcast may wonder, "Why is Daniel doing this?" or "Why is he so passionate about this topic?" As you'll hear in this episode, much of what I know today are things I had to figure out for myself. I was fortunate to be raised by a hard working mother who gave me the work ethic I have today. I didn't have all the answers and that's why I do this! I want to help those of you that were in the same position I was when I was in college. I hope you all gain value from this episode and please let me know if I can ever help!
August 27, 2018
Ep. 3: Headshots with Lafayette Britto
In this episode, I sit down with my good friend Lafayette Britto who is headshot photographer. Lafa talks about some of the do's and don'ts of headshots. Also, we cover why headshots are such a good investment even if you believe the price point is high. Make sure you listen to this full episode to be prepared for the next time you need headshots! And if you need some headshots go check out Lafa on social media @lafayettebritto
August 23, 2018
Ep. 2: Summer Internships with Cristian Rivera
In this episode, I sit down with UCF student Christian Rivera who just completed a summer internship with Pepsi. We dive into the importance of internships and how they can better place you for a job after college. Christian also talks a little bit about how you can position yourself to receive that summer internship you're going for. Whether you've had internship or you're currently looking for one, be sure to listen to this episode to learn how you can lock down your next internship!
August 20, 2018
Ep. 1: The Unconventional Student with Bruno De Oliveira
In this episode, I sit down with my friend Bruno who has a college experience unlike most people. Bruno talks about his experience as a college student later in his life than most people and how challenging it was to get through college while balancing his personal life. If you're a student who is older or has been in college for more than four years and feel like no one can relate to you, make sure you listen to this episode!
August 20, 2018
Welcome to Mastering College: A Guide to Landing Your Dream Job! My name is Daniel Botero and I'm so glad that you have joined me on this journey to help you create your ideal future. This podcast is going to focus on helping college students learn all the different skills they need to master college and land their dream job. I am so passionate about this because as a first generation college student, I never had access to all of this material in one place. I was fortunate to meet great people along the way who helped me get to where I am, but I know that is not the case for everyone. I look forward to helping you on your journey to mastering college and landing your dream job!
August 20, 2018