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Your Career GPS

Your Career GPS

By Brad W. Minton & Cassie Spencer

In this bi-monthly episodic series, Career Coaches Brad W. Minton and Cassie Spencer serve as the GPS to teens, high school and college students, and young adults ready to find their fit and make their mark on the world through their careers. They help aspiring professionals develop a stronger career identity and navigate the sometimes complicated journey of career development. Throughout this series, the hosts bring together experts in the field of career exploration, growth and development, personal branding, networking, job searching, resume writing, interviewing and salary negotiation.

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Ep. 75 Detour: Knowing When To Change Course (Special Guest Devon Turcotte)
Ep. 75 Detour: Knowing When To Change Course (Special Guest Devon Turcotte)
In this great episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Founder of Careerified Devon Turcotte to address an important issue that effects so many young people which is when to know that the position, or even the career you chose is no longer the direction you need to be in and when a detour is in order. Some key highlights from this episode include: How terribly common for students or even new professionals pushing themselves through a path that may not be beneficial, for example getting a degree they’re not passionate about. She breaks down this concept of “sunk cost fallacy” Devon discusses why she feels that this happens so often, despite acknowledging that better options are available She talks about what signs people should look for to let them know that the path they’re on may not be sustainable for the long term Devon talks about wow can individuals evaluate whether a change of course is in order She addresses how can people evaluate the difference between a conflict of job environment versus a conflict in the career path Devon talks about real world examples of needing to change course and how people have progressed through it She discussed what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info: Devon Turcotte (she/her) is a career advisor and the owner of careerified, where she focuses on helping GenZ and young Millennials gain career clarity and craft actionable steps so that they can build meaningful careers that have an impact. Devon’s draw to the career development field is rooted in the connection between mental health and youth career decisions. She is a fierce advocate for lifelong learning and believes that there is always an alternate route to success. Prior to starting careerified, Devon worked with thousands of teens, parents and educators, delivering in-school presentations on careers in the skilled trades and recruiting and career coaching in Ontario’s community college system. Website: https://careerified.ca/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devon-turcotte/  Instagram: @careerified
28:20
November 30, 2022
Ep. 74 Lane Change: Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone (Special Guest Elena Agaragimova)
Ep. 74 Lane Change: Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone (Special Guest Elena Agaragimova)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie break down the dreaded comfort zones and how to push through them to greatly enhance learning and development in our careers. We invite the Co-Founder of Bessern Elena Agarimigova to help us our young listeners learn the practical steps and rationale of how this can be a career game changer. Highlights from this episode include:  Elena talks about about how breaking comfort zones has impacted her career journey In her work helping individuals develop essential skills and tap into their potential Elena talks about what she sees as the common themes as to why so many people can stay stuck in negative habits that sabotage their success  Knowing what she knows from talent acquisition what skills does she see as essential for young people to learn early For our listeners who may be in the early stages of their career she talks about what are ways they can improve their productivity and make positive impacts on their organizations  She talks about neuroscience and it's connection to performance, and what are the implications for our listeners   There’s a lot of pressure it today’s working to be productive and to be high performers in the work place. Elena discusses how can our listeners work to find a balance  It’s common for students and young professionals to struggle making a connection between the work they’ve done / the skills they’ve used and the work they want to do. She provides advice on how to draw connections between experience and identifying transferable skills   Elena talks about what are small ways that listeners can start to expand their comfort zones in day to day life Elana breaks down what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info Elena Agaragimova  Elena is an engaging skilled trainer and talent development specialist, credited with combining operations, education, and international expertise to design  and deliver programs for diverse audiences. She is  known for her ability to drive change within individuals and organizations that are looking to reach their  potential and maintain their competitive edge in the  business world. Elena is currently immersed in corporate learning and talent acquisition providing talent onboarding  and development to multi-nationals across the MENA region. She is an entrepreneur who founded Bloom Youth  – a platform that prepares youth for the future and  Co-Founded Bessern – a tech solution for productivity  and well-being in organizations. Elena has a strong passion for L&D, promoting creative and engaging workplaces and all about optimizing performance through the development of others with a keen interest in neuroscience. As a career and talent development coach, Elena has over 12 years  of experience working individuals across different  generations, supporting them in achieving their professional and personal goals. Website: bessern.co  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenaagaragimova/
34:13
November 16, 2022
Ep. 73 Mile Markers: Early Career Success Benchmarks For Gen Z (Special Guest Bernie Floresca)
Ep. 73 Mile Markers: Early Career Success Benchmarks For Gen Z (Special Guest Bernie Floresca)
In this fantastic episode, Brad and Cassie bring in Bernie Floresca, Career Coach and Founder of Graduate To Hired to break down some of the important success benchmarks and career hacks that current students in postsecondary education can do to maximize their career net worth before graduation. Key points of discussion include:  For students who are just entering into college or university in 2022, Bernie talks about what he thinks are the biggest first small steps that they can make to ensure an easier transition to the workplace Many students early into their journey are still working on clarifying their goals.  Bernie talks about how they can engage in steps to build their brand while it’s still being formulated Bernie talks about what he sees as the biggest regrets that seniors or recent grads have about what they “should have done” earlier on and what suggestions do you have about it What suggestions he has for students who are struggling to find an internship or co-op experience, and what steps they  can take to increase their odds Many students don’t take advantage of their career services offices on campus. He talks about what specific services should they utilize that builds to bridge to success after graduation For recent grads that are still struggling to really launch their professional career,  they may just take the first job they could get or they’re now in a lackluster environment.  Bernie talks about what would be the most important things they can do to have more success landing the positions that they feel are best for them Bernie talks about what is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Bernie Floresca is an educator; he's a natural at bringing out the best in people. Bernie holds a Master's in electrical engineering, and is trained in leadership, communication, and coaching with Landmark Education. His diverse background includes being Adjunct Faculty at McHenry County College and DeVry University, project manager for AT&T Bell Laboratories, and career coach at Illinois Institute of Technology. Website: BernieFloresca.com   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/berniefloresca/ 
23:56
November 02, 2022
Ep. 72 Burning Rubber: Making Your Mark Through Content Creation  (Special Guest Katelyn Richards)
Ep. 72 Burning Rubber: Making Your Mark Through Content Creation (Special Guest Katelyn Richards)
In this episode Brad & Cassie bring Katelyn Richards onto the podcast to break down how to begin the process of creating content through social media and LinkedIn in order to build, strengthen or grow your personal brand! Some key highlights from this episode include:  Gen Z already has experience using tools for branding but not in a career sense. Katelyn discusses what suggestions she would  make to transition from using social media and other tools from a personal to professional focus LinkedIn is one of those tools that most students and new grads don’t use until they have to do so. Katelyn talks about what toknow about the platform and why they should use it Why creating content is a career game changer and how young adults can get started After being honored with a top follow on LinkedIn what she has learned in her journey that’s led to this point of success What would she say are the biggest pitfalls to avoid when creating content and building a brand and what our listeners can do to avoid them If she were talking someone who’s starting from ground zero and starting to build their brand. What would be the first 3 things she suggest they should do to begin What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info Katelyn Richards (2022 Top 25 Job Search Expert to Follow on LinkedIn)  With a decade’s worth of experience in hiring & recruiting in the higher education & talent acquisition industries, Katelyn helps top talent leave behind unfulfilling & misaligned work experiences by clearly and confidently telling their career story. She helps professionals stop getting overlooked in the job search process and start being recognized (and hired!) as the valuable team members that they are at companies where they can finally thrive! Website: acraftedcareer.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katelyn-richards/  
27:09
October 19, 2022
Ep. 71 Rubber Meets The Road: Using Mindfulness For Career Traction (Special Guest Alicia Ramsdell)
Ep. 71 Rubber Meets The Road: Using Mindfulness For Career Traction (Special Guest Alicia Ramsdell)
In this episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Career Coach, CEO & Founder of Mindful Career Path Alicia Ramsdell. The conversation focused on her practice of incorporating mindfulness principles in her work and how it can help young people become grounded in their own internal compass and intentional in their career choices. Some highlights from his episodes include:  Alicia has been a successful career coach and entrepreneur through a holistic approach and helping client gain mindfulness through an internal focus. For listeners who may be unfamiliar with the term mindfulness she talks about what it REALLY means. She discusses what benefits does mindfulness serve particularly for those seeking more clarity and how can listeners use it.  What is Alicia's opinion are there ways that young people can find potential accelerators to the process of finding direction.  What are realistic expectations for young people who’ve been told or think they should “follow your passions” or “do what you love”. For recent grads who are struggling to land opportunities that they want, she talks about how to work through frustration and get more success. What are some practical steps young people can make to find their inner compass and create their career rather than trying to fit into one.  Alicia covers what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation. Guest Info:  Alicia Ramsdell, CCSP,  GCDF, MST, is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Career Path. Her role as CEO is to set the vision and thrive, guiding clients to develop their career stories in a mindfully enthusiastic approach. Coinciding with her own daily meditation practice, she brings a unique holistic approach to career coaching.  Alicia has led successful client engagement with institutions and individuals.  Prior to launching Mindful Career Path, Alicia gained instrumental career development experience as a 15-year corporate industry professional, where she co-led undergraduate students in their internship experience, participated in the hiring process of employees, and pioneered a career development program for young professionals. Website: https://mindfulcareerpath.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliciaramsdell/ 
26:21
October 05, 2022
Ep. 70 The Journey Ahead: Looking Back To Move Forward
Ep. 70 The Journey Ahead: Looking Back To Move Forward
Capping off an incredible 70 episodes Brad and Cassie reflect on the journey of the podcast and so many of the amazing takeaways they have gained learning from 60+ guests. They each highlight a few of their most memorable episodes and the lasting lessons provided in the message.  Brad and Cassie discuss plans to take a short hiatus from recording Your Career GPS, but cover the important projects they will engage in the interim to help support their clients and other young professionals as they venture in their career journeys.  From Episode 1 to 70. It's been quite a ride. Stay tuned, the journey awaits..........
