Before we jump into our first season, I want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Rachel Esterline Perkins and I’m the host of the Venturesome Podcast.
Through my experiences in the workplace and as a mentor, I’ve seen that we don’t talk enough about certain challenges and expectations in the workplace. While students and young professionals are graduating armed with theories and case studies, they rarely learn how to negotiate a salary or advocate for themselves at work. As professionals, we also don’t have enough candid conversations about imposter syndrome, burnout and bouncing back from big mistakes.
I was recently speaking to a group of Central Michigan University students and was asked about how I push through uncertainty and the possibility of failure. Afterward I was thinking about it more. It’s not because I have no fear of failure. I experience imposter syndrome and anxiety like many other person. I’m not immune to criticism or negative thoughts.
But I choose to move forward anyway. I’d rather take action and fail than to take no action at all. I’d rather be decisive and make the wrong decision than to procrastinate. I’d rather ask the question and receive a no than to stay silent.
Being venturesome means being willing to take risks. It means taking the road that’s sometimes a little bit tougher to travel.
Through this career podcast, I’ll share my experiences and the perspectives of my guests on strategies you can use to get a step ahead in your career.
To give you some background, I’m a first generation college grad with a bachelor’s in public relations and a master’s in higher education administration. I started my career at a marketing agency and then spent six years in nonprofit and higher ed. I’m currently working in advocacy communications at an agency.
Over the years I’ve hired and mentored over 30 interns and I’ve had countless conversations with students and other professionals who’ve asked for feedback and coaching to help them address conflicts in their current roles or to help them position themselves for their next jobs.
Our conversations hit on three pillars:
These are the three pillars of this podcast.
I will bring you guests who will inspire you to have the determination to succeed, to give you the strength to endure through uncertainty and failure, and to fuel your curiosity.
Venturesome – A Career Podcast
I hope you’ll join me for episodes here and that you’ll check my website, venturesomepod.com, for blog posts and other resources.