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The Crash Report: 03/31/2019

Crash is all about showing your work. It’s one of the strongest ways to prove your ability to create value. It’s also a great way to win opportunities and stand out from the crowd. Last week, this idea got us thinking. We need to show our work. But not just as individuals–as a startup. So we’re going to write a Crash Report–often! You’ll get a deeper look into the work we’re doing, the projects we’re focusing on, and the mission at our core. Welcome to the inside of a startup. An Outsider Look Isaac (our CEO) wrote (and rewrote) several…

Career Crashers Episode 10: Mailbag and Miscellany

Your Career Crash Stories On this episode, Isaac shares listener Career Crash stories and some of the best examples of career-crashing you can learn from. Topics:  How creating without permission got a fan a job with Derek Sivers A listener whose viral parody video led to a great full-time job Thinking outside the box and using doughnuts to get job interviews Focusing on value creation instead of formal titles It’s never too late to start moving toward a great career How bartending created the foundation for a career in graphic design What the college admission scandal shows about the signal…

Career Crashers Episode 9: Thaddeus Russell on Creating a Career as an Intellectual Entrepreneur

There are certain areas where people think you can get by without going to college. If you’re going into a trade or starting a business, people get that you can get by without college. But what about being a history professor? In this episode, Thaddeus Russell talks about his experiences working as a professor at elite colleges and eventually breaking out to create Renegade University. Topics:  How Thaddeus’ early experiences as a professor led him to think about options outside academia and eventually create Renegade University Building an education company around his field of study How colleges insulate professors from…

Career Crashers Episode 8: Austen Allred on Launching Lambda School and Learning from Failure

He had an idea. But he didn’t know how to make it happen. So he lived in his car. Got a job at a marketing firm. His company got funded, then it failed. But he worked hard and learned fast. Now, Austen Allred is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lambda School, a 9-month, immersive program that gives students the tools and training to launch new careers in tech—from the comfort of your own home. Students only pay once they are hired after the program, so Lambda is completely accountable for the results they promise. Austen joins the podcast to talk…

Career Crashers Episode 7: Amanda Grimmett on College Jobs Over College Degrees

At age twenty-two, Amanda Grimmett was asked in an interview, “What do you think a company owes its employees?” Her answer: “An opportunity to learn and grow.” With that mentality, she was offered a role higher than the one she was interviewing for–on the spot. Amanda is the Area Community & Corporate Events Manager at Convene, where she oversees all of their client-facing and community events in New York. Topics: How running events from college led to Amanda’s first career opportunity Getting offered a job during her interview that was actually higher than the role she was interviewing for Selling…

Career Crashers Episode 6: Christopher Lochhead on Crashing a Company to Launch a Career

WARNING: NOT FOR CHILDREN Christopher Lochhead was kicked out of school at age 18. He had no choice but to start a company. There are no punches pulled, just brutally honest truth about creating your own path. Check out his full story and more in this week’s episode. Chris is a two-time best-selling author, a three-time Chief Marketing Officer, and advisor to over 50 startups. He joins Career Crashers to share the story of how he co-founded a company at 18 to start his career. Topics: How Chris launched his career by starting a company Creating a character to “lead” the…

You can build a career without a degree

You can build a career without a degree. Companies think differently about hiring now. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of the best threads we’ve seen recently. See what others are saying. First up: Dedication & Effort Required. Tons of good stuff buried in the replies, too. Telling people “you don’t need a degree” for tech roles is often a recipe for disaster. People often think no degree === “I can waltz in” when not true at all. Yes you can do it with no degree, but you still need that same dedication and effort as if…