You may have heard of unemployment, but are you familiar with the term, underemployment?
“Underemployment is the condition in which people in a labor force are employed at less than full-time or regular jobs or at jobs inadequate with respect to their training or economic needs.” – Merriam-Webster
One big question students ask upon obtaining their high school equivalency credential, is, “What now?” They want to know what new job opportunities are in their grasp, now that they have hit this important milestone.
The statistics don’t lie. Americans without a high school education are not only the lowest paid workers in the country, they also have the largest unemployment rate. Low pay and job uncertainty can make it nearly impossible for the average citizen to make ends meet.
If your mental image of a computer is outdated, most likely your skills are too! Don’t fret. All you need is a tune up…and here’s why: Computer skills are not only in demand, they are required for most good paying, rewarding jobs.
In Essential Education‘s recent article, Why Computer Skills are Key for Jobs, the author notes, “according to a study by Burning Glass Technologies, almost 8 out of 10 middle-skill jobs require computer skills like using spreadsheets and word processors. Without computer skills, your job choices are much more limited.”
Asking specific, well-thought-out questions based on your knowledge of the company or position shows that you’ve done your research and are fully engaged in the process. It makes you a stand-out candidate with something to say. Not sure what to ask?
Here’s a list of questions to consider in an interview:
Did you ever play “school,” as a kid? Someone, usually the bossy older sibling, was the teacher and the other unfortunate souls were the unsuspecting students. You made a mock classroom, assigned seats, and the pretend teaching began. What about playing “house”? Every kid took on assigned roles from parent to family dog and imagined life as a family. Many of us enjoyed these pretend scenarios and spent many an afternoon in a world of imagination. One game I bet you never played? Job interview!
No one likes to think about interviewing for a job. The pressure, the stakes, the competition…the questions!! But one thing’s for sure. Just like those pretend games of school and house helped you to prep for the education and family responsibilities of the future. Prepping for a job interview can take the fear out of even this most dreaded exercise.
Ten minutes. That’s all it takes for a potential employer to size up a candidate. That ever important first impression is shaped by many elements. But one is easy and absolutely free: a bright, positive smile!
No one likes to make mistakes. No one enjoys admitting when they’re wrong. When we need improvement or should have/could have done something differently, it’s hard to own up to shortcomings.
It’s human nature…and if we are honest, it all comes down to ego. It’s difficult to let go of personal pride to benefit the greater good. But in order to be an effective problem solver in work and in life, this type of selflessness is a necessity.
When people think of post-high school education, most automatically think about college. But your road to continued education may not lie in a traditional 4 year college. Are you considering a trade? If so, your skills and talents are in demand.
Have you ever considered that taking the next step in your future goes beyond passing your high school equivalency exam?
Do you know how to use your imagination in your work environment? Do you know how to talk to others to get your own ideas across? Do you get along with your coworkers and boss? Are you flexible? Do you spend your time well? These are really important skills that if they don’t come naturally, can be taught.