Episode 73: My Journey To Columbia Law As a First-Gen Dominican Black Woman

Episode 73: My Journey To Columbia Law As a First-Gen Dominican Black Woman

Have you ever NOT applied to prestigious jobs or schools because you thought you weren’t qualified? Have you written yourself off before even trying? Us, too.

Shoot your shot. Apply to jobs and schools that you don’t think you can get into. You’re probably wrong.

 
Today you get to meet one of my besties: Carol Guerrero.
Carol is a first-gen, Dominican-American mujer from Massachusetts. She went to Columbia Law school, and we were roommates in Miami when we did Teach for America together.
I’ve always looked up to Carol, despite being two years younger than me.
Similar to me, she didn’t get a blueprint for success handed down to her.
She had to figure it out by herself. And she’s been incredibly successful.
I love her so much that I asked her to marry my husband and I (and she did!)
I asked her to come on my podcast to share her own lessons learned and journey as she went through her first year of teaching and went on the grueling journey to apply to a top law school.
Even if you’re not interested in the law, her story offers us so many gems that you can apply to your own, big audacious goal.

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73. My Journey To Columbia Law As A First-Gen Dominican Black Woman, with Carol Guerrero

Are you going after a BIG and AUDACIOUS career goal this year? Or, are you thinking about applying to grad school? Well, I have the perfect guest for you.  Carol Guerrero is one of my besties and a graduate of Columbia Law School.

 

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Episode 72: Why Applying To Jobs Online Doesn’t Work

Episode 72: Why Applying To Jobs Online Doesn’t Work

We all hate waiting in long lines. So why in the world would you apply to jobs online for your career change? Applying to jobs online is the same thing as joining a long line that’s going nowhere fast.

Only apply to jobs online AFTER you get referred to that company or establish a connection with someone who works there.

 
Have you ever wanted to get into a certain restaurant or club, only to find that there’s an absurdly long line?
Begrudgingly, you get in line, and 30 minutes later, you’re still there.
In the same spot. No closer to yummy food or grooves.
We’ve all been there.
Well, here’s a job search truth bomb…
Applying to jobs online is like joining a very long line that isn’t moving.
Most people just wait in line.
They apply to as many jobs as possible, and then wait around. Crickets.
“Applying to jobs online” is a strategy that only works about 5% of the time.
And yet, 92% of the general population does this.
They fail to realize that, since recruiters are overwhelmed with a tsunami of digital apps on a daily basis, most of their applications will never be read or seen.
The night will end before getting into the club.
What you want to do instead, is finesse your way to the front of the line. Through relationships, people who you know, people who can say “aye, she’s with me”, and help you cut the line.
Those are called referrals, and you get them through networking & informational chats.
On today’s episode, I explain why this is the case, and how you can circumvent the long, long line.

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72. Why Applying To Jobs Online Is NOT A Job Search Strategy

One of the biggest mistakes that I see job-seekers make is applying to as many online job postings as possible. This is a serious mistake, that can cost you a lot of wasted time, energy, and emotions.  I guarantee that most of those applications will never even be reviewed or seen.

 

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Episode 70: Do You Know Why You’re Unhappy With Your Career?

Episode 70: Do You Know Why You’re Unhappy With Your Career?

My most successful clients understand their career pain source & level. This knowledge is a major clue to your next career move, and now you can know, too.

No point in changing careers if your career pain isn’t high enough. 

 
I’m not great about going to the doctor.
I hate going. I find that it’s a huge hassle.
I mean, sure, I’ll go on my annual exams. But, if I have an issue with something else, I try to wait as long as possible before going to the doctor. (I know, I’m stubborn).
Last May, I started to struggle with plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I didn’t schedule an appointment with a podiatrist until September. LOL.
By the time I rolled up to the doctor, it was because the pain of my foot was GREATER THAN the pain of driving to the doctor, paying for parking, and waiting for God-knows-how-long to be seen.
My clients are no different.
They only come to me when they’ve been in pain for some time.
I mean, who actually WANTS to go on a career change process?
Watching Netflix, meeting friends for a beer, or going on a hike, all sound like way better ways to spend your time, right?
I get it.
But, pain is a great catalyst for transformation.
This is why, on the consult call, I ask questions to understand my client’s pain level.
I ask about different areas of their career and life: the people, the work itself, compensation & benefits, growth opportunities, work-life balance, relationships & community, joy, and impact.
I get clear on the problem and pain level. I let you know your problem, if I can help you, and how I can help you.
My most successful clients understand their pain and where it comes from, and now you can too.
On today’s episode, I share a tool/exercise that I use with my clients to help them get clear on their pain level.
If you want to get clear on your pain & if it warrants a whole career change, this is the episode for you.
HERE is the link to the Career Audit tool. 

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70. Do You Know Why You’re Unhappy With Your Career?

When clients come to me, they’re ready to figure out their next career move. They want to start firing out job applications ASAP. But many times, I’ll tell them to hold their horses. We first need to understand WHY they want to make a big career move in the first place.

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Episode 69: How I Chose My Top 3 Career Non-Negotiables

Episode 69: How I Chose My Top 3 Career Non-Negotiables

The Paradox of Choice is why you need to exercise discipline and choose your Top 3 Career Non-Negotiables for your next career move. It’s a game changer.

