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The Work Seminar is the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study. Join me for unscripted conversations with MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like who made the leap to adjacent or (seemingly) unrelated work after grad school. You'll hear about life's unexpected turns, what guests have learned along the way, their thoughts and advice for finding enjoyable work, and work's role in their lives.

The Work Seminar is the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study. Join me for unscripted conversations with MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like who made the leap to adjacent or (seemingly) unrelated work after grad school. You'll hear about life's unexpected turns, what guests have learned along the way, their thoughts and advice for finding enjoyable work, and work's role in their lives.

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United States

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The Work Seminar is the podcast for people with liberal arts advanced degrees considering work outside their fields of study. Join me for unscripted conversations with MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like who made the leap to adjacent or (seemingly) unrelated work after grad school. You'll hear about life's unexpected turns, what guests have learned along the way, their thoughts and advice for finding enjoyable work, and work's role in their lives.

Language:

English

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7733086173


Episodes

Ep. 12: Elizabeth Southerland - MA & ABD in Philosophy Turned IT Executive

1/19/2022
It all started with a six-month break from her doctoral program. Elizabeth planned to earn a little money at the first viable job she landed. That extended into a full year of employment. And that begat a nine-year stint in pharma and her exit from academia. Since then, Elizabeth’s been an IT executive across varied industries. Nearly everywhere she’s worked, she’s acted as the go-to person for translating complex issues into clear plans—and assembling teams that make things happen. The...

Duration:00:43:54

Ep. 11: Holly Fletcher - MS in Journalism Turned Media & Communications Strategist

1/12/2022
Holly dreamt of working in journalism and attending grad school since grade school. And live that dream she did. After earning her master’s in journalism from Columbia, she started in trade pubs, moved to reporting for her hometown The Tennessean, and then founded BirdDog. During that time, Holly’s field changed. Legacy journalism slowly and steadily abandoned deep investigation, exhaustive data analysis, and the stories readers needed to know. That’s when she made the leap to in-house...

Duration:00:53:41

Ep. 10: Caitlin McHugh - PhD in Literature Turned Higher Ed Manager

1/5/2022
Caitlin followed the script for landing a tenure-track position to a tee. Conference attendance and panels, publication, university service—you name it, she did it. And excelled at it. But after four years of her search yielding no viable offers, she shelved teaching and explored the non-academic job market. And in the process, she considered her values and strengths through a lens she’d neglected: one independent of the academy. Now she’s discovered a new passion for leadership and...

Duration:00:57:48

Ep. 9: Dan Coleman - MM in Orchestral Performance Turned Fine Arts Exec & Fundraiser

12/29/2021
Dan underwent a “seismic shift” in perspective during the throes of finishing his MM in orchestral performance. After graduation, he stowed away his trumpet…and plans for a performance career. But after a few years, the musical itch resurfaced. He started playing and teaching private lessons again for fun. For work, he landed a general manager position at a small symphony. And so Dan’s shift to the fundraising and development side of the fine arts began. Since then, he’s worked for...

Duration:00:55:58

Ep. 8: Nikki McCord - Master of Public Policy Turned DEI & Board Governance Consultant

12/22/2021
The connection between lobbying and helping organizations develop their board members and DEI programs can be easy to miss. But for Nikki, it’s a clear link. After gaining lobbying experience in grad school, at the state of Michigan under Governor (now US Secretary of Energy) Granholm, and in the nonprofit space, Nikki struck out on her own. But she soon learned that potential clients weren’t considering her services because many boards of directors failed to realize they could engage with...

Duration:01:05:03

Ep. 7: Naomi Even-Aberle - MFA in Visual Arts Now Martial Arts Studio Owner & Working Artist

12/15/2021
As Naomi’s martial arts studio grew, her time creating art dwindled. She enrolled in a low-residency MFA visual arts program to combat the imbalance. But rather than doubling down on the bifurcation between professional and personal, she tore down the “imaginary brick wall.” Infusing her artwork with her perspective from years of martial arts practice and leadership revealed her voice. Now everything is art, and everything informs her art. The struggles with misogyny and patriarchy she...

Duration:00:58:29

Ep. 6: Jaleh Sadravi - MS in Digital Media Turned Visual Artist

12/8/2021
There’s the not-unfamiliar route of a fine arts education preceding a media career. And then there’s Jaleh’s path: an MS in digital media turned visual artist who’s amassed over 200k followers on TikTok, and 115k+ on Instagram, since she started painting in October 2020 (!). But overnight success narratives are rarely that simple. Or sudden. Jaleh’s art is the result and reflection of 10+ years building and serving communities in the nonprofit world, along with creating and advocating for...

Duration:00:43:45

Ep. 5: Christina Olson Hendrickson - MA in Public Address Turned Content Marketer

12/1/2021
Christina watched her adjunct spots, and tentative career plans, evaporate as the Great Recession exacted its toll on higher ed. Faced with fewer classes and less income, she opened her job search to larger cities where she’d have a better shot putting her MA in public address and background in graphic design to good use outside academia. And far outside academia she went. Christina landed an entry-level marketing position at a motorcycle aftermarket accessories manufacturer....

Duration:00:46:15

Ep. 4: Lizz Gardner - MA in Writing & Publishing Turned Higher Ed Administrator

11/24/2021
Lizz took the well-tread barista-by-day, writer-by-night path after finishing DePaul’s MA in writing and publishing program. When work became heavy on the baristaing and light on the writing, she threw her hat in the ring to teach a section of developmental education at nearby Wilbur Wright College. Fast forward ten years, Lizz is now the dean of community and continuing education at Malcolm X College, one of the other seven City Colleges of Chicago. Every day, she helps students in the...

Duration:00:55:00

Ep. 3: Candi Harmon Kruse - MA in Social Sciences Turned Sourcing Professional

11/17/2021
Candi finished her MA in social sciences with plans to continue studying her beloved medieval French peasants in a PhD program. Then the unexpected happened: The sourcing job she took during a year off grew on her. After two or three years of internal debate over the doctoral route, Candi opted to focus her career in supply chain. Since then, she’s enjoyed a string of promotions and professional growth. And she eventually found her way back to academia, earning an MBA in 2018. Candi’s...

Duration:00:43:07

Ep. 2: Dave Smyth - MA in Jazz Studies Turned Web Designer

11/10/2021
Dave felt destined for life as a jazz percussionist, and he pursued that passion in earnest. The website design skills he picked up thanks to a “misspent youth” were intended to help pay the bills in between gigs and teaching. But what started as a means to supplement his income soon shifted into his main bread and butter. Now the co-founder of Scruples Studio, Dave is immersed in the world of building websites with—you guessed it—scruples, respecting users’ data privacy and finding viable...

Duration:00:48:18

Ep. 1: Gillian Rosheuvel - MA in Writing & Publishing Turned Content Strategist

11/3/2021
Gillian relocated from New York City to Chicago to explore her identity as a creative writer in grad school after a decade in technical writing and corporate communications jobs. Fast forward a couple years after finishing her MA in writing and publishing, the opportunity to work as a content strategist presented itself. She seized it and never looked back. As a content strategist, Gillian has found work that allows her to “lift people up,” a value she aims to live by. She spends her...

Duration:00:49:06

A Sneak Peek into The Work Seminar

10/23/2021
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. Check us out at theworkseminar.com or @TheWorkSeminar on social for the latest news. Sign up for The Work Seminar newsletter to receive updates straight to your inbox. Thanks to guests Dave...

Duration:00:02:28