In this featured How I Got Here, podcast episode, Simon Johnson, Professor at MIT Sloan and co-founder of the COVID-19 Policy Alliance, tells us about how he transitioned from his first career aspiration — which was to be a rescue helicopter pilot for the Navy – to becoming the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund and a tenured Professor.
We cover his journey plus:
- How to persevere in spite of rejection and remain confident in yourself
- When it’s worth it to burn bridges and how to be OK with the consequences
- What it’s like to work in a political job
- Why he called for a meeting with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker last month and all that he’s been doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
How I Got Here is a podcast that interviews professionals about how they navigated their careers and found their ideal jobs.
Your hosts are MIT Sloanies Lara Mitra and Eric Eliasson.