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The NoDegree Podcast – No Degree Success Stories for Job Searching, Careers, and Entrepreneurship

The NoDegree Podcast – No Degree Success Stories for Job Searching, Careers, and Entrepreneurship

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No Degree? No Problem! The NoDegree Podcast helps those without degrees figure out the opportunities that are available to them. Get career advice and learn how to navigate and succeed without a degree.

NoDegree interviews successful people without college degrees to figure out what made them successful. Learn how they got into their respective fields and listen to the advice they have so you can follow in their path.
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Johnny Page shares his journey from working as a straight-commission sales rep to becoming the CEO of SaaS Academy. He talks about the importance of taking risks and learning transferable skills, as well as the mindset of treating the company as one’s own. He emphasizes the importance of taking initiative, building trust, and exhibiting leadership before earning a title. He also discusses the value of working with people and organizations that align with your values and goals. He outlines his transition from sales to leadership roles and the responsibilities that come with it.Key Points DiscussedTaking risks and learning transferable skills can lead to opportunities for growth and advancement in a company.Treating the company as your own and going above and beyond your role can build trust and open doors for leadership positions.Solving problems and finding ways to eliminate waste in your role can demonstrate your value and contribute to the success of the company.Building strong relationships with founders and key stakeholders can create opportunities for growth and influence in the company.Transitioning from sales to leadership roles requires delegating responsibilities, managing through data, and focusing on achieving outcomes through other people.Promotions and titles may not always be formal, but the responsibilities and influence of a leadership role can be earned through consistent performance and contribution.Positioning a company for sale involves strategic decision-making and aligning the team to maximize value and attract potential buyers. Take initiative and show leadership before earning a title.Build trust and work with people and organizations that align with your values and goals.Don't be afraid to ask for what you want and negotiate for equity or other opportunities.Believe in your value and the impact you can make in an organization.Timestamps00:00 Introduction: Becoming an Entrepreneur Without the Traditional Risk03:20 The Value of Commission-Only Jobs in Building Entrepreneurial Skills08:01 Transitioning from Sales to Leadership: Delegation and Data Management16:44 Building Trust and Relationships for Career Advancement19:09 Transitioning to CEO: Shifting into Team Building Mode23:16 The Natural Progression to CEO: Leading and Making Decisions23:38 Taking on More Responsibility at Silver Track26:02 Transitioning to a New Role After the Company Sale27:22 Becoming the CEO of SaaS Academy31:05 Transitioning to a Leadership Role at SaaS Academy36:47 Becoming the CEO of SaaS Academy42:02 Reflecting on Missed Opportunities and Taking InitiativeSupport/Contact Johnny:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnypage/Website: https://www.thejohnnypage.com/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Jonaed interviews Khalilah KO Olokunola, a senior advisor for TalentNova and founder of Reengineering HR, about skills-first hiring and navigating the workforce for justice-impacted individuals. They discuss the challenges faced by justice-impacted individuals in finding employment, the importance of community support, the impact of Ban-the-Box policies, and the skills and certifications that justice-impacted individuals possess. They also explore the process of building confidence, the rights of justice-impacted individuals in the hiring process, and the future of fair-chance hiring. Khalilah shares insights into TalentNova, a platform that provides career tools and resources for justice-impacted individuals.Key Points DiscussedJustice-impacted individuals face unique challenges in finding employment, and community support is crucial in navigating the workforce.Ban-the-Box policies have been instrumental in giving justice-impacted individuals a fair chance at employment by removing questions about criminal records from job applications.Justice-impacted individuals possess valuable skills such as resilience, loyalty, teamwork, and leadership, which can be translated into the workplace.Listing jobs and certifications obtained while serving time can help fill employment gaps and showcase relevant experience and skills.Building confidence during the job search process is essential, and it can be achieved through community support, self-reflection, and positive language.Seeking out community-based organizations that provide resume assistance, interview coaching, and other resources can greatly benefit justice-impacted individuals.Knowing and exercising one's rights in the hiring process, such as when to disclose criminal history, can help level the playing field for justice-impacted individuals.The