Culture

Future of Work: The Next Generation

Through intimate portraits of millennials, the series explores how fundamental shifts in work are impacting well-being, stability, sense of identity and community. The six-episode mini-series focuses on themes from the WGBH broadcast series Future of Work — the rise of the precariat, the gig economy, digital nomads, working to live, and new opportunities.

I'm Glad I Didn’t Go to College

11m 55s

Luis Santiago went from working at McDonald’s in the “Badlands” neighborhood of Philadelphia to running his own company and pulling in six figures. And he got from Point A to Point B without a four-year college degree. The secret? Luis is a master HVAC technician in a skilled trades industry which has grown less and less popular as a career path in the U.S. over the last few decades.

Episodes

  • I'm Glad I Didn’t Go to College: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I'm Glad I Didn’t Go to College

    S1 E6 - 11m 55s

    Luis Santiago went from working at McDonald’s in the “Badlands” neighborhood of Philadelphia to running his own company and pulling in six figures. And he got from Point A to Point B without a four-year college degree. The secret? Luis is a master HVAC technician in a skilled trades industry which has grown less and less popular as a career path in the U.S. over the last few decades.

  • How Remote Work Destroyed My Mental Health: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Remote Work Destroyed My Mental Health

    S1 E5 - 13m 55s

    Katherine Berry was living out her dream life - or so she thought. After graduating a year early from USC Business School, Katherine landed a big-time sales gig at a well-known tech company in San Francisco. But then the pandemic hit. Suddenly, new roommates (her parents) and the inability to unplug (60-70 hour work weeks) had Katherine’s anxiety levels at an all-time high.

  • I Quit My 9 to 5 Job to Build Tiny Homes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I Quit My 9 to 5 Job to Build Tiny Homes

    S1 E4 - 12m 37s

    Rob Abasolo was a copywriter at an ad agency who was struggling to find the creative freedom that initially attracted him to the industry. So, he decided to quit. His career pivot? It turns out big life changes can sometimes come in small packages. Find out how Rob is thriving as a short-term rental entrepreneur building tiny homes all across the country.

  • Why I’ll Never Work at a Desk Again: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why I’ll Never Work at a Desk Again

    S1 E3 - 13m 55s

    Annette & Daniel Fortner are Digital Nomads, people who embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the internet-connected world. In 2017, they sold all their possessions and became full-time world travelers picking up odd jobs online. With the low cost of living, they work fewer hours; but is the digital nomad life sustainable?

  • Why We’ll Never Work at an Office Again: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why We’ll Never Work at an Office Again

    S1 E3 - 13m 55s

    Annette & Daniel Fortner are Digital Nomads, people who embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the internet-connected world. In 2017, they sold all their possessions and became full-time world travelers picking up odd jobs online. With the low cost of living, they work fewer hours; but is the digital nomad life sustainable?

  • Why I Choose To Live AND Work In My Car: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why I Choose To Live AND Work In My Car

    S1 E2 - 10m 27s

    Jake 28, from Los Angeles, CA lives, works and sleeps in his Honda sedan. By day, he drives all over Los Angeles, delivering food for companies like DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats. At night, he sleeps on a custom-made bed that unfolds over the passenger seat. As a recovering addict with social anxiety disorder, Jake could never see himself trapped behind a desk or in a crowded kitchen.

  • I Have Two Jobs, But Not For The Money: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I Have Two Jobs, But Not For The Money

    S1 E1 - 8m 27s

    Ten years after graduating from chiropractic school, Courtney Acree has $400,000 in student debt. She stays busy managing her hours as a chiropractor, as well as the time and travel that comes with her second job as a flight attendant. Courtney is one of approximately 13 million Americans with two jobs, but the reason she works almost 60 hours a week isn’t purely financial.

  • I Have Two Jobs, But Not For The Money: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I Have Two Jobs, But Not For The Money

    S1 E1 - 8m 27s

    Ten years after graduating from chiropractic school, Courtney Acree has $400,000 in student debt. She stays busy managing her hours as a chiropractor, as well as the time and travel that comes with her second job as a flight attendant. Courtney is one of approximately 13 million Americans with two jobs, but the reason she works almost 60 hours a week isn’t purely financial.

Extras + Features

  • Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer

    34s

    The working landscape in the United States has rapidly changed in the last 30 years. This accelerated pace has the potential for long-term impact on young people who are new to the workforce. Younger workers are trading in stability and security for flexibility and autonomy. But it’s not without significant trade-offs.

  • I Have Two Jobs, But Not For The Money: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I Have Two Jobs, But Not For The Money

    8m 27s

    Ten years after graduating chiropractic school, Courtney Acree has student debt of almost half a million dollars. She stays busy managing her hours as a chiropractor, as well as the time and travel that comes with her second job as a flight attendant. Courtney is one of approximately 13 million Americans with two jobs, but the reason she works almost 60 hours a week isn’t purely financial.

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