About this website

In September 2021, I did two good things: I qualified as a lawyer and I left law.

I do not yet know what I want to do with my life. To help me find out, I am talking to people across England and Wales about their jobs and their perceptions of work.

I plan to stitch these interviews together into an oral history of the workplace.

This is an unoriginal project: Studs Terkel did it in his wonderful 1974 book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. Since then, COVID-19 and a cocktail of structural forces have exploded the nature of work. By repeating Studs's experiment, we can begin to see where - and whether - the pieces have landed.

This website is a record of my thoughts and experiences as I go about this project. If you find anything that interests you, please consider subscribing to my newsletter here.


Get in touch: charlie@re-working.co.uk

Cover art: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, S.S.Franconia. Upper ‘tween' docks looking forward. (Reference no. DS.SWH/4/PH/7/8 (pg 7)).