Career Kickstart Show

Sami Gardner - Career Coach | Digital Nomad | Entrepreneur

Your job doesn’t have to be soul-sucking! Be inspired each and every week to dive into your new career with our stories, tips, and tricks. We’ll help you go from just surviving to thriving on the job market. Ready for career freedom?

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All Episodes

Jenny Chan talks about the importance of community to women in web development and how it can help your career. 

Sep 2020

24 min 48 sec

Daniela Nătălețu is a fertility consultant who works with professionals on planning a family on their terms. We talk about options whatever your stage in your career.

Sep 2020

21 min 52 sec

Andrea Klunder, producer, coach, and consultant at The Creative Impostor Studios, works with organizations, companies, and leaders who want to use audio content to tell stories, create movements, and change culture. We talk about how to start your podcast right.

Sep 2020

32 min 50 sec

Suzanne Yada is a freelance marketer who outlines how she started her business with a single email.  Find out more here: https://www.yadacreative.com/

Aug 2020

33 min 8 sec

Lucas Casarez is a financial Yoda to Gen X/Y professionals in tech. We discuss how to manage your finances during uncertain times Find out more here: www.levelupfinancialplanning.com

Aug 2020

27 min

Rosanna Lopes is a super-networker and digital nomad who created the extensive Lisbon Digital Nomad society. She shares her tips for networking like a human and building your career through word of mouth.

Aug 2020

48 min 35 sec

Morgan McCloud is a union steward who discusses the importance of unions, worker's rights, and collective bargaining.  

Aug 2020

31 min 50 sec

Derek Murphy of Creativindie.com is an author and teacher for fiction and non-fiction writers. He lays out what we can do to create a self-publishing career. Find out more at https://www.creativindie.com

Aug 2020

53 min 15 sec

This special episode is all about working from home in this pandemic. I share a lot about remote work too. I answer the following questions:   Some Questions Answered: Is remote work the same as freelancing? How is looking for a remote (permanent full-time, not freelance) job different from looking for an on-site job? How to find remote work? How likely it is that your geographical location will impact your chances of getting a remote job, and in what ways? What specific skillset are the hiring managers looking for in a remote position? What tools should we know, when working remotely? What tools do you recommend having in your workspace while working remotely?

May 2020

37 min 39 sec

Dr. Larry Cornett of Brilliant Forge Coaching is a former Silicon Valley founder and tech professional turned career coach. He lays out what we can do to create a recession-proof career.   Find out more at https://www.brilliantforge.com/

May 2020

32 min 50 sec

In this solo episode, I talk about the power of grit in goal setting and how you can develop this for yourself.

Mar 2020

16 min 10 sec

Richard Moss was a practicing physician before he turned meditation into medicine and became a teacher and consultant. He has been hired by startups around the world to design more consciousness into their cultures. We talk about the effect of tech on the world, the history of culture in the tech startup world, and how conscious relationships and awareness can heal. Find out more at RichardMoss.com

Mar 2020

38 min 17 sec

In this solo episode, I talk about how sometimes the universe is giving you a kick in the pants to get you out the door and you can't waste time.

Mar 2020

18 min 22 sec

In this episode, I chat with Spanish-born digital nomad, Carmen Corral, on being a digital nomad and being a multi passionate freelancer.

Feb 2020

24 min 27 sec

In this episode, I dive into a common issue that comes with success- haters- and how to deal with these naysayers.

Feb 2020

24 min 11 sec

Laura Lakshmi is a yoga instructor, life coach, and she runs yoga retreats in Greece and India. We chat about how she changed careers from being an interpreter in Brussels to becoming a yoga instructor traveling the world. Find out more at https://lauralakshmi.com

Feb 2020

24 min 16 sec

In this solo episode, I dive into the gig economy. Love it. Hate it. It's here anyway. Let's dish on how to thrive!

Feb 2020

15 min 11 sec

Bree Dell runs Tarot with Goddess Bree and lives the digital nomad life. We chat about how she started her tarot business, what it's like to work online, and her travels as a digital nomad. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/tarotwithgoddessbree

Jan 2020

28 min 5 sec

In this solo episode, I share a tactic for staying focused on your dream as you are in building-mode so you keep up your morale even when it feels like its taking forever!

