PODCAST: Go with the flow
How did Dan Micak (BA '06) go from aspiring sports journalist to corporate lawyer?
A lot of people go to university with one career idea, but leave with a different plan. Dan Micak (BA '06) did that twice.
A hockey and baseball fan, Dan entered Waterloo's English Rhetoric and Professional Writing program with dreams of becoming a sports journalist. But after some time working with Imprint, those aspirations faded.
Still focused on a career in sport, Dan went to law school. Maybe he could manage players.
Dan did become a lawyer, but he doesn't work with athletes or sports teams. A decade into his career, he manages a team of lawyers at Lightspeed, a global software company listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. He joins today's podcast to explain how he got here, and offer advice for aspiring lawyers and those studying the humanities.
(1:40) Dan shares how he (accidentally) became a lawyer
(5:54) The perks of working in a small law firm
(7:53) Private practice vs. in-house
(10:05) How did Dan know it was time for his next career move?
(15:40) Advice for people looking for their next role
(18:35) Your arts degree is useful
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