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The survey of 1,001 Millennial and Gen-Z (born after 1995) students and recent graduates found that the ability to find a job was the single biggest concern for 32 percent of all respondents, even though 79 percent thought that they would have a job within five months of graduation. Forty-two percent thought that they'd have a job in less than three months.
The top aspiration for students was, at 31 percent, to become financially stable in the next ten years. Financial stability was a top-three pick for 69 percent of the respondents. Following that was the desire to land a dream job, which was the top interest for 28 percent of respondents overall, with 32 percent of Gen-Z'ers and 24 percent of Millennials expressing that interest.
In getting a first job, 36 percent put career growth as their top priority, compared to fulfilling work and stability, at 19 percent each. Only 6 percent though getting the highest salary was most important, even though 73 percent expected to make up to $55,000 a year on a first job.
"A trend we're seeing emerge is that students --particularly the older ones-- who felt or witnessed the impact of the recession are more likely to prioritize career growth and stability in their job search," said Joyce Russell, president, Adecco Staffing, USA, in a press release.
Getting those jobs may be tough, however, as 42 percent will spend 5 hours or more on social media during spring break and 64 percent expect to spend the same amount of time streaming video. Only 16 percent plan to put 5 hours or more into a job search during that time. Thirty-one percent rely on online job boards while 29 percent depend on the school's career center.
The Millennial and Gen-Z respondents differed when it came to the cost of school. Twenty-one percent of Gen-Z students ranked the cost of college as their greatest worry. Only 13 percent of Millennials felt the same.
There were some interesting differences between the
genders. Women, at 38 percent, had travel as a top-three
aspiration, compared to 26 percent of men. And 28 percent of
men said that starting a family was a top priority, while
only 20 percent of women said the same. However, 36 percent
of all respondents had getting married as a top-three
1. Casino worker (and other gaming service worker)
Many casinos are open 24/7/365. Workers at these types of establishments often work irregular hours, and they may even have to work on holidays. In addition to working during odd hours, casino workers may work around alcohol, gambling, and a party-like environment this can place added strain on a relationship, too.
A 2010 study of Census data published by the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology found that gaming services workers had one of the highest divorce rates relative to other occupations. With a divorce rate of 31.4% (34.7% for gaming cage workers), this is exceptionally high when compared to the roughly 16% of Americans across all occupations who had been divorced or separated at the time of the data collection. And, to top it all off, gaming services workers are only paid a median salary of around $27,000 per year, per BLS estimates.
2. Massage therapist
We all know what its like to have that green-eyed monster emerge. In an Oprah.com publication, Helen Fisher describes jealousy as a sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation. Its not unique to men or women, and even other species (like chimps and bluebirds) are faced with jealousy.
Given that the job of a massage therapist involves physical interaction, we probably dont even need to explain why this occupation could place a burden on a relationship. What type of clients did you have today? and What exactly did you do all day? are some routine questions a message therapist may hear from a jealous significant other.
Massage therapists are paid a moderate salary roughly $40,000 per year to perform their services. According to the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology study, the divorce rate across this occupation is exceptionally high, at 38.2%.
3. Waiter or bartender
Bartenders are consistently around people who are consuming alcohol. They are assigned the task of being in the center of it all, as a big part of their job is to improve the customer experience. It requires a certain degree of people skills to bartend, and some people are really great at it.
When youre in a relationship, however, this job can be a source of problems. Bartenders may not know exactly what time theyll be home from work they often have to wait until all of the customers leave the establishment so they can perform their side-work before leaving for the night. The Journal study found that bartenders have the second-highest divorce rates, at 38.4%.
Waiters may face similar challenges to bartenders when it comes to maintaining a relationship. Odd hours, coupled with a unique work environment, can cause strain on any couple. Plus, waiters and bartenders may face financial issues, as they generally work for tips, which is a notoriously inconsistent form of income.
4. Athlete, entertainer, or dancer
Famous marriages, separations, divorces, and remarriages are often in the public eye. And with a 28.5% divorce rate among athletes, performers, entertainers, and related workers, theres no shortage of juicy gossip in this arena. Maybe its the nature of the industry that places a strain on relationships: A large amount of travel, attention, and stress can place a burden on any couple.
Dancers and choreographers are in a similar boat. Rated No. 1 for the occupation thats most likely to get divorced, dancers and choreographers have a 43.1% divorce rate.