Jan 2020

15 min 26 sec

Katherine Lu is an HR Practitioner turned UX/UI Designer based in California. We discuss her career change into UX and how she dived deep into the profession by taking a tech bootcamp and two internships. The conversation continued with community building, empathy, and which Pokemon character that UX designers would be.

Jan 2020

25 min 30 sec

In this solo episode, I share tips on how to make networking fun and not feel like a used car salesman. This is the #1 way that people find a job so it pays to find your unique way to grow your professional network.

Jan 2020

14 min 53 sec

Rosemary is one of the culinary explorers behind Authentic Food Quest. Her goal is to invite you to explore the local flavors on your travels. We chat about her journey from corporate to food blogger living the digital nomad life. Find out more about Rosemary at https://www.authenticfoodquest.com

Nov 2019

29 min 41 sec

In this episode, I share a tactic that can help you break out of analysis paralysis so you can go for your career dreams.

Nov 2019

14 min 22 sec

In this episode, I chat with Oren Chazen who is a digital nomad and consultant. We dish on how he founded a company and why he walked away.

Nov 2019

24 min 8 sec

In this episode, I dish on self sabotage, what it is and how you can beat it.

Nov 2019

15 min 53 sec

Shelly Agam is a digital nomad architect and we discuss how other architects can take their skills online. Find out more at www.agamdna.com

Oct 2019

16 min 41 sec

In this episode, I share strategies and tactics on how to boost your self belief so you can rock your job hunt.

Oct 2019

2 min 4 sec

Lucas Casarez is a financial Yoda to Gen X/Y professionals in tech. We discuss how to manage your finances during a career change. Find out more here: www.levelupfinancialplanning.com

Oct 2019

37 min 39 sec

In this solo episode, I dish on exactly how to ace that first impression with your resume.

Oct 2019

16 min 25 sec

Melissa McClung helps women in healthcare, medicine, and science who are stuck, unhappy or undervalued find new meaning at work through a strategic job search. We discuss how nurses and other healthcare professionals can translate their experiences, including those highly technical, into things that are meaningful to potential employers. Find out more here: Www.lbdcareers.com

Sep 2019

28 min 24 sec

In this episode, your host Sami Gardner has the tables turned in the second half of a two-part season-opening episode. Friend of the show and experienced podcaster, Mariza Monteiro, interviews Sami about her career from librarian to career specialist to nomad and all the stops in between.

Sep 2019

30 min 57 sec

In the first episode of the third season, your host Sami Gardner has the tables turned in this two-part episode. Friend of the show and experienced podcaster, Mariza Monteiro, interviews Sami about her career from librarian to career specialist to nomad and all the stops in between.

Sep 2019

36 min 33 sec

Janna Kefalas is not your typical career coach. She is the founder and CEO of ForwardThink Careers, home of the JobFinder Formula. We chat about the best ways to impress and understand recruiters to find a job you love. Visit her at forwardthinkcareers.com and get her free guide: “7 Job Search Mistakes You Might Be Making.”

May 2019

37 min 40 sec

Sherry Cormier, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, a professor emerita, and a certified bereavement trauma specialist. We discuss how to be resilient in a job hunt even when dealing with the grief and loss of identity that can come with a career change. Find out more about her at sherrycormierauthor.com or check out her new book, Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness After Loss and Grief.

May 2019

43 min 4 sec

Kristina Csanaky is a UX practitioner with a background in human resources with international companies and startups. We chat about her career change and how she shook up her career to focus more on the human in human resources as a UX and Voice Designer.

Apr 2019

27 min 26 sec

Natalie Mandriko is the founder of Motherhood. Design, Inc. - a nonprofit organization that designs innovative solutions to keep moms healthy and happy. We chat about how she has blended UX design/research, Lean Startups, and social impact to create better experiences for mothers. Find out more at www.motherhood.design.

Apr 2019

25 min 12 sec

Ponja Hoxha Ocumarez is a UX researcher, immigrant, and new mother. We discuss her coming to America, changing careers, and how her new child gave her a renewed focus in her career.

