About Us

Our mission is to democratize fun, tailored,

and high-quality career advice.

Our Story

The Final Round was born during the job market collapse of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AJ Eckstein wanted to step in and help so he posted on LinkedIn mentioning that he was available as a career coach. He ended up getting so busy to the point where was working full time. However, as much as he loved coaching students and professionals 1:1, he realized the real problem was the inadequate career resources on the market. He began on his mission to democratize fun, tailored, and high-quality career advice.

AJ took a step back from career coaching (after personally coaching 200+ hours and helping countless candidates land jobs) to start a free career platform that could impact tens of thousands of job-seekers globally.

A common pain point that he saw was that candidates could not advance past “the final round” interview. So he began by starting a career podcast called “The Final Round” and decided to interview the people that candidates have trouble outreaching to, bridging the gap and making the advice from decision-makers more accessible (AKA Recruiters and Hiring Managers).

The podcast gained so much traction that AJ realized there was a bigger play here beyond just a podcast. He started brainstorming ways to impact even more job-seekers, and thought about creating videos, blogs, a newsletter, and more…

And that’s how The Final Round™ was born.

Our Team

AJ Eckstein

Founder

AJ is the founder of “The Final Round” and host of “The Final Round Podcast”. He leads the team to help achieve their mission of democratizing fun, high-quality, and tailored career advice.

With over 15,000 followers on LinkedIn, 1,000,000 content views, and 20 career podcast guest appearances, he has amassed a following that trusts his career advice. He was also selected by UCLA to become a professional career coach and invited by LinkedIn to become a LinkedIn Learning Instructor and join the LinkedIn Creators Program.

He previously founded Career Coaching Company, a startup that helps individuals land top jobs through 1:1 tailored coaching from recent grads at top companies. Since the company’s inception, Eckstein has coached over 200 hours with students and professionals and has personally helped over 125 individuals land top jobs.

Regarding industry experience, Eckstein works in Strategy & Consulting at Accenture, the world’s largest consulting firm. As the Buddy Program and Sell Events Lead for the University of Southern California, AJ provides program-wide support to over 20,000 undergrads. Eckstein previously interned at 5 companies including Fortune 100 companies and tech startups.

His most notable internships include the Business Leader Rotation Program at The Walt Disney Company and a Business Strategy & Operation Internship at TeleSign (a CPaaS company that was acquired for $230M).

Eckstein graduated from USC Marshall School of Business with a major in Business Administration and a double minor in Spanish and Digital Entrepreneurship in the Viterbi School of Engineering. He was awarded the “Most Outstanding President Award” and the “Diversity and Inclusion Award” out of 20,000 undergraduate students for his efforts in relaunching the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA).

It is very difficult for him to choose his favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast since he has truly enjoyed hosting every guest that has been on the show. However, the most special episode has to be episode #1 with Bruce Smolen, a Talent Acquisition Senior Specialist at BCG. On top of the golden career nuggets from Bruce, how can you not love the first guest that believed in the show since inception?

Sophia Wu

Digital Marketing Strategist & Content Lead

Sophia currently serves as a Digital Marketing Strategist and Content Lead at The Final Round. Previously, Sophia was a Scholarship Recipient to "Kode with Klossy", a coding boot camp aimed to create more female diversity in tech.

It was through this experience that she discovered her passion for combining tech with creative fields like marketing and what has now influenced her to pursue both computer science and marketing. She now holds 3 years of experience in digital marketing having previously served in the roles of Director of Marketing and co-founder of student startup Releaf, social media intern/content creator for Declassified Media, and grant recipient of the non-profit organization GripTape.

Sophia is currently a 2nd year studying computer science at the University of London and is in pursuit of her New York Real Estate License. Outside of these roles, Sophia enjoys investing in the stock market and learning more about new developments in Web3 and the creator economy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography (of said travels), and spending time outdoors.

Her favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast is Episode 15 with McKinsey & Company's Affinity Recruiter, Erika Love.

