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!

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.

Henry Funke | Sheet Metal Worker and Outreach Coordinator

Episode Notes

Henry Funke found sheet metal work to be a perfect outlet for himself as a young adult, and after 41 years in the industry he's still going strong. Henry now coordinates a sheet metal apprenticeship program which helps young students get into the trade business, offering multiple career path opportunities tailored to personal interests!

Nick Winkler | General Manager at Los Jardines de San Juan

Episode Notes

Nick Winkler, a proud father and people-person extraordinaire, is the general manager of Los Jardines de San Juan, a wonderful restaurant in San Juan, CA. It's hard to go wrong with this guy, Nick's story goes from banking, to radio, to TV, and finally to his current position as general manager, and he makes sure to treat the people around him with unmatched care. Tune in to Nick Winkler's interview to learn about how perseverance and initiative can take you anywhere in life you'd like to go.

Dr. Alicia Botes | Electron Microscope Analyst at the Central Analytical Facility in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Episode Notes

Dr. Alicia Botes embodies the "never stop learning" philosophy. She had an roundabout introduction into the physical sciences, beginning her college career studying sports science and entering as a national champion of gymnastics! Her career path changed upon her realization of a love for chemistry, finding excitement in scientific discovery. Dr. Botes went on to earn her PhD in Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University where she focused her efforts on water treatment and the removal of heavy metals using polymer nano-materials. Dr. Botes now works as the Electron Microscope Analyst - a HIGHLY technical field combining knowledge of chemistry and physics - for the Central Analytical Facility in Stellenbosch, South Africa.