A Spokesman-Review Special Collection

Jobs: The Road Ahead

A yearlong series looking at the Inland Northwest job market, workers and the economy.

Her art's desire

Leasa Harmon is pursuing a new career guided by advice that may sound illogical, if not reckless, in a job market that remains erratic and scarce of opportunity. The Coeur d’Alene woman is following her heart instead of choosing one of the paths with the greatest potential for job growth. Harmon, 51, is taking classes at North Idaho College with the aim of becoming an art therapy specialist working with war veterans, autistic children and at-risk juveniles. And she’s doing it with a big smile on her face and mounting confidence that she has found her calling. Even in a tight job market, graduates and people changing direction mid-career still can find fulfilling and meaningful employment, she said.