Making Resolutions vs. Keeping Promises
Now is the time for New Year’s resolutions, so choose one that will help you for more than just this year.
Most folks think of a New Year’s resolution as a simple plan to maybe lose weight, take out the garbage on time or quit smoking. If you want your resolution to last, though, maybe you should consider a New Year’s Promise instead. It’s a small change, but like most real changes, even a little splash leads to big ripples later.
Is Your Work Worth Your Time?
With the end of the year getting close, a lot of changes are about to happen. One of the biggest, at least in California, will be a one-dollar increase to the minimum wage starting in July. When simply making ends meet is a daily challenge, it can be difficult to think of the future. At the dawn of 2014, though, wouldn’t you rather control your tomorrow by working towards a career than just working for your next paycheck?
A Job Designed for a Career
In 2014, Californians will no longer legally earn anything less than $9.00 an hour for their work. Unfortunately, the current living wage (the amount you really need just to get by) is still over $11 an hour. Put the numbers together, and you may be working full-time 40 hours a week and still not be making enough money! Yikes.
Why are fast-food jobs and other minimum wage positions so bad anyway? Well, a lot of them were created for a different time. The mental picture most people make when they think of an employee working at say, Burger King, is a high school or college student working part-time to pay for school or get some extra spending cash. The jobs are generally meant to be temporary situations for teenagers.
Nowadays, according to the Economic Policy Institute, 84% of minimum wage earners are 20 years old or older. The truth of the situation is very different from what it used to be!
Of course, waiting around for the system or the culture to change enough to make service jobs into service careers may be a long wait. A New Year’s Promise to improve your skills, resume and make connections is a much faster way to earn more.
Breaking the Cycle of “Getting-By”
Oh, but it’s so difficult to find the time or the money to go back to school! There’s always some excuse (and many times a very good one!) for why next month or next year seems more convenient. What are you supposed to do? Call the experts! At LA ORT College, our staff has experience and success in finding ways to help you afford an effective education designed specifically to train you for a job you can live with. Even if you are busy in January, classes are enrolling all the time. Learn more about them—it’s an easy, pressure-free first step!
In 2014, don’t wait for things to get better; make a promise to be the change you want.