Archive for October, 2011
Studies indicate that the more education one has the larger the paycheck. So! “the more you learn the more you earn”. Listed below, are the average salaries American workers earn based on an education they have attained:
|Education Level||Hourly Rate||Annual Salary|
|Less than high school diploma||$ 9.47||$18,000|
|High School Diploma||$12.50||$24,000|
|Some college, no degree||$14.61||$28,000|
If you work for forty years, additional earnings can really add- up, just by staying in school and graduating high school. Individual workers earn an average of $6,000 more per year or $240,000 more in their lifetimes. That is a quarter-million dollars just by finishing high school.
Add a two-year Associate Degree and the lifetime earnings jump to $480,000. Think about it… that’s a cool half-million dollars…just for finishing high school and going to college for two years. As you can see, it is more than a high school dropout can earn in a lifetime.
“PLAY IT SMART”! Do what you need to do to finish high school … dropping out is NOTan option. Then think about going to college.
Winning Futures didn’t just change my life, it saved it. I went from the brink of dropping out to being all year Honor Roll my senior year. After high school I used the tools and techniques that I was given by the program to not just secure employment, but to thrive in my position. Now I work in New Business Development for an international industrial supplier with strong viable aspirations for the future. I would not have been to get this far in life had it not been for the support of Winning Futures!
Joe Owens – Winning Futures Alumni
Sometimes in a classroom time is limited. But introductions should not be compromised due to the lack of time. A quick and fun for the mentors and mentees to become familiar with all the adult volunteers and for the mentees to become acquainted with their own mentors is to do “Mentor Speed Meetings”
Before the first class, mentors need to be alerted that they need to bring in interesting, physical items to show their teams. This is a great way to pull mentee(s) into a conversation. Mentors are required to bring in any of the following items to help them obtain an accurate picture of what their companies do and/or to share who they are as a person.
• Small parts or products your organization makes
• Organizational chart – with the intent of showing the relationship and support structure among various jobs within your organization
• Company brochures, newsletters, employee handbook
• List of entry-level jobs and a list of occupations that require continuing education (college or technical training)
• Awards or recognitions
• Items that represent your interests and hobbies
Start the class out by letting students know that all the mentors in the program have different backgrounds and careers and it will be beneficial for students to meet all of the volunteers. Students are starting to build their professional network and all the mentors in the room will become part of it.
Starting with their team, mentors will have four minutes to introduce themselves to the team and talk about their career. When the bell rings, mentors are asked to stand up and walk to the next table.
1) Get all of the teams settled down and introduce the activity.
2) Time four minutes and ring a bell or announce that time is up.
3) Once mentors are back at their original table, move to the second part.
Once activity one is finished, mentors are asked to share a little bit about themselves and the company they work for with their team. This includes what their company does and its inner workings. And at this time mentors are asked to bring
out a physical object they brought in to represent the company or them personally.
Mentors need to be prepared about what they need to talk about with all of the mentee teams. Give them these tips before their first meeting by email, mail, or phone calls.
• Job title and primary duties
• Education and experience required?
• Salary and benefits?
• Current outlook for new college graduates?
• Interests and skills needed for occupation
•Advantages/disadvantages of working in this field?
• What type of work schedule does this field require?
• Main responsibilities associated with work in your field?
Do you have a story you would like to share?
Why did you sign up to mentor?
What did you gain from mentoring?
Why should someone else mentor?
What was the biggest benefit to your mentee?
Let us know your thoughts on one or all of these questions!