SIWIKE “Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier”: the podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

221 episodes of SIWIKE “Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier”: the podcast since the first episode, which aired on April 6th, 2020.

  • What to do when you're rejected from your dream school | Rand Enaya SWIKE Podcast (RE-001)

    May 17th, 2023  |  35 mins 31 secs
    accounting, business, persistence, property management, tiktok

    Rand Enaya and I chat about what to do when you're rejected from your dream school!
    She is accounting and starting her own TikTok channel.

  • From Reading to Research: A master's with internships at Adobe, Roblox, and Meta | Cheryl Lao CL-001

    May 10th, 2023  |  30 mins 57 secs
    academic journey, adobe internship, career advice, cheryl lao, computer science masters, future aspirations, graduate studies, meta internship, networking in academia, research presentation, roblox internship, self-esteem in grad school, siwike, stem careers, university experience

    Join us in this fascinating conversation with Cheryl Lao, a Computer Science master's student, as she takes us through her academic journey and shares her experiences from interning at big companies such as Adobe, Roblox, and Meta. She provides insights into the process of conducting and presenting research at conferences, shares her future career aspirations, and imparts valuable advice she wishes she knew earlier in her academic journey. This discussion is a goldmine for anyone considering graduate studies in Computer Science or looking to make the most out of their academic and professional experiences.

  • Losing her voice to finding it again | Angela Purnama SWIKE (AP-001)

    May 3rd, 2023  |  35 mins 29 secs
    ai, angela purnama, asian excellence, career development, chatgpt, community, creativity, culture, entrepreneurship, luki danukarjanto, music, networking, personal development, podcast, record label, siwike, social media, symbio

    Join us in this enlightening episode of the SIWIKE Podcast where host Luki engages in a riveting conversation with Angela , the co-founder of Symbio, an emerging independent record label centered around celebrating Asian culture and excellence. Angela shares her inspiring journey, insights on following your passion, embracing personal identity, and the critical role of intuition. The conversation provides a deeper understanding of the motivation behind Symbio and the effort to foster a strong community of like-minded individuals.

    Angela also talks about leveraging technology and AI tools like ChatGPT in routine tasks and handling Symbio's operations. She shares her future aspirations and her learning journey as a young professional in the music industry.

    Whether you're a young professional, an aspiring artist, or someone who appreciates cultural representation and appreciation, this episode has wisdom for everyone.

  • Being patient with your ambitions and leveraging mentors

    April 26th, 2023  |  41 mins 40 secs
    academia to corporate, bell, business consulting, career advice, career planning, career transition, corporate career, corporate internship, education, government jobs, internship, job search, leadership development program, leadership roles, mba, mentorship, personal development, professional development, team management., walmart

    In this insightful podcast episode, host Luki chats with Shaan, a consultant at a leading global management consulting firm. They delve into Shaan's professional journey, the hurdles he encountered, and the strategies he deployed to navigate his career.

    Shaan imparts valuable lessons about applying to internships, harnessing the power of mentorship, making the shift into the corporate world, and making informed career decisions. If you're a student or a young professional preparing to step into the corporate realm, this episode will provide practical advice on setting up your career trajectory, planning your future, and excelling in the corporate ecosystem.

    Tune in as Shaan highlights the importance of opportunities like internships, mentorships, and pursuing an MBA in enhancing your professional development.

  • Journalism Foodie to the White House and not for profits | Ayanna Lott-Pollard SWIKE (ALP-001)

    April 19th, 2023  |  39 mins 32 secs
    ayanna lott, business, career advice, career journey, career transition, community service, confidence, empowerment, journalism, leadership, life challenges, life lessons, mentorship, persistence, personal growth, personal vision, resilience, siwike

    Join us for an empowering episode of the SIWIKE Podcast with Ayanna Lott, a dynamic leader, coach, and communicator who has journeyed from the field of journalism to empowering emerging leaders. Ayanna's story is one of resilience and determination, overcoming personal losses and career challenges to forge a successful path in business and community service. She discusses the importance of mentorship, personal vision, and staying teachable throughout your career journey. Whether you're just starting out in your career, looking for guidance, or seeking inspiration, Ayanna's journey is sure to resonate and inspire.

