My First Job

My First Job

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In each episode, host Jon Chang interviews a prominent business figure who describes their first job (and sometimes even their first few jobs). The discussions are enlightening and inspiring and show the benefit of unconventional career paths.


The Evolution of News and Media with Blake Eskin, Part 2
Nov 14 • 19 min
Blake Eskin, author and podcast expert, is back with Jon to continue the chat about starting his career in the world of news and media as a fact checker. Since then, in addition to giving this podcast its name (quite a feather in his cap, we think!), he’s…
The Evolution of News and Media with Blake Eskin, Part 1
Nov 7 • 16 min
Blake Eskin, author and podcast expert, joins Jon to tell stories about starting a career in the world of news and media as a fact checker. Since then, he’s started careers in editorial content marketing, higher education, podcasting, and more. And here’s…
Creative Writing and Project Management with Kira Mulshine
Oct 31 • 20 min
Today’s episode features Kira Mulshine, Senior Product Manager at IBM’s innovation incubator Project Whitespace. She’s also a science fiction creative writer working on a screenplay. We discuss her first jobs as well as the way she balances creative…
Creating your own PR career with Sarah Evans
Oct 24 • 19 min
Sarah Evans, PR and online media extraordinaire, joins Jon to tell the stories about her first jobs. She talks about everything from being a babysitter to starting her own company, especially the lessons learned along the way and the importance of a…
Entrepreneurial Endeavors with Michael Umansky of Edgy Lab
Oct 17 • 19 min
Michael Umansky joins Jon to talk about his long line of entrepreneurial endeavors, starting with work he did at the University of Texas. Michael is now Co-founder and CEO of Edgy Labs.Michael Umansky on LinkedInEdgy Labs
Evangelists in 2019 with April Mullen of Selligent
Oct 10 • 26 min
Today’s episode features April Mullen, Director of Consumer-First Marketing Adoption at Selligent Marketing Cloud. We have a lively discussion about the role of evangelists in 2019, and all about the start of her career. She’s also co-founder and board…
Balancing Passions with Amelia Gandara of Nationwide Ventures
Oct 3 • 22 min
Today’s episode features Amelia Gandara, Head of Platforms and Operations at Nationwide Ventures. We discuss her first job at General Electric FirstBuild, history as a ballet dancer, and balancing passion for the fine arts with a non arts career.
The Importance of People with WPP’s Global Chief People Officer Jacqui Canney
Sep 26 • 20 min
Jacqui Canney, Global Chief People Officer at WPP, shares her story experiencing servant leadership while working at a small gift shop during high school.
Entrepreneur for Life with Erik Martin, Part 2
Sep 19 • 20 min
In this second episode with the prolific Erik Martin, he shares stories about growing up in an entrepreneurial home and advice about building a career. Erik Martin is the former General Manager at reddit, US General Manager at Depop, VP of Member…
Entrepreneur for Life with Erik Martin, Part 1
Sep 12 • 19 min
This episode features the one and only Erik Martin, who’s the former General Manager at reddit, US General Manager at Depop, VP of Member Engagement at WeWork, Lead Entrepreneur at Nike, and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012. The list of…
Bloomberg Federal Technology Market Analyst Chris Cornillie
Sep 5 • 23 min
On this week’s episode of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with Bloomberg Federal Technology Market Analyst Chris Cornillie, who writes about government technology contracts.
Real Jobs vs Career Jobs with WeWork’s Dimitris Kouvaros
Aug 29 • 24 min
On this week’s episode of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with WeWork’s Dimitris Kouvaros. Dimitris is part of the Creator Fund. He talks about his experiences working with hundreds of New York City startups while at Silicon Valley Bank, Techstars, and…
Growing up in Rural England with Toby Daniels
Aug 22 • 22 min
On Episode 5, Jon talks with Toby Daniels, co-founder and CEO at Crowdcentric. Crowdcentric hosts some of the world’s largest marketing events, like Social Media Week. We discuss his upbringing in rural England. His family’s situation greatly influenced…
Tom Weingarten
Aug 15 • 19 min
On Episode 3, Jon talks with Tom Weingarten, a manager for a dozen engineers working on Waze at Google. He’s an expert at leading teams, which he discusses during this episode of My First Job. We discuss his first job in college, working at a technology…
Molly Neuman
Aug 8 • 23 min
On Episode 2 of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with Molly Neuman, currently head of global business development for Songtrust. Molly was previously head of music for Kickstarter, and had tenures at the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and…
Terry Rice
Aug 1 • 21 min
On Episode 1 of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with digital marketing and coaching expert Terry Rice about growing up in Upstate New York, his career path, and that critical first job—he was a rent-a-kid. Really. Episode NotesLearn more about Terry…
Pilot: Alexa Scordato
Jul 25 • 21 min
On the pilot episode of My First Job, Jonathan Chang talks with startup and tech marketing executive and digital story teller Alexa Scordato.