Work Ready Facts & You

Fact 1

About 30% of the American workforce is self-employed. That’s almost 15 million people, all of whom have created their own jobs, their own companies, and their own business opportunities. These folks are real Rainmakers.

What This Could Mean to YOU …

If you work for any company, any business, you will have a boss. Even in the biggest companies, the biggest bosses have bosses. While the idea of starting your own company and being your ‘own boss’ may sound like a good idea, being the boss of you … and the boss of your business … means you would have to know everything there is to know about creating and managing a business. That knowledge must be based on the skills you learn in high school, including English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Having high-end computer skills is also probably a good idea. So study hard and do well in all high school subjects. Being your own boss also means you will probably be working many more hours every week than the average worker.

Fact 2

Today, getting a job with a good salary requires education beyond high school. Grades earned in high school in challenging courses is one of the top criteria that college officials use to make their admissions decisions. But when it comes to non-academic activities that determine admissions, what counts most is extra-curricular commitment, not just extra-curricular involvement. Colleges are not interested in individuals who have a dozen after-school activities. Colleges look at how long and how deeply a high school student has been committed to one or two after-school interests, the time allotted to those activities, what leadership roles have been assumed in the process, and what has been accomplished as a result.

What This Could Mean to YOU …

Membership in a Rainmakers Club provides opportunities demonstrate the deep and demanding commitments that meet those college admissions criteria. So JOIN TODAY!

Fact 3

The country will need 168,000 elementary school teachers in 2022. Average national starting salary for a teacher certified to teach elementary school subjects is $54,000 per year with summers off. Individuals seeking these positions must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

What This Could Mean to YOU …

Most states demand that incoming teachers not only a four-year degree but pass a rigorous test in the subject matter he or she will be teaching. After all, to teach someone something, a teacher really has to know the subject material. Note:  The stated salary is a national average. Certain areas offer higher or lower salaries than the national average.

Fact 4

Cashiers working in American retail and food stores, 73% of whom are women, might be checking out for good soon. New technology will allow shoppers to buy goods without having people ‘ring up’ their orders. And we’re not talking about ‘self-checkout lines,’ either. Cameras connected to facial recognition software will watch customers as they take items off the shelves and directly charge the purchases to their payment accounts. No waiting in lines. Just grab-and-go.

What This Could Mean to YOU …

This is just one example of how a low-skill job is being eliminated by advancing technology. If you want a living wage, you have to perform well enough in high school to secure a higher paying job. Solid performance in high school will be your ticket into a trade, an industry credential, or a two-year or four-year college degree.
Note: Cashiers make between $8,000 and $12,000 per year. The federal government considers a single person making that amount of income to be living below the poverty line.

Fact 5

Growth in ‘remote’ jobs has increased significantly over the past few years. In 1995, only 9% of workers were able to work from home at least one day a week. Now, 43% of employees work from home at least one day a week. That’s an increase of 115% percent. A ‘remote job’ is defined as a professional-level position that allows the employee to work from home either entirely or part of the time. Remote jobs are also known as telecommuting jobs, virtual jobs, at-home jobs, and other similar names.

What This Could Mean to YOU …

Employees who work from home must exercise a great deal of self-discipline and tenacity. It is very easy to be distracted at home and have those distractions influence productivity. If a worker’s productivity drops, he or she could lose that job. The Internship Depot provides its Members with opportunities to learn the discipline that will be required of tomorrow’s workforce.