Rank #1: JobSpeaker Guy Averill - Lifelong Farmer by Vocation & President of Watercress Farms
Our guest this week, Guy Averill, has loved working the land since his boyhood in England. And while some get to their current professions by way of a circuitous journey involving many different jobs, Guy's path never veered too far away from farming. Why? Because he loves it too much, calling it a true vocation. Is it hard work? Yes. Are there a lot of things that can go wrong? You know it. Is it a career that requires constant learning? Absolutely. But Guy has embraced all of those things and is now the president of a watercress farm that supplies this extremely healthy dark, leafy green to England and the U.S. In fact, his mum in England makes it a habit of telling every grocer who will listen, "My son grew this!!!!" Learn about the farming profession - the joys, challenges, and more - in this honest and revealing episode.
Jan 21 2021
Rank #2: JobSpeaker Corey McGonigle - Intrepid Project Manager RV'ing Across the Country
Unconventionally refreshing, forever fun, and intrepid to the fullest, Corey McGonigle is an IT project manager by trade and an adventurer by heart who approaches life with vim, vigor, and a huge dose of kindness. Dropping out of college early in her career, Corey found her passion in project management early and, after working overseas, decided at her son's suggestion to return to college and get her degree (listen to hear the funny story about which school she chose and why!). From that point, there was no holding her back. Recording this episode from her RV - which she is driving to various destinations across the country - Corey tells us about the job of being a project manager and shares her secrets for being really good at an important and fun profession that has and continues to enrich her life. As she says near the end of our conversation, "You never know what's going to come around that next curve, but you know it's going to be great!"
Jan 13 2021
Rank #3: JobSpeaker Vince Harris - Shining His Light, from Jet Engine Mechanic to Calibration Specialist
Vince Harris started his career as a jet engine mechanic in the Air Force. Now he is a measurement expert who ensures the tools we use and the parts on which they are used are all perfectly calibrated. Why does this matter, you ask? Because without calibration, things eventually break - like airplanes, for example (yes, this is important stuff!). In this episode, learn about Vince's job as a calibration specialist, his journey getting there, and how he uses the "power of positivity" to fuel his success and "shine his light." In his own words, "Any day I wake up is a good day indeed!"
Jan 06 2021
Rank #4: JobSpeaker Ray Vicks - A Leadership Journey from Auditor to Chief Financial Officer and Beyond
This week's guest Ray Vicks was the first in his big family (12 kids!) to attend college. Having landed a solid job with Arthur Andersen right out of school, Ray spent his first years "learning how to xerox" before buckling down and moving up the ranks. Hear how his biggest professional disappointment led to his eventual ascendancy to partnership in a competing firm and eventually the role of Chief Financial Officer for a healthcare company. You don't achieve all of this without accumulating a full suitcase of life lessons, and Ray unpacks them all in this story-rich episode. Settle in, take a few notes, and let Ray's lessons shape your career path.
Dec 30 2020
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Rank #5: JobSpeaker Kim Young - Social Services Entrepreneur (from International Adoptions to Private Therapy Practice)
Most people would never say, "social services" and "entrepreneur" in the same breath. And those people have never met our guest this week, Kim Young, who started her career working for an international adoptions agency (she would fly to countries like Nicaragua and pick up the babies!). Later, Kim worked for an agency providing services to the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut; in fact, she was so good at that job, the owner asked her if she'd like to take it over. Fast-forward a few years, and Kim has grown that business to 15 employees and, never one to sit still, has opened her own private therapy practice in Maine focused on helping kids aged 11 through 18. In this episode, hear more about Kim's journey and learn about that special "something" that has propelled Kim to succeed at everything she's attempted.
Dec 23 2020
Rank #6: JobSpeaker Denise Tyler - Late Blooming Blogger Inspiring Us to Beautify our Homes
In 2008, our guest Denise lost everything. The housing crisis left her and her husband out of work with barely enough money to do the one thing they could think of to pay the bills: start a food truck business based on pasta recipes their friends loved. It was hard work, but they survived - one of the many stories Denise describes as part of her "interesting ride" that started as a Greyhound Bus travel agent and now in the later stages of her career finds her doing something she has always loved: writing, decorating, and 'meeting' people from all over the world as a home decor blogger. Says Denise, "your style can be beautiful." Find out how exactly and be inspired by someone who has lived the adage that it is never too late to try something new, and is now living her dream as a result.
Dec 16 2020
Rank #7: JobSpeaker Donovan Evans - A Professional Photographer Helping Us to See the World in New Ways
Having a zombie wedding? Then you are in luck! Our guest this week doesn't take normal wedding jobs - but he certainly takes zombie (and Viking) assignments because they are "so much more interesting to shoot!" In this episode, learn about the interesting working life of someone who received his first camera at 15 years old and hasn't looked back. From studying photography in college to teaching it today, Donovan Evans has a lot to share: learn about the types of jobs available in this field, what it takes to be a serious photographer, and benefit from tips you can use to start taking great photos. See the world of being a photographer through the lens of someone who really knows and has the stories to prove it!
Dec 10 2020
Rank #8: JobSpeaker Graeme Everson - Serial Survivor, Success Junkie & Gravestone Business Entrepreneur
"My crazy work ethic was a big reason why my first marriage failed." In this episode, hear from someone who has known major setbacks but has never given up on his entrepreneurial ambitions - or himself. Now the owner of a successful family-run gravestone business, Graeme Everson tells us how he came to be wired for overachievement as a young boy, explains the toll of being a workaholic, and shares his keys to growing and running a successful business. Like all of our episodes, this one is packed with career advice - but what makes this one special is the hard-earned life advice Graeme shares as he opens up about his difficult journey and how he has managed to use those lessons to prosper personally and professionally.
Dec 03 2020
Rank #9: JobSpeaker Ron Tyson - A Day Job to Feed his Stomach, a Nonprofit to Feed his Soul
Sometimes you meet people who really ARE changing the world. Our guest this week, Ron Tyson, spends his days ensuring our healthcare records get to the right place and recounts a twisting journey that involved quitting college, joining the Air Force, going back to school, and using a drug prescription data entry job and work ethic advice from his grandmother as a springboard for an extremely successful career. Yet while he was moving up the ranks, he was also asking himself, "What is my purpose here on earth?" About five years ago, at the age of 52, Ron found that purpose when he visited his grandmother in a nursing home and saw just how many seniors lay on their beds without a single card or keepsake decorating their beds or window sills. Thinking, "there's something we can do here," Ron did just that - he started a nonprofit called Bring Smiles to Seniors that connects kind-hearted card writers to lonely seniors in nursing homes across the country. In its first year, Bring Smiles to Seniors delivered 7,719 cards of joy and human connection. This year that number has already grown to 157,000 and Ron expects after the holidays to have distributed almost 200,000 cards to seniors in all 50 states! As Ron put it, "I have a day job to feed my stomach, but I have my nonprofit to feed my soul." Don't miss this life-affirming episode!
Nov 25 2020
Rank #10: JobSpeaker Les Creswell - A Hospitality Career Journey...from Harrods to Herefordshire
This episode is a JobSpeakers first. Our first guest from Scotland? Yes. Our first guest to have worked at the world-famous Harrods in London? Yes again (and you MUST hear what that was like!). But the real first is hearing from a guest who is recently retired. So not only do we get treated to Les's rich career journey in the hospitality field - mainly as a food and beverage controller, an emerging profession when he started - but we learn what it's like to live after our working life is mostly behind us. Are you ready for colorful stories and priceless life lessons? Then spin up our latest episode and enjoy our guest this week, Les Creswell!
Nov 18 2020