227: Exotic Car Salesman to Mobile Developer with Ephraim Schmitt


In this episode Donn sits down and talks to Ephraim Schmitt about how he changed careers from being an exotic car salesman to a mobile software developer. It’s a fascinating and inspiring story for anyone looking to get into software development. 

We talk about the mental and financial struggles, how he learned to start coding, how you can find opportunities everywhere, how to interview better, where to look for positions when you’re just starting out, why volunteering/doing something for free early on is fast way to open doors and build your network and so much more.

If you or anyone you know is looking to break into the software industry, this is the podcast for you. You’ll leave with a couple  pages of notes, tips and the inspiration you need to jump into the world of software development.

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