A Real Piece of Work

The job podcast for young people.

Hosted by:

Melissa Pepper
President
Total Solutions

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Matt Rebro
Vice President
Russell Construction 

A Real Piece of Work:  The Job Podcast for Young People features real people sharing real stories on how they found their passion and navigated their path to career success. Hosts Matt Rebro and Melissa Pepper dig into personal and professional choices that led each featured guest to where they are today.  The podcast introduces teens to careers they may or may not be familiar with and provides tips on finding the right career for them.  Check out the series wherever you listen to podcasts.

Presented by:

Trust me, I'm a nurse

Brandon Nickerson shares his experience as a Registered Nurse in the Neurology/Oncology Unit at Genesis Health System. Getting his Associates Degree in Nursing at Blackhawk College in 2009, Brandon has built a successful career in helping others during their most difficult times.  Receiving multiple awards in recognition of his work, Brandon shares the real benefits of his job.  Join Matt and Melissa for this episode of A Real Piece of Work.  The Junior Achievement student question is provided by Paige Odefey from Pleasant Valley High School.  A special thank you to The Moline Foundation for connecting us with Brandon.

Getting a Gripp on local government

On this episode of A Real Piece of Work, Matt and Melissa connect with Kyle Gripp, Alderman At-Large for the City of Davenport, Iowa.  As a teenager, Kyle recognized his passion for his hometown and set a goal to serve on the city council.  He shares the pros and cons of being an elected official and the importance of building relationships to help others.  The Junior Achievement student question is provided by Diamond from Davenport Central High School.  Kyle’s response emphasizes the importance of career and technical programs in supporting the city’s growth.

Getting saucy with Lillie's Q

Brian Golinvaux, President and Co-Founder of Lillie’s Q, shares how he left his corporate job to become an entrepreneur.  What started out as a side gig in supporting a friend with his restaurant endeavor has now become his own personal passion in building a BBQ-licious brand.  Providing product in 14,000 stores nationwide, Brian shares his entrepreneurial journey with Matt and Melissa during this episode of A Real Piece of Work.  The Junior Achievement student question is provided by Jessica Lye, Assumption High School.

I want to be a dentist!

In this episode of A Real Piece of Work,  Matt and Melissa talk with Dr. Roberto Moreno with Gentle Family Dentistry to learn more about the dentistry field.   Gentle Family Dentistry is committed to providing the latest and most comfortable treatments for dental care.  Hear how Dr. Moreno got his start in dentistry, what skills are needed to be successful in the field, and the difference between a corporate dentist office and a private practice.  The Junior Achievement student question for this episode is provided by Ava Coussens, Rock Island High School.  Thank you to the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for helping us make this connection.  

CSI: The Job

Kristin Hart identified her future career through her love of reading criminal novels.  Matt and Melissa connect with Hart, a Criminalist with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, in this episode of A Real Piece of Work.  Learn the career path to secure a job in forensic science.  Hart shares what a typical day on the job is like, the emotional demands of the job, and why she wished she would have taken speech and public speaking in high school.  The Junior Achievement student question for this episode is provided by Drew Jarding, Rock Island High School.  

What is marketing?

Matt and Melissa’s next guest knew what he wanted to do early on in life.  Meet Josh Miles in this episode of A Real Piece of Work.  Miles is a marketing guru who started his own advertising agency and now serves in a leadership role at a non-profit organization supporting 7,000 members.  Marketing can mean a lot of different things. Hear how Miles focuses on the strategy behind marketing, shares the job opportunities within the industry and the pay scale for entry level jobs.   The Junior Achievement student question for this episode is provided by Zach Pendleton, Davenport Central High School.

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