When they discover where I worked, they won’t shut up

Dear Amy: I recently left my first job after 14 years, for a variety of reasons. I am now exploring new avenues in different fields.

My problem is that my old job was at a prominent retailer that is currently very popular with consumers. Every time people find out where I used to work, they ask questions. Even my new coworkers who haven’t worked in the industry are curious about it.

I don’t want to keep having to focus on a life I am trying to put behind me, or having to explain myself to virtual strangers about my decision to leave.

Can you advise me on how to politely curb these conversations?

New Job, New Me

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