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Going All-In: Announcing Our Pre-Seed Round
Raising funding led by Square Peg, going full-time, and our vision for the future 🔮
🌞 Earlywork News
Product Management vs. Consulting
Consultants turned Atlassian PMs break down what makes the roles different
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
Build Career Success by Design
4 powerful heuristics that Max Marchione uses to navigate career uncertainty
🎯 Choosing a Career
Be More Selective With Your Time
Isaac Joshi uncovers the underlying reasons why we often spend time on the wrong things
💼 Entrepreneurship
An Operator's Guide to Navigating a Downturn
Bear market survival tips for tech & startup operators, from Albert Patajo
📊 Industry Analysis
How Side Hustles Give You an Edge at Work
How product manager Vihan Ramanayake used side project learnings to land and get ahead in his first startup role
💼 Entrepreneurship
How to Raise Your First Round
A no-bullshit guide going behind the curtain on how to navigate early VC conversations from Kath Han (Square Peg)
💼 Entrepreneurship
WTF are Scaleups?
Airtasker’s former COO Yaniv Bernstein explains what the heck happens when startups grow up
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
What Founders Can Learn From Musicians
How one of Australia's top rising startup founders draws inspiration from his music career
💼 Entrepreneurship
The 4 Step Framework to Rethink Your Career Path
How the Earlywork team stumbled on a valuable career paradigm from a failed business idea
🎯 Choosing a Career
How Atlassian's Chief Product Officer Spots The Next Wave
Lessons on predicting the future from Joff Redfern's time leading product at Atlassian, LinkedIn and Yahoo
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
Employee Equity Demystified
An approachable guide on how the heck your shares work as a startup or tech company employee feat. Amit Majumder
💡 Job Search
Startup Recruiter: A Secret Career Vantage Point
How being a recruiter can fast-track your startup learning
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
What Employers Get Wrong About Grads & Interns
Lessons from a talent specialist with 10+ years experience in recruiting young talent across banking, professional services, education, sport and startups
📊 Industry Analysis
5 Secrets to Teach Yourself How to Code
How Blake Ward went from high-school student to full-time software engineer
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
Why Your Dog Could Be Your Secret Career Mentor
How Harikesh Pushpapathan (Stoic VC) levelled up his thinking by learning from his German Shepherd
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
Why Australia Could Become a Global Crypto Capital
The 4 biggest factors behind the case for Australia as a regional Web3 hub for APAC
📊 Industry Analysis
How to Land a Tech Job as a Non-Traditional Candidate
From pharmacist to interior designer to... startup operations manager?
💡 Job Search
6 Lessons from Uni We Need to Unlearn
Reflections on the career-education gap from PM-turned-founder Amogh Sarda
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
It's Not ‘Just’ an Arts Degree
Why studying arts is a secret weapon in startups, a guest piece by Jethro Cohen (Investor @ Square Peg)
WTF is Performance Marketing?
We chat to Bennie Liu who's previously led growth at two VC-backed startups to hear what he had to say about performance marketing
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
How to Tell if Your Employer Gives a F*ck About Climate
71% of Gen Z workers would refuse to work for a company they felt was not doing enough to deal with climate change. So, how do you know if your employer actually gives a f*ck?
📊 Industry Analysis
A Time Before Startups Were Cool
Today, we have the privilege of taking you back in time to 2008 (oh, what a year!) to chat about a time before startup career pathways existed.
💼 Entrepreneurship
From Engineering to Product Management
You rarely see ‘Product Management’ degrees in the tech world, so where the f*ck do all these product managers come from? One of the most common pathways is to first be a software engineer, but it’s no easy leap.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
Change Your Perspective Before You Change Your Job
It’s not always the job that is the root of our career discontent. Often, it’s how we perceive the job, and our attitude towards work lives on even as we switch roles and companies.
