The SYCK Career Podcast

Ep 93: How To Effectively Pivot Careers: An Interview with Former Google Engineer Zubin Pratap



In this podcast episode, I sit down with Zubin Pratap, a lawyer turned software engineer, to explore the journey of intentional career progression and the importance of embracing multiple steps along the way. Zubin shares valuable insights on navigating career transitions, emphasizing the significance of direction over speed in achieving success. 

Through his own experiences and coaching philosophy, Zubin underscores the necessity of self-development, effective communication, and market understanding in pursuing career goals. We delve into the intricacies of soft skills, advocacy, and the art of reaching out for opportunities, offering practical advice for career advancement. 

Tune in to gain valuable insights and actionable strategies from Zubin's inspiring journey. Don't miss out on this conversation—listen to the full episode now!

In This Episode:

  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 04:53 - How Zubin transitioned from one career to another
  • 07:54 - Internal mobility
  • 10:00 - Overcoming rejections and acquiring advocates
  • 15:35 - Jump from commercial role to software engineering role
  • 23:03 - How Zubin got into Google
  • 24:34 - Leaving Google for work-life balance
  • 30:34 - Helping Others Pivot to Software Engineering 
  • 32:31 - Importance of Having a Job While Transitioning
  • 36:29 - Developing soft skills to be successful in the corporate world
  • 38:16 - Zubin’s book recommendations

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Zubin Pratap is a lawyer, startup founder and taught himself to code at 37 and became a Google Software Engineer at 39.  He has had 3 careers in 4 countries, and coaches people on career change to coding.  He is currently a Developer Relations Engineer at a blockchain protocol. 

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