Episode 10: Being a solo dad, with Michael Ray
When his daughter, Charlie, was 2 years old, Michael was waiting at the drop off point to meet Charlie’s mum. She never turned up. For the last 6 years, Michael has been bringing up his daughter on his own. Oh, and did I mention Michael was 51 when this happened, and is an ex-bouncer, body builder and personal trainer?
Episode 9: Quitting the rat race for self employment, with Rich Jepson
Rich Jepson is a full time digital performance manager at On the Beach. He’s also a published author. And a full time dad. In this episode, we talk about what it’s like managing your side hustle alongside a 9-5, and making the decision to quit “the day job” to pursue dreams.
Episode 8: The future of voice, with James Poulter
James Poulter, CEO of Vixen Labs, joins me to talk about the future of voice marketing and how technology will impact the future for our children. James founded Vixen just over a year ago as a leading voice marketing and voice skills specialist, and already has some leading brands under his belt.
Episode 7: Getting babies to sleep, with Nicole Ratcliffe
This week’s guest, Nicole Ratcliffe, not only experienced sleep deprivation with her own child – she then went on to start her own business (Baby2Sleep) helping parents figure out that elusive task: getting their child to sleep.
Episode 6: Recruitment and the workplace, with Rowan Fisk
Rowan was a London-based recruitment consultant who, after becoming a dad for the first time, found he wanted more balance. So he moved to York with his wife and daughter. Rowan talks about his experience, as well as the future of the workforce and how companies need to adapt to stay relevant.
Episode 5: An American abroad: Commuting countries, with Jon Gerst
Jon loves his job, where he works with kids to teach them about skills such as reasoning, debate, and critical thinking – all centred around US politics. As you’d expect, he works in Washington D.C. But he lives in Toronto, with his wife and son. How does Jon balance doing something he loves, but that takes him away from his family?
Episode 4: After Alexandra: Dealing with loss, with Andrew McLennan
After a seemingly normal pregnancy, Andrew found himself in an unthinkable situation: less than 2 days after his daughter – Alexandra – was born, she died. Andrew shares his story about dealing with loss, people’s best and worst responses, and what we can do as a society to try and prevent future parents going through anything like this.
Episode 3: Living the high life, with James Ward
Meet James: a senior pilot with Emirates, who moved from the UK to Dubai with his wife and son. James spends his time flying all over the world in what he calls “his hobby”. Sounds great, right? Yes… but it’s hard to fully enjoy amazing experiences when you’re by yourself, when all you really want is for your family to be there enjoying it with you.
Episode 2: Changing careers for better balance, with David Chater
David explains what led him to this change, how he went about implementing it, and what tips he has for others who are thinking about a similar journey
Episode 1: Paternity leave, career progression and dealing with guilt – with Ashley Piere
This week I speak with Ashley Pierre, who shares his experience of what paternity leave can really be like… particularly when you turn up for a work event whilst on paternity leave!
Trailer: Welcome to The Career Dad Show
You’ve found The Career Dad Show… but what’s it all about? Find out why I started Career Dad, what my hopes for the future are, and how you can join the movement.