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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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Derek tried college but it just didn’t work for him. He rolled with the punches and went after what he wanted. He wanted to be an entrepreneur. He wanted to be free. Listen in as Derek tells Jonaed about: How he became a teenage entrepreneur at 17 How he built himself into the success he is today All the lessons he learned from the different jobs h…
 
Skilled as he was, being a mechanic was not cutting it. Joseph needed more time and energy to be with his family while earning a decent living. Instead of waiting around for things to change, he took action. Listen in as Joseph tells Jonaed about: How he managed a career pivot at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic The roadblocks he had to overcome …
 
She loved to draw. With a passion for art and no guidance, Tamara Laraque went to fashion school. While she enjoyed the drawing part, she didn’t like the sewing part. For the next few years she bounced around in different careers. From dental assistant, to pastry chef, to driving for Uber. Tamara tried it all as she hustled to find her path, pay he…
 
He went to high school in Singapore. And while it was ok for the most part, for the last two years, Julian was unhappy. He got accepted to Cornell University in the US and attended for two years before dropping out. Listen in as Julian tells Jonaed about: How his parents agreed to him dropping out Taking a gap year in college How he got into the cr…
 
No one in his family went to college. So, for Joshua Cruz, college wasn’t even something he considered when he graduated from high school. By that time, he developed a love for dancing so that’s what he pursued. He soon became disheartened as he didn’t reach his career goals. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about: How he became a successful dancer and…
 
At 16 he had locks and was in a band. Danny Ruelas dreamed of becoming a famous musician. After high school, he worked different kinds of jobs as he pursued music. And then, the 2008 housing crash happened. It got so bad he had to move back in with his dad. Listen in as Danny tells Jonaed about: How the 2008 economic crash affected his job search G…
 
His first pay check was $78. At 13, Jason Nunnelley associated employment with poverty and was determined to get credentials and experience that could help him climb the corporate ladder. Although he was in a heavy metal band and played several instruments in high school, he decided to give college a try. Listen in as Jason tells Jonaed about how h…
 
He was working 12-hour days and was distraught when he had to turn down going to the park with his son because he was working. Antoni Tzavelas reflected on his values and determined that he needed to find a job that would give him more time to do what he felt was most important. Antoni returns to the NoDegree Podcast Listen in as Antoni tells Jonae…
 
In high school, he had no career aspirations. But, Anthony Disney went to college anyway because his parents wanted him to. His lack of aspirations didn’t go away though. He two different majors and realized he didn’t enjoy either of them. Eventually he decided to drop out of college because he felt lost and didn’t want his dad to continue to spend…
 
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 d…
 
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 fina…
 
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 ti…
 
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 droppe…
 
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 P…
 
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…
 
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. J…
 
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 abo…
 
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 B…
 
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 …
 
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 abou…
 
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 …
 
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 transi…
 
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…
 
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 Go…
 
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 media…
 
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 an…
 
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 departmen…
 
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 C…
 
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…
 
She went to high school and worked simultaneously. Soon after starting college, Kira Renee got discouraged. She felt like she wasn’t learning enough while accumulating student loan debt. Frustrated, she decided to drop out. She went on to become an inbound marketing strategist. This is the story of how a frustrated college student dropped out of co…
 
He was forced to say goodbye to the only home he knew. Saif Ali came to the US as a child. He had a good life: friends, a girlfriend and plans to get a degree in Biomedical Engineering. But, he lost it all because of circumstances beyond his control. He got deported. Forced to abandon his plans to go to college so that he could make a living, withi…
 
In high school he was got paid $100/hr to do social media consultations. Collin Castrina’s dad was a businessowner so he grew up surrounded by entrepreneurs. He got his start in middle school the way most kids did-he sold candy at school dances and shoveled snow. By the time he got to high school, he interned at a local marketing agency where he ev…
 
Did you know that many vacancies are filled as a result of networking? Some estimates show that up to 85% of jobs are filled this way. While job-seekers focus their efforts on job boards, many opportunities are missed simply because many vacancies aren't even advertised. Interestingly, many are convinced that one major reason to go to college is fo…
 
Although his mom was a teacher, she didn’t object when he dropped out of college. There was one catch: Lucas Bédout (pronounced Luka Bedoo) had to get a job. Initially, he decided he’d become a tennis coach but in the words of his manager, he was too bad at tennis to train at the pro-level and, he couldn’t afford the training necessary to become a …
 
