33 episodes

The unvarnished truth about what it's really like to work in various professions from those in the field. Professional Confessionals' candid interviews offer unique perspectives and insights on careers through stories of individual pathways. Youthful dreams and personal journeys, pitfalls and disappointments, greatest accomplishments, proudest moments, what surprised and what motivated.

Whether you’re a high school or college student trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, or a career changer pondering what path to pursue – these episodes are intended as a resource. Those with a general interest in their fellow humans and their personal/professional stories of self discovery on their career paths should also find these interviews interesting and rewarding.

Professional Confessionals Professional Confessionals

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

The unvarnished truth about what it's really like to work in various professions from those in the field. Professional Confessionals' candid interviews offer unique perspectives and insights on careers through stories of individual pathways. Youthful dreams and personal journeys, pitfalls and disappointments, greatest accomplishments, proudest moments, what surprised and what motivated.

Whether you’re a high school or college student trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, or a career changer pondering what path to pursue – these episodes are intended as a resource. Those with a general interest in their fellow humans and their personal/professional stories of self discovery on their career paths should also find these interviews interesting and rewarding.

    Season 1 in 4 Minutes

    Season 1 in 4 Minutes

    A super quick sampler of the guests and their insights from Season 1 of the Professional Confessionals podcast.

    • 4 min
    Voices of Season 1

    Voices of Season 1

    An in depth sampler of the wisdom and perspectives shared in the 31 episodes of Season 1. Many heartfelt thanks to our guests who so generously shared their time. We were honored by their participation in this podcast and learned so much from each and every one of them!

    • 15 min
    [Digital Advertising Executive] K. David McCarthy

    [Digital Advertising Executive] K. David McCarthy

    "All the skills that are required to be successful in the [tech] field can be self-taught. You can learn anything nowadays. Be curious. Read all you can. Watch all you can. Mess around. Try to build your own products. Build an app, build a website. That's what really interests me as a hiring manager."



    A unique perspective on technology is revealed in K. David McCarthy's engaging interview on his professional journey in tech and advertising. From a pre-internet gig at ad agency giant J Walter Thompson to his current role at Tightrope Interactive, David shares insightful observations drawn from personal experience and offers informed advice to those wishing to pursue a career in tech.

    • 47 min
    [Nonprofit Professional] Susan Kenny

    [Nonprofit Professional] Susan Kenny

    "It is deeply, personally fulfilling to work for something that you believe in and would support, and would give money to if asked...the mission of the organization was central to my happiness."



    Susan Kenny has found great satisfaction in her career of meaningful work at nonprofit and mission-driven organizations, and is a firm proponent of the benefits and intrinsic value of an education in the humanities. She believes "there is a direct line between a humanities education and working in fields where ethics, compassion, humility, and empathy are important".

    • 47 min
    [Architect] James Hartford

    [Architect] James Hartford

    "To a lot of people, architecture is an intangible. It's not something they understand. They can understand the work that an engineer does, so a building doesn't fall down on them. They can understand the work a contractor does because they drive the nails or they apply the paint. But architecture is the art of the building, and that gets to be much more difficult for people to understand."



    With a focus on energy-efficient passive homes, Architect James Hartford shares his thoughts about his professional journey and working as an architect, plus offers advice for those interested in pursuing the field. James Hartford and his wife Juhee Lee-Hartford are partners at River Architects.

    • 26 min
    [Textbook Author] Jo Pitkin

    [Textbook Author] Jo Pitkin

    - PODCAST EXTRA -



    Author Jo Pitkin discusses the challenges and intricacies of textbook writing for major educational publishers and how she draws upon her literary creativity in what she considers her “survival job”. She offers good tips and advice for writers interested in the field of educational publishing.



    Don't miss Jo's additional Professional Confessional interview on her primary career: [Poet] Jo Pitkin

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

pilatesmelia ,

A peek into how real people find their ways in the professional world.

Professional Confessionals is such a great resource for people finding who they are and where they want to be in the professional world. What do you want to be when you grow up meets real people with real talk. Thank you!

PodLover999 ,

Great stories from interesting people

So enjoyable hearing these folks and their interviews. Great info and perspectives.

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