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Young workers rebuild work goals after COVID-19 snaps their career plans

In February 2020, Somari Davis was excited to complete her senior year majoring in visual media art at Emerson College in Boston and move to Los Angeles by the summer. She had plans to intern at Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness company Goop and pursue a career in video production.

Instead, the 22-year-old moved back to her parents’ home in Ossining and graduated from her childhood room.

“It felt like my independence was completely stifled,” recalls Davis. “When I stayed in my bedroom in high school… it felt like I had taken three steps back in terms of the independence and career focus I had in college. It was suffocating.”

Davis graduated in May and began applying for media jobs, but her efforts felt futile, she said. She applied to more than 100 jobs, she said, and rarely heard back.