Alumni Podcast: What the Job?

Listen in as host Matt Rea, '13 PhD, talks with UAlberta alumni about their widely varied career paths - from weird jobs to bad jobs, from unemployment to career pivots. Learn about the indirect nature of careers, and how to spin job challenges into career lessons you can leverage on your own professional journey. And here's a bonus: WTJ mini-episodes offer practical tips and advice from the UAlberta Career Centre on everything from how to nail an interview to how to set up your LinkedIn profile.

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October 10, 2019 29 minute listen

Episode 1: Career Restart With Jimmy Quinlan, '08 BEd

Former pro-lacrosse player Jimmy Quinlan talks about changing careers, how sports made him a better teacher, and how to take on big challenges with the mindset of a pro athlete.

October 10, 2019 32 minute listen

Episode 2: Workplace Culture With Wendy Wilton, '91 BEd

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.

October 10, 2019 38 minute listen

Episode 3: Unconventionally Conventional With Rakhi Pancholi, '01 BA

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.

November 28, 2019 32 minute listen

Episode 4: Building Relationships With Salima Ebrahim, '00 BA

Salima Ebrahim, 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.

January 7, 2020 43 minute listen

Episode 5: The Restaurant Life, with Nate Box, '07 BSc

Nate Box, restaurateur and founder of Black Box Hospitality, talks about what it's like to open a dining establishment, the art and science of cooking, and the moment of zen that is doing the dishes.

January 23, 2020 37 minute listen

Episode 6: Flex Your Focus With Lana Cuthbertson, ’10 BA

Lana Cuthbertson is a communications strategist and founder of Parity YEG, a non-profit, non-partisan group encouraging women to get involved in politics. Lana talks about the importance of allowing flexibility in your career focus and getting comfortable with the zig-zaggy nature of career paths.


March 9, 2020 42 minute listen

Episode 7: The Future of Work With Todd Hirsch, ’89 BA

Will robots take our jobs? Is universal basic income inevitable? In this episode we gaze deep into the not so distant future with author and economist Todd Hirsch. Listen in and gain insight into how to advance your career in a rapidly changing professional world. We recorded this episode in Calgary at the super-cool planetarium turned art gallery, Contemporary Calgary, right before Todd gave a lecture entitled “The Future of Work.”

March 26, 2020 25 minute listen

Special Episode: Working From Home With Laurie Wang, '05 BA

As 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 Laurie Wang (self-proclaimed Queen of Working From Home), who doles out tips and tricks for how to stay productive and sane while working from your abode.

May 2, 2020 35 minute listen

Episode 9: Family Care in Hard Times With Christina Rinaldi

In this episode, UAlberta professor and registered psychologist Christina Rinaldi shares how parents can foster healthy family dynamics while working from home. Learn sanity-saving tips to maintain work/life balance, and find out how our children might be expressing stress in these uncertain times.