This Arizona esthetician is glad she joined the "great resignation"

Sep 7, 2022
We check in with Shauna Kruse, who moved her family across country and went back to school to become an esthetician.
“It just seemed very natural, actually, to go into something where I was, you know, literally face to face with helping people feel their very best,” says Shauna Kruse, who went back to school to become an esthetician.
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They changed careers during the pandemic. Here's what they learned.

Jun 21, 2022
Even when you're passionate about work, making it your whole identity can be toxic, experts say.
The pandemic forced millions to reevaluate what they wanted out of life — and out of a career.
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After a career pivot, one woman is balancing teaching, law school and motherhood

Jun 15, 2022
Catherine Fink of Colorado said this was the year she felt "most frazzled, just in terms of having to be basically at three full-time jobs."
Fink just completed her 18th year of teaching, and this year she also took law school courses.
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Glass art called to him, so he left Home Depot to make marbles

May 16, 2022
Hunter Read traded in his day job for long hours and the physically demanding task of crafting artsy marbles. And he loves it.
“You couldn’t stop me from doing this if you tried,“ Hunter Read says of making his faceted glass marbles.
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Some are leaving white collar fields to work with their hands

Mar 22, 2022
With demand high in sectors like construction, some people are using the "Great Resignation" to go in a new direction.
Danielle Chagnon fits a piece of molding beneath a window sill during class at the North Bennet Street School in Boston's North End. Chagnon wants to make a career change from being a math teacher to a contractor.
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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.
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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

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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

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