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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

It starts with a goal

What's the point of school? Where am I going? Do I need to go to college? How much could I earn?

The Make It Movement is helping young Texans think about their values, set goals and start planning their futures, writes Jon Marcus for the Hechinger Report.

Roy Spence, the ad man who came with "Don't Mess with Texas," has launched a nonprofit aimed at showing middle and high school students their career and college choices.

"There’s an interactive tool from which users can choose what kind of workplace they prefer (indoor, outdoor, at home), their personalities (thinker, doer, creator, planner) and what they value," writes Marcus. "Various careers pop up, with the educations required to reach each one, and what they pay."

The goal was to reach 20,000 central Texas students. More than 80,000 have logged on, so far. There are plans for a national campaign.

A survey of 300 middle and high school students in Austin and central Texas found that the proportion who were very aware of how they could make at least $50,000 soon after high school rose from 23 percent before they used the website to 61 percent afterward, Make It Movement says. The proportion who were aware that there were options close to home to train for jobs doing what they wanted went from 42 percent to 93 percent.

Fewer high school graduates are enrolling in college due to rising costs and declining confidence that it will lead to a career. “We have a massive surplus of high-skill careers out there,” Spence said, “and nobody to apply for them.” That includes careers in the skilled trades.

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I am pretty sure that many do not +consider working conditions when looking at job financial comparisons. Nurses typically have to rotate night/day shifts and work weekends until they accumulate some seniority. Also, some/most of the highest-paying (without a MSN or specialty certification) positions (ICU, ER etc) require experience.

Teachers work shorter hours and have vacation/summer breaks that few other jobs have and is also likely to have better health coverage and retirement benefits than non-government jobs; particularly in large districts (the latter may not apply to small, particularly rural, districts).

Many higher-paying jobs require working outdoors, in all weathers, and/or are dangerous, dirty etc. These have always been overwhelmingly male, because women usually prefer safer, cleaner, mostly-indoor…


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If one uses the book "Paying for the Party" as a blue print, Laura will do fine. She was probably in a sorority that will act as a huge professional network for her. She does not have debt because her parents paid for college and can afford to support Laura in a low paid internship or entry level job in an expensive metro area that has job growth.

And Brian has to hope to now screw up, get caught on a drug test, geta a DUI or make any of the mistakes that derail people form working with high-tension power lines.

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