🎯 Choosing a Career
How to Break Into BizOps
BizOps sounds pretty swanky, but what exactly is it? We chatted to 4 BizOps operators to find out
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
The Minimalist Guide to Entrepreneurship
We're taking a trip down memory lane to Earlywork’s largest community event to date - a fireside chat with Sahil Lavingia.
💼 Entrepreneurship
Scaling People: How to Create a Flywheel for Talent
To date, we’ve spent a lot of time focusing on job-seeker content, democratising resources around breaking into different industries, role types and the like. We thought it would be a fun piece to get insight from the other side of the job search journey, the folks hiring!
📊 Industry Analysis
The Gen Z Authors Uncovering Australia's Startup Landscape
We’re celebrating the launch of The Rising Tide: Your Guide to Startups & VC in Australia this week!
📊 Industry Analysis
The Road to Forbes 30 Under 30 as a Woman of Colour
You won’t meet too many young women of colour who have been on Forbes 30 Under 30. And even fewer who live in Sydney, Australia. That’s why the story of Sanjana Nagesh building BrownGirlGang to an audience of 130K+ and growing is a pretty unique one, with features in BBC, Teen Vogue, and HuffPost along the way.
💼 Entrepreneurship
The Simulation Arms Race
We are witnessing the rise of the simulation industry, as the world’s leading tech companies and governments race to simulate the world around us. But how the heck is this actually happening? Can it even happen?
📊 Industry Analysis
Dishin’ the Dirt on Cleantech
Roll up your sleeves and get those gardening gloves on because we’re about to dish the dirt on what’s been happening in the Cleantech space. 🍀
📊 Industry Analysis
Embracing Failure as a Launchpad for Opportunity
We chat to Stef Safahi (Folklore Ventures) and Sally Krebs (Lived) about turning failures into opportunities
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
The Missing Ingredient in Your Job Description
But whether you’re an engineer, product manager, designer, salesperson, marketer or recruiter, there’s one responsibility often missing that you will ALWAYS be measured on, whether explicitly or implicitly. Your impact.
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
Healthtech So Hot Right Now 🔥
Healthtech is one of the hottest industries to be playing in right now. After all, who wouldn’t want the chance to impact a critical pillar of society? To get the hottest goss, we chatted to Em Casey - a self-proclaimed “Medicine Defector” who has made the leap to tech & startups.
📊 Industry Analysis
How to Break Into Gaming Careers
Australia has quite a rich history in gaming. Bet you didn’t know that Halfbrick Studios, the folks behind everyone’s favourite fruit slicing game, Fruit Ninja, was founded in Brisbane (aka Brisvegas) in 2001. Fast forward a couple decades and Australia has become the birthplace of a few startups making some serious global moves in this fast-growing industry.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
How America Became The World's Operating System For Tech
In a world of seven billion people, there are 143 who have made a billion dollar fortune from starting technology companies. 72 of them live in a 121 km2 stretch of land: Silicon Valley. It isn’t just the birthplace of modern day technology – it is also the world’s operating system.
📊 Industry Analysis
Building Success Metrics for Your Life Goals
But there's a fundamental part of life where OKRs have only scratched the surface... Not the way we set company and team goals, but the way we set our personal goals. 2021 was my year of experimenting with personal OKRs. This is how things went down. 👇
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
Derisk Your Career for a Remote Future
Is remote just a COVID-fad or here to stay for good? We were lucky enough to be joined by Abi Tyas Tungall co-founder of himalayas.app, a jobs platform designed for remote jobs (you can probably guess his stance🤣).
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
WTF is Product Engineering?
Looking at the software industry more broadly, there is one role shift that I’m particularly curious about. The emergence of product engineers.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
The Framework for Career Fulfilment
It’s pretty crazy to think that we’ll spend 90,000 hours working, that’s around one-third of our lifetime. Heck, that’s a lot of hours 😰. Doesn’t it make sense then, that we should be spending all of these hours in a way that’s meaningful to us?