  • How to land your first tech job, Startups and writing on Medium | Richard Luo SWIKE(RL-001)

    April 12th, 2023  |  37 mins 34 secs
    aspire, career advice, career development, career growth, career journey, career planning, computer science, leadership, mentorship, personal development, proactivity, richard luo, software engineering, startups, tech industry, technology

    Join us in this inspiring episode as Richard Luo, a proficient software engineer currently working at Aspire, shares his unique career journey, the lessons he learned, and the wisdom he wishes he knew earlier. Richard dives into his humble beginnings, the transformational experiences he encountered while working in various tech roles, and how he's striving to make a significant impact at Aspire. He discusses the importance of mentorship, the value of having a clear plan, understanding the reason behind what you're doing, and the necessity of being proactive in shaping your career trajectory. Don't miss this episode if you're seeking valuable insights to navigate your career in tech!

  • How to be better - the importance of mental training in sports and business | Dylan Nadler (DN-002)

    April 5th, 2023  |  35 mins 16 secs
    business, competitiveedge, emotionalintelligence, mentaltoughness, mentaltraining, mindset, personaldevelopment, productivity, selfawareness, tech

    In this episode, we delve deep into the transformative power of mental training with Dylan , a seasoned expert in mental toughness training for the business and tech world. We explore the significant role of journaling, self-awareness, and understanding emotions in personal growth and productivity. Dylan breaks down the misconception that mental training is only for those struggling with issues; he emphasizes that even individuals with a high baseline of mental toughness can benefit immensely from structured mental training.

    We discuss how mental training can be likened to physical training, requiring regular practice and consistent commitment for optimal results. Dylan also highlights the competitive edge that mental training can provide, making it a valuable tool for anyone looking to continually improve, irrespective of their current skill level.

    If you're interested in personal development, mental toughness, or seeking ways to optimize your productivity and self-understanding, this episode is packed with valuable insights and practical advice.

  • Shy extravert finding mentors and empowering with Whitly Theriault SWIKE Podcast (WT-001)

    March 29th, 2023  |  36 mins 33 secs
    coach, empowerment, inspiration, mindset, overcoming adversity, personal growth, positive thinking, self-discovery, self-doubt, siwike, speaker, success, visualization, women's support network

    Join host Luki Danukarjanto as he interviews Whitly , a speaker, coach, and founder of a women's support network. Whitly shares her inspiring journey, from overcoming adversity and self-doubt to discovering her passion for helping others achieve their dreams. She discusses the power of a strong support network, the importance of visualization and positive thinking, and the impact of mindset on creating a fulfilling life. Tune in to gain insights and valuable SIWIKE (Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier) advice that can help you navigate your own journey towards self-discovery and success.

  • Conversations: The importance of Consistency with Brian Yang SWIKE Podcast (BY-003)

    March 22nd, 2023  |  38 mins 1 sec
    career success, consistency, goal setting, habits, intentional living, life improvement, mindset, motivation, overcoming challenges, personal development, personal growth, productivity, self-discipline, self-improvement, work-life balance

    In this insightful video, we dive deep into the concept of consistency and its impact on various aspects of life, from personal growth to career success. Discover how embracing consistency can lead to improved performance, better relationships, and overall well-being. Learn about the importance of intentionality, the seasonal nature of consistency, and tips for staying consistent even during challenging times. Don't miss out on these valuable insights that can help you unlock your full potential!

  • Kid with a video game blog to speaker, author and marketing leader with Adam Rodricks(AR-001)

    March 15th, 2023  |  34 mins 11 secs
    gratitude, mentor, resilience

    Join us in this podcast episode as we explore Adam Rodricks' inspiring journey of overcoming adversity and achieving success in the corporate world. Discover the importance of mentorship, resilience, and breaking down goals into smaller steps.

    Adam shares his experiences growing up and the challenges he faced in his pursuit of education. Learn about the role of gratitude, forgiveness, and personal growth in maintaining a positive outlook and moving forward in one's career.

    Listen as Adam discusses the significance of work-life balance, communication, and the impact of informal mentorship. Uncover powerful lessons from Adam's journey and learn how to apply these principles to overcome challenges and succeed in your own life.

