Ten careers for high school seniors who hate schoolWritten by Max Stein
Let’s face it…not everybody likes going to school and high school can be a terrible experience for many students. Whether you’re hands on type who preferred Shop class to English class, or an athlete who liked working as a team more than studying alone, or even someone who liked schoolwork more than schoolmates; idea of four more years of school is unbearable. If you identify with any of these types, but still want to secure a good future, there are some great options out there for you. For you hands on types there are a lot of great careers out there that allow you to work with your hands and they pay well. There will be some coursework in things like shop math, reading schematics or architectural drawings, but most of this will be reinforced in your daily work. The schoolwork won’t seem useless because you will be using it everyday. Best of all, most of schooling will be finished in two years or less. Most hands on jobs have an apprentice, or on job training aspect as well, so you can get to work right away.
Some of careers in this category include:
Electrician – Installation or troubleshooting of electrical wires and connections. Work may take place in new or existing constructions. Licensing is required. The lowest starting wage for an electrician is $11.81 per hour, while median is $19.90 per hour.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Tech (HVAC Tech) – Installation or troubleshooting of heating and air conditioning systems in homes or businesses. Licensing is required to work with refrigerants. The lowest starting wage for HVAC Tech is $10.34 per hour, while median is $16.78 per hour.
Home Appliance Repair – Repair of in home appliances like refrigerators, ovens and washers and dryers. The lowest starting wage for Home Appliance repair is $18,200 per year, while median is $30,390 per year. The skills learned for this job can advance you to other higher paying careers.
When should you update your job skills?Written by Max Stein
With U.S. economy still slumping and unemployment numbers barely moving forward, many workers may be considering what their employment future could be like if they were to lose their job. If you’re in a healthcare field, or possess computer skills, you don’t have much to worry about, except explaining why you left your last job. On other hand, if you’re employed in production or manufacturing, you may be asking yourself, “when should I update my job skills?”
If you’re lucky enough to still have a job in this economy and you’re pondering future, you should consider updating your job skills immediately. Your current education level will determine what you should update. If you already possess a Bachelor’s degree, examine what your skills deficits may be. For instance, are you up to date on computer programs commonly used in an office environment? If you want to make a move into healthcare, do you have medical terminology or CPR? Some states allow degree holders to get into teaching without having a related degree. Some may require a certificate. Your employer may even pay for your continuing education. Career colleges offer courses with flexible times so you can work and update your skills.
On other hand, if you’re one of over eight million people who is currently looking for full or part-time work and your job prospects are not very good, updating your skills could be very important to your future. Again, you should assess your current educational inventory. Consider industry you’ve been in and see if it makes sense to change. There are a lot of openings in sales, healthcare and computer related industries. Federal or state aid may be available to you for educational purposes.