30:59
June 22, 2022
Ep. 69 Enjoy The Ride: Designing Your Success Roadmap (Special Guest Eliana Goldstein)
Ep. 69 Enjoy The Ride: Designing Your Success Roadmap (Special Guest Eliana Goldstein)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Millennial Career Coach Eliana Goldstein to discuss the path to career fulfillment, what it takes to get there and how easily young people can get off course. Some key highlights from this episode include:  Eliana tells our listeners about her background and how she found her way to her current career How Eliana defines career fulfillment and what does that look like for her clients As college students and young professionals, it can be really hard to figure out what – from a career perspective – would provide that fulfillment. She breaks down where people can start who may be listening and confused on the first steps The company or organization that someone is working for can play a big role in someone’s overall happiness with their work. What questions job seekers should be asking or red flags should they be looking out for when interviewing Some people feel like their job or their career is “fine” or “comfortable” and there’s a lot of fear if/when they leave their job it will be worse. Eliana talks about this common fear, how to overcome it and what happens when you ignore it She talks  about why confidence is so important and how it impacts the work that we all do and our job searches What are three things our listeners could do today to help them gain more confidence What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Eliana Goldstein Website: https://www.elianagoldsteincoaching.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eliana-goldstein/ TikTok, Instagram: @eliana_goldstein  
32:48
June 15, 2022
Ep. 68 Passing Zone: Taking Interview Skills To The Next Level (Special Guest Gene Rice)
Ep. 68 Passing Zone: Taking Interview Skills To The Next Level (Special Guest Gene Rice)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Gene Rice, the Chairman of Rice Cohen International and the Author of the new book, Grad to Grown-Up: 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life to discuss how to become an expert interviewer and start landing job offers! Some key highlights from this episode include:  Gene tells our listeners about his career journey and his background of examining talent.  Gene discusses what has he seen to be as some of the common ingredients that so many successful young professionals share.  He breaks down what he considers to be the top 2 or 3 things people get wrong about interviewing and how to shift to start becoming a "grandmaster" of interviewing.  For young people just starting their first professional job search, interviewing is intimidating, Gene talks about what steps can they take to manage that fear From the perspective of someone who’s been in countless interviews and hired or rejected thousands of candidates, Gene talks about when he is  conducting an interview what is he looking for to let them know they are hirable?  Behavioral questions are a pain for many candidates. We’ve all heard about using various methods to answer these. Gene talks about the origins of these interview questions and how young people can tackle them the right way.  Gene also highlights the importance of a great follow up after the interview is over.  What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation.  Guest Info:  Gene Rice, Chairman of Rice Cohen International (Recruiting/Search Firm) Website: www.ricecohentraining.com Book Website: https://www.gradtogrownup.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grice11 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gradtogrownupbook/
41:31
June 01, 2022
Ep. 67 Twists & Turns: Finding Fulfillment Without Waiting For Perfect (Special Guest Melissa Carson)
Ep. 67 Twists & Turns: Finding Fulfillment Without Waiting For Perfect (Special Guest Melissa Carson)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with former HR executive turned leadership coach Melissa Carson to talk about the myths of a perfect job and how young people can still find fulfillment without chasing unicorns. Key highlights from this episode include:  Melissa talks about her career journey through HR and how it led to her launching her own business She talks about her book and about this idea of a “perfect job” and why there really is no perfect job There may be no perfect job but there are things that make a job more perfect than others. She highlights a few things job seekers should focus on when looking for the most perfect job for them A section of her book tackles this idea of the "traditional" career path and encourages readers to focus on what’s possible and not the potential limitations. Melissa talks about this with examples.  Melissa talks about what success and leadership mean to everyone is unique and not everyone aspires for leadership roles. She discusses what young people can do to still maximize their growth.  For many job seekers, there’s fear around leaving a job that is “good enough” for fear of a new position being worse. She breaks down the practical things listeners can do when it comes to making decisions about applying to other roles and making decisions about new opportunities She talks about “Future proofing” a career and what this means for young people  Melissa talks about the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Melissa Carson  Website: https://crimdellconsulting.com/  Book: There's No Such Thing As A Perfect Job: https://www.amazon.com/-/he/Melissa-Carson-ebook/dp/B09RTPFDBT  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaridercarson/ 
34:01
May 18, 2022
Ep. 66 Tune Up: Essential Career Skills You Weren't Taught (Special Guest: Mark Herschberg)
Ep. 66 Tune Up: Essential Career Skills You Weren't Taught (Special Guest: Mark Herschberg)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie are back and talking about skills! More importantly the skills that too often colleges, and universities aren't putting enough focus and attention on that employers want and need. To discuss this important issue, they bring in Mark Herschberg, an experienced Chief Technical Officer, an Instructor, Speaker and the Author of the book, The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills For Success No One Taught You. Some highlights in this episode:  Mark discusses his career journey and what led to him writing his book.  Mark talks about why he saw the need to teach essential skills at MIT.  Why he thinks that this information isn’t taught to young people considering its relevance in today’s job market What are the essential skills and the biggest areas of disconnect between university and industry, and more importantly what can students today do to prepare themselves What employers and leaders across the country are saying are needed to be successful in todays workplace.  Networking and building professional relationships is one of the most important skills young people can develop so why is it being taught wrong and what can people do about it  Mark talks about his quote that “leadership is not positional” and what that means.  What are some steps that young people can take to close the gap in skill development from orientation to graduation What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. Educated at MIT, Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. He’s developed new software languages, online marketplaces, new authentication systems, and tracked criminals and terrorists on the dark web. Mark helped create the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, MIT’s “Career Success Accelerator”, where he’s taught for twenty years. Mark also serves on the boards of non-profits Techie Youth and Plant a Million Corals. Website: https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hershey/ Instagram: @thecareertoolkit  
35:37
May 04, 2022
Ep. 65 Follow The Signs II: More Lessons From The Leaders
Ep. 65 Follow The Signs II: More Lessons From The Leaders
This amazing compilation episode highlights guests from the past 30 episodes and covers their answers to our signature question: "What is the best career advice you can pass along to the next generation?" Here is a full listing of the 25 guests included in this episode in order:  Charlene Walters (Ep.36) 0:57 Liz Guerrera (Ep.37) 2:05 Rosie McCarthy (Ep.38) 3:25 James Whittaker (Ep.39) 4:13 Tamara Raymond (Ep.40) 4:59 Lindsey Pollak (Ep.41) 5:46 Dominic Imwalle (Ep.42) 7:13 Linda Gardner (Ep.43) 7:51 Emily Steliotes (Ep.44) 9:13 Traci Bakenhaster(Ep.47) 10:25 Brittany Ramsey (Ep.48) 10:58 Sarah Johnston (Ep.49) 12:27 Carson Tate (Ep.50) 13:06 Claudia Miller (Ep.51) 13:25 Anil Ram (Ep.52) 14:35 Lisa Plain (Ep.54) 15:51 Teegan Bartos (Ep.55) 16:18 Harleny Vasquez (Ep.56) 17:49 Virginia Franco (Ep.57) 18:29 Madeline Mann (Ep.58) 19:16 Molly Cate (Ep.59) 20:28 David Mendoza (Ep.60) 21:03 Nadia Ibrahim-Taney (Ep.61) 21:54 Loren Greiff (Ep.62) 23:23 Jasmine Escalera (Ep.63) 25:13 
27:07
April 20, 2022
Ep. 64 Sitting In Traffic: Developing Patience In The Job Search
Ep. 64 Sitting In Traffic: Developing Patience In The Job Search
In this great episode Brad and Cassie go solo and discuss a critical topic for so many frustrated job seekers: Coping with the wait of the job search! It's frustrating and difficult to say the least but in this episode they highlight some key points including:  Why the job search process often so long and so slow What are some of those complicating factors and other reasons that a job search process can slow down What are some realistic expectations that you can ground yourself into related to the job search timeline  Being patient with anything is hard I think even for the most patient people but what does that even mean or look like as it pertains to a job search What are some of the most common misconceptions job seekers may have about “being patient” with a job search What are some practical steps that a job seeker can do to help move the process along and/or to keep their job searching momentum going The hosts offer their advice as to the mental and physical habits and shifts that can go a long way  Interested in working with Brad or Cassie?  You can contact the hosts at yourcareergpspodcast@gmail.com  Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and follow on Instagram @yourcareergpspodcast 
29:60
April 06, 2022
Ep. 63 The Right Parking Spot: Finding Workplace Fit (Special Guest Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D)
Ep. 63 The Right Parking Spot: Finding Workplace Fit (Special Guest Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D)
In this amazing episode Brad and Cassie connect with Jasmine Escalera, Career Coach and Founder of Jasmine Escalera Coaching where she breaks down how to assess fit with an organization and what to do when it's clearly not, or worse, become toxic. Some great highlights from this episode include:  Jasmine tells our listeners about her background and how this fueled her work There’s a lot of talk about finding the right “fit”, workplace culture, toxic work environments etc. but that can all mean so many different things for different people. Jasmine breaks down how she defines these things and how does a toxic work environment differ from a job that you just don’t like There are the more obvious benefits of feeling aligned with a position/company, like finding fulfillment in your work, and she highlights some of the other underlying benefits For current students and recent grads there’s often a lot of pressure when job searching which can lead individuals to have an approach where they will take any position they are offered but Jasmine cautions them on this approach and explains why  Jasmine breaks down what advice she has for our listeners to help them get a sense of the work environment before accepting a position Based on her experience, she highlights what are the biggest red flags regarding toxic work environments and what can we do to prevent ourselves from being in those types of environments What advice she has for someone who might currently be in a toxic work environment She recently posted on LinkedIn about how we are all in control of our careers and specifically mentioned being in control of the spaces that we work in, but what does she say to those who take issue with that  What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D Website: https://linktr.ee/jasmineescaleracoaching  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasmine-escalera/  Instagram: @jasmineescaleracoaching 
40:23
March 23, 2022
Ep. 62 Awake At The Wheel: How To Make Coffee Buzz Up Your Strategic Networking (Special Guest Loren Greiff)
Ep. 62 Awake At The Wheel: How To Make Coffee Buzz Up Your Strategic Networking (Special Guest Loren Greiff)
In this amazing episode we break down strategic networking with the incredible Loren Greiff. She helps our listeners understand how small shifts in mentality and approach can create big gains in terms of networking and building social capital. Some key highlights from this episode include:    🌟Loren tells our listeners about her background and how this fueled her work today    🌟Young people tend to be very apprehensive about starting to network with more experienced professionals. She breaks down how young professionals can work though that.    🌟Most people, especially young job seekers search for jobs completely differently than the way recruiters look for talent. She discusses this disconnect.    🌟 She talks about making a short “coffee stop” on a consistent basis, and how this can make a world of difference and what it leads to.    🌟So many young people feel intimidated that they don’t know what to talk about in these coffee meetings. Loren discusses best ways to prepare for these type of meetings.   🌟A common albeit misguided piece of advice that many say is just go “pick their brain”. Loren breaks down why this is not the best approach.    🌟 Loren offers the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation   Guest Info:    Loren Greiff   Website: https://www.portfoliorocket.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorengreiff/
35:46
March 09, 2022
Ep. 61 Crossing Borders II: Tools For Success When Living Abroad (Special Guest Nadia Ibrahim-Taney)
Ep. 61 Crossing Borders II: Tools For Success When Living Abroad (Special Guest Nadia Ibrahim-Taney)