5. Police and firefighters
Police officers and firefighters have some of the most dangerous jobs in modern America. Every day they leave the house, theres a distinct chance that they can be injured or killed on duty. There are also other things that can stem from the everyday stress these public servants are subjected to, like mental health issues. For those in a relationship with someone holding one of these jobs? It can make it tough.
Youd have to imagine that its not easy being in Melania Trumps shoes. Or Michelle Obamas. Or anyone whos married or in a relationship with any politician, really. Just look at what happened to Anthony Weiner. Or, if you really want your stomach to turn, watch the first episode of the show Black Mirror.
7. Military jobs
Being in a relationship with someone in the military, depending on the specifics, can be rough. Deployments can last for months or years. Theres a real chance that your loved one can come home severely injured or disabled or be killed in action. The stress of the job can cause disorders like PTSD to develop as well, which can make a relationship even more difficult to handle.
8. Pilots and flight attendants
People who work in the airline industry can make it tough on their partners. Theyre gone a lot. Traveling to different and exotic locales can put a strain on any relationship, especially if theres jealousy or other underlying issues. Not only that, but the job is incredibly stressful. Pilots have hundreds of peoples lives in their hands, for example. And attendants? They put up with all kinds of abuse from passengers.That can make people difficult to deal with when they do arrive home.
9. Corporate executives
When youre at or near the top of an organization, its a whole different ball game. Youre suddenly responsible for everything and everyone and what they do, say, or screw up. Theres a reason these people tend to make so much money, after all. Power can also go to peoples heads. You might be the boss at work, but that doesnt necessarily mean youre the boss at home. Or in the relationship.
Whether youre a reporter or political pundit, working in the media can take its toll. Newspaper reporters, for example, have notoriously bad pay and work long hours. Thats not going to be pleasing to most spouses. And if youre a notable, famous, or even semi-famous figure? That can attract all kinds of attention that can be hard to deal with, both negative and positive.
You hear the horror stories, but nothing really replaces
the actual experience of being an elementary school teacher.
You have roughly 25 kids that you are responsible for each
day, all with varying backgrounds, abilities, and mental
states. You have an administration that always wants more
from you, constant changes in curriculum, and at least one
parent every year that thinks youre the reason why
their little angel isnt excelling. Adding
insult to injury, the pay is low and lunch breaks are short.
Dont forget to buy some classroom supplies with your
own money because of budget cuts. By the time you head home,
youre exhausted and running on empty for your own kids
and family. Sure, you get some summertime off, but
thats just enough time to crawl your way back from
insanity only to have to face a fresh batch of chaos.
The value of a college education continues to be reexamined in the real world. In addition to being saddled with student loans, graduates and even experienced workers face a lackluster labor market. While a degree is still considered an advantage, the right major can make all the difference between happily employed and woefully underemployed in todays job market.
Some majors are clearly failing. Millions of Americans are underemployed, according to a new report from PayScale. The information firm finds 46% of workers across all age groups believe they are underemployed. The feeling is shared among both male (43%) and female (49%) workers.
The meaning of underemployment can vary by person. PayScale defines underemployed as having part-time work but wanting to work full-time, or holding a job that doesnt require or utilize your education, experience, or training.
Not using their education and training is the primary reason why respondents consider themselves underemployed. In the survey, 79% of men and 72% of women say they are underemployed because of their education and training going to waste. The report elaborates:
People who cant find full time work in the field they studied often end up taking part time work, or working in jobs unrelated to their field of study. The danger of underemployment is that if youre not using the skills you learned and want to develop, those skills will atrophy, leaving you less able to compete for the jobs you actually want.
Additionally, underemployed workers begin to disengage from their jobs, resulting in sub-par performance, further damaging future job prospects.
In general, youre more likely to feel underemployed if youve achieved a lower level of education no higher than an associates degree, GE, or high school diploma. However, that doesnt mean a bachelors degree is your ticket to employment bliss. Lets look at the 15 worst college majors for todays job market, based on underemployed findings from PayScale.
14. Health Sciences
13. Exercise Science
12. Animal Science
11. Creative Writing
10. Human Development & Family Studies
8. Health Care Administration
7. Studio Art
6. Radio/Television & Film Production
5. Project Management
4. Criminal Justice
6. Radio/Television & Film Production
5. Project Management
4. Criminal Justice
2. Human Services (HS)
1. Physical Education Teaching
Though we'd all like to be earning a hefty paycheck, the reality is we're not all investment bankers, Oscar-worthy actors or CEOs. The truth is, we're all just regular people trying to make a living at the highest salary our skills, training and interests will allow.
