34: How to Win the “Numbers Game” and Reinvent Yourself (Andrew Ash – Software Engineer, Amazon)


Resetting your career to pursue a life of your design provides its challenges. Those challenges are unique to each individual, but there are certainly frameworks we can utilize to help guide our progress to overcome them.

Andrew Ash shares his most powerful framework, which we’ll call “Playing the Numbers Game” for us on today’s episode. You’ll get the opportunity to see how playing this game has led him from a career as an actor in New York City to creating a new life of Empjoyment as soon-to-be-married Software engineer at Amazon in Seattle.


Subscribe to listen to this episode as we discuss how to:

  • Determine your transferable skills from a prior role, industry, company to your new opportunity
  • Utilize several tools to get clarity on how to figure how that you want from your work experiences
  • Prepare for your interview based on the specific roles you’re looking for rather than general readiness

TL;DL (Too long; Didn’t Listen): 3 Actionable Takeaways

  • Your greatest gift and ability as a person isn’t any particular skill but rather than you can reinvent yourself overnight whenever and how often you choose
  • Maximize your job search efforts by figuring out what you want from your next role, identifying the gaps that you have to get there, and then ignoring the distractions and suggestions that don’t align
  • Approach your bootcamp decision based on whether what you’ll get based on reported statistics actually will get you to where you want to be

But wait there’s more! Share your #1 takeaway with today’s featured Empjoyee and other Empjoyees in the Empjoyment community!

From Insight to Action

Andrew encourages to picture EXACTLY what we want from our work and life. Not what is easy. Not what you feel you should want. But what you actually feel would bring you happiness – and then go for that.

#Joyney34: To bring what you want to life, Andrew suggested we take our end vision and work backwards to understand what we need to do now. Breakdown your goals based on where you are right now and come share the very next step you’ll take with us in the Empjoyment Community!


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Getting to Know Today’s Featured Empjoyee: Andrew Ash!

Andrew graduated from Yale in 2008 with a B.A. in Humanities.
After seven years as a professional actor in New York City, he decided to switch careers, and enrolled in the Software Engineering Immersive at Fullstack Academy.
He just finished his first year as a frontend engineer at Amazon, and he’s so happy he made the move to tech and to Seattle!

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