In this fantastic series we discuss the unique challenges of being an international student but in particular those living abroad from the United States. We bring in expert guest Nadia Ibrahim-Taney of Beyond Discovery Coaching who helps those who are pursuing international study and career to maximize the experience. Highlights from this episode include:  Nadia tells our listeners about her background and how this fueled her work She discusses the most common challenges of students who have studied, lived and worked abroad  What are the unique challenges related to adapting to a new or different culture and what steps does she suggest students take when they are experiencing this She breaks down how she thinks international experience helps students stand out in the job search Things like adaptability, resilience, etc. are really hard to show a potential employer on a resume. She discusses how can students with skills like this demonstrate them when applying or networking Many students we work with feel like they lack a solid network. She discusses top tips for students who are looking to expand their network, especially abroad Nadia talks about her favorite resources to use in your work with individuals looking to work or study internationally She talks about the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info Nadia Ibrahim-Taney Website: https://www.beyonddiscoverycoaching.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadiaibrahim/ Instagram: @beyonddiscoverycoaching
37:32
February 23, 2022
Ep. 60 Crossing Borders: Success Clues For International Students & Graduates (Special Guest David Mendoza)
Ep. 60 Crossing Borders: Success Clues For International Students & Graduates (Special Guest David Mendoza)
In this fantastic episode Cassie and Brad sit down with Multilingual Educator, International student expert and Director of Orbit 5, David Mendoza to talk about the unique challenges of international students and graduates. David helps break down how international students, graduates can leverage their unique stories and amazing gifts to contribute in this country and have fulfilling careers. This episode is not only amazing for international students but those who work with them as well! Key highlights include:  David tells our listeners about his background and how this fueled his work  In his years of serving international students and graduates in Canada, he discusses what are some of the most common challenges they face that apply universally  Adapting to a new or different culture can come with challenges. He discusses what steps he suggests students take when they are experiencing this In the age of COVID with so much unpredictability in the job market how international students can stand out in the job search compared to their native-born peers It's common for students to experience varying levels of confidence when entering a job search related to their mastery of English. David talks about how to reframe these concerns and work through them Many students feel like they lack a solid network. He highlights top three tips for students who are looking to expand their network David touches on some fantastic results that his trainings and coaching have produced  David talks about what is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation Guest Info David Mendoza Website: https://orbit5.ca/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidandresmendoza/  Instagram: @orbitfive
40:27
February 09, 2022
Ep. 59 Acquiring Signal: Finding Direction From Within (Special Guest Molly Cate)
Ep. 59 Acquiring Signal: Finding Direction From Within (Special Guest Molly Cate)
In this amazing episode Career Coach and Founder of MollyCateCoaching Molly Cate sits down with Brad and Cassie and talks about how to find direction and clarity using internal signals. She helps our listeners understand what practical steps can help students, new grads and early career professionals develop a clearer picture of the road ahead. Some highlights from this episode include:   Molly talks about her background and how she found her way to specializing in career coaching In working with students from middle school to post grads, she highlights what misconceptions and commonalities she sees young people having about deciding on a career path What factors complicate the decision making process for young people and how to simplify it  She breaks down how to break the cycle of analysis paralysis and gain real traction  Molly notes various ways to cope with anxiety and fear so many students and new graduates face in the early stages  She helps to tackle practical approaches to explore factors that enhance clarity and drive purposeful decision making  What are some great initial steps to start building momentum in the new year and enhance success of goal setting  Molly offers her best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info: Molly Cate Website: https://www.mollycatecoaching.com/  Instagram: @mollycatecoaching  Facebook: @mollycatecoaching  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/molly-heutmaker-yardley/ 
35:34
January 26, 2022
Ep. 58 No Hitchhiking: Know The Exact Destination To Drive Your Career (Special Guest Madeline Mann)
Ep. 58 No Hitchhiking: Know The Exact Destination To Drive Your Career (Special Guest Madeline Mann)
In the first episode of 2022, Brad and Cassie are back and talking about how to take control in the new year with Madeline Mann, the Founder of Self Made Millennial. In this episode they dive into the pitfalls of hitchhiking through your career and how to take more accountability.  Madeline tells listeners about her background and how she found her way to career coaching from a path in HR She's talked about how taking the “long route” is the best way to shorten your job search and explains what that means An important part of any job search is being really clear about what you’re looking for. She discusses her top three points of focus of someone to get that clarity A great job searching strategy she highlights is asking the question “who do you know that knows something about…” to spark conversations. She talks about how to go about doing this and what it leads to Madeline talks about her advice for job seekers who are feeling bogged down by their search and the time that goes into it She shares with our listeners a little more about why it's crucial not to hitchhike and why it’s important to create your own path She breaks down the concept of the "right job" and if there are certain things job seekers can do to attract the right opportunities Madeline discusses the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest info:  Madeline Mann Website: www.madelinemann.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SelfMadeMillennial  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madelinemann/ Instagram: @self.made.millennial 
33:25
January 12, 2022
Ep. 57 Know The Speed Limit: Write To Quickly Grab Attention (Special Guest Virginia Franco)
Ep. 57 Know The Speed Limit: Write To Quickly Grab Attention (Special Guest Virginia Franco)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Virginia Franco, the Founder of Virginia Franco Resumes to talk about how young people can write when so many employers and hiring managers aren't taking the time to read. So many great pieces of practical advice in this episode. Some of the major highlights include:  · Virginia discusses her background and how she found her way to her current career as a resume writer/storyteller · Effective writing and successfully telling your story is a big part of a job search. She highlights what advice she has for current students and young professionals who don’t feel strong with their writing skills · Most of us have pretty short attention spans these days – She talks about how we cab attract a reader quickly with our writing, especially when thinking about application materials · She breaks down practical steps of how listeners can keep the hiring managers attention · She discusses the power of LinkedIn: Between the Headline, the summary section and describing your experiences there are a lot of places on a LinkedIn profile to showcase your writing and to draw in a reader she talks about practical steps to attract readers  · Virginia talks about how to conduct more of a cold outreach to different people using LinkedIn and best practices · There's so much these days about how “cover letters are dead”, she breaks down her thoughts and ways to use them the right way  · She gives the best piece of career advice that you could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Virginia Franco Website: https://virginiafrancoresumes.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/virginiafrancoresumewriter/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vafrancoresumes/  Job Search Journey: https://www.jobsearchjourney.com/ 
30:39
December 21, 2021
Ep. 56 Finding Your Lane: Navigating Early Career As A Person Of Color (Special Guest Harleny Vasquez)
Ep. 56 Finding Your Lane: Navigating Early Career As A Person Of Color (Special Guest Harleny Vasquez)
In this powerful episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Harleny Vasquez to discuss an important topic. How to navigate the early stages of a career  as a person of color. So many incredible topics were touched on this this episode to highlight some of unique challenges that many BIPOC students and new grads face as they start their careers. Highlights of this episode include:  • Harleny discusses her background and how she found her way to career coaching and her passion for helping MSWs specifically  • It’s common for all professionals but especially young professionals to experience imposter syndrome when starting their career or a new job. She talks about how this can impact people of color specifically • What young people of color can do to work through these feelings of imposter syndrome  • She highlights how to use LinkedIn as a source to showcase self-confidence, reflecting on your skills and value and validating everything what you have to offer  • She talks about her advice she has for young professionals around brining their authentic identity to work and inclusivity in the workplace  • How BIPOC new grads build and leverage their network to advance career opportunities and combat a lack of belonging • Bringing our full selves to work also comes with challenges. She highlights some of the common challenges that she has seen and how new professionals can handle those • What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to our listeners Guest Info:  Harleny Vasquez is a Licensed Social Worker and a Latinx Woman of color. She is the founder of her business yourEVOLVEDmind, where she is a career coach helping aspiring and social workers in all stages build their confidence level to market themselves effectively, while learning all the tools needed to secure their next opportunity using the Linkedin platform. She is an experienced social worker with over 8 years working in social services providing trauma-informed care and now social work recruiter and MSW Student Affairs Coordinator. She serves as a board member for The Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund. Harleny is on a mission to uplift and elevate the social work profession. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harlenyvasquez/  Website: https://yourevolvedmind.mykajabi.com/  Instagram: @yourevolvedmind 
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December 14, 2021
Ep. 55 Hidden Power: Finding Value In Early Experiences (Special Guest Teegan Bartos)
Ep. 55 Hidden Power: Finding Value In Early Experiences (Special Guest Teegan Bartos)
So many incredible topics relevant to young and ambitious professionals. In this great one Cassie and Brad bring Teegan Bartos on the podcast to discuss how easy it is for so many young people to discredit the value of their early experiences as well as elements of their personality that can greatly help them differentiate among the competition. Teegan highlights many great topics in this episodes including:  Teegan discusses her background and how she found her way to your current career It’s easy to discredit those early “jobs” we take for a paycheck. She discusses her advice for young people who are building a resume What a student, new graduate who has very little experience all around can include on their resume or talk about in interviews Should young people even apply to positions when they lack experience A good example of how to turn lack of experience or a liability into an asset How young people use LinkedIn the right way when they’re trying to break into a field and don’t know how to define themselves because they don’t feel like they have value How young people change the narrative off their limitations and lack of experience Lessons she learned from the Great Recession that now apply in the age of COVID What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest info: Teegan Bartos Founder of Jolt Your Career  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teeganbartos/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ1wgivKSdnGqd0PdfWe9hA 
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December 07, 2021
Ep. 54 Check Your Alignment: The Keys To Career Balance (Special Guest Lisa Plain)
Ep. 54 Check Your Alignment: The Keys To Career Balance (Special Guest Lisa Plain)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie host Lisa Plain the Founder of Career Balance Coaching to talk about an important concept for young people starting their careers. How to find balance when work is with us all the time. Several key highlights from this episode include:  Lisa talks about her background and what was the catalyst that started Career Balance Coaching? She talks about how she defines balance as it relates to careers What the signs are that we’re out of alignment with where we should be So many young people want to do it all. They want to work go to school have time for hobbies, start business but Lisa talks about the words of caution for them She highlights how students and young professionals can actually make a side hustle successful The pandemic and the shift to remote work has really changed the game and for many not in good ways. Their work is literally with them all the time. Lisa talks about how to find balance when lines are blurred more than ever. In the context of career balance why is it so important to have time for self care and is it actually attainable Lisa talks about If someone has just started their career or just taken a new role how they can build a life and career with balance in mind She notes what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Lisa Plain Website: www.careerbalancecoaching.com  Podcast: www.careerbuilderspodcast.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaplain/ 
