The Best Careers You
Never Knew Existed

A podcast to advance your career in ways you never imagined.

The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed is the conversation that helps you navigate the top technology and innovation trends impacting new and emerging careers.

Featuring engaging conversations with industry experts, leaders, and those who’ve been on the journey — join us as we dive into the exciting opportunities in Alberta’s changing career landscape. If you’re new to Alberta, eager to boost your job opportunities or want to be on the cutting edge of career trends — this conversation is made for you.

 

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Energy Needs Tech: Creating a Sustainable Future

In the latest episode, hosts Lora and Zach discuss the transformative role of technology in the energy sector with guest and partner at Creative Links, Pat Hufnagel-Smith. Explore how the two sectors intersect and dive into the challenges and opportunities that arise as the energy sector increasingly adopts and deploys digital technology.

From industry growth to the impact of digital technologies on sustainability, this episode offers valuable insights into the future of energy and tech careers. 

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In the latest episode, hosts Lora and Zach discuss the transformative role of technology in the energy sector with guest and partner at Creative Links, Pat Hufnagel-Smith. Explore how the two sectors intersect and dive into the challenges and opportunities that arise as the energy sector increasingly adopts and deploys digital technology.

From industry growth to the impact of digital technologies on sustainability, this episode offers valuable insights into the future of energy and tech careers. 

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In a special live event, we reconnect with previous guests: data scientist Ben Reeves, RPA leader Matthew Sentes and business analyst Adile Abbadi Macintosh.  

Join us for an informative conversation about careers at the intersection of tech and data as these experts delve deeper into their fields, highlighting the dynamic nature of their roles and the importance of adaptability and lifelong learning. Relive their journeys, gather fresh perspectives and listen to an engaging Q&A session that will give you new insight into which tech careers might be the best for you. 

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In the latest episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, we explore Calgary's innovative tech industry. We talk to Chelsea Hallick of Calgary Economic Development to get her insights on the city's tech ecosystem, its unique factors attracting companies, the impact of digital transformation across various industries and why we should be excited about tech in Calgary.

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Jobs that fall out of the traditional scope of work are an increasingly popular option for those looking for flexibility and independence. But of course, every journey has its challenges, too.

Join our guest, Gail Kastning, as we explore the dynamic world of on-demand labour, freelancing and portfolio careers. Learn how independent contractors and freelancers are transforming industries — including education, media and IT — and how the “gig economy” is reshaping employment norms. 

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What happens when the podcast producers become the interviewees? In this bonus episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, Terran and Jenna, the audio producers behind the podcast, discuss their roles, podcast skills and the viability of podcasting as a career.

Join the “cast behind the pod” as they explore the advantages of hands-on, practical learning that they experienced in SAIT’s Radio, Television and Broadcast News diploma program.

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In this episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, discover how data science enhances everyday efficiency and shapes the future landscape of all businesses.

Join our guest, Ben Reeves, a dedicated data scientist and community builder, as we discuss how data is essential to energy-transitioning economies, potential paths and how to get started on a rewarding and impactful career in data.  

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How does someone go from working with fossils to becoming an expert in optimizing processes and driving organizational success? What do paleontology and technology have in common? On the latest episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, guest Adile Abbadi-MacIntosh shares his remarkable journey from paleontologist to business analyst.

Gain valuable insights into this lesser-known career and learn about the transformative effects business analysis has on efficiency and internal problem-solving across all industries. Tune in for an enlightening conversation and discover why it’s never too late to pivot your career.

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Are you a student contemplating a career in the tech industry or a mid-career worker seeking insights amidst recent layoffs?  

Join Lora and Zach as they delve into the topic of tech layoffs with special guest Dr. Raynie Wood, Dean of SAIT’s School for Advanced Digital Technology (SADT). In this captivating episode, Dr. Wood explores the resilience of a tech career and offers valuable advice to both students and mid-career workers. Discover how you can leverage your tech skills across various industries, empowering yourself with a versatile skill set that can withstand economic shifts. Tune in to gain expert insights and navigate your career path with confidence. 

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On the latest episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existedwe take a unique deep dive into the realm of product development. Our hosts, Lora and Zach, invite guests Renee, Mai, and Emily to explore the challenges and triumphs of working in multidisciplinary teams. Listen as they discuss the intricacies of product marketing, design, and management — revealing the "secret sauce" of creating compelling products.  

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What are the opportunities for emerging careers in customer success?

On the latest episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, customer success manager (CSM) and co-founder of Yellow Room, Al Renner illuminates the critical role customer success plays in companies across diverse industries, surpassing the confines of the tech sector. Join us as we delve into the day-to-day responsibilities of CSMs and explore the growing demand for these professionals in Alberta. 

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On this episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, discover why companies are searching for talent to craft compelling product marketing messages — and keep customers coming back. You’ll learn why product marketers are crucial when it comes to championing the customer’s voice, conducting market research and storytelling. Award-winning marketer, Vicki Laszlo, joins the conversation to share advice from her experience working with world-class brands including Starbucks and Twitter.

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What are the pathways to a career in product management, and which industries offer the most relevant opportunities?

On this episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, we sit down with project manager Mai Khalil to find out how product management professionals lead multidisciplinary teams and bridge the gap between the customer, business and technology. As consumer demands increase, discover why a growing number of industries are seeing product managers as essential for leading and influencing the most crucial function of an organization — the product.

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On this episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, we talk to Senior UX Designer, Emilie Mazurek, to explore the importance of user experience (UX) design — and the key role that UX designers play on teams across almost all industries. As organizations invest in UX designers, this conversation highlights the significance of embracing innovative technologies and a growth mindset. 

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What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA) anyway? (Hint: it’s changing the way companies operate). On the debut episode of The Best Careers You Never Knew Existed, RPA expert, Matt Sentes, dives into how this in-demand technology is shaping jobs and expanding career paths. Find out why industry leaders are calling RPA the gateway to digital transformation.

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Government of Alberta

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.

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CITI

Citi helps accelerate your tech career by helping you build a meaningful network of supporters to keep you accountable.

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Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending is Canada’s only national charity offering affordable loans to skilled immigrants and refugees. 

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