Your career. What happened? Six words.

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 a knowledge-based economy would insulate them from the downturn. It didn’t.

So how’s the recession treating your chosen work?

Tell us in six words.

We’ve been doing six-word challenges lately with good feedback. We asked folks to sum up their recession experiences and to tell us about their health care coverage.

We got creative, heartfelt responses that we’ve posted and shared with our public media friends across the country at

We’ll do the same with your six-word entries on the recession and your profession.

Here are some posted already at

“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?

Post your six words below or drop us a line.

BONUS: Check out the responses we’re getting to this on MPR’s Facebook page

NOTE: Our efforts were inspired by SMITH Magazine’s ongoing Six-Word Memoir project.