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.
Ciro Gutierrez, a cleaner at the University of Connecticut, talks about the struggle of white-collar immigrants who come to the U.S. but to work in blue-collar jobs.
Joe Sevart, an auto technician turned business owner in Kansas City, Missouri, talks about the future of servicing more advanced vehicles.
Meredith Osborn, a medical illustrator in Columbus, Ohio, talks about being both an artist and a scientist, and the respect society has for each of those roles.
Gregg Katz, a taxi driver in Olathe, Kansas, talks about how he’s resisted the pull of ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft and why he think taxis are safer.
Terry Spraitz Ciszek, a homemaker in Fayetteville, North Carolina, talks about changing perceptions of women in the traditional economy and those who choose to leave their careers to raise a family.
Ethel Taylor, a pet groomer in Washington, D.C., talks about overcoming her fear of dogs to start a business where she sees them every day.
Alejandra Castillo, the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency, talks about small-business ownership and the U.S.’s changing demographics.