32 episodes

Skilled Trades Playbook presents the candid conversations between the host - Juan Carosso - and folks either successfully working in the Skilled Trades or working in some capacity to help those in the trades to build great careers or thriving small businesses in the Skilled Trades. In these conversations, folks offer their real-world advice, insights, and opinions on how others can succeed in the trades. The intention of the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series is to bring together voices on all sides of the Skilled Trades/Skills Gap issues to create a broader dialogue about the local, actionable steps folks can take to help close the Skills Gap for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

Skilled Trades Playbook by At Your Best Juan Carosso

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Skilled Trades Playbook presents the candid conversations between the host - Juan Carosso - and folks either successfully working in the Skilled Trades or working in some capacity to help those in the trades to build great careers or thriving small businesses in the Skilled Trades. In these conversations, folks offer their real-world advice, insights, and opinions on how others can succeed in the trades. The intention of the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series is to bring together voices on all sides of the Skilled Trades/Skills Gap issues to create a broader dialogue about the local, actionable steps folks can take to help close the Skills Gap for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

    Ep. 032 - The 3rd session of "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" with Donny Metcalf on how to successfully differentiate yourself at the journey level

    Ep. 032 - The 3rd session of "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" with Donny Metcalf on how to successfully differentiate yourself at the journey level

    In this episode, you'll listen to the third session of my "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" - Donny Metcalf. He gives his opinions and insights on how differentiate yourself at the journey level in the electrician’s trade. He also discusses how to prepare for the inevitable economic downturns.
    As I noted in the last couple STP episodes, the overarching objective for these conversations with Donny to be directed by the feedback and questions that we get from you - the listener.
    Please send me your questions, comments and feedback for our "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician, as well as any ideas on how I can improve the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series. 
    Here is a link to Donny's LinkedIn profile for your review.
    Also, if you have any suggestions on other guests I should invite to add their voices to an STP episode, please send them my way. You can post a note on Twitter to @aybcareers or send me an email to jcarosso@AtYourBest.com
    For a full list of Skilled Trades Playbook episodes categorized by topic, please click here
    Please follow us on Facebook at @SkilledTradesPlaybook
    To learn more about the At Your Best Playbook series, please go to www.AtYourBest.com 
    Thanks a lot.
    All the best,
    Juan Carosso

    • 41 min
    Ep. 031 - The 2nd session of "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" with Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician discussing what it takes to succeed as an apprentice.

    Ep. 031 - The 2nd session of "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" with Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician discussing what it takes to succeed as an apprentice.

    In this episode, you'll listen to the second session of my "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" - Donny Metcalf. He gives his opinions and insights on what it takes to succeed as an apprentice starting out in the electrician’s trade. 
    As I noted in the last STP episode, number 30, the overarching objective for these conversations with Donny to be directed by the feedback and questions that we get from you - the listener.
    Please send me your questions, comments and feedback for our "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician, as well as any ideas on how I can improve the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series. 
    Here is a link to Donny's LinkedIn profile for your review.
    Also, if you have any suggestions on other guests I should invite to add their voices to an STP episode, please send them my way. You can post a note on Twitter to @aybcareers or send me an email to jcarosso@AtYourBest.com
    For a full list of Skilled Trades Playbook episodes categorized by topic, please click here
    Please follow us on Facebook at @SkilledTradesPlaybook
    To learn more about the At Your Best Playbook series, please go to www.AtYourBest.com 
    Thanks a lot.
    All the best,
    Juan Carosso

    • 26 min
    Ep. 030 - Our first "Conversation with the Tattooed Electrician" Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician, with intro to future planned conversations.

    Ep. 030 - Our first "Conversation with the Tattooed Electrician" Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician, with intro to future planned conversations.

    In this episode, you'll hear from Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician from Waco, TX. We'll be discussing our plans to have a number of future episodes called "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician." The overarching objective for these conversations will be to have Donny discuss - in increasing detail - the elements of becoming a successful electrician - as directed by the feedback and questions that we get from you - the listener.
    Here is a link to Donny's LinkedIn profile for your review.

    Please send me your questions, comments and feedback for our "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician, as well as any ideas on how I can improve the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series. 

    Also, if you have any suggestions on other guests I should invite to add their voices to an STP episode, please send them my way. You can post a note on Twitter to @aybcareers or send me an email to jcarosso@AtYourBest.com
    For a full list of Skilled Trades Playbook episodes categorized by topic, please click here
    Please follow us on Facebook at @SkilledTradesPlaybook
    To learn more about the At Your Best Playbook series, please go to www.AtYourBest.com
    Thanks a lot.

    All the best,

    Juan Carosso

    • 20 min
    Ep. 029 - Recent FAME graduate talks about what it takes to be selected along with what it's like to go through and graduate from the FAME program.

