Margaret Malewski

Margaret Malewski

Founder


Origin Stories

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Moving from Canada to Poland for my undergraduate degree—experiencing huge culture shock.
Switching fields and geographies from Architecture in Poland (my degree) to Marketing in the Near East (my first job).
Quitting a prestigious job (after gaining some financial independence) to get career counseling and figure out what I really want.
Putting off my MBA degree (for which I had paid a non-refundable deposit) to finish and publish my book, "GenXpat".
Starting a dive computer manufacturing startup and discovering the hard way how hard it is to make electronics waterproof with depth and pressure.
Selling my business and moving to the U.S. for love, and heading up a non-profit for the first time.
Working hard to launch Origin Stories, only to be put off course by having small children at home during COVID and some health issues. Learning how to navigate setbacks out of my control.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
The Study School
Bachelor
Architecture and Urban Planning
Warsaw University of Technology
Graduate
MBA
INSEAD

Career

Founder

I interview people about their life story.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Reaching out to diverse people to interview them about their career choices. Diving deep on tough dilemmas or pivots. Condensing a 3-hour interview into one or more 2200 character segments—a lot of writing, a lot of editing. Building and designing my web presence. Learning about current sources of information on career decisions, speaking to young people, educators, and parents about the challenges and opportunities they face.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Forget what people expect from you. What are you curious about? If you had a month off from any obligations, with basic needs secured, what would you do? Pay attention to those things. Let's say you would mess with your arduino or binge travel shows. Then try those in real life: who designs electronics for a living? Intern with them for a summer. Or travel by going on a student exchange, volunteering with a mission, or working on a cruise ship. Learn from your experience, repeat.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Certification/License
Degree not necessary, though experience in business/entrepreneurship, journalism/writing or psychology might help.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"Business management is not a valid path. Only engineering is real work. What do you do? Oh, that's nice."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant