The Work Seminar

The Work Seminar

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.


December 1, 2021 46 min

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 moto...

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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 C...

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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...

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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—...

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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 peo...

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October 23, 2021 2 min

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 or @TheWorkSeminar on social for the latest news. Sign up for The Work Seminar newsletter to...

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