future of fair-chance hiring involves collaboration between employers, community organizations, and technology platforms to create opportunities and remove barriers for justice-impacted individuals.TalentNova is a platform that offers career tools, including resume and cover letter builders, interview courses, and coaching, to support justice-impacted individuals in their job search and career advancement.Timestamps00:00 Introduction to Fair Chance Employment 03:03 Understanding Justice Impacted Individuals 08:40 The Impact of Ban the Box Policies 10:20 Uncovering the Hidden Skills of Justice Impacted Individuals 19:10 Building a Supportive Community for Successful Reentry 26:50 Career Growth Opportunities for Justice Impacted Individuals 31:28 Talent Nova: Career Tools and Support for Justice Impacted IndividualsSupport/Contact Khalilah:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/khalilahequipsWebsite: https://reengineeringhr.com/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpcaTalentNova: https://talentnova.com/Dress for Success: https://dressforsuccess.org/ Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Many people he knew struggled to pay their mountain of debt. Although Robert McGraw graduated from college, from experience, he recognized that there was a lot that was wrong with the process of deciding to go to school.Listen in as he and Jonaed discuss his book, 12 Lies About College, and and why following your passions can sometimes work against you.Support/Contact Robert:LinkedInBooks mentioned:12 Lies About CollegeWant to get in touch with NoDegree? Listen to more podcast episodes here.Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with our CEO Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn. (Yes, he answers messages. Even if it takes some time to respond.)Connect with us on social media!LinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitterTikTokRemember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com. Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
From janitor to Cloud Architect at Microsoft, Reginald Davis’ journey shows the power of taking risks and believing in oneself.In this episode, he talks about being an introvert and his school experience as a dyslexic kid and the support he got from his mom and teachers. Tune in as he shares practical tips he used to boost his communication skills and how AI tools like Microsoft Copilot have helped to ease the stress of writing for him. He also emphasizes the need for empathy and understanding.Key Points Discussed:Dyslexia can present challenges in writing and communication, but with practice and support, individuals can improve their skills.Having a supportive network, including teachers, parents, and mentors, is crucial for overcoming challenges and achieving success.Believing in oneself and taking risks can lead to long-term career growth and opportunities.It's important to focus on one's strengths and find ways to excel in areas where one has natural abilities.Navigating the workplace as an introvert can be challenging, but preparation and self-reflection can help in overcoming these challenges. AI tools like Microsoft Copilot can greatly assist individuals in improving their writing and communication skills, allowing them to overcome challenges and build their personal brand.Empathy and understanding are crucial in supporting individuals with different struggles, and private conversations can be more effective in offering help and support.Surrounding oneself with good people and focusing on personal growth are essential for overcoming challenges and achieving success.Podcasts like DEM Tech Folks provide a platform for inclusive and authentic conversations about diverse experiences in the tech industry.Timestamps00:00 Reginald Davis' Journey: Overcoming Dyslexia and Introversion03:20 Strategies for Improving Communication Skills06:14 Understanding and Working with Learning Disabilities07:08 Recognizing Strengths for Success10:34 The Power of Problem-Solving Abilities22:42 Breaking into Microsoft: Experience and Support23:29 Taking Risks and Betting on Yourself25:24 The Power of AI Tools26:15 Authenticity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in the Tech Industry29:03 Empathy and Understanding: Supporting Others33:26 Building a Personal Brand and Inspiring OthersSupport/Contact Reginald:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reginald-j-davis-mcsa-mct-itil-prosci-970ba77/ DEM Tech Folks: https://linktr.ee/developeverymindBooks and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
The youngest of six siblings, Olajide Omotayo‘s love for the game started at the age of nine. Years of training paid when he won the Men’s Singles at the 2019 African Games. As current Champion of African he competed in this year’s Tokyo Olympics.Listen in as he shares his story with Jonaed.Want to get in touch and/or support Olajide?LinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitterWebsite Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