A Career Lesson from Milk & Tinder

 

Think about the last time you visited the milk aisle.
Did you notice the never-ending & growing number of OPTIONS?
There’s soy, almond, oat, 2%, low-fat, non-fat, skim, organic, lactose-free, and so on.
The average consumer makes their choice, but is often left wondering, “Did I make the right decision? Is there a better milk out there for me?”
In the 1950’s, there was one type of milk available, and people didn’t second-guess their decision. In fact, they were pretty damn happy with their milk.
This same concept applies in modern dating, with apps like Tinder.
In Aziz Anzari’s book “Modern Romance” (great book if you haven’t checked it out), he talks about how a 1932 sociological study that took place in Philly found that 1 in 3 married couples were people who had grown up within a 5-block radius.
Dating was simpler back then. There was a de-facto constraint in your dating pool. People had fewer options, and made decisions more quickly and with more confidence.
In today’s dating world, you have the entire world’s dating pool at your fingers. And yet, people are saying they’re more unhappy than ever with their dating lives.
Shouldn’t we be happier in today’s modern world, since we have so many more options?
Unfortunately, our brains aren’t wired that way. Welcome to the Paradox of Choice.
This concept was coined by American psychologist Barry Schwartz, who published a book by the same title.
The Paradox of Choice refers to the idea that having an abundance of options actually requires more effort to make a decision and can leave us feeling unsatisfied with our choice.
He discovered that there is a fine line between having the freedom to choose what you want and being paralyzed in the face of too many options.
This same concept applies to the career exploration stage, as you decide what you will do next.
To help you reduce the sense of overwhelm and confusion, I introduce to you the Top 3 Career Non-Negotiables.
On this episode, I share what a career non-negotiable is (and isn’t), and how I chose mine when I transitioned into consulting from the education non-profit (they were geography, compensation and work-balance related).
If you want to feel less overwhelmed during your career change journey, this is the episode for you.

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69. How I Chose My Top 3 Career Non-Negotiables

Do you know your Top 3 Career Non-Negotiables? If not, then you need to get clear on what they are, BEFORE you go on your career change process. Knowing your career non-negotiables helps you get clear on what is an absolute requirement for your next career move.

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Episode 68: How I Broke Into Project Management with a Liberal Arts Degree, with Ariana Rodriguez

Episode 68: How I Broke Into Project Management with a Liberal Arts Degree, with Ariana Rodriguez

Are you a liberal arts major / grad who has a hard time articulating WHAT you bring to the table in your interviews? Tune into today’s episode for the special sauce.

It’s true: liberal arts grads have to work harder and get really good at talking about their strengths, skills, and value proposition.

 
Look, I get the “liberal arts struggle” when it comes to job searching, particularly when you’re early in your career. I went to a liberal arts college and graduated with a degree in Political Science and Italian Studies. When I was a college junior and senior, I wasn’t exactly sure how my major / studies would transfer into the workplace. What skills did I have? Were they even marketable? 
At first blush, it seems like you’re at a serious disadvantage when you graduate with a degree in History, versus someone else who might be graduating with a degree in Accounting and Marketing. 
But here’s the thing. That advantage? It doesn’t last for long. Because of this thing called “real life world experiences.”
Eventually, you WILL be given opportunities, jobs, internships, whatever. And you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and use them. What you THEN need to be able to do, is communicate WHAT those new skills and experiences ARE, their value, and how they apply to your target role.
Building up your career portfolio and communicating powerfully about your so-called “Soft Skills” and how they drive results, is really important. And that’s what we discuss on today’s episode.
On today’s episode, we have a special guest – Ariana Rodriguez – who graduated from NYU in 2010 with a liberal arts degree. At first she thought she wanted to make a difference in the world in education and nonprofit. Within a few years, and with student loans still unpaid, she realized she would need to pivot into a new career that would pay her better. But, how do you market yourself and make yourself competitive for jobs when you have a liberal arts degree and have only worked in the education sector?
Ariana tells us how she made this pivot, drawing upon her own skills, strengths and personal experiences. She knew that she needed to DEMONSTRATE to the interviewers how her skills of problem solving, attention to detail, and collaboration would be beneficial to the administrative assistant job that was posted. 
After she got the admin assistant job (which by the way, she was definitely overqualified for!), she rocked that job all the way through several promotions into the project manager career, which she enjoyed for many years. 
On this episode, we discuss:
  • Why she decided to pivot out of the education/nonprofit and social work space, and move into a project manager career in healthcare
  • How a personal health problem turned into a soap business that she talked about in her interviews 
  • How her philosophy college courses actually helped her fine-tune a skillset that she still uses today
  • Why she left her job to go full-time on her business in 2021 
Follow Ariana Rodriguez on LinkedIn. Ariana owns a business where she helps emerging agencies get to the next level of success by streamlining backend operations and systems.

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68. How I Broke Into Project Management with a Liberal Arts Degree, with Ariana Rodriguez

Are you a liberal arts college grad who struggles to articulate your value proposition to employers? Did you graduate during a recession? Are you thinking about pivoiting into the project manager career path? Then you need to tune into today’s episode, with special guest, NYU grad, and Dominican-American Ariana Rodriguez.

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