One of the more frequent questions I receive from potential, new, and long term vegans alike, is what to do about employment. How do you find a vegan job? What if your current place of employment conflicts with your values? Well today I’ll give you some basic pointers and a boatload of additional resources so you can stop working for The Man and start working for The…Vegan…Man…
Going vegan usually sparks a growing awareness of the rather astounding number of ways in which our species exploits other beings and our planet.
As the vast majority of the world is not vegan, it stands to reason that the vast majority of employment options involve not-so-vegan-friendly elements. From the blatantly obvious, like being a server at a steak house, or vivisector in a research lab, to the more subtle, like a sales rep for products tested on animals, or barista at a coffee shop.
For most people, immediately quitting their job upon going vegan without any alternative in place is not feasible, nor prudent. However, the idea of continuing on in an exploitative vocation is unthinkable.
Before we jump in, let me just say preemptively: to any concerns or questions about whether any job or human activity can be 100% vegan or totally free of any form of exploitation, please see the videos linked in the description, which delve into that issue.
When looking for a vegan job, there are an infinite number of possibilities, though it may not seem that way initially. One of the first things to determine is your area of interest. What is it you want to do? Of course if you’re looking to get out of your current job as fast as possible, apply for every vegan option you can find and take whatever comes first. Then you can start fleshing out your long-term goals.
Do you want to be your own boss? Are you interested in nonprofit work? Do you want to work directly with animals? With people? Do you have a location requirement or are you willing to move? Do you want to work remotely online? What is your skill set?
As a side note, the availability of location-dependent jobs will of course vary greatly depending on your location and ability to commute. You can always look up employment assistance centers and organizations specific to your area and country.
Writing down your goals ideals can be helpful in narrowing your search and knowing where to start.
One of the most basic jumping off points are job search websites. You can even search mainstream job posting websites with “vegan” as a keyword. I have included a list of these below. Additionally, there’s a fantastic website by Vegan Mainstream called the Vegan Job Board.
Another approach is to check out the websites of existing vegan companies, organizations and nonprofits. Most will have a section for employment opportunities. Some common examples are: vegan publications, restaurants and cafes, retail companies, farm sanctuaries, activist organizations, educational nonprofits, and more.
One important thing to remember is that vegans are needed in all areas of employment—just like vegans come from all walks of life and have wide variation in their diets, vegan jobs are also infinitely broad. Maybe you are a web designer and decide to work with an activist organization on their website. Perhaps you’re in the financial sector and decide to help other vegans find investments that align with their values. Maybe you’re in law school or already a lawyer and decide to transition to animal law. Or want to work in another capacity in the animal law sector.
Additionally, while many vocations, as within medicine and nutrition, have an existing anti-vegan bias or may be rife with misinformation, that’s all the more reason for more vegans to enter those fields! So don’t limit yourself with any preconceptions of what a vegan job is “supposed” to be.
Finally, there’s always the option to set out on your own path. Maybe what you want to do doesn’t exist anywhere. Maybe you want to start your own business, found a nonprofit, work as a freelancer in any number of fields. This can be an incredibly rewarding path to take, though it does require with a great deal of commitment, persistence, and risk.
I personally quit medical school to go full time with Bite Size Vegan. It was an incredibly uncharacteristic move on my part, and was simultaneously the best and most terrifying decision I’ve ever made. And thanks to my Nugget Army of patrons who support my work, I’ve been able to continue and grow Bite Size Vegan to the point where I’m now working on building my own team.
If you do want to set out on your own but aren’t able or don’t want to just take a flying leap, you can always use the time you have off from your current job to start pursuing and building what it is you really want to do.
I hope that this has been helpful. Please refer to the links below for job postings and search engines as well as other helpful guides from Vegan Mainstream, The Vegan Woman, Our Hen House and more.
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Now go live vegan, get a job, and I’ll see you soon.
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Job Search Websites (please note not all jobs one these sites will be vegan—use discretion):
Vegan Jobs [New site!]
More Helpful Guides:
5 Ideas for Aligning Your Work With Your Values by Emma Larocque at Vegan Mainstream
How to Find a Vegan Job by Erin Lecky at The Vegan Woman
14 Tips on Getting a Job in Animal Rights by Our Hen House
Example Organization Postings: