i033 Ram Castillo – From Underdog to Expert Design Mentor


Today’s episode is a little different than our typical interviews. Ram Castillo, an expert design mentor from Australia, takes us along as he recounts his journey shares with us the winding journey that took him from an extreme “underdog” life to a strong career in design and business.

It’s a story that has a few different twists and turns, all of which helped to point Ram in the right direction.

And I like that, because running a business isn’t always straightforward and easy. Sometimes you just have to make the best decisions based on the options in front of you, trusting that it will bring you to where you want to go.

Because, as Ram shared, he had to let go of the pre-established beliefs he had on his future. He had to learn how to dive into his talents and dream big.

It’s definitely something that we can all relate to!

More About Ram

Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker and Author of the internationally acclaimed book ‘How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed’.

He’s based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple. Plus, CreativeLive; the world’s largest live streaming education website, personally invited Ram to deliver two classes in San Francisco. He delivered those classes after his three-month, 22 city, USA speaking tour over November 2014 to January 2015 and engaged with over 10,000 people.

With 12 years experience working for globally renowned agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, DDB and McCann Worldgroup on clients including Audi, McDonald’s, Qantas, Coca-Cola, Google and The Louis Vuitton Group, he’s able to give back to the industry which has given him avalanches in return.

Ram is regarded as a world leading career expert for emerging designers. The infectious mix of his hyper-practical thinking, relevant approaches and enormous drive has seen students transition from education to working in the real world at a rapid rate.

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