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What the Job? is an advice podcast on all things jobs. Listen to University of Alberta alumni talk about their career paths and learn tips from the Career Centre on everything from networking to resume writing. WTJ is proudly sponsored by our affinity partner TD Insurance.
 
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Kory Mathewson’s (BSc ‘10, MSc ‘14, PhD ‘19) career path has taken him from the stage to the lab - but it’s not as long a journey as you might expect. We talked to this self-described polymath about what improv and AI have in common, the role of creativity in science, and what, exactly, a research scientist at Google’s DeepMind lab does. WTJ is spo…
 
Lack of energy, inability to concentrate, chronic stress: the signs of workplace burnout are real and they are a problem. In this episode, we speak with Michelle Innes, assistant dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Alberta School of Business, whose research helps us understand what causes burnout, how can it be prevented or treated, and…
 
Isha Datar, ’09 BSc, is the CEO of New Harvest, a donor-funded research institute dedicated to producing food products from cell cultures rather than whole plants or animals. Her advancement of the field of cellular agriculture has even caught the attention of actor Robert Downey, Jr. In this episode, we talk to Isha about the role of lab-grown mea…
 
In our most existential episode to date, we talk to Jacquelyn Cardinal, ‘14 BA, the co-founder of Indigenous consultancy Naheyawin, about her long-term goal of putting herself out of business. Hear about Jacquelyn’s “heart work” helping clients better understand treaty relationships. Sharing the advice she wishes she had been given, Jacquelyn encou…
 
Jacki Glick, ‘10 BA, teaches us the fine art of cold calling and tells us how her persistence landed her a job as Adam Sandler’s personal assistant. From there, she went on to work on an academy award winning film, and is now a producer on Hollywood hits including, most recently, The Broken Hearts Gallery. We asked Jacki how she leveraged her educa…
 
You don’t need an engineering degree to start a brewery…. but it helps! Brett Ireland, ‘04 BSc(Eng), is an engineering grad from the U of A and the CEO of Bearhill Brewing, a company that he and two school friends started about 16 years ago. We talked to Brett about how his education helped him start a brewery with operations in four locations, the…
 
Evan Hu, ’85 BSc(Eng), ’87 MScEng, is a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” and veteran of the Alberta tech sector. Throughout his career, Hu has founded several successful tech startups, and mentored many more. In this episode, Evan talks about his winding path from engineering to entrepreneurship, including what it was like to switch careers du…
 
Adrien Cho, BScMechE ‘98, MDes ‘04, has been making video games for more than 15 years. He started out as an artist with Bioware, where he worked on games like NeverWinter Nights, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect 1 & 2. Since 2010 he’s worked with Microsoft on the Halo video games. On this episode, he talks about breaking into the video game job market …
 
Is networking a bad word? Can we make new professional connections online? Is LinkedIn the only platform for career advice? Let UAlberta Career Centre expert Christine Gertz set you straight.This episode features Christine Gertz, the Library and Information Specialist at the University of Alberta Career Centre and guest host, Joyce Yu. Got a questi…
 
The fundamentals of preparing for an interview online or in-person are the same, but there are some notable differences. From optimizing lighting to avoiding common mistakes, learn how to nail an online interview with advice from career advisor Tyree McCrackin.This episode features Tyree McCrackin, a Career Advisor at the University of Alberta Care…
 
It can be hard to maintain a positive attitude after a job loss or an unsuccessful interview. Hear from career coach Jia about how to maintain a positive outlook when job hunting, and to use time between jobs to build skills that will set you up for success in the future. This episode features Jia Jia, a Career Coach at the University of Alberta Ca…
 
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the economy and there are more people than ever looking for work. But is it all doom and gloom? Learn from Career Centre expert Charlotte Wray who is hiring and how new grads can pivot their skill sets to launch their careers.This episode features Charlotte Wray, the Recruitment Coordinator at the Universit…
 
The doctor is in! Kwadwo Kyeremanteng is a critical and palliative care physician at The Ottawa hospital, but his path to get there wasn’t easy. Dr. K talks about persevering during his tumultuous med-school days, keeping his cool in life and death situations, and how bartending made him a better doctor. Listen to Dr. Kyeremanteng on our brand new …
 
Special Episode: Working From Home With Laurie Wang, '05 BAAs we all adapt to the new “normal” created by the Covid-19 health crisis, many of us are also adjusting to working away from our regular workplaces. In this episode, we’re joined by the Laurie Wang (self-proclaimed Queen of Working From Home), who doles out tips and tricks for how to stay …
 
For many, the idea of networking is downright terrifying. Amy from the UAlberta Career Centre says that doesn’t have to be the case. The key, Amy explains in this episode, is to just be your authentic self. The UAlberta Career Centre is a resource for alumni looking for all kinds of career assistance. Check them out at: uab.ca/ccWTJ is sponsored by…
 
On the latest episode of What the Job?, Salima Ebrahim, ’00 BA, branch manager in external and intergovernmental relations with the City of Edmonton, shares her thoughts on cultivating workplace and mentorship relationships. Plus, learn how to balance being intentional while remaining open to new professional possibilities.Sponsored by TD Insurance…
 
Rakhi Pancholi’s career trajectory from poli-sci grad, to lawyer to politician was charted by finding her passion and taking risks. In this episode, learn why it’s important not to fear career change, how to balance your professional and family goals, and how to discover yourself through volunteerism. Sponsored by TD InsuranceMusic: Cottages by Kev…
 
What makes a good leader? How can you tell when you’re in a toxic workplace? Wendy Wilton, a training consultant and executive coach, chats with us this episode about workplace culture, leadership and self-awareness. Sponsored by TD InsuranceMusic: Cottages by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licens…
 
Former pro-lacrosse player Jimmy Quinlan talks about changing careers, how sports made him a better teacher, and explains how to take on big challenges with the mindset of a pro athlete. Sponsored by TD InsuranceMusic: Cottages by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/li…
 
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