How to Survive the Job You Hate

Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-08112 / CC-BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-08112 / CC-BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons


Everyone's got to pay the bills. People everywhere hope to live the dream and pursue thriving careers for which they've got both talent and passion, but until that career takes off, most of us have to put in some time at a job we can't stand. So how do you survive a job you hate?

This week on How To Do It, Josh Bloch and Sarah Treleaven speak with employment and personal finance expert Helaine Olen about how it's not just you -- work really is getting worse. They also hear three on-the-job stories from people who found creative ways to cope with their crappy jobs, and they head out into the field to see what it would take to change careers. Plus, a visit with a group of inspiring young women who are making a change in their own workplace.

In this episode we speak with...

  • Brendan McLeod, a musician who, ah, fractured the truth at his day job in order to go on tour.
  • Natalia Bukhanova, who discovered that her mundane day job unlocked a hidden capacity for creativity.
  • Nobu Adilman, who discovered a dream job in Japan wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
  • Lisa Taylor, an employment consultant who tells us when it's time to look for a new career.
  • Helaine Olen, the author of Pound Foolish, who tells us why your job is getting worse.

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