Tell us about what you do.


Tell us about yourself.


Bring your story to life — add a photo.

Please choose/upload an image

This feature is not accessible in this browser. Please use Chrome or Firefox


Review your working story.


By uploading photo or story content via this website, participant hereby consents to and authorizes Project& and its successors, assigns, licensees and agents (collectively “Project&”) to reprint, publish, edit and distribute any and all photographs/stories in connection with Project&’s advertising, promotion and publications, in print, video or any form of media now known or hereafter developed, including, but not limited to Project& and Working in America’s web sites. Project&-related events, include, but are not limited to any event initiated by or participated in by Project&.

Further, participant understands that he or she hereby assigns all rights for the above-described photographs/stories to Project&. Participant further acknowledges and agrees that he or she will receive no monetary payment, royalties, nor other remuneration of any kind for the use of the photographs/stories and hereby waives, releases and forever discharges Project& from any and all claims, demands or liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs/stories.


Thanks! Your story has been submitted.

Check back often to see when your story is posted and to see stories from fellow workers.

“It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”


“My job is very important. Without my job there would be no women’s boxing right now. Without my job there would be no Claressa Shields. I don’t know what I would be doing.”

At 17, Claressa Shields became the second-youngest boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. This incredible achievement and her story of overcoming a very difficult upbringing in Flint, Michigan, where she would be the first in her family to graduate high school, captivates millions. Claressa was always prepared for this moment of becoming the face of boxing worldwide, having dedicated her whole life to sport: “I’ve never worked at McDonalds, or at a corner store, or drove a bus, or was a driver, or an Uber driver. I’ve always been a boxer. That’s been my job since I was 11 years old.” With her win at the Rio Olympics, combined with her gold from the 2012 London Games, Shields becomes the first American boxer in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals.

Besides steeling herself for the big fights, her job entails making weight every day, eating right and sleeping enough: “You get up and train. You get up and run. You’re sore. You go get worked out. Sometimes you’re extra tired to where you can’t hang out with your friends, or you spend a lot of time away from home because you can’t be with your family, but at the same time you’re used to it. This is your job.” Claressa uses her grueling work ethic to encourage other young women and her teammates: “I try to tell them, motivate them, tell them if you can get in the ring with me—because they know that I’m the best, I’m the best boxer at the tournament, I’m the best boxer in the world—if you can get in the ring with me, there’s no way you shouldn’t be able to do well with the other countries because, one, I’m better. That means you’re better.”