A podcast about people who earn a living by making the world a better place. This show is for anyone in the early to mid-stages of their career who are uncertain about navigating their own careers and want to learn how to pursue progressive and meaningful work.
Jennifer Chan is a twenty-something lawyer, blogger, and writer based in Toronto, Canada. During the weekday, she assists low-income workers who have been wrongfully fired for raising their employment and/or health and safety rights. On the evenings and weekends, she writes about work, money, and happiness from a progressive perspective. Tired of the stale career advice, Jen wants to show that you can build a career in accordance with your values. You can find her writing at jennifertchan.net or follow her on twitter at @jennifertchan.
August 7th, 2018 | 53 mins 9 secs
early retirement, feminism, money, podcast, political consulting
I speak with Tanja Hester, most known for her popular blog Our Next Life. In this episode, we talk about her career as a communications consultant for progressive causes, her time at Berkeley, and why she decided to retire early, despite loving her job, at the age of 38. This episode is for anyone interested in consulting non-profit organizations, political candidates, and social and philanthropic campaigns.
July 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
careers, millennials, politics, progressive
I talk to Miles Howard, a journalist, writer, and author of The Early Voters. We talk about his adventure across the U.S. in which he spoke to hundreds of Millennial voters, what it’s like to be a journalist and a political writer in 2018, and the influx of a new wave of progressives running for office such as the brilliant Alexandria Ocacio-Cortez.
June 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
careers, personal finance
I sit down and talk to Amanda Holden, who quit her job at an investment management company to start Invested Development and a personal finance blog titled, "Dumpster Dog Blog." She runs workshops and presentations for businesses, universities, sororities, and other organizations, on long-term financial planning in a fun and approachable way. Her target demographic is young women, and she believes in educating with laughter.
We talk about her decision to quit the corporate world, how she drastically overhauled her expenses for 8 months in order to save enough money for a year and a half, how to make people care about their finances, and the work she's doing now. This isn't just about personal finance, although that's certainly a theme of this episode, but about how Amanda discovered that the job she was in making her unhappy and unhealthy and what she did to remove herself out of the situation and work for herself.
May 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 31 mins
careers, millennials, minimalism, musician, poetry, progressive, veganism
This week I talk to Zach Risinger, Senior Social Media Strategist at PETA. He's also a writer and a musician. We talk about his introduction to veganism, minimalism, and some of the successful campaigns he's worked on at PETA.
May 9th, 2018 | 22 mins 56 secs
advice, careers, law, progressive
I detail my journey to becoming a lawyer at a legal aid clinic.
April 25th, 2018 | 1 hr 9 mins
animal welfare, careers, disaster relief, dog rescue, millennials, progressive
In this episode, I talk to Nicole Simone, a singer-songwriter, photographer, and founder of Redemption Paws. In 2013, she started Redemption Dogs, an ongoing photo series about rescue dogs & their humans. Then in 2017 she established Redemption Paws, Canada's only canine rescue organization that helps dogs in the aftermath of natural disasters. We talk about her decision on starting Redemption Paws, what it's like to run a non-profit organization, some of the politics involving the dog rescue industry, and how to prevent passion fatigue when it comes to working in such an emotionally-charged field.
April 18th, 2018 | 21 mins 40 secs
careers, debt, millennials, money, personal finance
I share my own money story and the top 9 strategies I used to help me pay down $40,000+ of debt in 2 years while taking a 40% paycut in order to pursue a more meaningful career.
April 8th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
careers, criminal defence, law, progressive
In this episode, I talk to Chris Rudnicki, a criminal defence lawyer based in Toronto. He's also a feminist and a prison abolitionist. We talk about what a typical day for him looks like, what qualities make someone a good criminal defence lawyer, as well as criminal defence is fundamentally compatible with feminism. For those of you interested in pursuing a progressive career in law, this is a show you won't want to miss.
March 31st, 2018 | 11 mins 10 secs
careers, millennials, politics, progressive
In this episode I talk about: who I am, what this is, why this matters, and who this is probably NOT for.