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

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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September 20, 2022 48 min

He hated school and was a terrible student. Ross Sutherland finished high school by 14 but in New Zealand, students are legally required to be in school up until the age of 16, he took one semester of fine arts from a local university.  

Listen in as Ross tells Jonaed about:

  • His love of art and how it shaped his career
  • The unconventional advice his dad gave that set the tone for his career. 
  • How he worked at Olgivy & Mather, a top ...
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    The first black woman to go to space, Mae Jemison, was her role model. Miesha Williamson wanted to be an astronaut like her so she followed the same educational path. She went to college on a scholarship to be a mechanical engineer. There was one problem though, the scholarship covered 4 years and her program lasted 5 years. Then there was the financial crisis in 2008. 

    Listen in as Miesha Williamson tells Jonaed about how she:

  • Strug...
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    High school was no match for him. It bored Drew Karikker so much that he slept through most of his classes. Of course, this got him in trouble. He still managed to pass and went to college.

    He dropped out three times, joined the Navy and become a Nuclear Engineer before he found his calling.

    Listen in as Drew Karriker tells Jonaed about:

  • How his time in the navy shaped him
  • Dropping out of college three times.
  • How he got his first job as...
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    His mom made him wear a superman cape to school. Lobow Spark got sent home for it, but his mom made him wear it anyway. As an ADHD kid in a neurotypical world that made students feel broken for not being “normal”, his mom made sure he knew he was aware of his unique abilities.

    Listen in as Lobow tells Jonaed about:

  • How he went to college but dropped out because he just couldn’t get himself to class
  • How he went from working part-time t...
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    She did well academically. So much so that Nikema Prophet was in the gifted program in elementary school. But, she struggled socially. But she didn’t when it came to dance. So she decided she’d become a professional dancer.

    Listen in as Nikema tells Jonaed about:

  • How her undiagnosed ADHD affected her in school
  • Getting pregnant while enrolled in a Pharmacy technician course.
  • Her struggle to get a job in the tech industry as a black, neu...
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    He always struggled academically. So much so Jeff Giorgi got kicked out of school and had to join the high school’s night program so that he could graduate. He still signed up for college despite his academic challenges. Determined to become an entrepreneur he joined the accounting program in college. But his academic struggles continued.

    Listen in as Jeff tells Jonaed about:

  • How he dropped out of college, against the advice of his a...
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    He’s the youngest of 10 kids. Although he wasn’t sure what career he wanted to pursue after high school, by the time he graduated, he knew he wanted to make photography his career.

    Listen in as Zusha tells Jonaed about how he:

  • Started off doing work for free before
  • How networking helped his career
  • Photographed Ben Stiller, Courtney Cox, Samuel L. Jackson, Charli D'Amelio, Sebastian Stan and Octavia Spencer.
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    He’s from the hood but he made sure the negative influences around him didn’t affect him. Rahkeem Sabree was a good student. He got along with everyone, played sports and got good grades. But then his parents separated. The stress from the custody battle that followed affected his grades and he failed 5 classes. 

    Listen in as Rahkim tells Jonaed about how he:

  • Bounced back and went to community college
  • Became a bank teller
  • Left his job ...
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    He was in med-school and he didn’t have to worry about student loan debt. Bennett Maxwell had good grades, a full scholarship and grants to cover other college-related expenses. But he took a summer sales job and earned doctor’s annual salary in 3 months. That was enough to convince him that he didn’t need college, so he dropped out.

    Listen in as Bennett tells Jonaed about:

  • His parent’s reaction when he dropped out of college
  • How he l...
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    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 applying
  • How you ca...
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    His parents were divorced and his mom worked all the time. Will Fang didn’t like school and it certainly didn’t help that he hung out with the wrong crowd. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t know what he wanted to do after he graduated high school. But when he got expelled, he made a change for the better and got his GED.

    Listen in as Will tells Jonaed about how he:

  • Made a living after high school
  • Became a web developer even when others said h...
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    She was either getting into fights or talking too much. Pixie, hated high school and her living situation at home didn’t help. Unsurprisingly, she spent a lot of time in the principal’s office. She dropped out when she got pregnant.

    Listen in as Pixie tells Jonaed about:

  • Having a baby at 18
  • Dropping out of high school to get a job and care for her new born
  • The job she had that made her decide to give exotic dancing a try
  • Making $400 per...
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    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 expe...
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    Richard Barlow was a smart kid that wanted to play video games for free. He wrote computer magazines and offered to review games and write about it. To his surprise, they paid him to do that.

    Listen in as he tells Jonaed about becoming a Director of IT when he was just 18, working for million-dollar companies and eventually becoming the CEO of WeJo, a company that raised $157 million during their startup phase.

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    You see a vacancy. You read the requirements and halfway through you decide you won't apply because you don’t meet all the requirements. But Jonaed says you should.

    He isn’t just the CEO of NoDegree, he is also a resume writer and career coach. To date, he’s helped over 350 job seekers get jobs at places like Tesla, Amazon, Disney, Microsoft and Google (to name a few). Many increased their income by a $20k-$130k. Many of his cli...

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    Nobody makes $100k per year where she came from. So Ebony Johnson was quite happy making $45k per year working as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR). She was so good that she taught CTR prep classes and presented at state and national conferences. Five years in, a start-up founder wanted her help with a software for oncologists. She became the mediator between the customers and the engineers. She transitioned into tech and didn’t ev...

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    She wanted to go to college to be an Interior Designer. But Faith McKinney’s dad saw no value in that and said he wouldn’t pay for college if she pursued it. He told her to go to college for business instead. She did and dropped out.

    Listen in as Faith McKinney tells Jonaed about how manifestation helped her to break out of her introverted-shell and go from working as a janitor to sales, becoming a personal brand and media strategis...

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    He had his own lawn mowing business before he was 14. By the time Johnathan Lightfoot was 17 years old, he was a supervisor at Target. He always wanted to join the Navy though so when the opportunity came, he took it.

    Listen in as he tells Jonaed about how he got into IT after the Navy, worked at Norwegian Cruiseline as a part of their IT department, lectured at MIT and wrote books that out-performed famous competitors.

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    Everywhere would stink if the garbage men went on strike and bridges wouldn’t be built without iron-workers. Both occupations have one thing in common: they don’t require a college degree. Although these jobs are essential for our society, students aren’t usually encouraged to go that route.

    Listen in as Jonaed discusses how he founded and became CEO of NoDegree, the opportunities he’s creating for those that don’t want to go to col...

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    He was convinced he didn’t need college. But Stone Fredrickson’s parents were not. He had to prove to them that he could create and maintain a stable income. He hasn’t graduated high school yet, but he got his start as an entrepreneur pretty early.

    Listen in to find out how Stone taught himself about financial literacy, started investing at a young age, and how his success on TikTok led to him creating Stone Media, a TikTok marketin...

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