Work In Progress Podcast

Work In Progress Podcast

Work In Progress is a podcast interviewing guests who successfully changed careers. We talk about the struggles and lessons they learned along the way. We believe that life is a never-ending journey where one needs to constantly reinvent themselves and the same goes for careers. Based on this belief, we started our blog, in which we write about transitions in career and life and this led to the birth of our podcast in 2019. New episodes are published every other Wednesday! Contact us at


May 12, 2021 56 min

Julie's Career Change
Vice President, Digital Sales Marketing & Private Digital Commerce, North America → Boutique owner → Podcast Host and Side Hustle Business Coach

Episode Timestamps
0:59 Introducing Julie
02:44 Did Julie knew she wanted to be her own boss
04:15 On how switching jobs is different now thanks to the Internet
07:57 On whether Julie’s skills lead to her leading people or was it her own decision
14:16 What did Juli...

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Naira's Career Change
Naira's career trajectory took a turn when she switched from a logistics and supply chain management major to a digital marketing specialist; her curiosity in data has driven her to different places and now she uses that love and curiosity to help small to medium clients achieve their marketing goals.

Episode Timestamps
01:45 Introducing Naira
02:48 Naira’s decision to pursue something different than what...

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Kaylee's Career Change
Kaylee went from a less technical product role to an app-core developer role; her mission as a woman in tech is to share her story and help other women find their path in the tech industry.

Episode Timestamps
01:16 Introducing Kaylee
02:43 Has Kaylee always wanted to be a software engineer
03:45 Looking for a new job
04:53 The Grace Hopper Conference
07:26 Kaylee’s first internship offer
13:03 How far deep into ...

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Tony's Career Change
Tony made a career transition from finance  to leadership coaching; his goal is to guide leaders to climb mountains, feel more fulfilled, and lead with an inspired purpose

Episode Timestamps
01:15 Introducing Tony
02:39 Did Tony always know he would become a coach
07:22 Tony’s work in music therapy and his internships
09:37 Looking for his first job
14:04 How to approach colleagues in a new job
17:08 Tony’s past w...

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Aviva's Career Change
Aviva pivoted from teaching to furthering her studies as a graduate student and a podcasting

Episode Timestamps
01:01 Introducing Aviva
04:30 Experiences working with kids and young adults
11:52 Aviva’s move from Canada to the States
15:21 A day in the life of a teacher
21:07 How long ago did she move and what was her life like getting there 
23:44 How does being a student change her teachers’ perspective 
26:48 E...

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Hillary's Career Change
From a corporate 9-to-5 to a motivated mompreneur, Hillary helps mompreneurs grow their business without growing their to-do list.

Episode Timestamps
01:47 Introducing Hillary
06:54 Difficult moments during her previous line of work
07:57 Duration of her previous career
08:55 Deciding to leave her job
11:03 Assessing the core values of Hillary’s clients
15:16 Hillary’s shifting core value assessment
19:58 Ultima...

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Vanessa's Career Change
From teacher, project manager to travel tech professional and the creator of Wander Onwards.

Episode Timestamps
01:03 Introducing Vanessa
02:47 Reasons for moving abroad
04:52 What were the early days of living abroad like
08:58 Why decide to code
10:47 Finding her first client
12:09 How did Vanessa start learning code on her own
13:35 Was building websites enough to keep her afloat
15:56 Finding herself
19:56 Van...

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Tega's Career Change
From health researcher to professor and career coach, Tega helps women who are unhappy at work get clear about who they are so they can find a fulfilling career.

Episode Timestamps
01:12 Introducing Tega
03:26 What prompted Tega’s shift
05:45 When did Tega realise her previous job was unfulfilling
06:53 How long did it take for her to realise
07:18 Steps taken after coming to that conclusion
09:08 Was introspectio...

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Ana's Career Change
Marketing to Author, Journalist, and Podcast Host

About Her
Ana used to work in marketing until she experienced burn out from her job and HAD TO quit for the sake of her health. She grew up in an artistic family but wanted a more "stable" career so she always looked elsewhere when it comes to career options. It wasn't until she embraced her artistic side that she realized she was meant to do this a...

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Tatiana's Career Change
Computer Science to Art

What is something that surprised you about your career change?
"I'm surprised to actually be doing something creative. I never thought being an artist, much less selling apparel would ever be feasible. It's a lot simpler than I imagined it to be."

Episode Timestamps
01:00 Introducing Tatiana
03:44 Amazon FBA explanation
04:41 Costs relating to Amazon FBA
05:50 Amazon FBA...

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Episode Timestamps
01:09 Introducing Karen
02:37 Did Karen always know she’d steer into coaching
05:48 Karen’s first time speaking to a group
09:37 How she got started with event management
15:20 What where the first days on the job like
16:20 For how long did she work as an event manager
23:46 Karen’s thoughts and actions after quitting her job
27:17 Why did she choose to come to the Americas?
28:59 Karen talks about her t...

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Episode Timestamps
01:25 Guest Introduction
03:14 Experiences from her previous IT Helpdesk job
06:08 Realising an IT specialist job wasn’t for her
10:58 Explanation on what a sales force job is
14:39 Steps in transitioning from IT to sales
18:50 What does a sales force job entail/tools of the job
20:19 Departure from the previous company
24:06 How to look for a remote job/What to look out for?
29:20 How did everything lead...

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Claire's Career Change
Claire worked her way up over 8 years at an education startup to a senior leadership role in New York. Claire got the privilege of working at senior roles and got to try out remote work before it was common as today, but surprisingly, she was still unhappy. After taking a year to travel and work on her mindset, she realized "It's less about fixing issues but more about shifting as a person”. In th...

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  • Find Serena here: Website, Instagram, Facebook Group

  • Serena's Career Change
    Serena's career journey went from opera singing, non-profit fundraising to career coaching. Her goal is to help people solve the problem of "I need to leave my job, but I have no idea what to do next!" 

    What is something that surprised you about your career change?
    That even in the weirdest career pivots..there is always a thr...

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    October 21, 2020 29 min


  • NPR Life Kit: “How to make a career change, from someone who has done it” 
  • Janine Esbrand's "The Career Change Maker Podcast" Episode 89
  • Brittany Ramsey: From Clinical Therapist to Recruiter to Entrepreneur
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    Episode Summary
    In this episode we share some useful resources if you are considering changing career. Some resources we personally go to for career transitions:
    1. Podcasts

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    A year ago, we published our first episode. It was a short introduction to what we want to achieve with this podcast. A year later, we look back, reflect and plan ahead.
    So far, we've interviewed 28 amazing people who switched careers to be closer to what makes them more fulfilled. Among the careers they transitioned into, there are three major groups (characters are limited, the compre...

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  • Find Emily here: Hinter, Bloom Class, Instagram

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    From Teacher to Business Owner, Emily's goal is to create sustainable businesses like Bloom Class and give families the opportunity to have supplemental education from the comfort and safety of their homes.

    We talked about WHY she quit the career as...

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  • Find Albert here: LinkedIn, instagram, site, learn data science online

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    From Mechanical Engineer to Data Scientist and Entrepreneur, Albert's goal is to help people reach a higher level of consciousness by means of AI.

    With his unbeatable determination and positivity, Albert is making the switch from mechanical engineering to data science and entrepr...

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  • Find Brittany here: LinkedIn, instagram

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    "I owe so much of my career to just really valuing people and connections."

    From Clinical Therapist to Corporate Global Recruiter to Entrepreneur, Brittany's purpose is to use mindset strategies to help others discover their purpose and pivot into meaningful careers. In 2015, she left clinical the...

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