How People Become Things

How People Become Things explores the relationship between people and the work they do. In each episode,, we meet someone — or sometimes some two — who share the story of how they came to do the work they do and what they think about that choice now. We discuss the ways in which the work they do works for them, how they knew that they’d made the right choice, and what kind of person they think would be a good fit for the job they have.
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May 9, 2016
Episode 3: Wayfinding and Bridge Crossing  with Lisa Noel Seiwert

My guest this week provides further confirmation of my hunch that in the best of circumstances we do what we do and we arrange a way to get paid for it. This could prove useful to those of us who have several jobs under our career belts. This could be reliable career advice. Connect the dots, find the theme or themes in the jobs you've had. Given any latitude at all, what parts of it do you tack toward? What parts do you put off?

Lisa's job is interesting: equal parts people and statistics oriented. She's very candid about the parts she likes best; they're the things she's done over and over in every position she's held. While interacting with people in vastly different periods -- and sometimes moments -- of their lives, she serves a very consistent function. And, if you listen very closely, you'll probably be able to discern why what she does is a profound reflection of who she is at her core. 

...or maybe she just tells us flat out. 

Lisa works at Chicago Theological Seminary