A podcast highlighting those who took their profession in a unique direction, and what they did to get there. We’re here to motivate you and show how interesting, fulfilling, and anything but average your career can be by talking with people who took a path less traveled.
You Have a Cool Job: Dog Trainer
On this episode we’re talking with Carie Grant, a dog trainer who opened her own pet boarding and training business. Carie graduated from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, where she learned positive training methods, including clicker training. But Carie’s world wasn’t always filled with wagging tails. Listen as she explains her transition from a career in mortgage lending to the world of dog training.
You Have a Cool Job: Comic Book Creator
Peterson's interviews Dave Dellecese, creator of the comic book series Holidaze.
You Have a Cool Job: Ethical Hacker
On this week's episode of You Have a Cool Job, our podcast guest works with computer hacking, but don’t worry, he isn’t the bad guy. Mike Harris is a consultant who finds weaknesses in a company by attempting to hack the system as a hacker would. In other words, he’s an ethical hacker. But Mike’s job title is fluid, as he explains that he is a sort of jack of all trades when it comes to the computer security field. He explains while he has chosen breadth in his career, while others may choose depth. Mike talks about the ways his job has and hasn't changed with all the attention given to cybersecurity in recent years. He also shares how he got into the field, and talks about the classes he teaches. Mike explains that the field he's in creates a social setting for people who are interested in computer security.
You Have a Cool Job: Proponent for Diversity and Inclusion
On this week’s episode of You Have a Cool Job, we focus on a person whose career centers around social goals rather than a specific industry. Coltrane Stansbury works to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as community engagement on a local to national level. Coltrane earned his Master’s of Public Policy at Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He then began his work in policy, and explained how this was a perfect jumping-off point for his career. Discussing the various industries he has served in, Coltrane talks about how each position feeds into his ultimate goal of eradicating poverty. He explains how he is able to stay focused on this goal. Coltrane shares the most satisfying moments in his career, and gives advice to up-and-coming professionals on making an impact personally and professionally.
You Have a Cool Job: Beauty Artist
On this week’s episode of You Have a Cool Job, we talk to someone who works with brides, celebrities, actors, and even students who soak up her knowledge of beauty and color. Brittany Chambers is a makeup artist, hairstylist, educator, and founder of Fluff, a beauty salon in Denver. Brittany explained how beauty was actually her plan b, after her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina were no longer practical. She talks about her time in Los Angeles working with the entertainment industry before she landed in Denver. Her first goal was to make the process of hair and makeup, specifically for brides, much more efficient. Brittany shares who her main clients are, which changes depending on the day of the week. She also talks about trade schools and how this can be a great alternative to college for students who are interested in an industry such as beauty. Brittany leaves us with advice on balancing business and art within the beauty industry.
You Have a Cool Job: College Athletics Recruiter
We all know and love college sports, but do we know what goes on behind the scenes? On this week’s episode of You Have a Cool Job, we talk to Jason Smith, a college athlete recruiter. Jason is the Director of Recruiting Services for NCSA, Next College Student Athlete. Jason starts by explaining his personal story as a high school and college athlete. Jason worked for years as a college baseball coach at each NCAA level, before landing at NCSA. He shared the admittedly tough transition he experienced before finding his groove as a recruiter and coach to students and their families, and now "coaches the coaches" as he says. He talks about the misconceptions in his field, and gives advice for student athletes and their families.