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The Great Resignation is leading workers down new career paths

Oct 20, 2021
A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, and some are changing direction to explore new careers.
Dave Harris lost his job as a car mechanic early in the pandemic, then became an insurance adjuster for better pay.
Courtesy Dave Harris

Leaving the lab to hunt mosquitoes in the swamp

Sep 7, 2021
Mel Glenn, based in the Denver metro area, on why she decided to leave her lab job to become a seasonal mosquito control technician.
"I'm basically a mosquito hunter," said Mel Glenn, pictured here in a mosquito control position she previously held.
Courtesy of Mel Glenn

How a choir teacher found new purpose during the pandemic

Aug 30, 2021
Jordan Leckband, the general music teacher at Windsor Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa, figured out a new direction for his career.
About 20% of workers switched jobs during the pandemic, and 26% plan to look for a new job when the threat of the pandemic decreases, according to Prudential Financial’s Pulse of the American Worker Survey.
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Why one high school teacher is becoming a student again

Aug 26, 2021
"The burnout factor is real," Catherine Fink of Longmont, Colorado, says of teaching. She's starting her first year of law school.
"If it was more financially rewarding, I might stay in it," Catherine Fink says of teaching.
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After losing her job, this woman turned to at-home voiceover work

Aug 24, 2021
Carol Wrobleski got a coach and turned her closet into a studio. Then a different full-time opportunity came along.
An interior of Carol Wrobleski's home studio. "I had a lot of people come in, drill nails in my walls and set up all kinds of foam," Wroblesk said. "The hard part is getting a studio space that has the sound quality that you need."
Photo courtesy of Carol Wrobleski

For this schoolteacher, the pandemic was a turning point

Jul 27, 2021
“I couldn’t do it anymore,” said Abby Norman, a former schoolteacher in Atlanta.
After quitting her teaching job, Abby Norman discovered she could make more money working fewer hours as a bartender.
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How some workers changed their careers during the pandemic

Jun 30, 2021
We talked to three people about how their career paths were altered during the pandemic and where they think they'll be a year from now.
As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wane in the U.S., workers are reevaluating their job options.
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Reevaluating your career? You're not alone

May 4, 2021
"What seemed tolerable before may not seem tolerable anymore," says a professor at the Yale School of Management.
One in five workers changed their career over the last year, according to a Prudential survey.
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How one primary care doctor found her role in the fight against COVID-19

May 3, 2021
Physician and writer Suzanne Koven deleted an email requesting volunteers before changing her mind.
A sign in support of healthcare workers in Boston, Massachusetts on April 04, 2020. “I know this sounds really strange, but I can think of fewer happier times in my career,” said Dr. Suzanne Koven, a writer and physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Number of Americans moving homes hits lowest level in 73 years

Dec 16, 2020
Migration patterns could change in a work-from-home world brought on by the pandemic.
A pedestrian walks by a building advertising an apartment for rent on Sept. 1, 2020, in San Francisco, California.
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