Finding a Career with Purpose

An honest discussion about finding jobs with meaning – both making a difference in the world, and finding personal satisfaction.

Simon Love and Amy Pearl speak with Mac Prichard, founder of Prichard Communications and Mac’s List about purpose and potential in work and life. Today, people want to improve the world through their work, as well as achieve personal satisfaction. But how do people get into those careers? In this podcast, both hosts and guest are able to share stories and advice of finding work with meaning. Mac offers insights from his conversations with jobseekers, Simon offers personal stories of finding work in a foreign land, and Amy shares stories of change makers starting their own enterprises. You’ll learn tips and advice on how to send your career on a path towards purpose.

This conversation carries on the conversation from the popular ‘Career Pathways to Doing Good in Oregon’ events, held quarterly at HatchLab in Portland, Oregon.


Amy PearlHatch Innovation
Simon LoveHatch Innovation


0005_mac_pMac Prichard, President, Prichard Communications

Mac Prichard owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency based in Portland, Oregon that works with top-tier foundations, non-profits and purpose driven brands across the country. He is also the publisher of Mac’s List, an online community where professionals find rewarding, interesting jobs and employers find the best possible candidates.

Previously, Mac was communications director for Reclaiming Futures, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that improves drug and alcohol treatment for teens in juvenile court. Before joining Reclaiming Futures in 2001, Mac served as a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Human Services, a speechwriter and deputy legislative director for former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, and a Portland City Hall spokesman for Earl Blumenauer, now a Member of Congress.

Prior to moving to Oregon in 1991, Mac lived in Massachusetts where he was legislative and media relations director for the state Office for Refugees and Immigrants, the first public information officer for Boston’s “Big Dig,” and a researcher in former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy’s first Congressional campaign. Previously in Boston as a staff person with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Mac helped organize and lead four Congressional fact-finding trips to Central America. Mac was also a senior researcher at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a non-partisan human rights group in Washington, DC, that monitors US-Latin American policy.

In this episode you’ll learn

  • Trends in the workplace – are people moving towards careers with purpose? If so, why?
  • What a ‘Dream Job’ means – people want to make a difference in the world but they also want to find satisfaction and happiness.
  • How Mac’s List grew through word of mouth, and where it extends now.
  • How people are not taught at school how to look for jobs, or to set job-related goals.
  • Why do people work?
  • How generational differences and the blurring of work-life boundaries affect how work is seen.
  • Why jobseekers say they want one type of job but take something else .
  • How you can make opportunities happen by being generous to others and thinking about how you can help others in your industry.
  • How sometimes you won’t end up doing what you thought you’d be doing, but you can take charge of the role you’re in and make a difference there.
  • How individuals can make enormous difference through starting their own social enterprise.
  • The challenges of being an entrepreneur – ‘pushing the noodle up the hill’ and the challenges associated with it.
  • How careers are not a 45 degree trajectory – there will be peaks and valleys.
  • How good things happen when you make your goals known to others.