Grew up in the hood. Raised by a single mom. Always got into fights. Marlo Jones wasn’t a violent person. He was just always defending himself. You can imagine his surprise when he was kicked out of school for fighting. Today, he says it was a good thing though. From working odd jobs, playing football and getting recruited by a bouncer, listen in a…
 
He was working in a warehouse and started fighting as a hobby. His work ethic and discipline made him one of the greatest fighters of all time. Demetrious Johnson a.k.a. Mighty, is the first flyweight champion in UFC history. In 2017, he won ESPY award for Best Fighter. He has 11 successful title defenses, the most in UFC history. It all started wi…
 
In high school, they fantasized about being a fashion designer. Paidamoyo-Janet “Myles” Azehko grew up in a typical African family. Education was important. Myles got good grades and was enrolled in Advanced Placement classes for college. had her doubts about college but went anyway. Listen in as she tells Jonaed about how she changed her major two…
 
Many people he knew struggled to pay their mountain of debt. Although Robert McGraw graduated from college, from experience, he recognized that there was a lot that was wrong with the process of deciding to go to school. Listen in as he and Jonaed discuss his book, 12 Lies About College, and and why following your passions can sometimes work agains…
 
He wanted to move to Nashville to make it as a drummer. But Andy Huffman’s band mates weren’t as serious as he was. Unsure of what to do, he joined the Coast Guard. After he finished his service, he did any job he could find. He even worked as a waiter for some time. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about how one book changed his life and how he got hi…
 
He worked at sneaker store before he graduated high school. Brennan Decker went to college for a year but it just wasn’t his thing. He decided he didn’t want to continue working in retail so, he got his license to become a barber. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about why he didn’t make it as a barber and how the skills he picked up as a store manager…
 
He didn’t get good grades in school. As an immigrant, Jonathan Lamour took whatever job came his way so he could pay the bills. He started out as a dishwasher and although there are no promotion opportunities for that job, he created his own. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about times he had to sleep in his car and how his eagerness to learn and posi…
 
She became a nanny right out of high school. Isabelle Nyroth credits this job experience as the job that gave her the foundational skills she uses in her career today. Listen in as she tells Jonaed about how she eventually became the drone pilot. Support Isabelle here: LinkedIn: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isny/ Thank you for sponsoring o…
 
He grew up in an abusive home. Brian Will describes himself as a very angry kid with an attitude problem. He got kicked out of highschool for missing the first 42 days of school but made a deal with the principal so he could continue school. Listen in as he tells Jonaed what that deal was and how he started and sold several multimillion-dollar busi…
 
He was not a well-behaved kid in school. In fact, according to Poopster, he had a lot of issues while he attended high school. He managed to graduate and found work at a local restaurant. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about how he lived from paycheck to paycheck and became a successful HVAC professional before his cancer diagnosis forced him to pivo…
 
“Could have done better.” That’s what George Harrap’s parents usually saw on his report card. And although they saved up to be able to get him into a great school, he couldn’t go to college because of his “bad” grades. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about working at a mining company, moving to Hong Kong starting his own business and finding success i…
 
People went to beauty school where she lived. So that’s what Andrea Hunt did. She went to high school and beauty school simultaneously. A dedicated worker, eventually she worked for herself. Listen in as she tells Jonaed about how the skills she picked up as a hairdresser prepared her for the corporate world. Get in touch and/or support Andrea here…
 
His parents planned his career. They decided that Tauf Chowdhury would major in Computer Science or some other degree that led to a lucrative career. They almost fainted when he told them he wanted to be a biology teacher. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about going against his parents and cultural expectations, working his way up from a temp job to f…
 
He was the typical straight-A student. But when Omar Sadik got to university, quite the opposite happened. Unexpected life-changing events affected his mental health and his grades. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about ditching classes in college, taking risks, working hard not just for himself, but also for family back in Bangladesh and leveling the…
 
High school was a bore and he skipped a lot of classes. What Jason Riedel was interested in though, was computers and it started when he was just nine years old. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about getting his A+ Certificate at 16, the importance of having humility in your career and working at well-known companies like Symantec, PayPal and eBay. Ge…
 
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