 Lead Negotiator, Brandon Bramley, addresses common concerns that arise during this critical recruitment stage. Brandon and Jonaed dispel typical myths about job offer negotiation, discuss the importance of leverage, and provide insights on when and how to negotiate. They stress the importance of research, preparation, and professionalism during such discussions. They also highlight the potential for substantial increases in total compensation and the need to showcase value and advocate for oneself. Key Points DiscussedEmployers are often willing to negotiate job offers, so it's important to advocate for yourself and not be afraid to ask for more.Leverage in negotiations comes from the fact that companies have invested time and resources in the hiring process and want to secure their chosen candidate.Having another offer can provide internal leverage and confidence, but it's not always necessary for successful negotiation.Negotiating salary is a professional conversation, not a confrontational bartering technique. It should be approached with research, data, and a reasonable request.Job titles and degree requirements should not limit negotiation potential. It's important to focus on the value and skills you bring to the table.Successful negotiation can lead to significant increases in total compensation and career advancement. Timestamps(00:00) Introduction to Salary Negotiation and Guest Introduction (03:16) Debunking Common Myths About Job Offer Negotiations 05:08 Understanding Leverage and Power Dynamics in Negotiations(07:29) Strategies for Negotiating Job Offers with Confidence (09:25) The Importance of Demonstrating Value in Negotiations 15:29 Negotiating Salary Without a Degree: Breaking the Myth Support/Contact Brandon:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonbramleyWebsite: https://www.thesalarynegotiator.com/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
In high school he wanted to be a rapper. And that’s what Jahmar Gale did for 10 years. But he had a plan: if he didn’t achieve the kind of lifestyle he wanted by the time he was 30, he’d get out of the entertainment industry. So that’s what he did.Listen in as Jahmar tells Jonaed about how he:Was a rapper for 10 yearsStarted and scaled 2 businessesBecame a data analyst earning between $75,000 and $90,000 per year Support/Contact Jahmar:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jahmargale/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpcaLeRon’s article: https://medium.com/@jahmargale/how-i-became-a-data-analyst-458b03e438bbUdemy Course: https://www.udemy.com/course/the-complete-sql-bootcamp/ Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Ever wonder what it's like to break into the tech world without a fancy college degree? Marcus shares his journey from barely graduating high school to becoming a self-taught developer. Forget the typical route —Marcus shares how he went from dreaming about mechanical engineering to hitting up a coding bootcamp and scoring interviews with a killer resume. He dishes out real talk on what it takes to be job-ready versus just interview-ready and shares why knowing your tech stuff inside out is key. Plus, Marcus and Jonaed get into the nitty-gritty of DIY projects, leveling up your skills, and dodging the pitfalls of bouncing between jobs. So, if you're curious about cracking the code to a career in tech, tune in for some straight-up wisdom and hindsight advice from these two pros.Timestamps:(0:00) Introduction to the episode and today's guest, Marcus Young  (1:30) Marcus Young's background and struggles with job applications  (4:11) The reality of boot camp promises versus job market realities  (7:24) Marcus' experience with Hack Reactor boot camp  (9:41) The importance of self-learning beyond boot camp  (12:22) Addressing the lack of a college degree during interviews  (15:03) Sponsor: Get Your Dream Career Course  (15:56) Learning and upskilling techniques  (19:51) Importance of personal projects in tech  (25:51) Financial implications of job transitions  (36:56) Closing remarks and gratitude  (37:19) Sponsor: Support NoDegree on Patreon Key points discussed:The job market in 2023 and 2024 is challenging, with limited job opportunities and companies not investing as much.Having a good resume is crucial in getting interviews and standing out in a competitive job market.Being job-ready and interview-ready are two different things, and it's important to have a foundational knowledge of the technologies you work with.Projects and self-learning outside of formal education can be valuable in gaining practical skills and deepening understanding. Building your own projects is a valuable way to learn and grow as a developer.Upskilling and expanding your knowledge in different technologies can make you more competent and resourceful.Job hopping can have its pros and cons, and it's important to weigh the stability and long-term prospects of each opportunity.The job interview process can be challenging, and it's important to be prepared and adaptable.Reflecting on past mistakes and learning from them is crucial for personal and professional growth.Taking care of your physical and mental health is essential for overall well-being and success.Support/Contact Marcus:-LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcusyoung777/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Her parents weren’t worried about her education. But it’s not because they didn’t care. Alejandra Ayala is Mexican and says her immigrant parents’ main concern was to ensure they were providing a roof over their kids’ head.Listen in as Alejandra tells Jonaed why she finally gave up on college and how an unlikely skill helped her to land jobs at places like Adobe, Disney and Google.Get in touch and/or support Alejandra here:LinkedIn Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
