WHAT TO BE
What to Be is KSQD radio show and podcast hosted by Your Future Is Our Business, a Santa Cruz non-profit that helps students explore careers. We interview and highlight the careers of inspirational people in Santa Cruz County and ask them to tell us what their job is really like! Our show airs Sundays at 7pm on 90.7fm KSQD Santa Cruz. You can also stream online at ksqd.org, go to soundcloud.com/what-to-be, or scroll down below to subscribe via Google, Apple, or Spotify platforms. New episodes uploaded every week! Email us at [email protected] if you have questions, if you'd like to join the live audience, or if you'd like to be our next guest!

Matthew Espinosa | Executive Chef

Episode Notes

Matthew Espinosa has had an unorthodox career journey, relative to others in his position in the culinary arts. Since childhood, Matt found himself finding any excuse to be active in the kitchen, experimenting new techniques and recipes to feed his curiosity (in addition to others' stomachs). By the age of 25 he held a position as Executive Chef, leading his team with creativity and positivity in mind.

Sarah Dahel | Systems Sales Engineer at Pacific Coast Trane

Episode Notes

Sarah Dahel talks with us about her journey toward becoming a Systems Sales Engineer working in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Describing herself as a "math-brained" person, Sarah learned early on that the field of engineering would be a good fit for her, and thanks to her proactive and always-prepared mindset, she found a way to have significantly more human interaction than the typical engineer while keeping a role that keeps that math-brain constantly active. Tune in now to hear her story!

Romelia Orozco-Lochte | Industrial Engineer and Life Coach

Episode Notes

Romelia Orozco-Lochte may be one of the most inspiring individuals to have interviewed on What To Be. Born and raised in Mexico, she found a passion for engineering at a young age and was often told it would not be a good option for her, as a woman. She powered through any obstacles in her way with an unmatched work ethic and propensity to take the initiative for growth opportunities.

Jessica Ridgeway | Executive Director of Farm Discovery

Episode Notes

Jessica Ridgeway learned the of the benefits of perseverance and mindfulness along her windy and exciting career path. Finding her calling in earth science and environmentalism, Jessica landed an ideal spot for herself as the Executive Director of Farm Discovery, a company she helped to develop.

Dr. Brian Donavan | Research Scientist in 3D Printing at Carbon

Episode Notes

Dr. Brian Donavan discusses the drive and motivation it takes to work through the extensive amounts of study required to earn his PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering. Dr. Donavan's current research revolves around the production of materials for 3D printing aimed at various applications, from electronics to fire proofing.

Joel Ojeda | Employment Services Specialist

Episode Notes

Joel Ojeda has found his calling in helping those who just need an extra boost in landing a job. Whether a client was born with a disability or just hasn't had a job in a few years, Joel helps those who find themselves disadvantaged in the job market. He is an inspiring individual and details incredible stories of perseverance he has witness on the job.

Burr Guthrie | Coordinator of Adult Education at PVUSD

Episode Notes

Burr Guthrie walked several career paths along his journey before finding his calling in Adult Education. Though he made sure to keep learning and adding tools to his belt as he tried each path, and he feels it makes him a successful Coordinator of Adult Ed. at the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.