32:44
November 30, 2021
Ep. 53 Closer Than They Appear: Reflection & Gratitude For Your Career Network
Ep. 53 Closer Than They Appear: Reflection & Gratitude For Your Career Network
This episode is all about thanks and giving in time for the holiday, Cassie and Brad highlight how gratitude can be a career game changer. They highlight what gratitude means in the context of early career development and how this shapes us from the start. Highlights from this episode:  What gratitude is and isn't and what can happen when it's not a priority How showing empathy towards others can attract opportunities to you Common mistakes that people make in the early stages of their careers such as taking without adding value back How anxiety and stress cause us to take resources out of desperation What examples of expressing gratitude and showing thanks can look like for young people who assume they have nothing to give The difference between reactive and proactive giving Enjoy what you're hearing? We want to hear from you!  Email Cassie at careercoachcassie@gmail.com or Brad at minttobecareer@gmail.com 
28:52
November 23, 2021
Ep. 52 Buckle Up: Career Lessons They Don't Teach You In School (Special Guest Anil Ram)
Ep. 52 Buckle Up: Career Lessons They Don't Teach You In School (Special Guest Anil Ram)
In this incredible episode Cassie and Brad bring Anil Ram, Career Coach and Founder of Grad-Coach about the common missteps that so many students and graduates make. In this episode we break down the amazing career lessons that we all wish we knew in university and concepts they're still not largely teaching today. Highlights from this episode include:  Anil tells listeners about his background and how he now specializes in helping recent grads with their careers  After working with thousands of grads Anil highlights the 3 biggest things that he sees grads challenged with Why he highlights the importance of resilience and why this is a component to his program Anil talks about what is the difference between what students and new grads think networking is and what it actually is The biggest misconceptions he hears students and graduates have about their job search and landing that first job What practical advice he has that has proven to be successful for his clients when activating a job search out of university Anil talks about the frustration so many grads encounter when jobs ask for experience they can't possibly have. He talks about how to work around that issue Anil talks about the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation Guest Info Anil Ram LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anil-ram/  Website: https://grad-coach.com/ 
35:44
November 16, 2021
Ep. 51 Fast Lane: Negotiating The Best Starting Salary (Special Guest Claudia Miller)
Ep. 51 Fast Lane: Negotiating The Best Starting Salary (Special Guest Claudia Miller)
In this great episode Career Coach and Salary Negotiation Specialist Claudia Miller joins Brad and Cassie to talk about how young professionals can and should negotiate their starting salary coming out of school. She highlights many important strategies and considerations, Highlights of this episode include:  Claudia discusses her background and how she found your way to career coaching and negotiation strategy Why salary negotiation is important especially for young people just starting out She simplifies and breaks down a negotiation strategy that anyone can use How do factors such as age, gender or experience change or impact someone’s approach when negotiating What advice she has for a job seekers who’s been immediately shut down in regarding to negotiating She highlights the other things that job seekers can negotiate beyond salary that people forget and the benefit of doing so Common myths or misconceptions about negotiation that helps to clear up for young professionals What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info: Claudia Miller Website: www.claudiatmiller.com  Podcast: "Roadmap To The Executive Suite" https://www.claudiatmiller.com/podcast  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudiatmiller/  Instagram: @claudiatmiller 
37:30
November 09, 2021
Ep. 50 Sunday Drive: Beating The "Sunday Scaries" (Special Guest Carson Tate)
Ep. 50 Sunday Drive: Beating The "Sunday Scaries" (Special Guest Carson Tate)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with the Founder of Working Simply Carson Tate to talk all about how to exercise choice and control in our careers and not find ourselves trapped in a pattern of negativity and fear. In this empowering episode we discuss:  · Carson discusses her background and how she ended up doing the incredible work she's doing in employee engagement and productivity · She breaks down what are the signs that young people can look for to know that maybe they’re not in the right place mentally · Students and recent graduates sometimes get into a role they thought they wanted only the realize their dream is becoming a nightmare. She highlights what a good first step would be if they are feeling regret about the role they decided to take · What steps students/new grads can take if they are realizing they’re dreading the upcoming workday · How can people resolve conflicts of personality with their supervisors without burning bridges · How choice and control can apply to young people regardless of the circumstances of their first job · Is there a point would you suggest they throw in the towel after all efforts have been exhausted · She breaks down what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info Carson Tate  https://carsontate.com/  LinkedIn Book: Own It, Love It, Make It Work 
34:42
November 02, 2021
Ep. 49 Under The Hood: Uncovering The High Performance Job Search (Special Guest Sarah Johnston)
Ep. 49 Under The Hood: Uncovering The High Performance Job Search (Special Guest Sarah Johnston)
In this incredible episode Sarah Johnston, Founder of Briefcase Coach and Co-Founder of the Job Search Journey talks about what the difference is for someone in a high performance job search versus a standard one. She walks through all phases from the mental game, the marketing materials, the applications, and the interviewing to outline how savvy job seekers stand out to get hired! Key highlights from this episode include:  Sarah's been on the other side and worked as a recruiter seeing the hardship of job seeking. She outlines the push several years ago that made her want to start this successful brand we know as Briefcase Coach From the recruiter lens, what makes a job seekers message resonate, and how can applicants stand out among others regardless of industry What advice she has for our listeners when it comes to conveying their value in their applications documents She notes how someone can demonstrate their enthusiasm for a role or company that would stand out to a recruiter What is the fine line where someone can show enthusiasm without being overbearing She addresses common misconnections that young people have about reaching out to recruiters and what they can do to increase their confidence in reaching out to recruiters Sarah talks about what is the difference between a good interview and a great (high performance) interview What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Sarah talks about her new venture Job Search Journey Guest Info: Sarah Johnston Website: https://briefcasecoach.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahdjohnston/ Job Search Journey: https://www.jobsearchjourney.com/
32:14
October 26, 2021
Ep. 48 Gaining Traction: The Mindset To Build Career Momentum (Special Guest Brittany Ramsey)
Ep. 48 Gaining Traction: The Mindset To Build Career Momentum (Special Guest Brittany Ramsey)
In this incredible episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Therapist turned Recruiter and Career Coach Brittany Ramsey. As the Founder of Bwell Mindset she uses her mental health background to help her client arm themselves with the best mindset to seek and land the careers they really aspire to have. Some highlights of this episode include:  · Brittany talks about her background and how she found her current career · How her counseling background has served her in her current career · What an unhealthy mindset looks like and present for a student or young professional (in terms of thoughts and behaviors) · What impact it can have on the early stages or their career and the long term impacts · She's seen plenty of patterns of individuals who sabotage their growth from faulty beliefs. She discusses how can people start to recognize this and start changing course · While it's understandable for young people to lack confidence, she discusses the steps they can take to gain it over time · Failure is inevitable part of growing up and being successful but the wrong outlook can derail you. She talks about how young people can shift their mindset to cope with failure in a healthier way · What habits and rituals young people can get into to cultivate a healthy belief system and mindset · She discusses what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info: Brittany Ramsey https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittramsey/  Instagram: @bwell_mindset
37:48
October 19, 2021
Ep. 47 Cash For The Road: Enhancing Financial Intelligence (Special Guest Traci Bakenhaster)
Ep. 47 Cash For The Road: Enhancing Financial Intelligence (Special Guest Traci Bakenhaster)
In this fantastic episode Cassie and Brad sit down with Traci Bakenhaster, CEO and Founder of Raising the Next Generation. Traci whom has lived and experienced financial traps throughout her youth, now works hard to give back and educate others on how to be financially savvy. Key highlights from this episode include:  · Traci speaks about her background and how you found herself in her current career · She talks about adversity and coping with hardship and the moment where things really changed for her · So many young people want to go to school but are terrified of the price tag. She talks about getting the education without the debt.  · She touches on the biggest traps people fall into in early adulthood with regard to finances · She breaks down the biggest things that young people can do to set them up for success before they enroll into college or a training program · She discusses the need and the art to negotiate to get the best salary as a young professional · What other factors are to consider after accepting a job offer to set grads up for financial success · She outlines the best resources, websites and apps that students and new grads can use to be more financially savvy · She hits on what the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Traci Bakenhaster Website Instagram @raising_next_gen LinkedIn  Podcast
39:09
October 12, 2021
Ep. 46: Scenic Stop: Year 1 Reflections and Lessons
Ep. 46: Scenic Stop: Year 1 Reflections and Lessons
One year after it's launch Brad Minton and Cassie Spencer take time in this episode to pause and reflect on the positive experience of the podcast, the incredible people they have been able to meet and highlight a few of their favorite episodes due to personal resonance.  Episodes Highlighted:  Ep. 9 Plugging In the Coordinates: Using A Holistic View To Build Your Career Map (Special Guest Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill) Ep. 20 Avoid The Middle Lane: The Audacity of Authenticity In Your Career (Special Guest Kyle Elliott) Ep. 23 Quiet Power: Harnessing Introverted Strength In Your Career (Special Guest Faris Khalifeh)  Ep. 32 The Winding Road: The Benefit Of Career Adaptability (Special Guest Andrea Koppel) Ep. 38 Turbocharged: Accelerating Your Brand Strategy (Special Guest Rosie McCarthy) Ep. 41 Recalculating: When Your Journey Goes Off Course (Special Guest Lindsey Pollak)
32:54
October 05, 2021
Ep. 45 Familiar Roads: The Importance Of Networking Consistency
Ep. 45 Familiar Roads: The Importance Of Networking Consistency
This episode featuring only our hosts Brad and Cassie centers exclusively on networking best practices and follow through. Networking can single-handedly help you gain career clarity, increase opportunities, and land the positions you want. Some highlights from this episode include:  Overview of networking early in your career, what it is and why it's important Importance of maintaining an existing network, how to do it and why it's crucial Ways to maintain and reconnect with your network Using LinkedIn as a primary tools for building and reconnecting with your network Composing Check-in/update emails (start of the fall semester for students) Personal testimonies from our hosts about how the approach networking connection and reconnection  Importance of appreciation and giving back to your network  Traditional and Non traditional ways to grow your network this academic year  Utilizing social media the right way Companies updating their social media Informational interviewing, what it is, and why it's a game changer  Ways to stand out when networking, and strategies to help you not be overlooked Thinking about the long game with networking
28:60
September 28, 2021
Ep. 44 The Crossroads: The Dilemma of Pursuing Graduate School (Special Guest Emily Steliotes)
Ep. 44 The Crossroads: The Dilemma of Pursuing Graduate School (Special Guest Emily Steliotes)
In this amazing episode Brad and Cassie invite Career Coach and Founder of College Iris Emily Steliotes. Emily breaks down the decision of choosing to advance your education in terms of graduate school notably what are the pros and cons, and the major factors that can help determine if grad school is an appropriate choice for your goals: Some of the highlights from this episode include:  Emily speaks a little about her diverse work and how she found her way into her current career She breaks down what she thinks are the biggest misconceptions young people have with graduate school She highlights what factors should students and graduates should consider before moving forward with that What she considers are the benefits of pursuing a graduate degree along with the downsides How can students determine the most appropriate program fit for their needs What students can expect if they take another path and seek a different form of continuing education  What strategies they can take to navigate pivots away from their original plans She highlights some good resources she recommends for students to aid them in the decision making process of finding the right programs  What is a valuable piece of career advice she wishes she had when she started her career Guest Info:  Emily Steliotes LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilysteliotes/ Website: https://collegeiris.com/  Instagram: @thecollegeiris
