James Marriott leaves for work before sunrise. His commute starts on Boston’s crowded streets and ends at Drumlin Farm.
With degrees in neuroscience and global health, the 24-year-old has recently taken a new job in farming. It’s a much different skill set, far from the lab of a biotech company where he used to work developing vaccines.
“This was, you know, a very intentional decision, not something like I was ‘I don’t know what to do, let me just go work on a farm.’ This is how I want my life to go,” Marriott told CBS News’ Janet Shamlian.
He is not alone. Sean Moriarty left his job as a copywriter to harvest crops, and physical therapist Cat Steckbeck traded days inside a hospital for bucolic, green acres.
Almost all of these 20-somethings not just jobs but in many cases quit careers as the COVID pandemic took hold.
“It was a, believe it or not, a very stressful time. For me, it was just not the right setting and I think COVID certainly sped up the feelings of burnout,” Steckbeck said.
Crops manager Matt Celona said he’s not surprised by the applicants now looking for work on the farm.
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