Every Tuesday night With Mariya Tuesday, June 07.25.2023
Mariya Palanjian’s interviews: Gabe Bensimon, Co-Founder & CEO & Tim Brophy, Co-Founder & COO
Gabe Bensimon, Co-Founder & CEO Gabe grew up in Venice Beach, CA and began his career journey at Cal Poly SLO, where he met his Co-Founder, Tim and came back to LA and earned his MBA from USA.
Tim Brophy, Co-Founder & COO Tim also grew up in the LA area but unlike many, he knew what he wanted to do from a very early age because of a close family friend who happened to share her career path.
Applying for colleges in 2008, he saw how the peak of the Great Recession affected those around him, especially his family. Gabe decided to pursue Industrial Engineering for a “secure” career path even though this wasn’t really his interest. Randomly he learned about Sales Engineering and how it blends business acumen with a technical focus. After 5 years working as a Sales Engineer, Gabe felt restless and decided to go back to school again, this time for a MBA at the University of Southern CA.
At USC, Gabe realized the power of “informational interviews” or the practice of interviewing peers about themselves, learning more about what careers exist. This led to the birth of OneDegree Careers. He believes access to career information should be democratized and available to everyone, regardless if you attend college or not. He is inspired to introduce new opportunities to young people and help avoid unnecessary student loan debt.