Two Atlantic staffers discuss Inside Jobs, a months-long reporting project that included conversations with an obituary writer, a janitor, a train conductor, and many others.
Conversations with 100 people about their work and how it shapes who they are
Marie Billiel, who has worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years, talks about having to have a ”mask on” for eight hours at a time.
Shawna Rule, a 21-year-old living in South Dakota, talks about juggling a full-time job, a part-time job, and a college degree.
Jeni Strand, an HR executive in Fargo, North Dakota, talks about the challenges of building a workplace that respects employees’ time at home in an age of the smartphone.
Brad Eichler, an executive at a Little Rock, Arkansas-based firm, talks about what hard work means to him when he’s traveling more than 100 days a year.
Rhode Island's Moira Walsh thinks of herself not as a politician but “a waitress who happened to get pissed off enough to take a crack at it.”
Francis Nichols, a pretrial-service officer in Washington D.C., talks about trying to get assistance to people in the justice system, especially those who aren’t straight.
Julie Engstrom, a designer in Cleveland, Ohio, talks about why her field is such a challenge for people with kids.
"I found myself unemployed five years ago for the first time in my life. That was unsettling, but it was not undoing."
Sergeant First Class Patricia Robert talks about how an “impulse decision” to enlist in her mid-20s has, unexpectedly, served her well.
Caroline Held, a manager at a McDonald’s in Ames, Iowa, talks about taking a job in food service while many of her peers pursued higher education.
Annie Truex, an actress in Los Angeles, talks about the obstacles women face in the audition process and how to stay motivated after constant rejections.
Liza, a dancer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, talks about how the stereotypes about her profession affect how she’s treated by clientele.
Sharron Cirillo, a public accountant in Middletown, Delaware, talks about the rewards and challenges of work in America.
Robert Rorison, a retired history teacher and exam proctor, talks about what it took to make sure his students didn’t cheat.
Something simple, says Juyoung Kang, the lead mixologist at Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Steakhouse.
Angela Nguyen talks about how her job at Domino’s in Ham Lake, Minnesota, has shown her the inner life of her community.
Vickie Miller, a home-care worker in Greenville, South Carolina, says her profession deserves higher pay and better benefits.
Michelle Myles, a tattoo artist in New York City, talks about how attitudes toward body art have changed over her 25-year career.