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Welcome to The Job Talk Podcast, where we talk with people who love their jobs. Our guests open up about their challenges, surprises, and secrets to success in their industries. Through conversation we explore their careers, past work experiences, and the education that got them to where they are now.

The Job Talk Podcast Kim Brix and Robert Belland

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Welcome to The Job Talk Podcast, where we talk with people who love their jobs. Our guests open up about their challenges, surprises, and secrets to success in their industries. Through conversation we explore their careers, past work experiences, and the education that got them to where they are now.

    Senior Gas Control Operator Talk with Joel Rathjen

    Senior Gas Control Operator Talk with Joel Rathjen

    Guest Profile:
    Joel Rathjen brings a wealth of experience to his role as Senior Gas Control Operator at ATCO in Edmonton, AB, a position he has grown into over his impressive 15-year tenure with the company. In this capacity, Joel diligently oversees the remote operation and monitoring of various ATCO-owned or operated pipeline networks. His efforts are crucial in ensuring the safe, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of products from their initial receipt to their final destination.
    Before stepping into his current role, Joel honed his skills at ATCO’s Red Deer distribution operation center, primarily working as a Pressure Control Operator. In this role, he became adept at maintaining different types of regulator stations and spearheading new constructions, setting a foundation of excellence and expertise.
    Aside from his illustrious career in gas control operation, Joel is also a proud graduate of the Audiovisual Communications program at MacEwan University. Leveraging his education, he engaged in print and digital design projects across Canada. Furthermore, he collaborated with Axia Netmedia to create a database teaching tool utilized by the NFTC/Bombardier flight training centers in Cold Lake, AB, and Moose Jaw, SK.
    Not just confined to the corporate and educational realms, Joel’s creativity extends into the musical sphere as well. He has enjoyed two stints as a professional touring artist and musician, lending his talents to the power-pop group “Welcome” and the country act “The Boom Chucka Boys.” His musical accolades include songwriting credits on his projects, in addition to co-writing songs for other artists, showcasing his versatile and dynamic artistic abilities.
    At home in Sherwood Park, AB, Joel finds joy and balance in his personal life. He shares his life with his loving wife, their two children, and a pair of cherished dogs, grounding his remarkable professional journey with a rich and fulfilling family life.
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    • 40 min
    Resident Field Technician Talk with Dennis Peyton

    Resident Field Technician Talk with Dennis Peyton

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    Guest Profile:
    Dennis Peyton completed an 8-month general mechanics course at Fairview College in 1997. He obtained his 1st-year Automotive and Heavy Duty tickets in 1998 and continued his education at NAIT in Edmonton, completing his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Dennis successfully passed his red seal tests in 2021 and, due to the urgent need for technicians to perform CVIP inspections at his workplace, he was granted early completion of his Red Seal Heavy Duty Technician Ticket, three months ahead of schedule.
    Technical Training:
    In addition to his apprenticeship training, Dennis received model-specific courses from Caterpillar and Waratah. He has completed courses covering various aspects such as Caterpillar hydraulic, powertrain, engine, and electrical systems, Advanced hydraulics, applied failure analysis 1 & 2, 797A/B haul trucks, D7E and D11T dozers, E/F and next-gen excavators, 500 series skidders, 500 series logging carriers, Waratah B/C series forestry attachments, Small wheel loaders K & M series, M series Motor graders, New Gen product link systems, Tier 4 intern emissions systems, Tier 4 final emissions systems, and Machine Electronic Controls.
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    • 17 min
    Career & Education Advisor Talk with Cherryl-Lyn Holder-Olamuyiwa

