Youth and hectic career changes are too overwhelming

The characters of The Young and the Restless switch careers willy-nilly, almost like an executive version of musical chairs, and it’s overwhelming — probably for the characters themselves but certainly for viewers of the CBS soap opera.

Too much change on the young and the restless

Of course, people change careers throughout their lives. However, lately in Genoa City, people have been turning to new jobs at a rather alarming rate. It’s enough to give you a boost, and it doesn’t always feel true to the characters.

Nate Hastings (Sean Dominic) has left medicine altogether to work in senior management at the family business, Chancellor-Winters. This is a huge and shocking change. Before that, Moses Winters (Jacob Aaron Gaines) came to town to learn about medicine from Nate, but then he interned with Devon Hamilton (Bryton James), learning music. The whole thing worked to set up some drama between Devon and Nate, so it’s a good, fun soap opera, but it’s still weird.

Lily Winters (Christel Khalil) suddenly became CEO of Chancellor when much of her previous experience had been in modeling and working with underprivileged women. It was a shock, but she is growing in her new career opportunity.

Then there’s Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) who went from fashion designer to COO to CEO at breakneck speed. By all accounts, she’s fine, but it’s still quite a change.

Speaking of changing fashion, Chelsea Lawson (Melissa Claire Egan) is suddenly switching her career from fashion to podcasting? That’s a pretty huge difference. Even Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) making this change after being in business for so long is a big effort. Now his business partner Chloe Mitchell Fisher (Elizabeth Hendrickson) is also considering a pretty big career leap.

Then Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor), who stays in business but switches from Jabot to Marchetti in the blink of an eye, and gives his mother Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters) a junior public relations job after she’s been in architecture and later real estate.

Finally, we have Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) returning to Newman Enterprises after spending years parting ways with the family business. It’s surprising to see him so quickly give up his place in New Hope. What about working with his son Noah Newman (Rory Gibson)?

What do you think is going on with all these job changes? Do you think that’s good or bad for the characters? Let us know in the comments below.

The Young and the Restless (YR) airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtime. For more on what’s happening in Genoa City, check out all the latest Y&R spoiler posts, and for an in-depth look at the show’s story, click here.

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