Matthew Feldman, who graduated from Syracuse University in December before interning at Edelman, the public relations firm, in the spring, started his full-time communications job with the defense contractor Raytheon in June from the basement of his family's home in Bellefonte, Pa. -- the house where the family has lived since Mr. Feldman, 23, was in kindergarten.

He logs on to work from a couch or a bar top. The weak signal from the basement, strained by an entire household working remotely, made Mr. Feldman fearful that his orientation calls during his first week would drop.

"We had four people doing different jobs all working on the same internet connection," he said. "It was really a nightmare."

Mr. Feldman's father, an elementary school principal, and his mother, an elementary school teacher, had claimed the main floor of the home, where for the past few months his mother taught classes on Zoom. His younger brother, a rising junior at Georgia Tech, was also taking classes remotely.


Relationships are the key to success, Mr. Hellmann said, adding that people who build connections with their teams and with colleagues in other departments are better positioned for promotions -- something Ms. Delgado said she was worried about falling behind on.


"You're with people that love you, and a community you're super familiar with," he said of being at home. But after attending college out of state, studying abroad in Spain and living in various cities around the country for internships, Mr. Feldman said, he longs for the personal growth that comes from living in an unfamiliar place. He has considered working remotely from Brooklyn for a few months.

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