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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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Jonaed interviews Khalilah KO Olokunola, a senior advisor for TalentNova and founder of Reengineering HR, about skills-first hiring and navigating the workforce for justice-impacted individuals. They discuss the challenges faced by justice-impacted individuals in finding employment, the importance of community support, the impact of Ban-the-Box pol…
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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…
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From janitor to Cloud Architect at Microsoft, Reginald Davis’ journey shows the power of taking risks and believing in oneself. In this episode, he talks about being an introvert and his school experience as a dyslexic kid and the support he got from his mom and teachers. Tune in as he shares practical tips he used to boost his communication skills…
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The youngest of six siblings, Olajide Omotayo‘s love for the game started at the age of nine. Years of training paid when he won the Men’s Singles at the 2019 African Games. As current Champion of African he competed in this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Listen in as he shares his story with Jonaed. Want to get in touch and/or support Olajide? LinkedIn In…
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Lead Negotiator, Brandon Bramley, addresses common concerns that arise during this critical recruitment stage. Brandon and Jonaed dispel typical myths about job offer negotiation, discuss the importance of leverage, and provide insights on when and how to negotiate. They stress the importance of research, preparation, and professionalism during suc…
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In high school he wanted to be a rapper. And that’s what Jahmar Gale did for 10 years. But he had a plan: if he didn’t achieve the kind of lifestyle he wanted by the time he was 30, he’d get out of the entertainment industry. So that’s what he did. Listen in as Jahmar tells Jonaed about how he: Was a rapper for 10 years Started and scaled 2 busines…
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Ever wonder what it's like to break into the tech world without a fancy college degree? Marcus shares his journey from barely graduating high school to becoming a self-taught developer. Forget the typical route —Marcus shares how he went from dreaming about mechanical engineering to hitting up a coding bootcamp and scoring interviews with a killer …
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Her parents weren’t worried about her education. But it’s not because they didn’t care. Alejandra Ayala is Mexican and says her immigrant parents’ main concern was to ensure they were providing a roof over their kids’ head. Listen in as Alejandra tells Jonaed why she finally gave up on college and how an unlikely skill helped her to land jobs at pl…
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He got his start as an entrepreneur at the age of eight. He had a newspaper route. Today, John Viola is a successful soccer agent. This week he discusses the challenges faced and mistakes made along the way and emphasizes the importance of passion and hard work in achieving success. John also highlights the impact of AI in the soccer industry and t…
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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 …
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Get ready to be inspired by Dustin Gutkowski, a hard-working roofer and successful entrepreneur, as he shares his story of personal/career growth and the challenges faced on his journey. Dustin dishes out wisdom on finding inner joy and hustling hard to make it big. From his gutsy leap into the roofing world to the heartfelt satisfaction of helping…
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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 transi…
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Did you know that government contracting can be lucrative? In this episode, Chanel Rose, a seasoned expert explains how to break into this profitable industry. Discover what government contracting really entails and get insider tips on scoring those coveted contracts. Learn how to set up your business, snag contract opportunities, and sell your uni…
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Do you ever feel like the traditional education system just isn't cutting it? This week Nat Greene, the brains behind Futures Forge, talks about why that is and what we can do about it. Forget boring lectures and pointless grades – Nat's diving deep into why we need a fresh, science-based approach to learning that lasts a lifetime. From the hefty p…
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Public reading was a challenge because of his dyslexia. In this conversation, Gerald Rosengarten discusses his struggles with dyslexia and the challenges he faced in school. He talks about his early jobs in the clothing industry and his transition into wholesale and textiles. He shares the story of how he popularized the leisure suit and the subseq…
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This episode features Dr. Andrea Isoni, an expert in AI and data sciences. The conversation focuses on the journey to becoming a machine learning engineer or data scientist without a degree. The interview covers topics such as understanding Linux and the command line, learning programming languages, using frameworks like Django, and collaborating w…
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With tuition costs soaring, how can students make informed decisions about their education? In this episode, Mark Salisbury discusses the lack of price transparency in college tuition and the impact it has on students and families. He shares insights into the pricing strategies of colleges and universities, the distribution of sticker prices, and t…
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Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal onLinkedIn.- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/JonaedIqbalND Connect with us on social media!- LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeLinkedIn- Facebook: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeFB- Instagram: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeIG- Twitter: https://bit.ly/NoDegreeTW- TikTok: https://bit.ly/3qfUD2V Thank you…