    Career & Education Advisor Talk with Cherryl-Lyn Holder-Olamuyiwa

    Career & Education Advisor Talk with Cherryl-Lyn Holder-Olamuyiwa
    Cherryl-Lyn Olamuyiwa is from the island of Trinidad, but later she relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba to pursue her university education. There, she successfully obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Women and Gender Studies, coupled with a minor in Family Social Sciences.
    Upon completing her studies, Cherryl-Lyn came across an opportunity to work at an organization that supported young immigrants in their search for employment. This experience sparked a deep passion within her to continue helping individuals find and retain suitable employment.
    Over the years, Cherryl-Lyn’s career path evolved, starting with employment advising and eventually moving into employment program management. During this time, she skillfully developed and introduced various programs that catered to the specific needs of individuals seeking assistance in their career pursuits. Her dedication and commitment have positively impacted countless people as they navigate the journey towards finding fulfilling career opportunities.
    Description
    Educational counsellors advise current and prospective students on educational issues, career planning and personal development, and coordinate the provision of counselling services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff. They are employed by school boards and post-secondary educational institutions.
    Job Forecast
    The employment outlook will be moderate for Educational counsellors (NOC 4033) in the Toronto region for the 2022-2024 period.
    The following factors contributed to this outlook:
    Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.Several positions will become available due to retirements.There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.Here are some key facts about Educational counsellors in the Toronto region:
    Approximately 2,250 people work in this occupation.Educational counsellors mainly work in the following sectors: Educational services (NAICS 61): 84%Employment Requirements
    A bachelor’s degree in counselling, career development, education or social sciences is required for counsellors in school settings.A master’s degree in counselling psychology or a related field such as educational psychology, developmental psychology or social work is usually required.Educational counsellors in post-secondary settings require an undergraduate degree and may require a graduate degree. A particular academic specialization may also be required.In Quebec, membership in L’Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation is mandatory to use the titles ”vocational counsellor”, “guidance counsellor” and “vocational guidance counsellor”. A teacher’s certificate in the province of employment and some teaching experience is usually required for counsellors in school settings.https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/summary-occupation/26815/ca
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    • 48 min
    Heavy Equipment Technician Talk with Roy Tymko

    Heavy Equipment Technician Talk with Roy Tymko

    Heavy Equipment Technician Talk with Roy Tymko
    Roy Tymko was born and raised in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada on a small mixed farm operation raising purebred Black Angus cattle. He was involved in minor hockey from a young age. As well as raising both steer and heifer livestock projects with the local 4-H club in both St. Paul and Elk-Point. He graduated high school in 2015 followed by getting his class 1 licenses soon after graduation. When off shift from work Roy enjoys helping on the family farm, attending farm / heavy equipment auctions, building, and tinkering with computers and enjoying the outdoors.
    Roy is an 4th year Heavy Equipment Tech. Apprentice with Finning Cat Based out of the D34 Facility in Calgary AB. His formal education would be his current 4-year Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship and 2-year diploma with NWP on the ThinkBIG Program.
    However, after dealing with a few fall layoffs with road construction due to freeze up. Followed by looking for work in either plowing snow for contractors working under Alberta Highways or driving truck in the oilfield. It was time to diversify his skillset and go for a journey-person ticket in the trades. Roy applied for a paid apprenticeship as an ThinkBIG apprentice heavy equipment technician for Finning Cat based out of western Canada. Starting his career with Finning in the fall of 2019.
    ThinkBIG is a 20-month (80-week) heavy equipment service program created through a partnership between Northwestern Polytech, Caterpillar, and Finning. This globally recognized program that is designed to meet Alberta apprenticeship examination requirements and is only offered at one post-secondary institution in Canada. Over five 16-week blocks, you’ll learn advanced technical knowledge and develop skills through a hands-on approach, working on Cat equipment. Each block is divided into eight weeks of class and lab time on campus and eight weeks of paid practicum at a licensed Finning location.
    Description
    Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul and maintain mobile heavy-duty equipment used in construction, transportation, forestry, mining, oil and gas, material handling, landscaping, land clearing, farming and similar activities. They are employed by companies which own and operate heavy equipment, and by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments, railway transport companies and urban transit systems. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.
    Job Forecast
    The employment outlook will be good for Heavy-duty equipment mechanics.
    Employment Requirements
    This is what you typically need for the job.
    Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience and industry courses in heavy equipment repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
    Agricultural equipment technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Heavy-duty equipment technician trade certification is compulsory in Quebec (only in the construction industry) and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
    https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/summary-occupation/7508/ca
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    • 26 min
    Author & Community Builder Talk with Cristina Quintero

