Career Switch Podcast

Career Switch Podcast

A podcast for career changers who are trying to switch industries or professions, or break out on their own. Listen to others who've taken that bold step to make their career change and get motivated with your own. Experts weigh in with their best career advice. Learn more and contact us at Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn @careerswitchpod.


September 13, 2022 21 mins

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I speak with Charlotte Castillo, managing director of Poderistas, a non-profit founded by Latinas that focuses on building a digital community to inspire civic engagement among Latinas. 

Charlotte tells us how she first got involved with Poderistas as a volunteer and how she used her marketing and brand strategy expertise to help launch the organization in 2020. She shares the initial h...

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Some of the most listened to episodes of Career Switch Podcast are those that feature guests who’ve switched industries or professions after age 50. So, I decided to dedicate an entire episode to making a career change when you’re over 50. 

I speak with Penny Kastaris, executive coach and senior consultant with Right Management Talent Solutions, a company that offers career transition services. Penny is a young Boomer, who helps ove...

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Chances are you need to make a career switch if your industry is in trouble. Maria Azua was just starting her career to become a magazine editor in 2016 when she realized print journalism was unstable. She tells us how she made the tough decision to leave publishing and switched to search engine optimization, or SEO, in digital marketing.  She offers advice if you need to change your industry, too.


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Career mindset coach Ellen Torreyson helps women challenge their beliefs and get real about why they want to make a career change and how they go about it. She fills us in on the major mistakes she sees with her clients before and after they decide to make a career switch, and how you can avoid them. 

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Sometimes a career switch can be inspired by a life-changing experience. After working in finance for almost 10 years, Teddy Levarda was looking to make a career change. Having to sit all day at work and the constant stress of his investment job had given him chronic hip and back pain. 

Teddy tells us how acupuncture changed his life and how it inspired him to become a licensed acupuncturist. He shares his initial doubts about givin...

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If you’re in your 20s and you feel stuck in your career, this episode is for you. Perhaps you majored in a certain subject in college, got a job in that major after graduation, and you now realize it’s not the field for you. Or maybe you had limited career options because your parents expected you to follow a specific path like doctor, lawyer or engineer, and you now want to make a career switch. 

I speak with Delicia Alar...

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Former high school teacher Tyler Banh certainly understands why so many teachers are leaving their profession nowadays. In this episode, Tyler shares why he quit teaching in 2018 and the transferable skills he used to become a senior specialist in digital learning for a management consulting firm. He talks about the techniques he utilized to address his knowledge gaps, how he purposely took care of his physical and mental health wh...

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One of the trickiest parts about making a career switch is having to show someone that you’ve done A, B, and C in one industry or profession and that you’ll be able to do X, Y, and Z in a new one. You basically have to convince somebody to take a chance on you. 

Career coach Win Sheffield walks us through how a good story can make your transferable skills stand out—no convincing required. We cover how to find stories throu...

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When people offer to pay you for something you do well, take note. It could lead to a career switch. It did for Anthony Randazzo. As a straight-A student, Anthony grew up with two career options—doctor or lawyer. He became a corporate lawyer and worked on Wall Street before he quit at age 29 after he realized the profession was not for him. 

Anthony tells us how his photography hobby led to his next career when his friends...

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Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead, walks us through why introverts can struggle with networking, interviewing, thinking on the spot, and impostor syndrome when making a career switch. Nancy points out the quiet strengths you likely already have as an introvert to help you work through these challenges. She also shares techniques and her three-part formula for introverts.

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When Julia Abrantes moved from NYC to Atlanta, she assumed she’d have no problem finding another job as a legal secretary with her 30 years experience. To her surprise, she had a hard time landing a job in her new city and ultimately, she had to make an unexpected career switch in her 50s.

Julia shares how she eventually became a licensed insurance agent, a new career she was willing to try for six months. Today, Julia he...

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One of the best things you can do for your career switch is volunteer. I speak with career transition coach Bonnie Diamond, a senior executive coach at Right Management, about the professional and personal benefits of volunteering when switching industries or professions. Get motivated to volunteer today!

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If you listen to audiobooks, you may have heard Mike Lenz on Audible. Mike is a voiceover actor who has narrated about 170 titles over the past 15 years. When  Mike started doing voiceover in 2006, he was working as a pharmacist and running his own business. For some 10 years, he narrated books and voiced other projects on the side. Today, Mike is a full-time voiceover actor and works with corporate clients and major publishers, li...

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Welcome to Season 2! I speak with career coach Vilma Usaite, who believes in taking a holistic approach to making a career switch. In this episode, Vilma breaks down her signature program for finding a fulfilling career into three stages. Her goal? For each person to have a career where it feels like you’re, essentially, getting paid for being yourself. 

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If you know that you need to make a career change, but you keep procrastinating, it's time to get real. I speak with career coach Jeanne Lyons, founder of Accelerated Synergies, who sheds light on why we hold off on starting the process of a career switch, and how our mindset is key to taking those first steps.

Episode Highlights:

  • What's holding you back from starting your career switch
  • Being proactive versus r...
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How many of us have dreamed of ditching our 9 to 5 job to become a full-time writer? In 2020, Jody Leber-Pay quit her job in financial services to write books. Under the pen name, Bradley Pay, Jody has written two novels so far in The Spectrum Series with her co-author Robin Bradley. 

Jody shares how she prepared to make her career switch, the pros and cons of being a self-published author, and how she handles both the creative and ...

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Does making a career switch require faith—in ourselves, in the steps we’re taking, in the future, and even in something bigger than us? Christian author and life coach Nancy Gavilanes shares how your faith (whatever it may be) can play an important role in making a career switch, and she offers 3 ways to make it part of your journey.

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After climbing the ladder, project manager Andrew Grossi missed the creative part of being an architect—designing. In 2002, he decided to make a career switch to become a boat designer. He set up a plan and started taking courses in boat design. Unfortunately, the 2009 recession threw a wrench in Andy’s plan, and eventually, it took him two tries and some 15 years to make his career switch. 

In this episode, Andy tells us what kept ...

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U.S. Army veteran Regina Ross is a professional certified coach, who helps military service men and women transition into the civilian sector once they complete their service.  Regina is the founder of Walk on Purpose and she suggested we talk about the hard time some veterans have with their career switch post military. 

With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and Iraq this year, plenty of vets are looking for new care...

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I speak with Isabel González Whitaker, founder of the Sara J. González Memorial Park in Atlanta—the first park named for a Latinx individual in the state of Georgia. Isabel’s mother, Sara, was a Cuban refugee who became a leading immigrant and minority rights advocate in Georgia.

What began as a passion project for Isabel—memorializing her mom with the founding of a park—eventually led ...

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