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Did you know you can work in Tech without coding skills? In this episode, Ty Smith unveils the world of reselling commercial B2B tech products and solutions. He reveals how anyone can enter this field without a college degree by partnering with tech distributors or brokers. Ty stresses the importance of building relationships, exuding confidence, a…
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After leaving a toxic work environment, Suzanne Kelly vowed to never work for anyone ever again. She put together all she needed to start her own employment agency with just six months of planning. The years spent as a recruiter taught her the hiring process inside and out. She understands business and leadership. As a Chief Talent Advisor, she cur…
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She outworked and outshined others around her with creativity and hard work. Monique Davis leveraged her experience recruiting models to break into the recruiting world. She's now the founder of Fresh Talent Sources, a sourcing and training firm that helps startups and small to medium-sized businesses get the best candidates to help their establish…
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Christopher Nesbit did web development from the tender age of seven. He's been an art teacher, a computer technician, a manager of retail stores, even a CNC technician. He's owned several businesses from web development to marketing. All of these experiences gave him a solid foundation for Industrial Marketing. Listen as he shares his NoDegree stor…
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Jamar Jones, founder of Foureva Media, shares his journey as a rapper and entrepreneur. He discusses his high school experiences, his passion for music, and the challenges he faced in the industry. Jamar emphasizes the importance of hard work and investing in oneself. He also talks about his transition to the IT field and how his experience as a pe…
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Imagine getting job opportunities WITHOUT applying for them. Seems too good to be true? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Jae Taylor, a tech executive who’s worked at famous companies like Microsoft, Expedia, and Salesforce, to name a few. Listen in as he discusses how building a strong personal reputation is essential for career resilience, ho…
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Want to get in touch and/or support Jae? LinkedIn Twitter Mentorship at MentorMesh Want to get in touch with NoDegree Inc? Listen to more podcast episodes here Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn Follow NoDegree on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram Remember, no degree? No problem! Need career or resume advice? Follow and/or connect w…
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In this episode, Jonaed Iqbal converses with Brett Solomano about his transition from stunt performing to trucking. They delve into the salary of stunt performers and truck drivers as well as the skills necessary for both jobs. Brett's journey unfolds as a testament to the power of continuous learning and adaptability. As a successful stunt perform…
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He was a consultant for businesses WHILE he attended high school. Faisal Abid went to college but dropped out after serious consideration. In this episode, he delves into his career path, underscoring self-learning and constructive criticism as key growth factors. He narrates navigating through his insecurity around not having a degree, his shift i…
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High school didn’t interest him much and his grades reflected that. That was until Diamond Forbes found something that was engaging. In this episode, he details how he transitioned from working in Help Desk to a Security Engineer at Google. He details his career journey from earning $14/hour to a six-figure salary, his transition from network engin…
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Dr. Ai spent 15 years as a college professor before quitting to establish Classroom Without Walls, an organization committed to helping teenagers and young adults develop needed skills to become career-ready, life-ready, and achieve a high level of success, whether they have good grades or not. In today's episode, Dr. Ai joins Jonaed Iqbal to analy…
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Jonaed interviews Kim Chung, who shares her experiences with three different sales bootcamps: RAM, Aspireship, and TrainYo. Kim provides insights into the strengths and weaknesses of each program and offers advice for choosing a bootcamp. She emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning and the need for comprehensive training that covers both fun…
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Zach Carlin delves into his personal journey of overcoming addiction, transitioning careers from professional fighting to entrepreneurship, and his experiences working in fitness. He touches on improving gyms, his work with V Shred, and the creation of his own venture. Zach also speaks about his shift to a garage workspace, starting Next Play, and …
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Keishawn Blackstone shares his non-traditional journey in the film industry without a college degree. The conversation explores his early aspirations, the financial aspects of the industry, and the importance of continuous learning. They delve into authentic networking, industry evolution, and Keishawn's proudest moments. The episode rounds out wit…
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From working at an Apple store in Australia to starting his own business in Sweden,, this week Ben Kirk shares his story. He discusses his venture into the fitness industry, flipping apartments, and his transition into corporate training with Brian Tracy International. He also highlights the importance of mentorship and accountability in personal a…
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Four bullets in her back, children by 19, divorced by 25 but operates a successful IT company. This week Carmen Santiago discusses her high school experience, early life in the foster care system and how she got into tech sales. She also emphasizes the value of self-education, trade schools, and upskilling workers. Find out how this former foster c…
