How To Navigate Career Transitions Toward Happiness and Satisfaction, with Andrew Heyward

Andrew Heyward has had a career that I envy. The one-time president of CBS News now has two jobs in academia. He’s a Senior Research Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He’s also a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab’s Laboratory for Social Machines and a Senior Advisor at its non-profit spinoff Cortico, where he is working on artificial-intelligence-based tools to strengthen local journalism and civic engagement.

In this episode of the Pre-Made Podcast, Andrew reflects on his extraordinary career and offers advice on how to maximize professional happiness and satisfaction, including:

  • As you advance in your career, try to double down on the work you enjoy and seek to minimize if not eliminate the tasks you don’t like.
  • Don’t let the opinions of others impact what you do or don’t do.
  • Skills evolve as we age, so look for work that will reward these new skills you’re likely to acquire with experience.
  • Broaden your network beyond your field of work.
  • Consider the value of career breadth versus pure specialization.
  • Be prepared to let circumstances unfold and guide your path. You don’t need to have everything figured out in advance of a transition.
  • Find a mentor who can help you make better decisions.

Show notes:

  • Link to the Arthur Brooks column on how our skills evolve as we age.
  • Email Andrew at

One comment

  1. It’s important to work towards your own happiness.

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