He got his start as an entrepreneur at the age of eight. He had a newspaper route. Today, John Viola is a successful soccer agent. This week he discusses the challenges faced and mistakes made along the way and emphasizes the importance of passion and hard work in achieving success. John also highlights the impact of AI in the soccer industry and the opportunities it presents. He shares inspiring stories of players he has represented and the satisfaction he derives from helping them achieve their dreams. John aims to pass on his knowledge and mentor aspiring soccer agents through his academy.Key Points DiscussedPassion and hard work are keys to success in any career.Mistakes are opportunities for growth and learning.The soccer industry is constantly evolving, and embracing new technologies like AI can lead to new opportunities.Helping others achieve their dreams can be incredibly rewarding.A college degree is not a prerequisite for success in the soccer agent industry.Timestamps00:00 Introduction: From Selling Newspapers to Becoming a Top Soccer Agent 01:28 The Role of a Soccer Agent: Negotiating Contracts, Scouting Players, and Networking 04:10 Transitioning Careers: From Electrician to Financial Services to Soccer Agent 06:31 Becoming a FIFA Agent and Building a Successful Career 11:22 The Evolution of the Football Industry: Changes and the Impact of Technology 14:19 Overcoming Challenges: Perseverance and Learning from Mistakes 23:45 Inspiring Stories: Helping Players Achieve Their Dreams 26:12 Navigating Difficult Times: Overcoming Challenges and Staying Motivated 27:36 Teaching and Mentoring: Passing on Knowledge to Aspiring Soccer Agents 29:04 Opportunities for Aspiring Soccer Agents: Fast-Tracking Careers and Building Success 32:28 An Inspirational Story: From McDonald's Delivery Guy to Successful Soccer Agent 35:22 Final Thoughts: Pursuing Passion and Finding Fulfillment in the Soccer Agent Industry Support/Contact John:-LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-viola-8a642641/-Website: https://www.451fc.com/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Do you want a good job? Most people feel that to get one, you need to follow a preset path. Go to college. Get a degree. But with information at our fingertips in split-seconds thanks to the internet, there are options.In this episode Joel Bein talks to Jonaed about how Career Hackers is empowering job seekers to take charge of their learning and careers.Listen in as he tells Jonaed about:How to get a job without applyingHow you can get an 80% response rate by sending cold emails to a potential employerWhy you should treat your job-hunt like a salesSupport/Contact Joel Bein:Personal website: https://joelbein.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/joel_beinResources mentioned in this podcast4 Types of Projects to Create Value (and Win the Job): https://careerhackers.com/4-types-of-projects-to-create-value-and-win-the-job/The Daily Job Hunt Podcast: https://joelbein.com/podcast-2/Sponsors: Business XPScholarship: https://www.business-xp.com/nodegree Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Get ready to be inspired by Dustin Gutkowski, a hard-working roofer and successful entrepreneur, as he shares his story of personal/career growth and the challenges faced on his journey. Dustin dishes out wisdom on finding inner joy and hustling hard to make it big. From his gutsy leap into the roofing world to the heartfelt satisfaction of helping folks in tough spots, Dustin's story will have you hooked from start to finish.Key Points Discussed:Social media is a powerful tool for networking and expanding your business.Personal development and self-reflection are crucial for success.Building relationships and providing value are key to networking effectively.Losing everything can be a valuable learning experience and an opportunity for personal growth. Focus on personal growth and finding happiness within yourself.Transitioning into a new industry can be successful with the right mindset and determination.Passion is built through hard work and realizing what you enjoy.Building a people-centric company is crucial for long-term success.Overcome the fear of judgment and stay true to yourself.Empower and care for your employees to create a positive work environment.Don't be afraid to fail and learn from your mistakes.Stop worrying about what others think and focus on your own goals and dreams.Timestamps:00:00 Introduction: From Homelessness to Success02:44 Mindset Shifts and Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone09:11 Challenges in High School and Finding Direction14:10 Success in the Fitness Industry and Losing It All23:28 Bouncing Back and Building Meaningful Connections27:11 The Journey of Personal Growth30:55 Changing Yourself to Change the World33:43 Building a Successful Roofing Company36:29 Caring for People and Providing Value41:14 Overcoming the Fear of Judgment47:18 Pursuing Your Goals Without Fear53:08 Salary Ranges in the Fitness and Roofing IndustriesSupport/Contact Dustin:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dustin-gutkowski-9a8474177/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dustingutkowskirr/X: https://twitter.com/dustingutkowski?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/dustin.gutkowski/Company Website: www.results-roofing.com/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
