We'll remember the Great Recession for the way it reached into Minnesota's middle-income homes and put many professionals out of work for the first time.
We've talked to scores of people in MPR's Public Insight Network who hoped a college degree and knowledge-based economy would insulate them from the downturn. It didn't.
So how's the recession treating your chosen work?
We got creative, heartfelt responses that we've posted and shared with our public media friends across the country at economystory.org.
We'll do the same with your six-word entries on the recession and your profession.
Here are some posted already at economystory.org:
"Lost two jobs gained an LLC"
"Take work when you're offered it."
"Adjust to reality, give up dreams."
Here are my six words: Journalism reaper. Step ahead. So far.
That pretty much sums up my professional life the past two years -- happy and lucky to have a job writing and reporting and hoping it stays that way.
How about you? What words best describe what's happened to your career in this recession? Unemployed? New entrepreneur? Back to school to retrain?
NOTE: Our efforts were inspired by SMITH Magazine's ongoing Six-Word Memoir project.
I took a job that pays.
Got work but wants more. Unlikely.
On food stamps, Americorps, Future M.D. :-D
Deep paycut is better than nothing
Bang on de drum all day
Work day job, compose music after.
smart (and lucky) before, ok now.
MBA, laid off, cancer, surgery, healthy.
Insurance, overtime, vacation. Unhappy; stifling dreams.
Grad school: gross underpayment equals security.
Need job, need car for work.
Need job, need car for work
Educational grants: universe is the limit!
Career colleges are booming.
Career colleges booming. Job is safe.
Hunting jobs. Continue writing. Need money!
Haven't been cut from job yet.
It keeps getting better and better.
Consulting projects galore!
Less quantity, more quality, better life.
career long in tooth, got yanked.
Self-employed, survived 2009. 2010 better!
impeach obama need job now
America: No Place To Rear Children
Solution for democracy: Abolish all corporations
On Planet Earth empire is STUPID
Living in denial simply delays catastrophe
Corporations never quit; their religion's Dollars
Stop pretending democracy is about us.
Some MPR person stopped my posts
And You Know You Are It
So now let's hear your excuses
Old gone. Future uncertain. Patchwork now.
Kids in daycare. Momma back to work.
Economy is changing, the adaptable survive.
In three words: I found happiness.
Raise? +0%, Insurance? +26%. Tough year.
Hours cut. Filed for SSecurity early.
Government guys, show me the money.
Thank goodness for outdoor baseball.