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April 09, 2009

Summer Job: Fishing in Alaska

During her college years, Alissa Braatz spent three summers looking for adventure and summer work in Petersburg, Alaska. She found both. She slept outdoors in a place called Tent City. She got to see some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Alaska from the deck of a fishing boat. She had to prove to male fisherman—and to herself—that she had enough strength and endurance to fish for crabs. And she spent long hours cleaning fish guts from giant halibut. Years later… Alissa finds herself laid off from a job in marketing. She talks about applying the lessons she learned from her time in Alaska to her task now: rebounding from job loss.

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