29:26
September 21, 2021
Ep. 43 Both Hands On The Wheel: Taking Control Of Your Career (Special Guest Linda Gardner)
Ep. 43 Both Hands On The Wheel: Taking Control Of Your Career (Special Guest Linda Gardner)
In this fantastic episode we talk about how to get and maintain control in your career with Career Coach Linda Gardner! We dive into how easy it is for young people to be led astray and make wrong turns in their career and what they need to do early to take the wheel and not lose it. Some highlights from his episode include:  · Linda discusses her background and how she transitioned from human resources to career coaching ·  She describes what were some of the best lessons that she learned in her time working in human resources that helps her in your work now · She breaks down what common themes she sees in those individuals who are stuck and miserable? Where did they get it wrong? · It’s very easy for young people just starting their career to let external influences impact their career decisions, she talks about how they can tune out that noise and gain control ·  Linda talks about how students can rebound after a misstep like choosing the wrong major or getting a bad internship and what are some good steps they can take  · She talks about examples of things you thing are worth fighting for and trying to control and what aren’t · Linda breaks down good habits or rituals she would recommend young professionals take to keep balance and not get too overwhelmed · What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info: Linda Gardner LinkedIn Website Instagram/TikTok @yournextcareerwithlinda    
30:27
September 14, 2021
Ep. 42 Distracted Driving: The Danger of Career Comparison (Special Guest Dominic Imwalle)
Ep. 42 Distracted Driving: The Danger of Career Comparison (Special Guest Dominic Imwalle)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie invite the amazing Dominic Imwalle, Founder of Dx Counseling to talk about how dangerous career comparison can be to young job seekers and how to break out of that mental trap. Some key highlights from this episode include:  👉Dominic speaks about his own personal journey that led him to his current career path?  👉In his work, he sees a lot of young people make the mistake of comparing their journey with their peers. Dominic speaks a little bit about what that looks like from his experience and the behaviors that come from it.  👉 He talks about why do he thinks it’s so easy for students and new grads to fall into this trap of comparison.  👉Most students and new grads aren’t super confident entering into their first job.  Dominic discusses how can they really start working on this now to alleviate insecurities and improve their performance.   👉Dominic talks about how there are times when comparing yourself to someone else can be helpful/productive.  👉He highlights the short and long term impacts this can have on someone’s career and overall wellbeing.  👉He talks about strategies that people who are just starting out can take to not get distracted by the actions of their peers.   👉Dominic outlines a valuable piece of career advice he wished he had when he started his career.  Guest Info: Dominic Imwalle  LinkedIn Prescribed Motion Guide
26:52
September 07, 2021
Ep. 41 Recalculating: When Your Journey Goes Off Course (Special Guest Lindsey Pollak)
Ep. 41 Recalculating: When Your Journey Goes Off Course (Special Guest Lindsey Pollak)
In this incredible episode back from a short hiatus Brad and Cassie waste no time in hitting the ground running to address such an important issue. What happens when your journey goes off course and the GPS reads "Recalculating". There is literally no one better to speak about the impact of this on our careers than job and workplace expert and New York Times Bestselling Author Lindsey Pollak. In this episode Lindsey talks about her book "Recalculating" and the art of it for young people who have had to deal with so many career detours over the last year and a half. Some highlights from this include:  · Lindsey shares a few of the most incredible or surprising things that she learned in researching and writing the book "Recalculating".  · How young people can embrace the art of recalculating when things have been chaotic.  · How students and young professionals can develop a growth mindset even if it doesn’t come as naturally? · She highlights what factors students who are re-starting or considering next steps, should consider before making any serious decisions? · She discussed ways that young people can prepare and think ahead for inevitable detours and disappointments in their career journeys without getting stressed or anxious. · The importance of having a personal advisory board, what it is and how can young people benefit. · What is a valuable piece of career advice she wish she had when she started her career? Guest Info:  Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading career and workplace experts. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations navigate and thrive in the everchanging world of work. Lindsey was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, which honors the top global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led. Her next book is a response to the Covid crisis: Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work was published by HarperCollins on March 23, 2021. Her previous book, The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace (HarperCollins, 2019) was named a Book of the Month by both the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She is also the author of two career advice books for young professionals: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders and Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. Lindsey’s speaking audiences and consulting clients have included more than 250 corporations, law firms, conferences and universities, including Aetna, Citi, Estée Lauder Companies, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, Pfizer, Verizon, Yale, Harvard, Wharton and Stanford. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Lindsey is a Cappfinity VEE Brand Ambassador and has served as an official ambassador for LinkedIn, a Millennial workplace expert for The Hartford and chair of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Millennial Advisory Board. In her philanthropic work, she serves as a board director of FourBlock, a national nonprofit that supports veteran career transition. Lindsey is a graduate of Yale University. Website  LinkedIn Book Recalculating Media Kit  
31:09
August 31, 2021
Ep. 40 Move To The Front: Advancing Into Leadership (Special Guest Tamara Raymond)
Ep. 40 Move To The Front: Advancing Into Leadership (Special Guest Tamara Raymond)
In this episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Tamara Raymond, a Certified Executive & Leadership Coach and the Founder of Innovative Management Consultants, Inc. to discuss all things leadership. Tamara has leveraged years of experienced working with some of the top leaders in the country and is now giving back to help youth through the early stages of their careers to ensure they become our next generation of impact agents. Highlights from this episode include:    👉Tamara speaks a little about her work and how she found her way into her  current career  👉 What inspired her specific attention to helping youth  👉 What are some of the common personal traits that you see throughout her experience of working with top leaders  👉How does she define effective leadership based on your experiences  👉It’s not uncommon for many students and young professionals lack confidence in their abilities to advance to leadership. What advice she would give to those who doubt themselves  👉In her book “Careering” a big takeaway for young people is to take action, and jump into different activities that expose them to careers of interest. Tamara discusses opportunities young people can jump into to help them start building leadership skills  👉How she utilizes the Birkman method/assessment to help individuals gain clarity on their leadership style  👉She talks about a valuable piece of career advice she wished she had when she started her career     Guest Info:   Tamara Raymond  Website: https://www.imcleaders.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamara-raymond/   Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073GFC9W1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
38:30
June 29, 2021
Ep. 39 Hitting Reverse: The Reverse Job Search Method (Special Guest James Whittaker)
Ep. 39 Hitting Reverse: The Reverse Job Search Method (Special Guest James Whittaker)
In this incredible episode Brad Minton and Cassie Spencer sit down with the Founder of Dream Career LAB and Author of the book "The Reverse Job Search Mehod" James Whittaker to talk about why job search in 2021 and beyond can't be status quo anymore and how job seekers need to think differently. Highlights of this episode include:     👉James discusses where the motivation came from to start your company  to help people get hired and improve their chances of landing positions at top companies.   👉 James' top three mistakes that you see people make when it comes to job searching   👉What is the reverse job search method and how can people use it    👉James expands on what the hidden job market is and why the big-name job boards aren’t the best route for a successful job search    👉What words of encouragement or advice do you have for students, new grads and  frustrated job seekers   👉James highlights the difference between “networking” and building relationships that unlock the hidden job market   👉What current college students can do throughout their university experience to set themselves up for the most success when they are ready to start job searching    👉James talks about a valuable piece of career advice he wish he had when he started his career    Guest Info:  James Whittaker  Website: https://dreamcareerlab.com/home LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameshwhittaker/   Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2892761537673865   Book: https://www.amazon.com/Reverse-Search-Method-Professionals-Career-Defining-ebook/dp/B08ZKYXPHX  #jobsearch #podcast #yourcareergpspodcast #networking #hiddenjobmarket #jobseekers
38:39
June 22, 2021
Ep. 38 Turbocharged: Accelerating Your Brand Strategy (Special Guest Rosie McCarthy)
Ep. 38 Turbocharged: Accelerating Your Brand Strategy (Special Guest Rosie McCarthy)
In this amazing episode Brad and Cassie connect with the incredible Rosie McCarthy all the way from New Zealand and talk all things branding. Rosie is an ex-Corporate Recruiter and Human Resources professional turned online Career Coach for ambitious millennials and GenZ. She is specialized in helping corporate professionals to find their purpose, figure out what they truly want out of their careers, brand themselves, and then go out and get it. Main points covered in this episode include:  Rosie speaks about her background and how she found career coaching What were the best lessons she learned in the early stages as it pertains to branding What does she feel are the best ingredients for young people to start incorporating into their initial brand What are ways that students and new professionals can use their existing social media and now leverage that towards their career Advice she has in creating an effective brand strategy that gets graduates hired An example of a client she worked with that really nailed their brand strategy and saw great success Any words of caution or things students should avoid when starting to build their brands What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation Guest Info:  Rosie McCarthy - Founder of Badass Careers  Social media handles Youtube www.youtube.com/badasscareers Instagram www.instagram.com/badasscareers LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/rosiecareercoach Resources: - Free Ikigai mini-course to find your career purpose: https://www.badasscareers.com/findmywhy - Training video on strategically setting up your LinkedIn profile - https://youtu.be/v54Ymadz9Yc
42:11
June 15, 2021
Ep. 37 Out Of The Woods: Taking The Fear Out Of Interviewing (Special Guest Liz Herrera)
Ep. 37 Out Of The Woods: Taking The Fear Out Of Interviewing (Special Guest Liz Herrera)
In this amazing interview Brad and Cassie sit down with Liz Herrera, a Career Coach and the Director of Career Development and Major Exploration for the Liberal Arts and Science College of the University of Illinois at Chicago. We tackle the subject of how to take the stress and anxiety out of interviewing and get the the point where new professionals can even develop significant confidence. Here are a few major points touched on in this episode:  · Liz speaks a little about her current work and how she found her way into her current career · The steps individuals can they take to combat that anxiety and be less fearful of the process · What steps our listeners can take to take it further and actually become confident their ability to interview · What the best methods to prepare for an upcoming interview actually are · What are the biggest missteps people make in their preparation · Any special considerations that apply now to specifically virtual interviewing · How can our listeners prepare for a vast array of behavioral questions that they will get · What is a valuable piece of career advice you wish you had when you started your career? Guest Info:  Liz Herrera https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizherrera1/ Instagram: @lizcareercoaching  Liz Career Coaching Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/liz-career-coaching/id1531395084 
31:44
June 08, 2021
Ep. 36 Riding Solo: Pursuing Entrepreneurship (Special Guest Charlene Walters)
Ep. 36 Riding Solo: Pursuing Entrepreneurship (Special Guest Charlene Walters)