Apr 2019

23 min 8 sec

Teresa Lee is the founder of Pathup Careers. We talk finding the career that's right for you, her journey learning what fits her and going through mysterious health issues that really helped her zone in on what she cared about, what she wanted to do with my life, and the confidence she needed to do it. Find out more at pathupcareer.com.

Apr 2019

18 min 32 sec

Aladrian Goods is a Texas-based UX Designer who talks about her career change from marketing and events coordination with brands like Coachella and the Kobe Bryant Academy. We jam about a multi-passionate career and why hustling helps!

Mar 2019

19 min 11 sec

Lexi B. is a product manager in Silicon Valley and the founder of the Sista Circle which is a community for black women in tech. We talk about her personal journey, her experiences with leadership, how she has built community and her advice for 20-somethings trying to make it in the world. Find out more at naturallylexi.com. Join the Sista Circle here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/657356877782351/

Mar 2019

39 min 21 sec

Shana Sumers is the Director of Community at the HER social app for queer women. We chat about her career change from music therapy to tech before delving into the user experience for a queer app, startup life, and community building through technology. You can find out more about HER at weareher.com.

Mar 2019

32 min 33 sec

Alexandra Blatt is a former actress transitioning into User Experience. We chat about women in tech, changing careers, and what actors need to know when they are considering a career as a UX Designer or UX Researcher.

Feb 2019

19 min 54 sec

Lisa Michaud is a success coach and speaker for men and women who want it all. We slay a sacred calf in this episode- career passion. We talk about how creating a meaningful, fun and diverse career happens by focusing on what you like to do and what you're good at - not a specific "topic" or industry. She shares a free planner with listeners: https://lisa-michaud.mykajabi.com/pl/53476 Check her out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/li_michaud/

Feb 2019

31 min 30 sec

Danielle Zarcaro has been a web developer for ten years and shares her career story. She stresses the importance of communication in tech, finding mentors, and building community for women in tech. You can find out more about Danielle at pbwebd.com.

Feb 2019

29 min 50 sec

Meg Cale is a travel blogger and social media influencer with a background in public policy and activism. She plays the roles of a content creator, consultant, public speaker, and a professional development trainer for brands like Kon Tiki and with organizations like the UN. This is a special two-part episode that is all about her career journey from when she lost a friend to a hate crime and began her work as an activist to becoming the #1 lesbian travel blogger and brand specialist in the world. Find out more at dopesontheroad.com.

Feb 2019

29 min 10 sec

Meg Cale is a travel blogger and social media influencer with a background in public policy and activism. She plays the roles of a content creator, consultant, public speaker, and a professional development trainer for brands like Kon Tiki and with organizations like the UN. This is a special two-part episode that is all about her career journey from when she lost a friend to a hate crime and began her work as an activist to becoming the #1 lesbian travel blogger and brand specialist in the world. Find out more at dopesontheroad.com

Jan 2019

26 min 50 sec

Nancie Vito of Flourish with Nancie is on a mission is to guide you to finding joy, getting out of your own way, and creating a life you love so you can truly flourish. We discuss the risks of burnout, the symptoms, and how to prevent it. You can find out more at nancievito.com

Jan 2019

25 min

Adam Nicholson is vibrational energy therapy and marketing coach based in Connecticut. He is the host of the Help More People podcast. We discuss how to shift your energy and create new opportunities in your career. You can find out more at adamnicholson.co

Jan 2019

19 min 1 sec

Beck Power is a renegade serial online entrepreneur, world traveler, and public speaker. She makes awesomeness for digital nomads and queer womxn entrepreneurs as the founder of Nomad Me and Queer Hustle. We chat about owning your shit, standing in your power, and pushing through the "mehs" to take action in your life and career. Find out more about Beck at https://beckpower.me/.

Jan 2019

32 min 40 sec

Marli Williams is an Adventurous Entrepreneur, Wilderness Guide, and Joy Instigator. In this episode, we chat about how to stand out as yourself, take imperfect action, and say YES to yourself. She also offers listeners $300 off her Camp Yes with the coupon code: careerkickstart. Find out more at MarliWilliams.com.

Dec 2018

25 min 9 sec