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

SIWIKE “Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier”: the podcast - what you didn’t know you needed to know about jobs, careers and life

About the show

A companion to the book: SIWIKE “Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier”: how to unlock your career potential

Hosted by Luki Danukarjanto

Sharing insights and learning about jobs (search, resumes, interviews, networking), careers (purpose, promotions, wealth) and life (fulfillment, health, wisdom)

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  • 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.

  • Law to immigration to entrepreneur and tech with Josh Schachnow SIWIKE Podcast (JoshS-001)

    January 25th, 2023  |  32 mins 54 secs
    immigration, law, tech

    In this podcast episode, the SIWIKE Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier Podcast welcomes a new guest host, Josh Schachnow, an immigration lawyer and founder of Josh shares his journey into law and how he fell into immigration law by chance but found it fascinating. He also talks about his experience starting his own firm and teaming up with techies to create Visto, a tech company that helps with immigration. The conversation also touches on law school experiences and expectations, fitting in as a "non-traditional" lawyer, and the growth of the immigration law field in Canada.

  • Not knowing what you want, business and adjusting to work with Gradi Gunawan SIWIKE Podcast (GG-001)

    January 18th, 2023  |  37 mins 22 secs
    business, career path, food delivery

    Gradi Gunawan shares his background in business marketing, sales, and business development. Gradi leads a team for one of Canada's largest online food delivery companies. He is passionate about soccer and has always been curious about other countries, especially in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Gradi's parents gave him the freedom to choose his own career path, and were hesitant about him becoming a footballer due to limited opportunities in Indonesia.

  • Asian upbringing into Liberal Arts and finding his interest in Sales with Jonathan Tjoandi (JT-001)

    January 11th, 2023  |  29 mins 34 secs
    leadership, motivation, salesteam

    In this podcast episode, the SIWIKE Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier Podcast welcomes a new guest host, Jonathan Tjoandi, business development lead at Rose Rocket. He dives into his current role leading the sales team, dealing with inbound and outbound leads, and building better processes within their organization. We also get a glimpse into his childhood in Indonesia, and his journey to finding his career path. In addition, the episode touches on the speaker's struggles with academics and expectations from parents after graduation, as well as the importance of constant learning and developing skills when leading a team.

  • Being Your Authentic Self with Kwame Fraser SIWIKE Podcast (KF-001)

    January 4th, 2023  |  25 mins 18 secs
    authentic, communication, name

    In this episode, Kwame, shares his experiences with changing his name and how it has helped him embrace his authentic self and people are respectful of his choice. Kwame has spent time in Jamaica and learned more about his father's family, and through this journey, he has discovered more about his heritage. Embracing this part of himself has been a journey of self-discovery.

  • Navigating your first 90 days in a new job with Tiffany Uman SIWIKE Podcast (TF-003)

    December 20th, 2022  |  38 mins 10 secs
    communication, start, successful

    In this episode, our experts delve into the crucial steps for a successful start in a new job. They emphasize the importance of having a clear understanding of the company's mission and values, being organized and prepared for your role, and being a good listener to understand the company's culture. They also stress the importance of making your boss look good, understanding your impact on the organization, and building relationships with co-workers. Finally, they offer advice on accelerating timelines for co-op positions and trusting yourself in the new role. Tune in for valuable insights to kick-start your new job on the right foot

  • Developing a successful mindset - Dylan Nadler DN-001

    December 13th, 2022  |  33 mins 2 secs
    mindset, success, taekwondo

    Dylan Adler is the founder of Mind Lock, a company that focuses on mental training for athletes. He discussed his background in taekwondo and psychology, how he started his company, and some of his experiences growing up as an athletic and competitive child. He also shared his advice on how to improve performance in sports or business by documenting progress, setting goals, and being persistent while also knowing when to move on. He emphasized the importance of organizing and structuring work early on to avoid bad habits and ensure that a system is in place when it is needed.

  • Geeky theatre kid to handling Google mega accounts - Dan Marquez DM-001

    December 6th, 2022  |  42 mins 47 secs
    consulting, engineering, google, theatre

    In this episode, Dan Marquez and Luki speak about Dan's background in as a geeky theatre kid, is progress into engineering, consulting, then into supporting Google's mega accounts.

  • What do employers look for in a new grad hire Bruce Chang - SIWIKE Podcast BC-002 Mentor Corner

    November 30th, 2022  |  39 mins 17 secs
    interview, job, recruitment

    In this episode, Bruce, discusses the difference between recruiters and hiring managers, and the role of each in the recruitment process. He also highlights the importance of being prepared, honest, and able to demonstrate one's ability to learn and work through uncertainty when interviewing for a job. Additionally, both the candidate and the hiring manager should assess if there is a good fit, and the candidate should also interview the interviewer and the company to see if it's a good fit for them.

  • How gaming helped me get a job Brian Yang - SIWIKE Podcast BY-002 Mentor Corner

    November 23rd, 2022  |  32 mins 59 secs
    confidence, gaming, job

    In this episode, Brian describes how playing a game helped him overcome his depression and lack of confidence. He found nostalgia in the game and began to rebuild his confidence through analyzing, competing, and networking within the game. He eventually used these skills to network and make connections in the real world, leading to a job opportunity. He also emphasized the importance of taking small steps in building confidence and the power of choice in personal development. The game served as a middle ground for them to build their social skills before applying them in real life.