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What do they do?
62 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
#14 Creating Future Ready Graduates with Les McBeth | What Do They Do?
Les McBeth leads special projects for Future Design School. Based around their persona of a future ready graduate Les brings the various projects together across schools, higher education, corporate and community. We discussed the role and how Les got from a small Oil town in Canada to the role via some different degrees, studying in Lancaster, working in Geneva and New York before working for Future Design School.Les shared some really interesting stories about picking up roles through less traditional routes that don't match any of your qualifications. From working for Monks and Nuns to finding your perfect role at a party on a convent rooftop, there is lots to enjoy in this episode.We are still searching for the RAF base near Lancaster that Dean mentioned!Related links:Find out more about PsychogeographyDesign Trust for Public SpaceGoogle for Education Innovator Program for Teachers Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
74 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
#13 Wakeboarding, Events and Alt Education with Matt Crowhurst | What do they do?
Matt Crowhurst is a former professional wakeboarder who now hosts and commentates on live events in arena cross, equestrian and wakeboard events. We spoke about the challenge of working in live events during 2020 and into 2021 with Covid-19 restrictions. Matt and Ben discussed Matt's initial water skiing, wakeboarding and journey to hosting a variety of live events. The chat took a detour to education as Ben and Matt went to school together and had a fairly traditional education but took very different routes following this. If you are not familiar with Wakeboarding, check out this video that includes Matt in action. Matt also hosts The ArenaCross Tour events, where is is slightly less proficient as a rider.Matt mentioned the book Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different – and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men by Steve Biddulph.Ben spoke about a school in The Netherlands called Agora. To understand more about the way this high school works a good place to start is this medium article about the school. This article includes the desk made from a car and the assessment system created by the students, Ben also mentioned.Here are some more schools doing things differently:Think Global School across the worldSchool 21 in UKØrestad College in DenmarkMatt talked about a summer camp called Camp Woodward towards the end of the episode. Check it out here.Thanks for checking out the podcast. You can catch Matt's Vodcast The CrowFro Show on YouTube. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
66 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
#12 Education through Skateboarding with Brent Lewis | What do they do?
Brent took us through his journey to creating Far Skate Academy, where he provides education for young people through Skateboarding. Creating the boards, marketing the shop, filming skaters and art for boards provides a wide range of skills for the young people. Brent was a young skater who left school with few qualifications, however his passion to support people led to him regularly forgoing his comfortable wage and giving it all up in his quest to support young people.Brent also helps lead Skateboard GB as they prepare for the Olympics.To find out more about skateboarding and the foundation here are links related to our chat with Brent:Ian Borden: Skateboarding and City: A Complete History Dogtown and Z boys Documentary 2001The quote Brent mentions towards the end of the episode is from Jay Adams:"You didn't quit skateboarding because you got old, you got old because you quit skateboarding"Connect with Brent LinkedInFollow and support the work of Far Academyfarskate.co.uk Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
#11 Running Charities with Jemina Talja | What do they do?
Speaking in December 2020 Ben and Dean caught up with Jemina Talja, who works across two charity organisations. Jemina is CEO of Adventure Ashram and Grants and Trust Coordinator for Hope Health Action. Jemina shared how she discovered her passion for international development and women's rights. This informed her studies but she has returned to this mission after time in corporate events after an internship pulling events together for the UN and NGO's.2020 has been a challenging time for funding, especially for international charities. Hear about this and the amazing work Jemina supports in India, Haiti and East Africa through Adventure Ashram, who focus on supporting survivors of human trafficking, from rescues to providing a safe living space and even building skills for their futures.Check out the book Jemina and Ben discuss right at the end of the podcast:Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
58 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
#10 UX Design with Emmanuel Akintaro | what do they do?
Ben and Dean spoke to Emmanuel in December 2020, to find out what an user experience designer does, the experience of building a business with his college friend, Lawrence and what inspired him to move from a keen illustrator to building user experiences in websites and apps. Emmanuel shared his journey from his nursery report where he 'could be found in the corner doing some charming drawings' through education and how he keeps up with web design tools and trends, having started with Front Page!Via Peppa Pig, Ren and Stimpy and other nostalgic moments we track Emmanuel's transition from illustrator to web design and ux designer.Links to check out based on the conversation.CSS Design AwardsNot heard of Buckfast? Check this outIR35 Legislation for off-payroll workingHappy2HostConnect with Emmanuel on LinkedIn Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
70 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
#9 Becoming an Actor with Amy Trigg | What do they do?
