In this episode of the career interview series, we’ll be hearing from Pierre DeBois, an entrepreneur who was born in Gary, Indiana. As a young boy, Pierre was passionate about cars and dreamed of working on cars when he grew up.
Pierre achieved his childhood dream by interning at General Motors during college and working at Ford for eight years. But, He later made a major career change after completing grad school and is now the founder of a digital marketing analytics company.
- Don’t accept the idea that a particular subject such as math or science is something you can’t learn. They’re tools you learn to help you get things done not talents that you either do or don’t have. Learn about these subjects from the perspective of other areas that interest you and apply their principles as needed.
- People place value on you being resourceful and a source of good info. This can also be a way of being or becoming a good friend. Also, while you might have a great friendship with someone, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll also be great business partners.
- Triage your arguments with people and ensure that you don’t push anyone away for arbitrary reasons. This doesn’t mean that you should never end a relationship. But, you should assess your relationships and disagreements to discern if the disagreement can be overcome and if the relationship is worth saving.
Learn More About Pierre
- Connect with Pierre on LinkedIn.
- Read more info about Zimana on the company website zimana.com.
- Follow Zimana on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Pinterest.
- Pierre also contributes articles to InformationWeek.com, CMSWire.com, and DMNews.com.
[00:00:30] Pierre Dubois, founder and CEO of
[inaudible]. Is that property? Yes, yes. Uh, join us for the nor his to our career interview series. Thank you for joining us here today. I see. You’re very welcome. Okay. So let’s jump right into the interview. Uh, first question, if you could just give us a brief overview of your background. Where are you from?
[00:01:21] Perfect. And so tell me a little bit about growing up in Gary. What were your interests like as a kid? Um, and where did you attend school?
[00:02:21] What kind of a student where you, uh, Wallington bulletin or like elementary and things like that into high school?
[00:05:00] First job then, or did it come later that it came later?
[00:07:19] Okay. Um, you mentioned internships in college. Let’s talk then about your college experience. Uh, what school did you attend and what was the decision making process that went into selecting that school?
[00:12:15] You mentioned your interest in cars and things like that and that led to your selection of your major. Right. But, um, and then also, you know, how you went about selecting your school, but, um, aside from the academic side of things, how was your, um, how was your college experience at Purdue, I guess socially and then also at prairie view?
[00:18:09] You mentioned that you had some internships while you were in school. What was your first job out of college?
[00:20:47] how was your transition from school into the working world? Like you spoke about the process of moving into your foes, your first post college job, but how prepared did you actually feel for your career as an engineer? Like once you got into the role, was it like, Oh man, like, you know, did you feel like thrown into the deep end or did you feel pretty prepared coming straight from college? Was it what you expected?
[00:25:17] working through that, right. You said that you were at Ford for eight years or, or I believe somewhere about there. Yup. What led to you leaving the company? Um, were you looking for like a different challenge or I guess what was the inspiration for that?
[00:29:20] Okay. And then we spoke about the comparison between of your experiences at Purdue versus prairie, um, as someone that had both attended undergraduate school and then went on to get a graduate degree. How was the experience there? I’m not necessarily between the schools but just the difference in the program. Where did you find the difference between Grad school versus Undergrad?
[00:34:02] Okay. And so moving past year, um, your Grad school experience, um, let’s talk a little bit about your current career. Uh, what are you working on now and what the interest in overview of the path that you took to get there?
[00:42:20] I actually jump back into Samana. So you now have like your own company that you’ve been running now for a while, about a little bit under a decade, right? Are coming up, coming up, coming about a decade. Yep. Okay. So what does an average day, if there is an an average day look like for you? Running some manner?
[00:45:42] Let’s spend a little bit of time talking about most of your philosophies and then your plans moving forward. Okay. So how do you personally define success and using that definition, if you look back over your career, you know, and into where you are now, would you consider yourself at success?
[?]And I know you mentioned a few things in your college experience, um, what additional career or profession or any young person, you know, either still in school or just get married to enter the workforce, like looking back over your career, what, what, um, guidance or a sort of advice would you offer that might help them to avoid some of the mistakes you’ve made or achieve success a little bit earlier?
[00:55:54] Imagine it’s years from now and you’re nearing or already retired. When you look back over your career, what, I guess, what would you like to have as your legacy and then, um, what accomplishments within that legacy would make you consider it a roaring success versus just mediocre or disappointing?
[01:02:56] Okay. And then, um, let’s talk a little bit about books. Have there been any books that have inspired you along your career? Um, whether it’s something that you read back in college more recent or sometime in between. Um, have there been any books that have inspired you or anything that you’re currently reading or have recently? Right. That’s inspired you?
[01:08:29] Okay. And then if you can, um, can you share where people can find out more about you online or connect with you online?
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