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Degrees: Real talk about planet-saving careers

Business • Science • Society-and-culture

Want to use your job to make an impact? We go behind the scenes with today's most inspiring changemakers. Yesh has candid conversations with them about careers, motivation, and how they're fighting climate change — and how you can too.

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Jason Swann’s life turned upside down. Now, he’s saving wild places

Dec 1 • 29:40

Jason Swann’s childhood in the rural south included living in “a small shanty in the middle of a cow pasture.” Sure, he played outdoors—but he wasn’t exactly hiking in wild places. ...

Sustainable investment leader Taeun Kwon on women, money and saving the planet

Nov 24 • 29:41

Women have been the main drivers of sustainable finance, or investing with environmental, social and governance (ESG) values in mind. After years of slow growth, sustainable investing is showing dramatic financial returns. According to Moody's, “In 2020, ESG products saw strong returns and investment outperformance that marked it as a watershed year.”...

How an energy entrepreneur is helping to light up the world

Nov 17 • 26:14

Some people know from an early age that they are environmentalists. Dan Schnitzer certainly did. Inspired by childhood nature walks with his mom, he studied pond water under a microscope. At age 13, he conducted the first of many environmental experiments—for a science fair, he made clean fuel from fruit....

How a farmworker’s son-turned politician is fighting “the serious crisis with Mother Earth”

Nov 10 • 28:12

Most people don’t think about running for office when pondering environmental careers. However, California Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia may change your mind....

How this 30 Under 30 sustainability star navigates tough dilemmas at REI

Nov 3 • 28:27

The clothing retail industry is not known for being climate friendly. The textile industry, as a whole,  emits 1.2 billion tons of carbon and uses five trillion liters of water per year....

Yes, you can turn your climate anxiety into meaningful action

Oct 27 • 28:26

LaUra Schmidt co-founded the non-profit Good Grief Network in 2016 with her wife, Aimee Lewis-Reau, to provide a space to help people cope with climate anxiety. Passionate about saving endangered species and panic-stricken about the climate emergency, LaUra had been suffering from her own climate grief and impotence. A childhood trauma survivor, LaUra had found solace in A...

What drove a former USA swim team member to tackle the diesel problem

Oct 20 • 26:22

BJ Johnson is in a hurry—and for good reason. He’s frustrated by the slow pace of change to address the climate crisis. And he’s angry about how air particle pollution endangers everyone, but especially marginalized groups. ...

Lake Street Dive on music, activism, and bravery

Oct 13 • 31:56

Brooklyn-based Lake Street Dive is Yesh’s favorite band ever! She was so excited to talk to them about her most passionate subject, climate change, and to find out that they care about saving the world (especially for future generations) as much as she does....

Introducing Degrees Season 3

Oct 6 • 02:53

Awkward! Networking mistakes to avoid

Aug 21 • 12:08

Networking takes work. Sam Charner offers specific advice to help you become a more effective networker, no matter whether you’re a student, a new jobseeker, or a career changer. ...

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