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Cameron Bawden shares his entrepreneurial journey in the service industry, particularly in pest control. He discusses the importance of company culture, learning from multiple businesses, and overcoming investor challenges. Cameron also emphasizes the value of hiring skilled people and focusing on one's zone of excellence. He concludes with his fut…
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He was fully committed to having a career. That was until Dave Menz lost his pension. Realizing the power the corporate world wielded, he decided to finally pursue his dreams of entrepreneurship. How did this guy without a degree go from employee to entrepreneur? How did he build that business into a million-dollar franchise? Listen in as Dave Menz…
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He got a baseball scholarship to college. But, since Jeremy Anderson skipped classes, he failed and ultimately dropped out. Today he’s the CEO of Overwatch Technology, a cyber security company. Listen in as he shares his journey from high school to the Marine Corps and his transition to a civilian career life. He discusses his experiences starting …
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She loved building relationships and advocating for people. So Anneliese Vance paved the way for a career path that would make this possible: Law. Unfortunately college filled her with discontent and dropping out was a hard decision she knew she had to make. But, Anneliese discovered another path to advocacy—marketing—and hasn't turned back ever si…
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He was placed in the special education system. But, Christopher Zara’s so-called “behavioral issues” continued so, he got kicked out of high school in the 11th grade. Zara still went on to get his GED and at 32 he found himself working at a picture frame shop. He didn't enjoy his job. Occasionally he reflected on the few teachers that told him he w…
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His employer did not have any regard for the employees' personal lives so George spoke up. Ultimately, that led to him losing his job. This experience only served to make him stronger. Today, he is the founder of The TrueLife Podcast, which tells similar inspiring stories. Listen in as George Monty details his path to success without a degree, how …
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The first few years were tough. Carl Dunning started to believe his life was over because of his “high-school-drop-out” status. But then he discovered the tech industry, and everything changed. Listen in as Carl shares his journey from his early career to becoming a successful salesperson. Carl discusses his transition into sales, work-life balance…
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Overwhelmed with grief, he decided to drop out of high school since being at school, that he attended with his best friend, made it much harder. Confident in his ability to learn and improve, he opted not to go to college. Listen in as he discusses his high school experience, early career progression, and the valuable skills he learned as a barista…
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While other kids played spots, Joe Pardavila and his brother preferred to talk ABOUT sports. He got his start in the radio industry in college. Then he got an internship that eventually lead to a full time job opportunity. Whether you're interested in podcasting, photography, filmmaking, or any other creative pursuit, this episode is packed with ad…
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Chris loved being in the military, but life had other plans. A back injury forced him to be discharged from military service and find a new career path. After a series of odd jobs here and there, Chris eventually found his passion working in the field of security. He is currently a senior security analyst at Anderson. Timestamps: (00:48) — Intro (0…
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Having personally experienced university education, Mathew came face to face with its three major flaws; it's time-consuming, employs ineffective learning methods, and is expensive! His determination to transform learning for careers without a need for college education led him to create businessXP, a fully game-based experiential business training…
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Charles had his life planned out; go to Bible College, become a pastor and spread the word through powerful speeches and music. All this changed when he landed an internship for a retail position at Apple. He discovered a new love for solving problems through enterprise sales. And it paid well! Time Stamps: (01:04) — Charles' intro (02:12) — Bluepr…
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He grew up on a farm. Feeding cattle and tossing hay were Nathaniel's daily routine. He never would have thought that someday he'd be working in tech. Tune in to find out how landing a job as a customer service representative would get him closer to an incredible tech career. Timestamps (02:07) — Blueprints for success (03:50) — Growing up on a far…
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Ryan's dream was to become a Marine Biologist, but all this changed when the reality hit him: he didn't enjoy studying. On his journey to discovery, he realized he was good at getting people to buy things. He landed his first sales contract and hasn't looked back since then. Timestamps: (01:56) — Ryan's blueprint for success (02:32) — High school j…
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He always had a flare for tech; Kevin’s Dad loved tech and, naturally, he followed in his Dad's footsteps. In high school, Kevin's fascination and proficiency with tech grew even more and he became the 'go-to-guy' for fixing phone and computer issues. Even though his big break wouldn't come until many years later, Kevin kept his dream alive by gain…
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He enrolled in college because his parents wanted him to. John Davenport got a computer science degree, graduated and got a job at a startup where he didn't even need his degree. Instead, he ventured into the world of software development. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about how he learned software development on his own and how much he's learned fr…
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