Chris (Khoa) Dang

Strategy & Operations Lead

Chris (Khoa) is currently the Strategy & Operations Lead at The Final Round (TFR). Chris has 2 years of experience in business development, project management, and strategy consulting at a variety of companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. His most notable experiences include an Associate Internship at Metis Strategy, Summer Associate at L.E.K., and an Undergraduate Consulting Project Manager at Twitch.

Being an International Student from Vietnam, Chris is an advocate for International Students and underrepresented/non-traditional students in business. After UCLA, Chris will be joining Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant in their San Francisco office.

In his free time, Chris enjoys semi-competitive Super Smash Ultimate tournaments with friends and going on food adventures.

His favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast is Episode 17 with Gorick Ng.

Sam Kao

Business Development

Sam currently works within Business Development and Podcast Support at The Final Round. Her experience as an avid violin and piano teacher further solidified her passion for educating others.

When interning at China Custom Manufacturing, Sam discovered her love for gaining in depth knowledge of the various industries which made her transition to the career and EdTech space.

She is currently a Freshman studying Business Economics at UCLA with an interest in Consulting. At UCLA, she is a member of UConsulting, a business organization that focuses on professional development in Management Consulting. In her free time, she enjoys listening to new beats, playing chamber music with fellow musicians, hiking, and reading.

Her favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast is Episode 18 with Bain and McKinsey Recruiting Lead, Leah Frank.

Devon Triplett

Advisor

Devon is currently an advisor to The Final Round, ensuring strategic success and value creation for the audience.

Devon is an Incoming Summer Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company, the Co-Founder and CEO of a nationwide student organization, Bridging the Gap (BTG) Consulting, and the recipient of McKinsey’s Global Achievement Award.

Devon is a 2nd year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is exploring his passions through a Business Administration major and a minor in Economic and Social Inequality. In his free time, Devon enjoys Real Estate and stock market investing, snowboarding, and watching the T.V. Show SWAT!

His favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast is the one he co-hosted — Episode 15 with McKinsey’s North American Diversity Recruiter, Erika Love!

Walter Johnson

Business Development

Walter is on the Business Development Team at The Final Round, primarily managing the curated Job Boards and LinkedIn content.

He is also a Student Consultant at Bridging the Gap (BTG) Consulting. Walter is a first-year student at the University of North Carolina, where he is studying Economics and Computer Science with a minor in French with an interest in the intersection of business and technology. On-campus, Walter is a member of the Black Student Movement and the UNC Initiative on Poverty and Inequality, where he works to help underprivileged high school students in Chapel Hill, NC. In his free time, Walter enjoys cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching documentaries.

His favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast is episode 19 with Walmart's MBA Campus Recruiting Manager, Benjy Spiro.

Bryan Hanley

Content Creation

Bryan Hanley is part of the content creation team, assisting in the production and distribution of content on a multitude of social media platforms. In addition to social media content, Bryan spearheads the Knockout Newsletter, providing career advice and information through the voice of an undergraduate student.

Bryan is currently a Sophomore at Babson College, where he is a Presidential Scholar, member of the Honors Program, and goaltender for the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team. He works as Peer Mentor for students as part of Babson’s world-renowned freshman entrepreneurship course, Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurs.

He previously worked as co-founder and content manager of Patriot Packs, an apparel company donating 25% of all profits to local and national veteran/first-responder organizations.

In his free time, he enjoys watching hockey, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

His favorite episode of The Final Round Podcast is Episode 20 with a former PepsiCo Lead Recruiter, Daniel Botero.

Brian Ariyo

Content Creation

Brian Ariyo is on the content creation team at The Final Round, assisting in the production and distribution of long and short-form content on different social media platforms. In addition, to social media content, Brian works on scripts, filmmaking, and video editing for short-form content. When he was a part of the film team in one of his student organizations, Brian discovered his hidden passion for filmmaking and content creation!

Brian is also an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America, The Vice President of Finance for the Asian Business Student Association (ABSA), and a Student Consultant at the nationwide student organization, Bridging the Gap (BTG).

Brian is currently a sophomore studying Finance and Accounting at the University of Houston with an interest in the consulting and financial services industry. In his free time, Brian enjoys weightlifting, reading, and making YouTube videos on his channel @Brian Ariyo.