    Author & Community Builder Talk with Cristina Quintero

    The Job Talk Podcast - Episode 055 Youtube Version Here: https://youtu.be/yiu70TelFxQMeet Cristina Quintero, a first-generation Colombian-Canadian with roots tracing back to both Afro-Colombian and Indigenous-Colombian heritage. Growing up in an immigrant family, Cristina deeply appreciates the power of stories that transcend struggles, emphasizing the everyday joys within immigrant communities. Her formative years in a supportive neighborhood not only brought challenges but also delicious memories, sparking a lifelong love for food and the idea of forging connections within communities through culinary experiences. Illustrator Sarah Gonzales, whose work can be found on Instagram at @sgonzalesart, adds a visual dimension to Cristina's narratives. To follow Cristina Quintero's journey and gain deeper insights into her experiences, check out her Instagram profile @cquintero_writer. In addition to celebrating Cristina's work, it's important to mention a special initiative close to her heart—Amy's House (@amyshouseedmonton, www.amyshouse.ca). Inspired by Amy Alain's wish to provide a home for out-of-town cancer patients and their families during their treatment journey, Amy's House offers comfort and support. This remarkable project reflects Amy's vision of providing convenience and solace for families facing the challenges of cancer treatment. Join us in acknowledging this heartfelt endeavor as we celebrate both literature and compassion. Description Authors and writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation. They are employed by advertising agencies, governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, multimedia/new-media companies and other establishments, or they may be self-employed. Job Forecast For Authors and writers; Editors & Journalists, over the period 2022-2031, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 23,100 , while 19,300 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them. Employment Requirements This is what you typically need for the job. Copywriters usually require a university degree or college diploma in French, English, marketing, advertising or another discipline. Creative writing programs are offered by universities and colleges. Talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are important hiring criteria. Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation may be required. https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/summary-occupation/23132/caEpisode Resources: https://thejobtalk.com/055 Stressed? Try the Career Crisis Interview Series: https://thejobtalk.com/help

    • 48 min
    Lawyer Talk with Donovan Francis

    Lawyer Talk with Donovan Francis

    Lawyer Talk with Donovan Francishttps://gooselaw.comProfile of our guest in this episode of The Job Talk Podcast:Donovan H. Francis is Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ontario registered law firm, GOOSELAW™ Immigration, located in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada.Donovan currently helps businesses inside Canada and from around the world bring talent to Canada without dealing with complicated immigration laws. He leads a team of lawyers and immigration support workers dedicated to helping billion-dollar multinational corporations, Canadian and foreign owned startups as well as medium-sized companies seeking work permit support for their foreign employees or wishing to create a Canadian startup for immigration purposes.He leverages his expertise as a Canadian educated lawyer, a go-to marketing and communications professional, and a proud immigrant to Canada, to provide high-quality Canadian immigration services. He leads his team in helping Canadian and foreign employers navigate complex immigration regulations, including those related to international trade agreements such as NAFTA, CETA and GATS. Donovan also provides direction related to various work permit categories, including intra-company transferees and labour market impact assessments and Global Skills Strategy applications.PREVIOUS EXPERIENCEIn the past, he worked as a business immigration lawyer at a global corporate immigration law firm where he advised a diverse portfolio of clients, including global corporations and Fortune 500 companies, as well as small and medium-sized companies.He has also served as head of communications and marketing within a division of global engineering firm, Worley. He provided the company’s leadership team with strategic marketing, advertising, and internal communications advice around multiple long and short-term corporate outcomes.QUALIFICATION HIGHLIGHTSDonovan is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario and has been admitted to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Under appointment under The Notaries Act, RSO 1990, Donovan is a certified Notary Public & Commissioner.A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada, Donovan holds a Juris Doctor (Law degree) and a master’s degree in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is also a proud alum of the University of The West Indies (Mona) in Jamaica.BOARD DIRECTORSHIP AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTDonovan has held positions on several boards and committees and has served in advisory and managerial role for different political campaigns in Alberta and Ontario. He is currently the Director of Human Resources & Legal Affairs at CANCARO (Canadian, Migration & Counter Trafficking in Persons Organization). He has served as Communications Director, CARIWEST Festival (Western Canada’s largest Caribbean street festival) as well as on the M.A. in Communications and Technology Advisory Board at the University of Alberta. He also served on the Faculty of Extension Awards Committee also at the University of Alberta.Need More?Check out our Career Crisis Interview Series: https://thejobtalk.com/help

    • 27 min

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