It was a successful video podcast with my co-writer, Debesh Choudhury, Ph.D. also known as Unity. His field and industry are based on technology and security where he also writes general topics on read.cash.
The information is based on his bio on LinkedIn.
He started to follow and connect with me on LinkedIn, asking if I can be the guest on his video podcast.
I didn’t see it coming, I was about to refuse. I am quite a camera-shy person, I am uncomfortable with my voice and appearance.
But since I am not busy, I gave it a try.
I told myself that it could be an opportunity, it approached me, why refuse?
We scheduled the video podcast on July 3, 2022, so we can have a week for preparation.
The day is approaching and I am really nervous about the interview. I am even practicing, hoping that I will not stutter during the interview.
The time has come. The chosen topic was about career after college. He is very open about any topic, he let me choose the topic that we will discuss. He just gave me an idea, he suggested the career after college and it seems interesting.
Since I am also a student, I think I can relate to it so I gave it a shot.
He started the podcast by introducing me and also to give me the time to introduce myself.
I was nervous at first but since he is very approachable, it started to fade.
Question and answer
The questions and answers written on this blog might not be exact from the video but it has the same thought.
Watch the recorded video on LinkedIn: Video Podcast with Mark Laurence.
Shall we pursue a career that is related to the degree that you took?
Personally, I believe that it depends on the person. Usually people are taking their degree and courses because it is their passion. And this passion can be turned into a career wherein we can earn while doing our job and what we love. So the short answer, it depends on you. You can try and explore new things and look for a new opportunity. Many people out there are taking such a high degree just to find the passion that suits them. So for me, I believe that pursue the career that you love. It’s hard to work in an environment that you never like.
What are you going to do after college?
I don’t have (yet) a concrete plan, but since engineering has a board exam to take, maybe I will study and review then take it, if I am lucky, hopefully I can get a license…I really hope that I will take the exam in one time.
Should you look for a job or start a business after college?
This question also depends on the person who graduated. If you are rich and have enough money to take risk and build a business, then go for it. Otherwise, if you lack of money, you can start looking for a job, save and invest, then build a business. But I believe that the best thing to do is to build a business. It can be tough at first, but it can be successful if you make the best decision for your business.
Are you still going to pursue writing after college?
If I have the time, why not? Writing became part of my habit and routine so why stop? It can be my career. And also, you know, since I am taking engineering, I can utilize my knowledge in engineering and mathematics through blogging and writing. It could be the best way to share my knowledge and to teach other students who struggle as an engineering student — hopefully it will happen in the future.
What do you think is the lesson during your college days that you can apply to your future career?
The lessons that will be helpful for me in my career are the basic knowledge that I learned during my college days. I always hear this statement from successful people, “Basics are your main foundation”. So I believe it will give a huge contribution to my career. Also, I watched YouTube videos from engineers who already graduated and they said you will really not use 100% of those lessons at your work because you will use machines and computers to solve them — no need to solve it manually. So the main investment is to learn the basics, learn to think critically, and enhance your problem-solving skills.
We still had a conversation about general topics and school where he asked me about other opportunities such as scholarship, freelancing, writing, etc.
Overall, it was a great and thoughtful conversation with him.
However, I am kind of disappointed with my camera because when we tested the stream, it had good quality and clear screen vision.
But when we started the interview, it became dark and black even though I did not change my position and lighting. So I was not clearly visible during the interview.
Nevertheless, I am still thankful that I overcame my shyness in facing the camera…I also feel that I learned more about myself after answering the questions that he threw.