My Career Journey – Podcast with the MasterCard Foundation

I am so excited to share with you all the podcast interview I did with the Mastercard Foundation’s Baobab. Throughout this episode, I share my long-winded journey to working in tech with a non-tech academic background. Along the way, I discovered that I could not rely on opportunities being handed to me because I was ‘deserving’ but instead, I hd to aggressively pursue what I wanted.

In the words of the host, Halle: “Like many of us, Melissa checked all the right boxes and, in her own words, expected that the right opportunities would find her because she was deserving. That didn’t happen. Melissa has had to be bold and aggressive – and that energy radiates throughout this episode.”

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#TheHustle: Eugene Awori – Private Equity Professional; MBA candidate & Knight Hennessy Scholar @ Stanford Graduate School of Business Baobab Platform Podcasts

In this episode, Eugene discusses the value of seeking advice and help from mentors while at the same time lending a helping hand whenever you can. With an undergraduate degree in Actuarial Science, he expected that his career options would be limited to pension or insurance. Guidance from great managers and bosses exposed Eugene, early on, to the numerous paths available to him. He has had significant experience working at top firms across different geographies including the International Finance Corporation, Actis and Centum in England, Kenya and the US. He shares with us some of the lessons he’s learned over time which have helped guide his personal and professional successes. Eugene pays it forward by co-running a twitter handle where he posts on job and scholarship-related opportunities. To stay updated, follow finance_501 on twitter and look out for their website-launch this winter.
  1. #TheHustle: Eugene Awori – Private Equity Professional; MBA candidate & Knight Hennessy Scholar @ Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. #TheHustle: Melissa Kariuki – Associate Product Marketing Manager – Google, Jo'Burg
  3. #TheHustle: Ernie Omondi – Harvard College, Solutions Engineer at Facebook

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