  • How to improve yourself and others with Steve Joordens(SJ-002)

    March 8th, 2023  |  39 mins 15 secs
    communication, feedback, self-determination

    Join us in this podcast episode where host Luki and guest Steve Joordens discuss the art of giving and receiving feedback effectively. Steve, founder of Pure Scholar, shares insights on the psychological aspects of feedback and the importance of minimizing the "fight or flight" reaction. Learn how the Self-Determination Theory's three pillars - autonomy, competence, and relatedness - play a role in engaging people in any activity or process.

    Discover practical tips for providing feedback in a "socio-emotionally appropriate way" to improve communication and overall outcomes. Visit for microlearning videos that guide you through the feedback process and more.

    Explore the significance of feedback in educational and workplace settings, the power of positive feedback, and the benefits of fostering a growth mindset. Don't miss our guests sharing their future aspirations and ways to connect on social media. Dive into this conversation to understand the importance of managing mindset, practicing self-compassion, and striving to make a positive impact on the world.

  • Dealing with minority adversity, two cancer diagnoses and swabbing the world with Mai Duong MaiD-001

    March 1st, 2023  |  38 mins 27 secs
    cancerawareness, charity, communication

    Discover Mai's inspiring journey on the latest episode of the SIWIKE Podcast! Join our new guest host, a marketing expert and media strategist, as she shares her experience growing up as a Vietnamese immigrant in Montreal and defying her parents' expectations to pursue her true passion. Learn about the importance of embracing your unique skills and how her foundation, Swab the World, is making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Don't miss this episode full of valuable life lessons and be sure to follow Swab the World on Instagram for more updates!

  • Against a traditional career path with Demetrios Vassiliades(DV-001)

    February 22nd, 2023  |  41 mins 45 secs
    career, designer, selfdiscovery

    In this episode of the SIWIKE Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier Podcast, guest host Demetrios talks about his diverse interests in construction project management, YouTubing, photography, and running an Etsy shop. Demetrios shares his journey of self-discovery, from being shy and lacking confidence to gaining independence through studying tax accounting and living alone in Canada. He also talks about his childhood memories, his parents' work, and his desire to escape England. Demetrios shares his career path, starting from a junior designer position to becoming a tax assistant, and eventually pursuing his passion in construction and renovation technology. In this episode, you'll learn how Demetrios navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and his latest pursuits, including job hunting and working with Luki on his YouTube shorts.

  • Not knowing what you want to getting on the path to purpose and fulfillment with Daniel Chen(DChen-001)

    February 15th, 2023  |  48 mins 3 secs
    experience, learning, tech

    In this episode of the SIWIKE Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier Podcast, guest host Daniel Chen talks about his background in tech and his experience integrating into Canadian society. Daniel discusses their university experience, including the value of personal projects over school projects on resumes and their search for purpose through an entrepreneurship program. Daniel also talks about their desire to work in a competitive environment and potentially start their own company or work for a smaller one in the future. Daniel shares a personal story about struggling with learning and wishes they had known how to manage their emotions earlier in life.

  • Building skills during a recession with Micheal Fearon SIWIKE Podcast (MF-003)

    February 8th, 2023  |  33 mins 22 secs
    careerdevelopment, selfcare, skillbuilding

    Michael Fearon discusses how to build skills during times of economic downturn. They identify three categories of skills to focus on: soft skills, hard/technical skills, and life skills, and emphasize the importance of auditing one's skills regularly. The speakers also give tips on analyzing job market trends, updating resumes and digital presence, and maintaining a positive attitude. They also stress the importance of self-care and being aware of other opportunities and niches in one's field. Tune in for practical advice on developing skills to thrive in any economic climate.

  • English lit, teaching in Korea, to career development professional Valerie Le SIWIKE Podcast(VL-001)

    February 1st, 2023  |  39 mins 30 secs
    careeradvice, journey, life

    Valerie, a career practitioner and late-career confidence coach, shares her journey of helping young adults navigate their careers. Growing up as an avid reader and learner, Valerie had a love for books and knowledge instilled in her from a young age. Despite her quiet and introspective nature, she had a creative streak that showed in her desire to lead and bring people together. After pursuing a degree in career development, Valerie went to Korea to teach English and was met with unexpected challenges, but she was determined to see it through. However, upon receiving sad news from home, Valerie returned to spend the last month of her grandfather's life with him. This experience helped her realize the power of coaching and developing others, leading her to pursue a career in the field and eventually starting her own business. She credits her success to the mentors who helped her see her own greatness.