🎯 Choosing a Career
How to Be Your Own Career VC: Part 2 - Evaluating a Startup Job Offer
Before applying and accepting any job offer, you should consider the following three things: Career Growth, Compensation, and Culture.
🎯 Choosing a Career
Top 5 Misconceptions About Product Management
There are several gaps and myths that consistently show up when it comes to product management. We chatted to James Gabb & Matt Hinds to break them down
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
What Your Mentors Wish You Knew
Crack open any career development book these days and it’ll probably tell you to go find a mentor. So, how do you actually build meaningful mentor relationships?
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
How to be your own career VC (Part 1)
VCs choosing where to invest their capital is not too different from you or me choosing which company we’ll invest our time in. The three main areas where you should do further digging and thinking are: people, product and funding.
🎯 Choosing a Career
Will B Corps Change The Way We Build Startups?
We're diving into an alternative business model that shakes up how businesses balance profit and purpose
📊 Industry Analysis
The Most Underrated Pathway Into Startups
Customer success has dramatically evolved to a proactive and strategic function that's critical to most startups. By all accounts, it's still a relatively non-competitive route into startupland. So, how do you break in?
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
Playing Devil’s Advocate on Angel Investing
There’s something real alluring about being that lone-wolf type of person who takes a crazy bet on a startup and having it pay off handsomely. What’s interesting though, is that the principles of angel investing have some parallels with how we can approach our careers. Let’s read on.
📊 Industry Analysis
Cover Letters Are Dying (Try These 4 Things Instead)
In theory, cover letters are meant to be the “why” behind the resume, the story of what has led you to apply for a role. But, increasingly, tech companies and startups are tossing them aside.
💡 Job Search
Growth Marketing Uncovered ft. Dan Siepen (Head of Growth & Marketing, Wellshare)
A few newsletters ago, we wrote about one of the hottest topics floating around these days: growth marketing. Ya’ll wanted to know more and to get into the nitty-gritty of things. Well, ask and you shall receive, Earlyworkers!
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
How To Land A Job In The Valley 🔥
Silicon Valley seems like a pretty dope place to work eh? Turns out, we are not unique in our view, getting a job in the valley is ruthlessly competitive and it attracts some of the best talent globally.
💡 Job Search
How To Break Into Crypto Careers
Investing in crypto is now weirdly… normal. But when it comes to working in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, this is still a fairly murky, unclear world.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
Trust in the Media feat. The Daily Aus
How can we cut through the crap and get to the stories that matter? I was keen to get some answers and Sam’s Masterclass on Trust in the Media seemed like the place to go for them.
📊 Industry Analysis
Why You Should Have a Side Hustle
Did you know some of the most popular products and companies we know, including Slack, Twitter, Craigslist, Gmail and Trello, originally started as a side hustle. Before we dive in, just want to ensure we are aligned on lingo, side hustles come in many forms but are typically projects started outside of normal work hours. Okay, so most of you understand a side hustle. This is why the time is ripe now!
💼 Entrepreneurship
Top 5 Factors Startups Look For in Entry-Level Candidates
Pathways into more traditional careers are well defined, however, knowing what startups look for and how to thrive in the environment is not as widely known. Here are the top 5 qualities that startups are looking for in entry-level candidates.
💡 Job Search
How to Break Into UX & Product Design
In this edition’s Weekly Cheeky Tip, we put on our French berets and our best impression of the “I am artiste!” meme to deep dive into the world of UX and Product Design.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
How To Create a Killer Resume
The FREE section-by-section guide around how to design a resume for early-career workers to curate lessons from our own job application experience across leading tech companies, fast-growing startups and venture capital.