His favorite episode of the Final Round Podcast is Episode 1 with Bruce Smolen, a TA Senior Specialist at BCG.

Sydney Gevertz

Content Creation

Sydney Gevertz is a strategist on the content creation team at TFR. Previously, Sydney was a marketing and brand growth consultant at JUV Consulting, a New York based firm focused on attracting Gen Z consumers.

Sydney is a rising senior at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She is studying Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship, and is passionate about ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) and social impact. On campus, Sydney is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and USC’s chapter of Smart Woman Securities.

In her free time, Sydney enjoys drinking coffee, exploring different Los Angeles neighborhoods with friends, and discovering new music on Spotify. Her favorite episode of TFR is episode 10 with Self Made Millennial: Founder and ex-Recruiter, Madeline Mann!

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Job-seekers impacted globally

The problem: traditional career content is boring and generic.

People who are sharing this career advice are not credible when they really should be company decision-makers (such as Recruiters and Hiring Managers).

The solution: fun, tailored, and high-quality career advice from real decision-makers.

All of our content is derived from real decision makers and experts that we interview on our podcast.

The guests we have on the show are the people that candidates have trouble outreaching to since they are too busy. We bridge the gap and make the advice from decision-makers more accessible.

Our Values

We strive to achieve our mission

Our mission is to democratize fun, tailored, and high-quality career advice.

We work with everyone

Regardless of where you come from, we will help get you to where you want to go. We have helped people from all backgrounds, levels of education, and experiences.

We are driven by passion

We will do whatever it takes to help you advance past the final round interview and land your dream job. Passion is what keeps us going to help more job-seekers.

We teach with integrity

We hold our initiatives to the highest standard of excellence within their respective industries.

We aim to beat the odds

Whether you come from a non-target school, lack the proper work experience, or can’t meet the firm’s target GPA, we will find workarounds and help make you a qualified candidate for the position.

We prioritize results

There is a reason why we have been able to help so many job-seekers turn into knockout stories. Are you ready to get added to that winning list?

Our Careers

Are you an ambitious and passionate individual looking to make an impact in the career and EdTech space?

Our Team is a hungry, dedicated group that aims to achieve our mission to democratize fun, tailored, and high-quality career advice. You’ll work with us to help grow The Final Round and make an even bigger impact with job-seekers.

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FAQs

Overview

What is The Final Round?

The Final Round is the go-to career platform to knockout the competition and advance past the final round interview. We were founded by young professionals who were fed up with the career and job search resources on the market. We aim to democratize free, tailored, and high-quality career advice through our Initiatives and Curated Job Boards.

Are your Initiatives really free?

Yes! Our mission is to democratize free career content (podcasts, blogs, videos, and newsletters) and make it more accessible to busy students and professionals.

Where do I start?

We recommend starting with our Initiatives including our Podcast, Videos, “Knock out Newsletter”, and Blog.

What problem are you solving and how are you unique?

Let’s face it, traditional career content is boring and generic. People who are sharing this advice are not credible. We are solving this problem by making recruiting FUN! We differentiate our content by making it high quality, authentic, and engaging, especially for “Gen Z”. All of our content is derived from real decision-makers and experts that we interview on our podcast.

What industries do you primarily focus on?

Our career advice is relevant and helpful for ALL industries so anyone looking for an internship/job or trying to advance their career can benefit from The Final Round. We have covered industries such as Consulting, Banking/Finance, Accounting, and Media, and we plan to add more industries in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…

Are you just a podcast?

The Final Round started as a podcast but we have grown into a larger career media platform that is much bigger than just a podcast. Just check our Initiatives and Curated Job Boards.

Do you offer paid career coaching?

To stay true to our mission, The Final Round does not offer paid career coaching. However, we have some incredible free initiatives for you to check out!

Getting Involved

My company, university, or organization is interested in learning more about a partnership with TFR. Where can I learn more?

We would LOVE to discuss partnering with you! For all queries regarding partnerships, please review our Partnerships page.

I’m interested in joining the team. How can I apply for a position?

You can apply to join our team using this Application here. We have a variety of business areas including business development, content creation, partnerships, digital marketing, social media, and more. We can discuss internships, part-time roles, and full-time roles!

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