This incredible episode maybe shorter than average but is powerful in content! The amazing Charlene Walters, MBA, Ph.D., helps our listeners tap into their inner entrepreneur and learn the ways that they launch their vision in a common sense way even while being a student. Charlene, is a business and branding expert and author of the book Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur.  Highlights from this episode include:  · Charlene discusses her journey and her current work and how she has achieved the success she has had now · The words of caution for young people who have entrepreneurial spirits and have ambition to create their own paths and start their own businesses · What personality traits or characteristics appear to be more common in people that pursue entrepreneurship · what advice would she offer current students in particular that have a goal or a vision to start a business but still desire to complete their degree · What the most common mistakes she's seen young ambitious people make when starting a business · If our listeners are waffling on the idea of should I start a business and are in analysis paralysis, what she would tell them about WHEN they should pull the trigger? · What is a valuable piece of career advice she wish she had when she started her career Guest Info:  Charlene Walters MBA, Ph.D https://ownyourother.com/  https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlenewaltersphd/ https://www.instagram.com/charlenewaltersphd/ Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JZFG31H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 
26:34
June 01, 2021
Ep. 35 Follow The Signs: The Lessons Of Our Leaders
Ep. 35 Follow The Signs: The Lessons Of Our Leaders
In the amazing compilation episode we are able to answer an incredible question not once but 26 times!  "What is the greatest piece of career advice that you've received and that you could pass along to the next generation?"  Here are the amazing past guests that we've had answering this question in the order they appeared on the podcast: 1) Linda Evans (episode 4), (2:10)  2) Edythe Richards (episode 5), (3:49) 3) Julie Brewer (episode 6), (4:53) 4) Danielle Roeselle (episode 7), (6:31)  5) Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill (episode 9), (7:59) 6) Lynette Correa-Velez (episode 11), (10:10)  7) Mike Bird (episode 12), (11:25) 8) Megan Collins Myers (episode 13), (12:40)  9) Diana YK Chan (episode 14), (13:35) 10) Ariella Despins (episode 15), (14:09)  11) Hanna Morgan (episode 16), (14:36) 12) Lezlie Garr (episode 17), (15:36) 13) Lisa Lewis Miller (episode 19), (16:35) 14) Kyle Elliot (episode 20), (17:54) 15) Brenda Zarate (episode 21), (19:02) 16) Andrea Yacub Macek (episode 22), (19:26)   17) Faris Khalifeh (episode 23), (20:40) 18) Mark Anthony Dyson (episode 24), (21:51) 19) Paige Mitchell (episode 26), (23:26) 20) Jenna Zipf (episode 27), (25:40)  21) Chelle Shapiro (episode 28), (26:08) 22) Austin Belcak (episode 30), (27:34)  23) Blair Bloomston (episode 31), (30:45)  24) Andrea Koppel (episode 32), (32:40) 25) Daniel Lorenzo (episode 33), (34:44)  26) Krystal Hicks (episode 34), (35:50) 
36:60
May 25, 2021
Ep. 34 Acceleration: Building Professionalism From Day 1 (Special Guest Krystal Hicks)
Ep. 34 Acceleration: Building Professionalism From Day 1 (Special Guest Krystal Hicks)
In this incredible episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Krystal Hicks the Founder of JOBTALK, LLC a career counseling practice that provides one-on-one job hunting support to individuals in transition, as well as employer branding and RPO consulting to companies. Krystal talks professionalism for students and new grads and what they need to know in order to really be successful in their careers from day one.  Some major highlights of this episode include:   • What are some of the biggest misconceptions that soon to be grads have regarding their job search  • Krystal's advice for young professionals when they want to make a good impression in their first few days  • Krystal's advice for job seekers that are starting remotely or in the middle of a transition  • What's most important for young people know regarding “professionalism”  • What are common mistakes, myths or misconceptions about professionalism that are important for our listeners to keep in mind  • What are some practical things that college students can be doing to help them gain the professionalism and work place skills they need to make that transition from college to career  • Krystal's most valuable piece of career advice she wish she had when she started her career?     Guest Info:  Krystal Hicks   https://jobtalkllc.com/ Instagram: @jobtalk.llc  
34:51
May 18, 2021
Ep. 33 Roadblock: Avoiding Common Resume Mistakes
Ep. 33 Roadblock: Avoiding Common Resume Mistakes
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Daniel Lorenzo, the Marketing Director behind Let's Eat, Grandma where he helps ambitious professionals of all ages land their dream jobs by equipping them with better resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. In this episode Daniel helps to bust so many misconceptions and mistakes that many students, new grads, and early career professionals make when developing their resume and cover letters in their job search. Some of the topics discussed in the episode include:  Daniel speaks about his education and career background and how he found his current role with Let's Eat, Grandma Why writing resumes seems to be so problematic for people regardless of where they are in their careers.  The biggest mistakes people make when writing their resumes  How can people ensure that their resume stands out to both the ATS as well as the human eye? Are there any templates out there that people can trust? How are cover letters different and what are the common mistakes with those Daniel highlights a valuable piece of career advice he wish he had when he started his career Guest Info:  Daniel Lorenzo https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellorenzo11/  Website: www.letseatgrandma.com/gps Instagram: @letseatcommagrandma
38:30
May 11, 2021
Ep. 32 The Winding Road: The Benefit Of Career Adaptability (Special Guest Andrea Koppel)
Ep. 32 The Winding Road: The Benefit Of Career Adaptability (Special Guest Andrea Koppel)
In this incredible episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Andrea Koppel the Founder and CEO of Time4Coffee Podcast and College2Career Academy. Andrea, who has been extremely successful in not one or two, but multiple careers helps our listeners understand the importance of career adaptability and having a growth mindset early on. Several of the important topics discussed in this episode include:  What inspired her to do the amazing work you’re doing now for college students and recent grads Andrea's words of encouragement for students feeling frustrated by not having their career picked out yet Why it's beneficial to think about multiple career options rather than trying to seek the “dream job" What steps can students and recent graduates take to stay adaptable through their careers What skills and traits have allowed Andrea to navigate several careers successfully How can young people still find balance and remain flexible while increasing their odds of getting hired through a targeted approach What is a valuable piece of career advice she wish she had when she started her career Guest info:  Andrea Koppel https://time4coffee.org/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-koppel-caffeinated-career-coaching/  Instagram: @andrea_koppel 
38:26
May 04, 2021
Ep. 31 Toll Money: How To Enhance Your Networking Value (Special Guest Blair Bloomston)
Ep. 31 Toll Money: How To Enhance Your Networking Value (Special Guest Blair Bloomston)
In this fantastic episode Blair Bloomston joins us to share perspective on how the power of game-based learning can help accelerate career success for students in transition. Put more simply, she’s got communication and networking tactics you can use to level up your job search. Game On has free resources and training available for podcast listeners, and you should definitely check them out. Key highlights that Blair discusses in this episode:  Her education and career history and the incredible work she's doing now at Game On Nation  The power of networking and how students can be more intentional and effective early in their career journey How to get into the right emotional space for networking even if you're struggling or lack confidence The various ways that young people can develop self awareness that helps them communicate their value The concept of coins and how students and new grads can use game-based learning  How it's more important to be interested than interesting and what that actually looks like Most valuable piece of career advice she can pass along to the next generation     Guest Info: Blair Bloomston Blair is a Partner and Vice President of Business Development for the nationally acclaimed communication training firm, Game On Nation. She is considered a leading expert on the use of Game Dynamics and Game Theory to improve communication, leadership, team building, and culture. A few of Blair’s and Game On’s past clients include Deloitte, Hilton, NASCA, Honda and Acura, all branches of the US Military, and the U.S. House of Representatives. When she’s not coaching and consulting Blair is an avid lobster diver and permaculture practitioner, residing in Bradenton, FL with her husband and two young sons. Social Media Handles Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn Game On Nation: @gameonnation Blair Bloomston: @blairbloomston Free Tools For students and alumni in career transition: https://levelup.gameonnation.com/advance For Career Counselors and Workforce leaders: https://levelup.gameonnation.com/workforce
36:23
April 27, 2021
Ep. 30 The Road Less Traveled: Finding A New Path To Land The Job (Special Guest Austin Belcak)
Ep. 30 The Road Less Traveled: Finding A New Path To Land The Job (Special Guest Austin Belcak)
In this incredible episode hosts Brad & Cassie have the incredible Austin Belcak on the show. Austin is the Founder of Cultivated Culture a leading platform to help job seekers get out of the stacks of resumes and implement innovative but effective strategies. Some of the main topics covered in this episode include:   - Austin's background and how he came to found Cultivated Culture from his own frustrations in the job search.   - The many mistakes that students and young job seekers make when starting their job search.   - How to get away from egocentric networking and consider how you can add value to the one's you're trying to meet.   - Easy steps that young professionals can take to network and find opportunities.   - How to overcome lack of experience when applying to first jobs or one's that are higher level.   - The best pieces of career advice he can pass along to the next generation.    Guest Info:   Austin Belcak www.cultivatedculture.com   https://linkedin.com/in/abelcak   https://cultivatedculture.com/podcast    https://www.instagram.com/cultivated.culture    #jobsearch #jobseekers #cultivatedculture #landajob #cultivatedculture 
37:04
April 20, 2021
Ep. 29 Flowing with the Traffic: Using LinkedIn To Find Your Lane
Ep. 29 Flowing with the Traffic: Using LinkedIn To Find Your Lane
In this episode Brad and Cassie go solo without guests to discuss one of the most important tools that students, new grads, and young job seekers can utilize: LinkedIn! They talk about what LinkedIn is and isn't and the misconceptions that so many young people have about the platform before they even start utilizing it. The guests highlight some of their favorite and most effective features of the platform along with how to use them. They discuss the multitude of ways that people can use the platform specifically for networking purposes along with an active and passive job search. They talk about some of the most important aspects of an optimal profile and how to attract opportunities. Finally they outline ways to use the platform to give back to their network and grow it at the same time. 
34:55
April 13, 2021
Ep. 28 Rest Area Ahead: Prioritizing Career Self Care (Special Guest Chelle Shapiro)
Ep. 28 Rest Area Ahead: Prioritizing Career Self Care (Special Guest Chelle Shapiro)
In this fantastic episode hosts Brad Minton and Cassie Spencer take a minute to slow down and reflect on an important topic for so many young people looking to make their first impression on the work world: Self care! They sit down with Chelle Shapiro, Author, Speaker, Career Development Coach and the Founder of Chelle Station. Chelle talks about her personal journey early in her career and how she dealt with many significant challenges in her work and the psychological and physical toll it took on her wellbeing. She discussed the importance for listeners to not "fake it until you make it" just to get along, and warns about the longer term ramifications of doing so. She talks about how it's easy to fall into a trap of negative self talk and how it's important to break the cycle. She provides many fantastic suggestions of how to improve emotional health and well being as a job seeker as well as after you start your career. Finally, she helps listeners by providing several important pieces of advice to be your own advocate and to live and authentic life and have an authentic career.  Guest Info: Chelle Shapiro www.chellestation.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleshapironyc/  Book: Loving Yourself Isn’t Selfish: How to Stop Internalizing Emotions & Persevere Against All Odds Instagram: @chellestation 
31:34
April 06, 2021
Ep. 27 Test Drive: Maximizing The Value of Internships (Special Guest Jenna Zipf)
Ep. 27 Test Drive: Maximizing The Value of Internships (Special Guest Jenna Zipf)
In this amazing episode Brad and Cassie interview the incredible Jenna Zipf the Founder of The Intern Hustle. In this episode Jenna talks about her own personal history with internships and what she gained from going through not one but 4 of them! She highlights some of the major advantages that students and young professionals can gain through internships as well as some of the words of caution that could impact how productive they can be. She helps listeners understand practical steps to find and land those amazing internship opportunities that they seek as well as what they can do specifically to ensure that their internship is as successful as it possibly can be! She talks about the range of amazing doors that internships can open to students and the long-term impact on career growth. This is an absolute can't miss episode for college students!  Guest Info:  Jenna Zipf https://www.theinternhustle.com/ Instgram: @theinternhustle  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennarzipf/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLDQ06MsjSG6VMuFh7FDMmw
37:23
March 30, 2021
Ep. 26 Search For A Signal: Using Values To Guide Your Journey (Special Guest Paige Mitchell)
Ep. 26 Search For A Signal: Using Values To Guide Your Journey (Special Guest Paige Mitchell)
