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My Next Step: Career Exploration Spotlight

My Next Step: Career Exploration Spotlight

By College & Career Connections @ CMLibrary
Welcome to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Career Exploration Spotlight podcast series! As part of our College & Career Connections initiative, we created these podcasts to help teens learn more about different career paths by speaking with professionals from in and around Charlotte, NC. Take a listen to these short, fun and engaging podcasts to help you on your journey!
Top 10 Tips to Beat Procrastination
Alyx gives tips to procrastinators to get out of that habit!
August 03, 2022
Interview with LaToya Faustin, Executive Director of She Built This City.
She Built This City is a non-profit organization that focuses on highlighting the trade career options available to young people here in Charlotte, including construction, electrical work, plumbing, and more.
January 31, 2022
Interview with Marlie and Quyen of MarlieQ’s Carribean Queen Food Truck and Catering Company
Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to run a food truck and catering business? Listen to this episode with Marlie and Quyen of MarlieQ’s Carribean Queen Food Truck and Catering Company to learn more.
August 04, 2021
Interview with Latoya, the President and CEO of House of Mercy
Learn more about Latoya’s journey to become a President and CEO for House of Mercy.
July 07, 2021
Interview with Moyeh, the Owner and Holistic Barber at Crown Chakra Barbering Co.
Today’s interview is with Moyeh, the Owner and Holistic Barber at Crown Chakra Barbering Co.
June 30, 2021
Interview with Jalen, a Welder with SEG Systems
Today’s interview is with Jalen who talks about his career as a Welder.
June 23, 2021
Interview with LaQwiesha, a Natural Hair Stylist
Todays interview is with LaQwiesha, who talks about her career as a Natural Hair Stylist.
June 16, 2021
Interview with Betsy, a Creative Director
Today’s interview is with Betsy who gives an overview of her career as an artist and Creative Director. Visit her website at
March 11, 2021
Interview with Beth, a Professional Artist and Designer
Today’s interview is with Beth Glover, an artist and designer in NC. To learn more about her online art classes or more information, please visit her website at or on
March 04, 2021
Interview with Jemarion, an Associate Executive Director at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Get to know how Jemarion follows a career path working at the Y and his passion for teen and youth development.
January 07, 2021
Interview with Mike, a NASA Engineer
Today’s interview is with Mike who discusses his position with NASA
December 17, 2020
Interview with Marcus, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Marcus gives insight to his career as a social worker. He will be hosting a program for teens on December 12th from 1-2pm on “Emotional Wellness for Teens”. For more information and to register, click here:
December 02, 2020
Interview with Rob, a CMS Math Teacher and Curriculum Specialist
Interview with Rob Leichner a Secondary Math Specialist with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Twitter: @cmsmathproblems (follow to see the CMS Math Problem of the Week!) 2019-20 CMS Remote Instructional Guidelines by Content: 2020-21 CMS Middle School Math Curriculum Documents: North Carolina Math Standards/Unpacking Documents: @cmsmathproblems Remote Learning Challenge #1: CMS TV Show Math xTra Segments By Grade and Topic:
December 01, 2020
Interview with Ashley, a Freelance Writer and Blogger
Ashley talks about her job as a freelance writer in Charlotte.
November 03, 2020
Interview with Emily, a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina
Emily talks about her position as a lawyer, and the experience she has with Legal Aid of NC.
October 14, 2020
Interview with Tesa, a Mortgage Loan Officer
Tesa shares about her experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer in the banking field.
September 30, 2020
Interview with Kara, the Marketing Manager and Owner of Charlotte Family Yoga
Kara talks about her journey to become a small business owner and yoga teacher.
September 16, 2020
Interview with Karissa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
This episode with Karissa gives insight to what it takes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
August 20, 2020
Interview with Aaron, Logistics and Supply Chain for the Air Force
Aaron shares his experience for Logistics and Supply Chain for the Air Force.
July 29, 2020
Interview with Lynette, a Videographer at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago
Lynette talks about the evolving industry as a videographer as a zoo.
June 29, 2020
Interview with Andy, an Architect/Tech League for a large entertainment company
Andy gives insight for working in a technology based industry for a large entertainment company.
June 10, 2020
Interview with Bridget, the Director of Youth Engagement
Bridget works in Florida for Jewish Schools and Camps as a Director of Youth Engagement.
May 19, 2020
Interview with Kerstin, an Actor in the Charlotte Area
Kerstin shares about her experience as an actor in the Charlotte area.
May 19, 2020
Interview with Tyler, a Cash Management Accountant
Tyler works in a Charlotte area hospital chain as a cash management accountant.
May 19, 2020
Interview with Kim, a Professional Fitness Instructor and Master Yogi
Kim works in the fitness industry and does a variety of different classes.
May 18, 2020
Interview with Isaiah, a Travel Nurse
Isaiah’s nursing position has him traveling to different states on short contracts.
May 06, 2020
Interview with Savanah, a Senior Merchandise Coordinator for ReedPop
Savanah works for ReedPop where she maintains and runs stores for major comic conventions worldwide.
May 06, 2020
Interview with Amrita, an Outreach Coordinator for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Amrita works in the outreach department for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. We hear more about her department at CML.
May 01, 2020
Interview with Brian, the Art Director of Royce Apparel
Learn more about Brian’s career to become an Art Director of a collegiate apparel company.
April 29, 2020
Interview with Carrie, a K-5 STEM Teacher
Today’s interview with with Carrie, who works with students K-5 with Project Lead the Way STEM.
April 29, 2020
Interview with Dekina, Shelter Community Manager with Charlotte Family Housing
Charlotte Family Housing is a transitional shelter for families based on an empowerment model to help them toward self-sufficiency. 
April 28, 2020
Interview with Whitney, a Nurse with the Levine Cancer Institute
In this interview, we learn more about Whitney’s job as a nurse with Levine Cancer Institute. She also gives advice for what to do while going outside during the current health crisis.
April 23, 2020
Interview with Hannah, an Executive Assistant
In this episode, we hear more about Hannah’s career as an executive assistant.
April 22, 2020
Interview with Natalie, a Digital Interactive Designer with Wells Fargo
We learn more about Natalies’s job at Wells Fargo, designing interactive signage.
April 22, 2020
Interview with Will, an actor and musician
In this episode, we learn more about the career track of becoming an actor and musician
April 20, 2020
Interview with Michael, a college counselor at Central Piedmont
This is the first episode for College and Career Connections for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. We find out more about becoming a college counselor.
April 14, 2020