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Skilled trade programs are having a moment

Nov 8, 2022
College enrollment dropped significantly during the pandemic. One exception: skilled trade programs, which saw growth this year.
Jonathan Ellis says he chose a diesel and heavy equipment certificate "because when COVID happened, there weren't as many cars on the road, but the number of trucks on the road stayed the same.” Above, he replaces the brakes on a truck.
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An older worker tries to rediscover his place in a changing media industry

Oct 13, 2022
After taking personal time, Dan Lamont talks about finding work in editorial photography while dealing with ageism and a changing labor market.
"Creators are making peanuts compared to what they used to," said photojournalist Dan Lamont.
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Alyssa Gaines was wrong about planning for the future

Jul 26, 2022
National Youth Poet Laureate Alyssa Gaines reflects on how you don't always need a plan.
Alyssa Gaines, 2022 National Youth Poet Laureate speaks onstage during The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit in Partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on September 21, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Bloomberg Philanthropies)

How to be a park ranger

Jan 21, 2019
You don't have to major in environmental sciences.
Andrew LaValle switched careers to spend more time outdoors.
Andrew LaValle

How to be an emergency room doctor

Jan 1, 2019
Amid the chaos, you need to form an instant connection with patients.
Zahir Basrai is an emergency room physician in Los Angeles. 
Zahir Basrai

How to be a dog photographer

Dec 27, 2018
We go behind the lens with a photographer of four-legged subjects.
Ellen Shershow tries to capture the unique personality of each pet she photographs.
Courtesy of Ellen Shershow

And for her next act, dinosaur psychologist

Host Lizzie O'Leary wraps things up by taking the Marketplace Quiz.
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How to get the vacation you deserve

Ask a Manager's Alison Green explains how to plan for time off.
Comedian Hugh Lloyd and his wife, Carol, prepare to go to Australia in 1969.
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Turning the financial crisis into an opportunity

Apr 9, 2018
In 2008, Ann Shen couldn't get a job she wanted. So she went to art school and started a different and successful career.
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What chefs and restaurateurs have on their holiday menus

Dec 22, 2017
Gusto 54 restaurant group owner Janet Zuccarini and executive chef Evan Funke take the Marketplace Quiz.
Mezzemaniche alla gricia from Felix.
Courtesy Felix