In this episode Brad Minton and Cassie Spencer tackle the important issue of values and how they can bring incredible fulfillment or considerable frustration depending on if they're being met or not. They interview Paige Mitchell, Board Certified Life Coach and Founder of Paige Mitchell Coaching LLC. Paige helps badass humans craft a lifestyle that supports their values. In this episode, Paige talks about her journey from pursuing a career in mental health to running into her own brick wall when she realized her values weren't being met. After discovering fulfillment through coaching, she helps her clients now get clear on their values and how those integrate into their lives. She provides great steps that young professionals can take to gain more clarity on their own values as well as the clues to look for when they know something is not right. She provides some great insights into achieving balance in your life and putting the time and attention on your personal life value alignment before your career. Finally she helps listeners understand how to find the opportunities that will align with their values after they've taken an inventory of their own.  Guest Info:  Paige Mitchell MA, BCC Website: https://www.paigemitchell.coach/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paigemitchellcoach/ Instagram: @paigemitchell.coach 
29:42
March 23, 2021
Ep. 25 The Proven Path: Finding & Building Mentor Relationships (Special Guest Valerie Le)
Ep. 25 The Proven Path: Finding & Building Mentor Relationships (Special Guest Valerie Le)
In this amazing episode, Brad Minton and Cassie Spencer interview Valerie Le, a Career Confidence Coach on her work in building mentorship programs for youth ages 18-29. Valerie provides the backdrop to her story and how she ended up working in career development in Toronto. She takes listeners through the incredible work that she gets to provide with youth and the impact that it has on their lives. She highlights some of the ways that young professionals can start to build legitimate professional relationships with individuals in their chosen industry. Valerie emphasizes the need to give back and consider the ways in which they can do that. She finally provides words of both caution and encouragement to listeners looking to build their network.  Guest Info:  Valerie Le https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-le-career-confidence-coach/ 
31:30
March 16, 2021
Ep. 24 Rev Your Engine: Owning Your Voice In Your Career (Special Guest Mark Anthony Dyson)
Ep. 24 Rev Your Engine: Owning Your Voice In Your Career (Special Guest Mark Anthony Dyson)
In this incredible episode Brad and Cassie sit down with the Founder of thevoiceofjobseekers.com, and job search expert Mark Anthony Dyson. Mark discusses his own unique career journey and how he found his way to be a voice and advocate for professionals looking for opportunities. He talks about the many lessons he has learned along the way of having over 20 jobs himself and what he can remind the young students and graduates of today to calm their worries about the job market. He discusses how young people can and often do short change themselves but how they can turn it around and own their own unique voices as they start their careers. Mark talks about the consultant mindset that he reminds so many professionals to take and what that means for young people. He finally supplies our listeners with some of the best pieces of career advice you can ever hear!  Guest Info:  Mark Anthony Dyson thevoiceofjobseekers.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/markanthonydyson/ 
35:57
March 09, 2021
Ep. 23 Quiet Power: Harnessing Introverted Strength In Your Career (Special Guest Faris Khalifeh)
Ep. 23 Quiet Power: Harnessing Introverted Strength In Your Career (Special Guest Faris Khalifeh)
In this amazing episode Quiet Leadership Coach Faris Khalifeh joins hosts Brad Minton and Cassie Spencer to break down what being an introvert really is and what it isn't. Faris discusses his own journey to embracing introversion and how it has helped him throughout his career. He takes apart many of the commonly held misconceptions about introversion. He guides listeners to understand that those who have a preference for introversion have many strengths that they can leverage in their career. He also discusses how introverts can network and land the positions they want by using what works for them the best. He also breaks down some of the most important pieces of advice he has for anyone that feels they are an introvert along with the best overall advice for all young professionals.  Guest Info:  Faris Khalifeh  http://www.fariskhalifeh.com/  https://www.linkedin.com/in/fariskhalifeh/ 
35:04
March 02, 2021
Ep. 22 Eyes on the Road: Imposter Syndrome & The Impact On Your Career (Special Guest Andrea Yacub Macek)
Ep. 22 Eyes on the Road: Imposter Syndrome & The Impact On Your Career (Special Guest Andrea Yacub Macek)
In this fantastic episode Brad Minton hosts solo and sits down with the incredible Andrea Yacub Macek to tackle an important topic: Imposter Syndrome. Andrea, the Career Coach and Founder of AYM Consulting breaks down what imposter syndrome really is, and peels back a lot of the mystery around who struggles with it and why it's so prevalent today. She is very candid in her own personal struggles early on with feelings of inadequacy in her own career pivots and provides so many helpful tips about what she learned through that process. She helps students and early career professionals normalize their own emotional stake in their success and helps them understand that our vulnerability comes hand in hand with our own learning. She provides great strategies and new ways of approaching and defeating imposter syndrome.  Guest Info:  Andrea Yacub Macek https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreayacubmacek/  Instagram: @aym_consulting 
33:04
February 23, 2021
Ep. 21 Wrong Turn, But New Direction: The Resilient Mindset In Your Career (Special Guest Brenda Zarate)
Ep. 21 Wrong Turn, But New Direction: The Resilient Mindset In Your Career (Special Guest Brenda Zarate)
In this fantastic episode Brad Minton is accompanied by guest co-host Cassie Spencer, Career Coach and Assistant Director of Internships and Career Education at Binghamton University In New York. They sit down with Brenda Zarate a Marketing Consultant turned Career Coach in New York City. The topic of the episode is centered around mindset and how, for students and first career professionals, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Brenda outlines many of the hardships she endured early in her career and the times she feel defeated. She talks about how her own north star kept her moving through those challenging times and how important it is for young people to find their own unique north stars. She discusses the importance of honoring your small achievements to help put things in perspective when things don't go well. Brenda also discusses how rejections have a habit of changing our belief systems for the worse but how we can adapt and cope more effectively.  Guest Info:  Brenda Zarate  https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendazarate/   blulus@gmail.com   
29:26
February 16, 2021
Ep. 20 Avoid The Middle Lane: The Audacity of Authenticity In Your Career (Special Guest Kyle Elliott)
Ep. 20 Avoid The Middle Lane: The Audacity of Authenticity In Your Career (Special Guest Kyle Elliott)
In this incredible episode, Brad Minton and special guest host Jess Smith of Jess Smith Coaching, interview the amazing Kyle Elliott. Kyle is the founder of Caffeinated Kyle and is a career coach and resume writer for top executives seeking roles at major companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and many more. Kyle discusses the importance that he places on being authentic in your career journey and how it's vitally important for young people to really get clarity on who they are, the value the bring, and how to live in a way that allows them to never have to wear a mask (no pun intended) at work. Kyle, takes our listeners through the reasons that living an authentic life and career simultaneously lead to better fulfillment, improved mental health and overall better productivity. He outlines several ways he uses various activities with his clients to help them truly understand what makes them fabulous. He also highlights some of the greatest career advice he's ever received and how it helps serve him in working with others.  Guest info:  Kyle Elliott www.caffeinatedkyle.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylecromerelliott/ Instagram: @caffeinatedkyle 
28:16
February 09, 2021
Ep. 19 Four-Wheel Drive: The Four Pillars of Career Fulfillment (Special Guest Lisa Lewis Miller)
Ep. 19 Four-Wheel Drive: The Four Pillars of Career Fulfillment (Special Guest Lisa Lewis Miller)
In this amazing episode Brad Minton and special guest host Melissa Mata sit down with Lisa Lewis Miller the founder of Career Clarity. Lisa talks about her personal career journey going through so many different "dream jobs" on paper but realizing that she was left unfulfilled. She discusses the different phases in the process to find career clarity and how so many young people getting started tend to get really ahead of themselves and make the mistake of choosing a job or career based on it's exterior. She goes in depth in outlining how our listeners can dig in to their own discovery and utilize her 4 pillars of career fulfillment in order to find the work they're meant to do! Finally, Lisa discusses the crucial importance for young people to have a growth mindset as they move about their career journey.  Guest info:  Lisa Lewis Miller www.getcareerclarity.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisamlewis/ Podcast: The Career Clarity Show Book: "Career Clarity: Find The Work That Fits Your Values And Life Style"  #careerfulfillment #careerclarity #podcast #findyourwhy #stregnths
45:54
February 02, 2021
Ep. 18 Pit Stop: Taking Time To Recalibrate
Ep. 18 Pit Stop: Taking Time To Recalibrate
The lessons of 2020 have been resounding. One of the the most important lessons is that things don't always turn out the way you want or plan. In this episode Brad W. Minton takes time to recalibrate the podcast after Megan's departure . Additionally, he expresses gratitude and appreciate for those who have contributed to the show and who can been encouraging and supportive since it's inception. Stay tuned, many more weeks of amazing career content are ahead! 
09:00
January 26, 2021
Ep. 17 Tolls Ahead: Create Resumes To Get Past The Checkpoint (Special Guest Lezlie Garr)
Ep. 17 Tolls Ahead: Create Resumes To Get Past The Checkpoint (Special Guest Lezlie Garr)
In this amazing episode Brad Minton and Megan Vallee interview Lezlie Garr. Lezlie, a certified professional resume writer and founder of ResumeLezlie.com discusses her career journey and how she navigated through several shifts and pivots from her original plans. She breaks down for listeners the true nature of resume function in the job search today and how this document is being screened by employers and the software they utilize in their screening processes. She helps our listeners understand what are some of the most common resume issues that she has seen in her clients, as well as what are the key ingredients to a great resume versus a good resume. She highlights the steps that students and young adults can take in order to differentiate themselves to turn this document into a value proposition. She breaks down the importance of taking a solid inventory of all past accomplishments to drive the value of the document further. Finally she discusses the cover letter and how this document is generally underutilized, and how it can serve young job seekers.  Guest info: Lezlie Garr www.resumelezlie.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/resumelezlie/ Instagram: @resumelezlie  #resume #resumewriting #careerdevelopment #jobsearch #coverletter #podcast
40:41
January 19, 2021
Ep. 16 High Beams On: Using Social Media To Increase Visibility (Special Guest Hannah Morgan)
Ep. 16 High Beams On: Using Social Media To Increase Visibility (Special Guest Hannah Morgan)
Hosts Brad Minton and Megan Vallee are joined in this episode by Hannah Morgan, Owner and Job Search Strategist with Career Sherpa. Hannah discusses her career journey and how she came to find career coaching and job search strategy as her calling in life. She talks about how social media has changed the landscape of personal branding, networking, and job search and is a powerful tool for career advancement. She highlights the ways in which young people and aspiring professionals can utilize various platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok, She highlights steps that students and new grads can take to shift from using this platforms in a personal capacity to a more professional way. Hannah reminds our listeners the areas of caution regarding social media including how employers view candidates pages, and the ways this can work against job seekers and those looking to break into an industry. Hannah many small, easy action steps that our listeners can take to maximize their brand through the use of social media including ways to engage with companies, employers, and employees in companies of interest.  Guest Info:  Hannah Morgan www.careersherpa.net  https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannahmorgan/  Facebook and Instagram: @careersherpa  #socialmedia #personalbranding #networking #contentcreation 
43:44
January 12, 2021
Ep. 15 Cruise Control: How Personal Branding Saves Fuel and Energy (Special Guest Ariella Despins)
Ep. 15 Cruise Control: How Personal Branding Saves Fuel and Energy (Special Guest Ariella Despins)
On this incredible episode Megan and Brad sit down with Ariella Despins (formerly Coombs), who presently serves as the Director of Career Support at Work It Daily, a Private B2C SaaS career coaching platform with over 3,000+ monthly premium subscribers. Ariella talks about the concept of personal branding for young people and the core ingredients needed for an effective brand. She highlights the importance of establishing and taking control over your own personal brand or letting others control it for you. She lays out the core components that comprise a successful personal brand along with easy steps to consider,  Finally, she does remind listeners about how a personal brand can have setbacks and potential downsides particularly in the early stages.  Guest Info:  Ariella Depsins  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariellacoombs/  www.workitdaily.com  #personalbranding #careerdevelopment #podcast #contentcreation 