He got raises although management said they weren’t giving raises that year. Scott Barlow has even transitioned from Operations Management to HR. He made career changes like that many times over a 20-year period. If you don’t know what to do after high school or you want to make a career change, listen in as Scott Barlow tells Jonaed:How he transitioned from one career to the another in a different industry several times.About experiments you can do in your job search that can help you to figure out what career to choose.How networking can help you get your dream job.Support/Contact Scott:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottanthonybarlow/Company: Happened to Your CareerWebsite: https://happentoyourcareer.com/ Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Did you know that government contracting can be lucrative? In this episode, Chanel Rose, a seasoned expert explains how to break into this profitable industry. Discover what government contracting really entails and get insider tips on scoring those coveted contracts. Learn how to set up your business, snag contract opportunities, and sell your unique value proposition. Plus, dive into the thriving community and buzz surrounding government contracting, proving that a college degree isn't always the golden ticket. So, if you're ready to kickstart your career sans college debt, tune in now and unlock the secrets to government contracting success! Key points discussed:- Government contracting is a project-based work where businesses take on a piece of a larger project for the government.- Government contracting offers consistent income and unlimited earning potential, making it a reliable source of revenue for businesses.- To get started in government contracting, establish your business, find contract opportunities through government websites, and ensure you have the necessary funding and infrastructure to fulfill contracts.- Financial planning and risk mitigation are crucial in government contracting, including having enough capital to pay employees and understanding the payment terms of contracts.- Articulating your value and understanding the costs and margins in government contracting are essential for success in the industry. Government contracting offers a supportive and exciting environment for businesses.- Understanding the specific requirements of different areas, such as the boroughs of New York City, is crucial for successful government contracting.- Government contracts are available in a wide range of industries, including those that are sought after and those experiencing layoffs.- Most government contracts do not require a college degree, making them accessible to a wide range of individuals.- Financial screens and credit checks may be required for certain contracts, particularly in construction and transportation.- Doing the work, networking, and learning from rejections are key factors for success in government contracting.Timestamps:- 00:00 Introduction to Government Contracting- 06:48 Establishing a Business and Building Credit for Government Contracting- 25:28 Thriving Industries in Government Contracting- 32:43 The Importance of Support Staff in Business- 41:09 The Wide Range of Products and Services in Government Contracting Support/Contact Chanel Rose:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chanelrose/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Do you ever feel like the traditional education system just isn't cutting it? This week Nat Greene, the brains behind Futures Forge, talks about why that is and what we can do about it. Forget boring lectures and pointless grades – Nat's diving deep into why we need a fresh, science-based approach to learning that lasts a lifetime. From the hefty price tag of college to the lack of real-world know-how, he's covering it all. Plus, he's got the inside scoop on Futures Forge's game-changing one-year program, designed to set you up for success in the real world. Don't miss out – tune in and get ready to rethink education! Key Points Discussed:- Traditional higher education is failing to prepare students for the job market and is inefficient in terms of time and cost.- Skills and practical experience are more valuable than knowledge in today's economy.- Colleges do not teach important skills such as networking and critical thinking.- The college system is lacking diversity in thought and is politically captured.- Alternative education models that focus on community learning and practical skills can provide a more effective and affordable education. The traditional college education system is flawed and needs to adapt to the changing job market.- Personal traits and attributes, such as grit and determination, are crucial for success in the real world.- A one-year program that focuses on developing real-world skills and challenges the top colleges is a viable alternative to traditional education.