A Northeast Community College student is creating a podcast to help blaze a trail for the next generation of workers and inspire them to go after what they love.
Hunter Bergman is the summer media intern for the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. Along with Gabe Steinmeyer, the chamber’s director of workforce development, Bergman is working to put together a podcast titled Workforce Lab.
“We’re trying to figure out the best way to tell and explain people’s stories,” Bergman said. “Their journey through life, career and education to figure out what choices they made and how they made them.”
Workforce Lab will include conversations with business and executive professionals who will explain how they got to where they are and achieved what they have achieved.
“If I could take someone’s experience and then ask them the right questions and facilitate a takeaway for my listeners to figure out, then they might pursue that passion that they have,” Bergman said.
His interest in podcasts began during his two years at Northeast, where he worked on producing two different podcasts.
One was called Hawkcast, which was focused on the diversity on campus. He spoke with students from all around the world and asked them about their experiences and why they chose to come to Norfolk.
“It was super interesting to listen to all their stories,” Bergman said.
The second podcast that he worked on was called The Grind, which highlighted student athletes at Northeast and what it took to play hard while still getting good grades. Instead of just recording the audio for this podcast, Bergman used video as well.
“That was cool because it was the next step in the podcast realm,” he said.
This led Bergman to his current podcast project. Having had experience in this type of media, he was ready to try something a little different.
“We just put the mic down and talked about what we want to do and what we want to achieve,” Bergman said.
As of now, he and Steinmeyer are in the development stage. This includes getting a trailer for the podcast recorded, as well as getting cover art, music, sound effects and an intro and outro developed.
“Every process is different,” Bergman said. “You have to figure out what works for the people that you interview, what works for the co-host. And then, once that’s done, it’s pretty easy. It’s a pretty simple process. It’s just getting content, then editing it and promoting it.”
According to Bergman, they will record and edit five episodes before releasing the podcast officially.
“Once we get our process down, then we can replicate that,” he said. “By replicate, I mean we will take our intro and outro, our graphics and logos, where we’re going to have our cameras set up, then we’ll be able to reproduce that each with interview.”
Although there are many aspects to this project, the main goal of the podcast is to give people the tools and resources that they need to be successful, he said.
Along with multiple distribution methods, the podcast will be posted on Norfolk Now, which is a website that is sponsored through the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. On this website, links to numerous websites and helpful resources will be included to benefit the Norfolk community.
“Live, work, play, grow is (Norfolk Now’s) motto,” Bergman said. “It highlights the workforce and what there is to do in Norfolk.”
Since this project is being done for the community, he wants everyone to be involved.
“I want it to be interactive, and I want it to be fun,” Bergman said. “We want to learn from our audience, too, and to interact with them. If we don’t get feedback, then we won’t know if it’s working.”
Bergman said he wants to be able to merge the 50-year-old person’s perspective with that of the 20-year-old.
“Me pick his brain and then he pick my brain,” he said.
Although it is a lot of work to produce, edit and promote a podcast, Bergman enjoys it.
“It’s just so exciting,” he said. “The journey of it. Starting it and building it and forming my own process.”
Bergman is ready to see where this project leads in the future.
“We still have a little bit of a longer process ahead of us,” he said. “It’s just a matter of putting the pieces together and once we have those pieces, we’re a force to be reckoned with.”