We looked at high-wage, high-growth occupations as
reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2006-2017
Occupational Outlook Handbook. Here are the top 50 jobs that
are both growing faster than the average for total
employment (13.0 percent) and have annual earnings above
median of $28,770.
1. Registered nurses: $52,330
America's Most Dangerous Jobs
The following list of the ten most dangerous jobs in the United States is based on the 2005 workplace fatality statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupations are ranked on a per capita basis, in order of most deaths per 100,000 workers.
Job Title Fishers and related workers 48 118.4 $29,000 Loggers 80 92.9 $31,290 Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers 81 66.9 $135,040 Structural Iron and Steel 35 55.6 $43,540 Refuse and Recyclable Collectors 32 43.8 $30,160 Farmers and Ranchers 341 41.1 $39,720 Electrical Power Line Repairers &
Installers 36 32.7 $49,200 Truck Drivers 993 29.1 $35,460 Agricultural 176 23.2 $24,140 Construction 339 22.7 $29,050
Fishers and related workers
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Structural Iron and Steel
Refuse and Recyclable Collectors
Farmers and Ranchers
Electrical Power Line Repairers & Installers
Job Title Information Technology Consultant $80,200 $79,700 Electrical Engineer $72,800 $72,500 Software Developer $72,600 $70,500 Database Manager $71,100 $65,600 Construction Project Manager $67,600 $61,900
Information Technology Consultant
Construction Project Manager
Job Title Registered Nurse $64,200 $56,900 Human Resources Manager $62,900 $55,000 Executive Assistant $46,200 $43,000 Paralegal $48,100 $43,700 Accountant $49,700 $43,600
Human Resources Manager
The list of personal attributes that job seekers place on their resume to convey their value proposition is endless. Almost every resume I read is full of words that suggest the person is someone worthy of a spot on the team, yet few of them explain what they have actually done in their place of work to prove that they really possess these attributes. Some of the biggest "offenders" I see repeated over and over again on resumes include:
Can you imagine buying a car from a salesman who claims the vehicle is dependable without first doing some research on the car's handling, performance, and gas consumption? Would you hire an accountant just because he claims he is trustworthy or would you want more specific details about how she prepares taxes? Would you choose the house renovation contractor who says he is reliable without asking him questions about his time frames for getting the job done? Would you hire someone to take care of your children because she says she is conscientious or would you want to know exactly what type of activities she has done with children?
Hiring managers don't hire people who say they are
reliable and trustworthy. They hire people who can prove
time and time again, without a shadow of a doubt that they
have experienced successes in the past that make them strong
candidates for similar continued success in their
organization. Before you include a list of personal
attributes on your resume, ask yourself, "Will these words
really persuade a hiring manager to interview me or are they
just words?" Then do the hard work of actually creating a
resume that includes the strong proof of success that gets
candidates in the front door.
And they deserve to be celebrated.
1. 11 years ago, only one state Massachusetts had full marriage equality. Now, all 50 do.
2. Since the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") took effect in 2013, the number of Americans without health insurance has plummeted more than 30%.
3. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, greater use of birth control among sexually active teenagers has contributed to the lowest teen pregnancy rate since 1991.
4. Since 1965, the smoking rate in America has been cut by more than half.
5. Unemployment in the U.S. is down 47% since its peak in 2009.
6. The three highest-rated network TV dramas with viewers age 18-49 in the 2014-2017 season are produced by and starring people of color.
7. Solar power installations are 17 times more common in the U.S. than it was just seven years ago.
8. Because of the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, 1.4 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children no longer have to fear deportation.
9. The number of unsheltered homeless people in the United States has declined more than 30% since 2007.
10. Three American cities Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco, will all have a $15 minimum wage within six years.
11. Babies born in 2012 are expected to live longer
on average than any Americans in history.
Majors With Highest (and Lowest) Unemployment
Even among college graduates, however, the unemployment rate varies greatly depending on major. While the unemployment rate for those who majored in certain subjects such as public policy and social psychology is higher than the national jobless rate, it is less than 0.1% for others such as nuclear technology and actuarial science.
24/7 Wall St. has determined the college majors that currently have the highest and lowest rates of unemployment using data from the U.S. Census Bureaus 2015 American Community Survey.
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