- Supporting alternative learning opportunities can help create a more diverse and effective education system. Timestamps:00:00 The Inefficiencies of Traditional Higher Education06:13 Skills vs Knowledge: The Importance of Practical Experience29:26 Importance of Real-World Skills38:17 Challenging the Status Quo Support/Contact Nat:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathanielgreeneBooks and resources mentioned in this podcast:- Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca - Futures Forge: www.futuresforge.org Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Public reading was a challenge because of his dyslexia. In this conversation, Gerald Rosengarten discusses his struggles with dyslexia and the challenges he faced in school. He talks about his early jobs in the clothing industry and his transition into wholesale and textiles. He shares the story of how he popularized the leisure suit and the subsequent decline of the fashion trend. Gerald also delves into his foray into real estate and loft development, as well as his experiences with trust and contracts in business. He emphasizes the importance of choosing a supportive spouse and surrounding oneself with trustworthy individuals. Key points discussed:Struggles with dyslexia can be overcome with the right support and strategies.Jumping on opportunities and taking risks can lead to success in various industries.Building strong relationships and partnerships is crucial in business.Choosing a supportive spouse can have a significant impact on personal and professional growth. Trust your instincts and follow your vision.Success is not just about money, but about doing something that sustains you.Inspire and provide direction to young people.Perseverance and learning from failures are key to success.Timestmps:00:00 Introduction to Jerry Rosengarten and his journey06:00 Dropping out of college and finding employment24:25 Discovering dyslexia and finding a solution35:34 Advice for the 15-year-old version of Jerry Support/Contact Jerry:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerald-rosengarten-0b90831b/ Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca- Jump on the Train: https://amzn.to/3UYKbg5 Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
This episode features Dr. Andrea Isoni, an expert in AI and data sciences. The conversation focuses on the journey to becoming a machine learning engineer or data scientist without a degree. The interview covers topics such as understanding Linux and the command line, learning programming languages, using frameworks like Django, and collaborating with others using Git/GitHub.Andrea also shares insights on finding the right internships and job opportunities, staying competitive in the field, and building a strong CV.On the topic of boot camps, Andrea cautions against believing in boot camps that promise quick results and high-paying jobs, highlighting the competitive and saturated job market. He suggests researching boot camps and online courses thoroughly, considering reviews, and talking to others who have gone through them.Finally, He encourages perseverance and dedication for those looking to break into the field without a college degree, acknowledging that it is a challenging but possible journey.Key points discussed:Becoming a machine learning engineer or data scientist without a degree is a multi-year journey that requires dedication and continuous learning.Fundamental knowledge of Linux, the command line, programming languages, and frameworks like Django is essential for success in the field.Collaboration and self-motivation are key to overcoming challenges and staying competitive in the industry.Building a strong CV through internships, certifications, and personal projects is crucial for career advancement.Regular self-evaluation and setting realistic expectations are important for maintaining motivation and progress. Finding the right learning resources is crucial for success in AI and machine learning.Be cautious of boot camps that promise quick results and high-paying jobs.Thoroughly research boot camps and online courses, considering reviews, and talking to others who have gone through them.Breaking into the field without a college degree is possible but requires dedication and hardTimestamps:00:00 Introduction and Background02:24 Starting with Linux and Programming05:20 Understanding Front-end and Back-end Development07:39 Learning Object-Oriented Programming and Git10:03 Getting Comfortable with Programming13:24 Qualifying for Internships or Software Testing Positions15:48 Maximizing the Internship Experience23:20 Staying Competitive in the Field29:39 Experimenting with AI Tools and Competitions34:41 Judging Progress and Evaluating Skills38:04 Continuing to Learn and Stay Competitive46:45 Final Thoughts and Recommendations47:14 Conclusion and SponsorshipSupport/Contact Andrea:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreaisoni20?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=android_appWebsite: https://www.aitechwnologies.co/Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca  Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
