Open space

Open Space is a podcast about working life. You’ll get the inside scoop on a passionate career changer, a midlife jobseeker, a developer who ends up sleeping on the office sofa, a young doctor with a creative side gig and more. Hard questions, major complaints and some key words of advice: the job market is full of surprises.

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Season 1

10 episodes
The one who found her calling [FR ONLY]
The one who found her calling [FR ONLY]

Ophelia had it all: her own webzine, a good job at an ad agency and a boyfriend. One day, she gave it all up in exchange for getting her hands dirty – quite literally. While things weren’t always easy in the beginning, she’s now got a sense of purpose in her new career, running workshops for urbanites who want to develop their green fingers.

S1 • EP1 • 23mn
The one who was mentally harassed [FR ONLY]
The one who was mentally harassed [FR ONLY]

Friendly and motivated, Mathilde has everything going for her. But in her new job, bad things keep happening and a sense of unease begins to take over. After hacking into a coworker’s professional IM, she uncovers countless insults aimed at her. Through this true story, you’ll learn how to survive the nightmare that is workplace mental harassment.

S1 • EP2 • 20mn
The one who had an office romance [FR ONLY]
The one who had an office romance [FR ONLY]

It’s estimated that one in four employees find love at work. Aurore never imagined it would happen to her: she kept her personal and professional lives separate. But after meeting Matthew, all her principles flew out the window. From little white lies to carefully masked frustrations, here’s the true story of an office romance.

S1 • EP3 • 17mn
The one who had to fire people [FR ONLY]
The one who had to fire people [FR ONLY]

How does it feel to fire someone? How can an HR employee look at themselves in the mirror? This is the true story of Sophie, an HR employee at a luxury group who must deliver devastating news to others on a regular basis. She talks about the challenges she faces every day and how she takes on this serious unpopular role in the company.

S1 • EP4 • 22mn
The one with a boss from hell [FR ONLY]
The one with a boss from hell [FR ONLY]

Is it possible to truly hate a colleague? Soon after meeting her new boss, Emma realises that things are about to get ugly. From the offensive jokes, macho behaviour and open discussion about his sex life, Emma explains how professional relationships can gnaw away at someone, to the point of physically suffering and sacrificing her own fulfilment.

S1 • EP5 • 23mn
The one who wasn't ready to retire [FR ONLY]
The one who wasn't ready to retire [FR ONLY]

Suddenly thrust into the job market at age 53, Xavier finds himself labelled a “mature” candidate. While age and experience are an advantage for jobseekers in some countries, it is almost a curse in the United States. Despite the obstacles facing him, Xavier continued his search and eventually found his path by changing careers.

S1 • EP6 • 23mn
The one who moonlighted – and loved it [FR ONLY]
The one who moonlighted – and loved it [FR ONLY]

What would you do if you had more than one dream job? Clement decided he didn’t want to choose, working as a medical professional by day and moonlighting as a drag queen by night. How is it possible to balance such radically different working lives? And what’s it like riding the underground to work after staying up all night to perform?

S1 • EP7 • 24mn
The one who hated her company’s values [FR ONLY]
The one who hated her company’s values [FR ONLY]

Alice has always had standards. At business school, she boycotted certain brands and dreamed of putting her principles into action and making a positive impact on society. However, she now works in the marketing department of a pharmaceutical company – an industry that goes against everything she stands for.

S1 • EP8 • 23mn
The one who left her dream job [FR ONLY]
The one who left her dream job [FR ONLY]

Sophie has finally landed her dream job. It’s like being in love for the first time: she thinks about it non-stop, gives it her all and can no longer imagine living without it. Sadly, some dreams are not meant to be. After only one year, Sophie’s company makes her redundant, ending her dream and beginning a nightmare.

S1 • EP9 • 26mn
The one who slept at his office [FR ONLY]
The one who slept at his office [FR ONLY]

One day, Jonathan finds himself homeless when his roommate announces he wants to end their flatshare. Despite having a well-paid, permanent position, his finances are no match for the Parisian rental market. Jonathan is soon forced to sleep at the office, playing hide-and-seek every night of the week with the janitor and his night shift coworkers.

S1 • EP10 • 25mn

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