Welcome to The Work Seminar, the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study.
Season 1 is coming soon! Follow the show to hear MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like share their stories of finding adjacent and (seemingly) unrelated work after grad school.
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Thanks to guests Dave Smyth, Candi Harmon Kruse, Lizz Gardner, Paul Erdahl, Jaleh Sadravi, Nikki McCord, Caitlin McHugh, and Christina Olson Hendrickson for lending their voices—and stories—to this trailer.
Welcome to The Work Seminar, the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study. Join me, your host Jesse Butts, for unscripted conversations with MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like who've made the leap to adjacent or (seemingly) unrelated work. In each episode, we explore everything from life's unexpected turns after grad school.Dave Smyth:
I took a bit of a hiatus from playing. It wasn't that I didn't plan to go back to it. But I just thought I'm just going to take a no pressure break. And it just so happened that I didn't go back.Candi Harmon Kruse:
And I was able to leverage that experience to get a job as a materials assistant. You know at the time I took it just to pay the bills and it ended up launching an entire career.Jesse Butts:
To what guests have learned along the way.Lizz Gardner:
What I discovered in teaching that really I've been able to carry through my roles, it comes from grad school. Storytelling.Paul Erdahl:
It's important to be in the right place doing the right things. I may have been doing the right HR kind of skills and things but it was not an environment that was aligned with me.Jesse Butts:
Along with thoughts and advice on finding work outside their fields of study.Jaleh Sadravi:
What I have found to be the most successful for me and I can attribute to my success is to be authentic to continuously listen to my needs and to honor my values.Nikki McCord:
But I had to take some time to put my own ego aside and listen to what the market was asking for, and finding that bridge to provide what the market is asking for.Jesse Butts:
And work's role in their lives.Candi Harmon Kruse:
So I need a space where I can be all in and and contribute, and this definitely gives me that.Christina Olson Hendrickson:
But I think it's totally okay to just say I like my job, and I'm good at my job, and I will keep doing it. And for that to be enough.Jesse Butts:
Season one debuts soon. Check out more at theworkseminar.com or @TheWorkSeminar on social. And you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, never cease from exploration.