Mase is a storyteller based out of Seattle, Washington. Oddly Exceptional explores experience design, goal deconstruction, and intentional living.

Making the Switch - A #GoalWorkshop Pivot

If you've been looking for a career change (or career entry), or have been wishing you had more freedom or flexibility than your current job affords, you may want to read on.

Or not. Up to you.

For the past couple weeks, I've been trickling questions to friends about their non-traditional transitions into technology-enabled jobs, such as software development, design, and marketing. These stories delight and inspire me, because in many cases their origins mirror my own.

Many people don't know that I'm a college dropout. If it weren't for the support of a few key individuals during a tumultuous time in my life, I probably wouldn't have finished high school.

But with help from friends and guidance from mentors, I learned to see opportunity and chase my goals. This has yielded fruit in so many areas of my life.

A little under five years ago, I kicked it into overdrive, and the results have been unreal.

(I did a whole video on that last year, so I won't go into detail. It's here if you're curious: )

But I don't just want to be one voice telling one story. Instead, I want to bring together many voices to tell many stories.

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing interviews from others who—like me—came to their professions via nontraditional paths.

  • Self-taught designers.
  • Software developers who never graduated college, or learned their marketable skills from coding bootcamps.
  • Product managers, marketers, and program managers to broke their way into the field through sheer force of will.

If you've ever wanted to make a change, but didn't think you could, or didn't know where to start, or didn't know enough to even ask the right questions, then I hope this will be useful for you.

Watch this space. :)

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