Did the pandemic inspire you to switch careers? We want to know about it

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Did the pandemic cause you to reconsider your career aspirations? The State would like to know for an upcoming story about the culture of work in the Midlands.

The pandemic shifted traditional work for many Americans. COVID-19 caused many people to work remotely and forced others to be on the front lines of the health crisis.

Did struggling to find child care or teach your kids at home drive you to quit your job? Or did you lose your job and wind up rethinking your career plans altogether?

We want to know why you made a change, whether or how the pandemic shifted your perspective on work, and how the transition is working out for you.

With the pandemic now waning, employment levels in South Carolina have rebounded significantly. Unemployment in the state reached a disturbing 12.1% in April 2020. Today, the state’s unemployment rate is at 4.4%, which still higher than pre-pandemic levels.

A Pew Research study in January showed that 66% of unemployed adults considered changing their field of occupation. Unemployed people at every income level considered a career switch. One third of of unemployed adults said they’d already taken job retraining programs or educational opportunities to learn skills for a different job, according to the study.

We plan to write profile stories about a few workers in the Midlands who left their professions during the COVID-19 pandemic to switch careers.

If you would like to share your story, please fill out the form below.

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