Jan. 3, 2022

#11 - On The Graduate Experience and Careers with Haynes D'Souza

Haynes is a Finance Manager at Airwallex. He has worked at Goldman Sachs JBWere and PWC, where he worked in Silicon Valley on billion-dollar deals like the Uber IPO and Airbnb transactions.

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Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/haynesdsouza/

Email - haynes at 87advisory dot com

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👇 Episode Takeaways

The Importance of the Side Hustle

Haynes is really passionate about side hustles. One of the big reasons why he is so passionate about them is risk-taking. He didn't want to be at the end of his career and say that he never took a risk, that he never tried to have a big impact.

He described his story of living in Silicon Valley where people had their 9-5 jobs but also a 5-9.

Creating real impact starts with creating something.  

Great Questions to Ask When Moving Roles

During the episode, I asked Haynes what questions he would ask when moving roles.

He came back with some great ones 👇

  • Is the company growing?

  • What is the culture like?

  • Why is this role open? (Did someone leave? Why?)

  • What is the vision of the founders/executives?

  • Do people go out at the end of the week?

  • Do people appreciate asking for help or is it more independent?

  • Where do people that work in this role usually end up in 5 years?

  • What are your hours like?

I thought that these were fantastic questions, particularly the one I have highlighted in bold. Asking good questions in these times of change is so important in getting good answers.

These questions will be very helpful when changing roles.

Your Career is Not Linear!

Often we can fall into the trap of thinking that we are on a strictly linear career path. A path where we go from analyst to senior analyst to manager and so on. What we fail to miss is that we might change careers, we might have a family and this linear career notion stops being useful.

Haynes says that the key is to realise that our careers aren't linear and actually embrace this fact. Embrace the fact that things change and may not go the exact way you plan. This isn't bad, this is what makes life interesting.  

💭 Things Discussed


Tim Ferris

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing - Al Ries, Jack Trout


How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - Scott Adams

Charlie Munger's Mental Models

Show Notes 📝

00:00 #11 Haynes D'Souza

00:00 Intro

02:14 From Melbourne to Silicon Valley

06:42 Tall Poppy Syndrome in Australia

09:04 Lesson's from Covid in New York

14:14 What makes a successful startup

18:01 The Importance of Timing for Your Startup

22:47 Upcoming Trends

31:06 Haynes' Favourite Failure

37:54 Questions to ask when moving roles

39:56 Your career is not linear

43:12 Finding Mentors in Australia

46:12 How to reach out to people

49:18 Haynes' Advice for Graduates

52:26 Charlie Munger's Lattice Theory

56:08 The Fancy Title Career Mistake

01:00:33 Outro