💡 Job Search
How to Break Into Growth Marketing
In the past decade, ‘growth marketing’ has since exploded as a startup buzzword that everyone seems to nod their heads at. But what the hecc does this actually involve, and how do you land a role like this? We chatted to 3 growth marketers on the Sydney startup scene
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
Top 5 Tech Jobs for Non-Technical People
You see a whole lot of technical entry-level roles/grad programs but not a whole lot for your generalist, soft-skill-type roles. That’s why in this Weekly Cheeky Tip, we’ve done a deep dive on the Top 5 Non-Technical Career Paths:
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
How to Land a Role With LinkedIn DMs
🔑 The real key to landing referrals and creating your own job opportunities: LinkedIn messages.
💡 Job Search
Level Up Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn sometimes seems like a bit of a meme with all its self-congratulatory posts and generic comments on work anniversary updates. Used correctly, it can be the most important tool in your career.
💡 Job Search
The Earlywork Grad Program & Internship Database
As another season of grad & intern applications kick-off, we thought we’d try to make life a little bit easier for students trying to get a sense of what opportunities are out there in tech.
💡 Job Search
Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
We compiled 10 of the most useful initial questions to ask interviewers, draw from the real-world interview experiences of our team.
💡 Job Search
WTF is Product/Market Fit?
We're breaking down a wishy-washy, often-misunderstood buzzword in the tech & startup world as we raise the question WTF is Product Market Fit
How To Ask For Advice
The skill of knowing who to ask for advice, what advice to ask for and how to ask for it, though certainly relevant to careers, has high leverage across life and its domains more broadly.
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
How To Build Your Own Curriculum At Work
So how do you ensure that you both have a high rate of learning, and are learning the right things? The answer: building your own learning plan and curriculum.
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
How To Break Into Data Science
We’re revisiting the How to Break Into X theme from our earlier edition on How to Break into Product Management to clarify another nebulous field with buzzword sex appeal but a lot of misconceptions.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
No Code, No Worries
Coding is certainly a valuable skill to pick up and understand, but I don’t think you necessarily need to learn how to code in order to build a tech product.
💼 Entrepreneurship
Top 10 Tools To Hack Your Time
I find myself sharing these funky tools so frequently that hecc, why not curate a list of my 10 favourite tools* and share ‘em with you cool humans.
🎓 Career Skills & Learning
How To Smash 'Why X Company?' With The 3P Framework
Another one of those classic interview questions that is almost always gonna come up, and one where the response should almost be muscle memory. But how does one tackle this bad boy?
💡 Job Search
Corporate vs. Startup Careers
One of the biggest questions I’ve seen young tech-inclined folks grapple with (myself very much included) is the dilemma of whether to join an early-stage startup or mature tech company as someone early in their career.
🎯 Choosing a Career
How to Break into Product Management
Ah, product management. One-third of the holy trinity of fetishised buzzword job titles alongside ‘strategy’ and ‘growth’.
🤿 Pathway Deep Dive
How to Smash 'Tell Me About Yourself'
In most job interviews, there's one game-changing question that hands you an open mic on a silver platter. "Tell me about yourself?" Those memey 4 words probably elicit some groans, but straight up, learning how to smash an answer to them can change a hire/no hire decision.
💡 Job Search
How to Evaluate (Potential) Job Fit & Satisfaction
An unsolved topic that fascinates me when thinking about early-stage careers: job fit & satisfaction. But how the hecc do you know if you’re in the right job for you (or if an opportunity is a good fit for you)?
🎯 Choosing a Career
Using LinkedIn DMs To Get Jobs
Let’s dive in and look at the real-world process we’ve used to land roles in tech and startups through LinkedIn in the past.
💡 Job Search
Student Groups for Tech & Startups
Beyond staying on top of job listings, a great way for students to learn more about tech, startups and the relevant ecosystem in Sydney, is tapping into the content, events and other students within university groups and societies related to these topics. That’s why I’ve built a comprehensive list across UNSW, USYD, UTS, Macquarie, and WSU, as well as student-focused groups not affiliated with a particular university.
💡 Job Search
Which Job Platforms to Check?
All the main job sites and groups that I personally check for entry-level tech & startup roles, including LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Hatch, Breakout.careers, and AngelList.
💡 Job Search
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