34:09
January 05, 2021
Ep. 14 Move To The Fast Lane: How To Stand Out From The Traffic (Special Guest Diana YK Chan)
Ep. 14 Move To The Fast Lane: How To Stand Out From The Traffic (Special Guest Diana YK Chan)
In this incredible episode Founder of My Marketability and Career Coach Diana YK Chan sits down with Brad and Megan on an important topic: How to stand out from the traffic and move to the fast lane of your career! Diana provides background into her own unique story of moving to Canada as a child and how over time she came to accept and embrace her own awesomeness rather than running from it or trying to fulfill other people's fantasies of her own life. She talks about the many lessons she has learned as a job seeker, as a recruiter for Google, and now as a Career Coach in her own business. She helps listeners understand the pillars to moving to the fast lane: Marketability, Visibility, Credibility, and Likability. She helps listeners understand why it's important to stand out from the traffic in today's competitive job market as well as how to do so in a way that's easy for students and new grads to do even when they may be a little fearful.  This is a can't miss episode with one of the best career coaches in the world today!  Guest Info:  Diana YK Chan www.mymarketability.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianachan/  #personalbranding #careerdevelopment #standout #authenticity #careersuccess #collegestudents #newgrads #collegetocareer #podcast
31:30
December 29, 2020
Ep. 13 Hidden Shortcuts: Using Informational Interviewing To Accelerate Your Journey (Special Guest Megan Collins Myers)
Ep. 13 Hidden Shortcuts: Using Informational Interviewing To Accelerate Your Journey (Special Guest Megan Collins Myers)
This is episode Megan and Brad have the opportunity to interview Megan Collins Myers, an amazing recruiter turned Career Coach and founder of Myers Career Coaching. Megan talks about her personal career journey in a way that is very relatable for most young professionals. She talks about her path to career coaching and how she leveraged her own natural curiosity and a love for people to use informational interviewing as both a career starter as well as a career accelerator. She talks about the best approaches to informational interviewing including who you should interview, what questions to ask, and how to follow good protocol. She highlights her best pieces of advice for students and young professionals to leverage the knowledge around them using informational interviewing and the payoffs to doing so.  Guest Info:  Megan Collins Myers www.myerscareercoaching.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganmyers1010/ #informationalinterviewing #careerdevelopment #podcast #networking 
24:16
December 22, 2020
Ep. 12 Beating The Traffic: Creating Content To Get Ahead (Special Guest Mike Bird)
Ep. 12 Beating The Traffic: Creating Content To Get Ahead (Special Guest Mike Bird)
For this incredible episode Megan and Brad interview Mike Bird of CoachOiseau Career Coaching. Mike talks about his journey to career coaching by way of athletic coaching and how he fell in love with cultivating the development of young people. He talks about how creating content for young people is not a new activity, but one that they can center to enhance their career development. He outlines several important considerations including the type of content you produce, the audience it's meant for, and how to deal with fear and even writers block. Mike describes the journey all young content creators take and how ultimately they can use a variety of platforms to beat the job market traffic and gain the right attention! Don't miss this one!  Guest Info:  Mike Bird  https://www.linkedin.com/in/birdmike/ https://www.coachoiseau.com/  #careerdevelopment #contentcreation #careerjourney #findyourpath #overcomefear #authenticity #personalbranding 
34:27
December 15, 2020
Ep. 11 Ignition: Achieving Career Goals With Intention (Special Guest Lynette Correa-Velez)
Ep. 11 Ignition: Achieving Career Goals With Intention (Special Guest Lynette Correa-Velez)
In this episode Megan and Brad sit down with Assistant Director of Career Development at Northeastern Illinois University and Inclusive Career Coach Lynette Correa-Vele,z M.Ed. She discusses why setting clear and concise goals at a young age is so important. She takes listeners through her life and career journey and outlines the incredible impact of having a vision and passion had on her life. She helps listeners understand how they can still be effective in achieving goals despite adversity and despite not having everything figured out. She provides an easy framework of the difference between good goal setting and great goal setting and how young people can reach theirs.  Guest Info: Lynette Correa-Velez, M.Ed.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lcorreavelez/  #goalsetting #careerdevelopment #careeradvice #collegelife #studentlife #achievement #podcast 
39:49
December 08, 2020
Ep. 10 Creating A New Path: Using the Challenge Mindset (Special Guest JP Michel)
Ep. 10 Creating A New Path: Using the Challenge Mindset (Special Guest JP Michel)
In this episode Brad and Megan and joined by JP Michel of SparkPath. To this point, the podcast has examined the various aspects of self exploration and career identity that can greatly help young people form their career vision and find appropriate paths for themselves. JP has been working hard to redefine how we talk about career development in young people and that starts with mindset. He discusses his philosophy of using challenges in order to meet the ever evolving job demands of the 21st century to inspire students to address the ones they feel compelled to work on. He goes further in discussing what he called "aspirational identity" and how that can be extremely impactful for anyone discovering their career path. He talks about his company SparkPath and the vision they have for the future. This episode can greatly help listeners consider a way that they can create a path for themselves rather than simply following a job title.  Guest Info:  JP Michel  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanphilippemichel/ www.mysparkpath.com  #challengemindset #sparkpath #careerexploration #careerdiscovery #podcast
33:59
December 01, 2020
Ep. 9 Plugging In the Coordinates: Using A Holistic View To Build Your Career Map (Special Guest Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill)
Ep. 9 Plugging In the Coordinates: Using A Holistic View To Build Your Career Map (Special Guest Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill)
In this episode Megan and Brad sit down with Nii Ato Bentsi-Enschill an amazing holistic Career Coach. This episode covers the importance of looking at yourself holistically, what that means, and how you can find deep career fulfillment in the process. He describes how this process of being holistic greatly helped him in navigating personal career transitions, and how he now helps his clients understand how seemingly disparate traits can actually be used to see themes and how they intersect. He provides listeners with steps they can take, factors to explore, and advice he would give individuals just starting in their career.  Guest Details:  Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill https://www.linkedin.com/in/niiato/ avenircareers.com/  #careercoaching #careerdevelopment #selfdiscovery #findyourpath #findyourwhy #holisitic #careeridentity 
37:37
November 24, 2020
Ep. 8 Increase Horsepower: Gaining The Skills To Be Career Ready
Ep. 8 Increase Horsepower: Gaining The Skills To Be Career Ready
In this episode Megan Vallee and Brad Minton tackle the issue of skills development as a way to increase horsepower for your career journey. The acquisition and development of both hard/technical as well as soft/critical skills is directly correlated with career success. The hosts guide listeners into understanding the skills that are needed in the 21st century to land you the types of jobs you're seeking and to be able to stand out from the competition. Additionally, they provided several easy steps to identify you're existing skills, ways to cultivate them into power strengths and personal testimonies of how they can pay off.  #careerskills #skills #careerdevelopment #podcast 
32:41
November 17, 2020
Ep. 7 Check Your Mirrors: Find Clues In Your Experience To Serve As Your Compass (Special Guest Danielle Roessele)
Ep. 7 Check Your Mirrors: Find Clues In Your Experience To Serve As Your Compass (Special Guest Danielle Roessele)
In this episode Brad and Megan explore the the concept of storytelling and reflection of childhood and it's incredible usage to gain more insight and clarity. Career Coach Danielle Roessele of Inner Compass Coach is interviewed about her work and her methodology. She talks about how our childhood memories can provide us valuable clues about who were are, our personalities, and our resiliencies. She describes how this important aspect of her work can be both incredibly rewarding but on occasion challenging as well. She also discusses some of the best lessons that she can impart to the next generation that she has gained in her own self discovery.  Guest Info:  Danielle Menditch Roessele  https://innercompasscoach.com/
26:00
November 10, 2020
Ep. 6 Clear View Ahead: Using Talent Insights To Increase Vision (Special Guest Julie Brewer)
Ep. 6 Clear View Ahead: Using Talent Insights To Increase Vision (Special Guest Julie Brewer)
In this episode hosts Brad Minton and Megan Vallee continue in the self-exploration discussion by discussing the Talent Insights Assessment with Career Coach Julie Brewer of Compass Discoveries. This assessment is a comprehensive self discovery tool aimed at helping people really understand their motivations, what comes naturally through our observable behaviors, and the careers that synergize those elements considering the lifestyle we want. Julie helps our listeners understand how this tool works, what it's designed to measure, and a little bit about the science behind career fulfillment. She also helps listeners understand how to access this assessment and begin diving into their own talent insights! 
28:58
November 03, 2020
Ep. 5 Assess the Terrain: Using Personality Type To Find The Right Path (Special Guest Edythe Richards)
Ep. 5 Assess the Terrain: Using Personality Type To Find The Right Path (Special Guest Edythe Richards)
In this episode Megan and Brad explore the concept of personality type with MBTI Master Practitioner Edythe Richards. Edythe discusses her own personal career development journey, how she discovered personality type and how she's been able to use it in her work. She discusses the powerful uses of the MBTI instrument in gaining self awareness, as well as the limitations and the common misconceptions of the assessment tool. She also provides great insights into how many young people can use it in their career development. 
37:24
October 29, 2020
Ep. 4 Fuel For The Road Part 2: Using Strengths To Power Your Vehicle (Special Guest Linda Evans)
Ep. 4 Fuel For The Road Part 2: Using Strengths To Power Your Vehicle (Special Guest Linda Evans)
Strengths are the incredible superpowers that we all possess can can build overtime. In this episode hosts Brad and Megan sit down with Strengths-based Career Coach Linda Evans of Launched by Linda. Linda helps our listeners understand how to uncover our strengths and why they can be incredible game changers that will power your vehicle for the long term. Linda notes the difference between enhancing strengths and targeting weaknesses and why she feels so strongly that all young people need to learn and build their unique strengths that they can ultimately leverage into a rewarding and fulfilling career. 
30:06
October 22, 2020
Ep. 3 Fuel for the Road Part 1: Interests, Passions and Purpose To Fuel Your Vehicle
Ep. 3 Fuel for the Road Part 1: Interests, Passions and Purpose To Fuel Your Vehicle
In this week's episode Megan and Brad discuss how important the self-discovery of her interests, passions, and purpose can tell time but are so important to provide the fuel to your vehicle, and provide you the necessary power for the long trip ahead. It can serve as a the brilliant pull motivation that we strive for in our careers. Brad and Megan also discuss several easy tangible action steps that young people can take advantage of in order to gain more clarity on their career interests and passions and move closer towards discovery of purpose. 
36:47
October 15, 2020
Ep. 2 Gauge Your Starting Point: Knowing Where You Are
Ep. 2 Gauge Your Starting Point: Knowing Where You Are
Brad Minton and Megan Vallee return to take listeners through the foundation steps of starting the career journey. Important concepts discussed in this episode include knowing who you are at this moment in time and how that self awareness helps you see the road ahead with new clarity. The hosts talked common mistakes and misconceptions about this stage of the process and how young adults can take the time for more deliberate self discovery through depth. The importance of knowing yourself, your beliefs about the journey, and any internal and external obstacles was discussed, along with the most powerful questions to start the process of finding your starting point. 
30:37
October 08, 2020
Ep. 1 The User Manual Of The GPS: An Intro To The Podcast
Ep. 1 The User Manual Of The GPS: An Intro To The Podcast
In this episode hosts Brad Minton and Megan Vallee introduce listeners to the podcast. They provide a background to their knowledge, skills, and experience and how the podcast was conceived. Additionally they take listeners through the framework of Your Career GPS, and who can find benefit from the episodes to come. Finally, the provide a sneak preview of some of the amazing content to follow in the weeks ahead!  We all dream about having a job and a career that we can be proud of and that truly fulfills us. We want to do work that makes an impact and serves the greater good. Your career journey is much like a long road trip. It's not always quick and easy. Sometimes there are challenges. However, in the coming weeks our amazing collection of expert guests can tell you how to make your career journey fast, efficient,  and fulfilling  in spite of those inevitable challenges which may not all be bad things! Join us on this incredible career adventure! 
17:18
October 01, 2020