With tuition costs soaring, how can students make informed decisions about their education? In this episode, Mark Salisbury discusses the lack of price transparency in college tuition and the impact it has on students and families. He shares insights into the pricing strategies of colleges and universities, the distribution of sticker prices, and the misconceptions surrounding the value of brand name colleges. Mark also highlights the importance of understanding the cost of attendance and the ancillary costs associated with college education. He introduces TuitionFit.org, a platform that provides transparency in college pricing and helps students make informed decisions about their education. Key points discussed:- Colleges and universities often lack price transparency, making it difficult for students and families to know the actual cost of attendance.- The sticker price of college is often not what students actually pay, as colleges offer discounts and financial aid packages.- The perception that brand name colleges offer a better education is not always supported by data, and students can receive a quality education at various price points.- The cost of attendance includes not only tuition and fees but also indirect costs such as textbooks, room and board, and other expenses.- Tuitionfit.org is a platform that allows students to share their financial aid award letters anonymously, providing transparency in college pricing and helping students make informed decisions. Timestamps:- 00:00 Introduction to College Tuition and Price Transparency- 03:21 The Absence of Price Transparency in College Pricing- 08:02 The Challenges of Building TuitionFit- 10:25 The Impact of Information Asymmetry in College Pricing- 13:19 The Myth of Sticker Price and Prestigious Institutions- 21:24 Insights on College Pricing and Perception- 25:19 The Ancillary Costs of College Attendance- 28:41 The Need for Transparency and Education Reform- 36:49 The Shift in College Decision-Making and TuitionFit.org Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn. - LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND   Connect with us on social media! - LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn - Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB - Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG - Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW - TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V   Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree.   Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
Did you know you can work in Tech without coding skills? In this episode, Ty Smith unveils the world of reselling commercial B2B tech products and solutions. He reveals how anyone can enter this field without a college degree by partnering with tech distributors or brokers. Ty stresses the importance of building relationships, exuding confidence, and avoiding chasing trends. He shares success stories of individuals who achieved financial freedom in the IT realm and encourages self-education through industry events. Join Ty as he highlights the high earning potential and accessible entry into the IT industry without a college degree.Key points discussed:- There are opportunities for people to resell commercial B2B tech products and solutions.- Building relationships and having confidence are key to success in this field.- Residual income can be earned by partnering with technology services distributors. It takes time and effort to build a book of business and earn a living in this industry.- Avoid the temptation of chasing after new trends and focus on your core business. Young individuals who are tech-savvy and spend a lot of time with technology may have the potential to become IT consultants.- Early education and exposure to the IT industry can help individuals build a successful career.- Success stories of individuals who started their own IT businesses highlight the opportunities available in the industry.- Attending industry events and getting educated about the IT industry can lead to networking opportunities and career growth. Timestamps:- 00:00 Introduction- 02:22 Channel Sales Overview- 04:11 Finding Opportunities- 05:24 Getting Started- 06:49 Sales Process- 09:06 Success Factors- 10:54 Selling Unique Products- 14:08 Sales Cycle Length- 16:28 Building Relationships- 22:07 Challenges and Networking- 24:59 Timeframe for Earning a Living- 26:53 Building Residuals while Working a Day Job- 28:17 Different Types of People in the Channel Sales Industry- 29:42 Opportunities in the Changing Channel Landscape- 30:29 Expenses and Investments in Channel Sales- 33:16 Communities and Networking in Channel Sales- 35:33 Mistakes to Avoid in Channel Sales- 37:30 Scaling and Growing in Channel Sales- 39:26 The Shift towards AI and Customer Experience- 44:43 Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs in Channel Sales- 47:30 Success Stories in the Channel Sales Industry Support/Contact Ty:- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyrellsmith/  Books and resources mentioned in this podcast: - Resume course: https://bit.ly/podcastpca- Channel Vision Magazine: https://channelvisionmag.com/- ITEXPO: https://www.itexpo.com/ Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you for sponsoring our show. If you'd like to support our mission to end the stigma and economic disparity that comes along with not having a college degree, please share with a friend, drop us a review on Apple Podcast and/or subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nodegree. Remember, no degree? No problem! Whether you're contemplating college or you're a college dropout, get started with your no-degree job search at nodegree.com.
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