Some Use Unemployment As Chance To Forge New Career Path

Rob Hart
June 14, 2020 - 2:06 pm

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Tens of millions of people are unemployed because of the economic fallout from COVID-19 but some people say it's the push they need to try something else.  

    Joan Hannant is the founder and CEO of the Soma Institute in Chicago, which is an adult education training school that focuses on the field of health and wellness.

    She said enrollment in Soma's online health and wellness classes has jumped by 80 percent in the last three months, driven by people who had been contemplating a career change.

    “You came into work Monday morning and you just couldn’t take that job anymore or you were underemployed or you become unemployed and now you want to pursue something that thought about for a long time,” Hannant said. 

    And sometimes the job loss pushed up a career change that was always over the horizon.

    “Maybe not done it in this year. Maybe they would’ve put it off for a while,” she continued.