    Ep. 029 - Recent FAME graduate talks about what it takes to be selected along with what it's like to go through and graduate from the FAME program.

    In this episode, you'll listen to my conversation with Paula Rodriguez who recently graduated from the FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) program and currently employed as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician at Toyota. Paula talks about how she became associated with the FAME program and how her high school coursework in PLTW (Project Lead the Way) classes, helped her in being selected. Paula then goes on to describe the comprehensive education, training, and mentorship she and her fellow FAME students gained during the program.

    To hear more to a bit more background on Paula's story coming to the US as well as PLTW's great learning programs, listen to Paula's episode on PLTW's InspirED podcast series. Please click here and check out episode #7

    For more information on the broader, national FAME Program, please click here
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    Please feel free to send me you comments as well as any ideas on how I can improve the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series on Twitter to @aybcareers or you can email me at jcarosso@AtYourBest.com

    For more info about the Skilled Trades Playbook and a full listing of episodes categorized by topic, please click here

    To learn more about the At Your Best Playbook series, please go to www.AtYourBest.com

    Thanks a lot.

    Juan Carosso

    • 29 min
    Ep. 028 - The very real, economic impact on local and regional communities from launching a local FAME chapter to train Advanced Manufacturing Techs.

    Ep. 028 - The very real, economic impact on local and regional communities from launching a local FAME chapter to train Advanced Manufacturing Techs.

    In this episode you'll listen to my conversation with Tony Davis - Executive Director of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation and member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Tony helped lead the effort to launch the local GeauxFAME chapter to start training Advanced Manufacturing Technicians in Natchitoches region.

    We discuss the near-immediate economic benefits experienced by their region from instituting their unique, market-specific implementation of the FAME program. We also talk about the commitments made and challenges faced by students, employers, and educators - all against the backdrop of the tremendous opportunities afforded by working with FAME - the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education.

    For more information on the broader, national FAME Program, please click here
    and
    For more information on the Natchitoches-region GeauxFAME Program, please click here

    Please feel free to send me you comments as well as any ideas on how I can improve the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series on Twitter to @aybcareers or you can email me at jcarosso@AtYourBest.com

    For more info about the Skilled Trades Playbook and a full listing of episodes categorized by topic, please click here

    To learn more about the At Your Best Playbook series, please go to www.AtYourBest.com

    • 43 min
    Ep. 027 - Insights and advice from three veterans on how to successfully transition from military service to the civilian workforce.

    Ep. 027 - Insights and advice from three veterans on how to successfully transition from military service to the civilian workforce.

    In this episode you'll listen to my conference call with Matt Franz & Chris Coker - both US Army veterans and with Ricardo Garcia, a veteran of the Air Force. We have a fantastic conversation where these guys offer their suggestions and recommendations to active duty military personnel and veterans on successfully transitioning into the civilian workforce after military service.

    They provide their insights on the timing, tactics, and mindset needed to translate military experience and training into an ideal position and career in the civilian workforce. These great guys also give their thoughts on the support and issues surrounding the families and loved ones of our military folks and veterans.

    To learn more about Matt, Chris, and Ricardo, the following are links to the LinkedIn profiles for:  Matt Franz, Chris Coker, and Ricardo Garcia.

    By the way, Chris Coker also hosts a podcast series - The Suit Soldier Podcast - which helps veterans leverage their military experience in the civilian workforce. Please click here to learn more.

    Please feel free to send me you comments as well as any ideas on how I can improve the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series on Twitter to @aybcareers or you can email me at jcarosso@AtYourBest.com

    For more info about the Skilled Trades Playbook and a full listing of episodes categorized by topic, please click here

    To learn more about the At Your Best Playbook series, please go to www.AtYourBest.com

    Thanks a lot, Juan Carosso

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Snxncn ,

Welder for 20 years

Highly recommend this podcast there is a good mixture of content around skilled trades. Those looking to get into the trades and for business owners as well as interviews with women in the trades.
I’ve been a welder for 20 years quality control for a gas and oil pipeline shop for three of those years and a business owner for the last 5 years. This year I have decided that I am going to stay on the business side and start hiring. I’ve been putting systems and processes in place before I take on too much work. I have successfully completed two small welding jobs with me working on my business vs working in my business. We are called The Industrious Co. A collective of craftsmen. We offer welding, painting and upholstery.
And we are a women-owned business. I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to make trades more attractive etc. Happy to have found this podcast. I really enjoyed all of them however, the NAWIC one and Lowe’s — Generation T interviews really have me thinking. Lol thanks for putting so much time into supporting the trades.

Mike Tindol ,

Excellent & Important

These interviews are very good. A lot to learn here from these fiirsthand experiences, insights, advice about the skilled trades. Thank You!

Heather Parady ,

Must listen!

Juan is full of knowledge and genuinely cares about investing in others. He is generous and has an incredible story! Excellent podcast!

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