Career Development

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David LeWine: From Commercial Fisherman to Teacher to Software Engineer at Jana

After a bit more than a year at the job, I’m still learning new things all the time and I have a sense of a lot of open possibilities that will afford continuous opportunities for learning new things — I still don’t know where this adventure will take me in the next few years, but I feel like the possibilities … will be fun, satisfying ones, and I like the sense that I am still in the midst of an adventure. —David Lewine, software engineer at Jana

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How to Move from a Retail Sales Job into a Sales Career at a High-Growth Company

If retail isn’t stimulating you as you’d like it to, the transferable skills you’ve built in that role can help you to land a non-retail sales role. Transitioning from a retail work experience, a sales opportunity at a high-growth company can be challenging. At your retail sales job, you may have had a set of sales techniques you followed and always knew what was expected of you. Once you move into a new role, all this comfort and familiarity goes right out the window. This kind of sales job requires resourcefulness, ambition, and lots of innovation. (more…)

5 Top Design Companies in Boston

When you are new to the field of web design, it can be challenging to know what companies would be the right fit for you. At Startup Institute, we immerse you in the tech ecosystem from day one of the program, introducing you to our hiring partners to help you build your network and gain exposure to the companies that will be a fit for your career goals—both as a learner and a teammate. (more…)

6 Résumé Tips to Help You Land a Great Sales Gig

There is no gold standard for résumés as you move from one industry to another. An engineer’s résumé will look completely different than a web designer’s, just as a technical writer’s will be structured differently than that of a sales professional. Whether you have years of experience in sales or none at all, your résumé could make or break your chance at landing your dream sales position. (more…)

4 Ways Studying Spanish Has Prepared You to be a Better Leader

In high school, I studied Spanish. I memorized vocabulary, discussed sentence structure and grammar, and learned about different cultures that speak the language. Not only was this exciting, but I learned skills that, in turn, made me a better manager today. Good managers continuously build and reflect on their skill sets. Looking back, there were four main benefits of studying Spanish—important skills I developed and continue to use throughout my career. (more…)

9 Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills and Increase Productivity

Splitting my time as the marketing director for a small startup, teaching as an adjunct video production instructor at a number of schools, putting on entertainment events for the public, building volunteer social impact organizations, running a film festival, producing a feature film, going to Startup Institute’s immersive program, and producing commercial videos for corporations are just some of the ways I spend my daily life. (more…)

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