Ben and Dean were joined by Amy Trigg. Amy is an actor and writer who was recently announced as winner of THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING 2020 (Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough).Amy's theatre work has been disrupted by Covid when we spoke in late 2020, previously she had been touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company. You can check out some short films made for lockdown to help you keep engaged with creative arts during this challenging time and beyond.Follow Amy via linktr.ee/amytrigg Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
#8 Ben & Dean | What do they do? Season 1 Review
Ben and Dean identify the themes from all the interviews in the first series. Whilst reflecting on the conversations they had, they discuss imposter syndrome, building a network, finding a champion and qualifications. Join them for this meandering chat before season 2 of What Do They Do? launches in early January 2021. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
#7 Building a Jewellery Business with Holly Daniels Christensen | What do they do?
This week, Ben and Dean speak to Holly Daniels-Christensen, founder of Dune Jewelry, an experiential jewelry company which uses sand and natural elements from your most cherished memories to make bespoke pieces.Listen to hear how Holly left home at 15 and picked up experience in numerous jobs before starting her own business on the side of full time work. We talk about the growth of her business over the years and how the coronavirus crisis has provided some time for reflection to ensure the long term viability of Dune Jewelry.Things we mention:Dune Jewelry website, Facebook and Instagram Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
#6 Microplastic Impact and Research with Imogen Napper | What do they do?
Imogen Napper joined Dean and Ben remotely from her home in Plymouth. As usual we started by asking what she wanted to be growing up. Imogen is a great example of someone who was not sure what she wanted to be growing up and has ended up in a career and area of work she did not predict herself.Imogen reminisces about her school project to find the perfect tea and Ben shares his frustration at a recent tik tok video from US about making "British Tea". Check it out if you dare. #teagateThrough University to how Imogen combined her passions with a career and how that has led her to some amazing projects and achievements.Links from the episode:Imogen's paper on washing machines.Find out about Imogen's plastic bag experiments, which Ben wished he had given her more time to talk about.Sea to Source projectSunglasses made from recycled waste fishing net by waterhaul. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
63 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
#5 Leadership with Jeminatu Alabi-Isama | What do they do?
Jeminatu Alabi-isama grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. In this chat with Jem, Ben and Dean delve into the path she saw for herself growing up as she moved through school and university. Working in the USA, Africa and now Europe, the skills she picked up outside the classroom really shaped her career.Through the conversation we find out about Jem’s first experience in Ghana for a year at the age of 6, find out about her career at Google, talk about being a leader even when you’re not a manager and fostering community outside of core roles. Jem also shares why she believes ‘your network is your net worth,’ including insights into how networking happens at Google.Things we mentioned:Tribedash4C VoicesEddy’s Pizza commercial Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
#4 Training and Social Enterprise with Lawrence Tijjani | What do they do?
Lawrence met with Dean and Ben online during COVID-19 lockdown.Lawrence spoke about his time growing up through to his work now.Check out Lawrence's current work via justaguy.co.ukFollow Lawrence on social media:Twitter | twitter.com/justaguy_ltInstagram | instagram.com/justaguy_lt Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
#2 Building Innovation with Caitlyn Lewis | What do they do?
At the time of interview Caitlyn was working in a large multinational, building innovation culture.Caitlyn grew up in South Africa. She studied social sciences at university before beginning work in sales for an international company, while in Cape Town. and moved to a start up, creating the sales department. Now working on an MBA, Caitlyn has always loved learning about business as is clear in her interview with Dean for this episode. Caitlyn decided to take an opportunity to move to the UK. After moving to London she has worked in recruitment, digital marketing, sales and startups across a few different industries and sectors. Keep listening for an update following Dean’s interview. Caitlyn is now pursuing her own management consultancy. Have a listen to Caitlyn’s podcast where she is talking to people in the innovation field.Links from this episode:Pimlico Plumbers Documentary that Dean refers to.Learn about the Growth hacking process, Caitlyn mentions.Connect with Caitlyn:LinkedIn Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
#1 Introduction | What do they do?
Meet the hosts, Ben and Dean, as they discuss why they started the 'What do they do?' podcast. You’ll also find out what they’re hoping to achieve and get a taster of some of the jobs they’ve come across that they’d be interested to hear about. Follow our podcasting journey and keep up with new episodes through any of your favourite podcast platforms. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
4 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
Trailer | What do they do?
Have you ever met someone and thought their job sounded cool? It’s now commonplace for us to switch jobs and industries multiple times throughout life. Some people even have several jobs across several industries at once. On the ‘What do they do?’ podcast, we’ll explore the journeys people have taken to their job to find out what they do and how they got there. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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