REPORT
Apr 23, 2021
Has the pandemic changed Americans’ career prospects?

The pandemic has reshaped the way people think about work. They’re moving away from jobs that don’t allow them time for themselves, their family, and hobbies, and instead to ones they’re passionate about. Canvas8 spoke to eight Americans about how the pandemic has changed their career values.

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Scope

Although Biden’s American Jobs Plan aims to restore faith in the American Dream by creating millions of jobs in an attempt to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, people aren’t feeling hopeful about their careers in a post-pandemic world. In January 2021, Pew Research Center found that 49% of those who were unemployed, furloughed, or laid off were pessimistic about the prospect of finding a new job. [1] It’s not only those who have lost jobs that are struggling, but the next generation entering the workforce. Gabrielle, 20, a student from New York, says that“the pandemic had actually taken away an internship opportunity, which I consider as work. It's work and experience towards my career. And so, that really made me reevaluate what I should do during the pandemic.“