Today's Snack: The word "puny" means little. So for today's snack,
let's have something little - but really, really good. Let's have raisins!
They're little bitty bursts of flavor with a great, big health benefit, one of
the best snack choices you can make.
(For groups) Blackboard
a good reason to stay in school? How about this list of the 10 worst-paying
jobs in America?
are the jobs that people who don't stay in school have to take. They have to
take them, because they aren't qualified for better jobs that pay more.
financial consequences of staying in jobs like these very long aren't very
pretty. It is very difficult to buy a house, a car, take vacations, and own neat
stuff if your paycheck is small compared to everybody else's.
counselors put together this list to give a reality check to all those who
believe they can make it big in life even without a solid education. Sure, you
can wait tables while you're waiting to be discovered by Hollywood. Or you can work nights asking people if they "want fries
with that" just until something better comes along . . . but what if it never
this list of low-paying jobs:
Food preparation and
food-service (including fast-food)
Dining room and
cafeteria attendants, and bartender helpers
Hosts and hostesses in
restaurants, lounges and coffee shops
Counter attendants in
cafeterias and coffee shops
Waiters and waitresses
attendants and ticket takers
with an adult, choose one of those occupations, and then think up a place in
your area where those jobs can be found.
business hours, call and ask to speak with the manager. Explain what you're
doing, and ask how much per hour the starting salary would be.
out how much that would be multiplied by 40 hours for a typical workweek.
$7 an hour x 40 hours a week = $280 a
week = about $1,200 per month
the manager how much would be taken out in taxes from the typical paycheck. You
should be able to calculate take-home pay for one month, if you were working at
sit down with your parent or other adult and estimate a monthly budget, if you
were living by yourself. Include the cost of rent, utilities, food, car
payment, clothing, insurance, entertainment - the whole nine yards.
probably come up with monthly living expenses that are far more than the
take-home pay that would be available. That would mean you'd have to take a
second job, or live at home, or never take a vacation . . . you get the idea.
why they call these "dead-end jobs" - instead of zooming into the mainstream
highway of life, your career is on "idle" at a dead end, with no place to grow
and little hope of expanding your income very much.
isn't to say that you should never consider taking a job in one of those areas.
In fact, most Americans get their start in jobs like that, and there's nothing
wrong with them - at least, in the short run.
they are a means to an end - paying for your college, helping out at home,
whatever the reason - then having a low-paying job is certainly better than
having no job at all.
keep it mind the reality of what a puny paycheck would mean to your lifestyle .
. . and plan your education and career preparation to not get yourself into
such a tight spot.