Good morning/afternoon. My name is ____________. I’m here today as a representative of the business community to talk to each of you about your future. Very soon you’ll be entering high school. You will have important decisions to make about the courses you will take during high school. You may also be starting to think of your future beyond high school. I’d like to share some thoughts, some of my experiences with you—to give you some things to think about as you make these decisions about your future. I’m going to introduce you to a program called Texas Scholars—a program that can help position you for success in high school and in the years beyond.
When I was your age (share something related to your middle school experience). Professionally I work as ____ (name company/organization, describe your job in terms of daily responsibility). My education background is (describe the education you have completed and any current educational pursuits). I am here today because: I care I wish someone had shared this info with me when I was your age I have succeeded. And if I can do it, YOU can do it! My expectations of you today are: (Examples: for you to sit up straight, pay attention, raise your hand if you have a question, and be prepared to answer any questions that I may have for you). This presentation will last ___ minutes (check with the teacher).
Let me begin by talking a little about your life ahead. Did you know that according to government projections, most of you will live well into your 80’s and that you will spend about 50 years in the workforce ? Wouldn’t you prefer to be in a job that is interesting, one that you enjoy, one for which you will be well paid? To do so, you need to prepare yourself now by taking tough courses, going to class every day, participating, and learning. Therefore, the 4 years you will spend in high school may be the most critical time of your life as you lay the academic foundation for success in the future. You will need a positive attitude and a willingness to work to achieve your goals. Soon, you will have the choice of entering the workforce, pursuing postsecondary education which means that you will continue going to school after you graduate from high school or going into the civilian or military workforce. And throughout your life, you will need the strong academic foundation from high school to continue to learn new job skills so that you can succeed in a constantly changing economy.
As you begin to think about your future, here are a few things to consider. Our world is changing rapidly. While the U.S. population is growing, China, India and other countries are far outstripping us. China and India each have populations of more than 1 billion, while the U.S. has just over 300 million. At the same time that more people are being born, Baby boomers are beginning to retire. This will open up millions of new jobs in the economy. Access to computer technology and the Internet is changing lives around the world. Information is increasing at an exponential rate, with the amount of technical information doubling every 2 years! English has become the language of commerce, and China will soon have more English-speakers than the U.S.! All of this means increased competition for jobs. So we want you to be prepared!
Here are a couple of examples that illustrate the pace of technological change: This first picture shows Martin Cooper demonstrating the 1st portable cellular telephone that he created in 1973 ; as you can see from the photo, it wasn’t exactly small! It weighed almost 2 pounds. Ten years later in 1983 a new 1 pound commercially available version was introduced at a cost of $3,500 each. Compare that to today’s cell phone, which may weigh less than 3 ounces and cost less than $10—or even come free with a new service contract. And would you believe that the first mainframe computers like the one in the picture were so cumbersome that they took up an entire room? Today a 4-inch I-pod may have 20,000 times the memory of that original mainframe! Smaller and lighter laptops are being introduced every year. Who knows what the future will bring?
Here are a few more examples of the technology that we’ve come to take for granted in the last 10 to 25 years (hit the highlights). Were you aware that the first commercially available digital camera was introduced in 1990 and that it cost about $13,000? Today you can get a tiny camera with far more capability for well under $200. The first car to make a portable GPS system generally available was the 1990 Acura Legend. The first Personal Digital Assistant ( PDA ) was introduced in 1992. Today millions of people can’t survive without their Blackberry, Palm Pilot, or similar PDA. Can we even imagine the kinds of products that will become available to us in the next 25 years? And how will these changes impact the workplace of the future?
With corporate mergers and acquisitions taking place at a dizzying rate, companies are streamlining operations, eliminating unnecessary workers, and cutting costs. At the same time, however, they’re looking to hire highly skilled new workers—more often than not, those with strong technical skills. After all, someone has to install, maintain, and upgrade all that high tech equipment! And someone will be inventing and refining all our new high tech gadgets of the future. What people face in the business world today will be even more true for you in the future: you’ll need a strong academic foundation and the willingness to train and retrain to adapt to changing business conditions throughout your life. Fact: 70% of jobs that may be available to you after high school have not even been invented yet. [Give examples from your own experience of how new technologies have replaced the old way of doing things, changing the way jobs get done.]
If you want a better-paying job with a future, you have to start preparing now. New jobs will demand higher skill levels than your parents or grandparents needed, so it’s estimated that 80% of the jobs of the future will require a technical certification, 2-year, 4-year, or advanced degree. Being prepared for tomorrow means you need to work hard today—and that you take the right courses in high school.
National research studies have followed thousands of students from their teens into their late 20’s. These studies have found that people who became the most successful had one thing in common: they had taken a similar set of core academic courses in high school. You will need courses that help you develop strong communication skills . Research shows that the courses that will help you develop those skills are 4 years of rigorous English classes and at least 2 years of the same foreign language (take even more if you can). You’ll need courses that will help you understand the human experience - our country’s history, culture, government and economy, and our world. The courses that will help you gain those skills are 3 years of social studies, along with American Government and economics. You need courses that will develop critical thinking skills, logic and mental discipline . The research shows that the courses of the most help in gaining those skills are Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition to these core courses, you’ll find that taking speech, fine arts and computer courses will help round out your studies .
All of the courses that I’ve just outlined are part of the State’s Recommended High School Program—one of Texas’ 3 graduation plans. So my first recommendation is to take either the RHSP or the slightly tougher DAP during high school. The courses included in these plans are exactly what the experts have recommended for success later in life—no matter whether you choose to go to a technical institute, 2-year or 4-year college, or whether you go into the military or get a job. But I urge you to go one step further: become a Texas Scholar . You will have opportunities to take classes for college credit while you are still in high school . You can get college credit in several ways—through Advanced Placement (AP) classes, International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, dual credit college classes, online courses, etc. By taking at least 2 courses eligible for college credit while you’re still in high school, you will get a head start on your future—and save money! So if you do these 2 things—follow either the RHSP or DAP and complete a minimum of 2 college-credit bearing courses, you can graduate as a Texas Scholar.
To recap, Texas Scholars is all about options. By taking and completing the Texas Scholars curriculum—the Recommended High School Program or above AND completing at least 2 courses for college credit—you will leave high school with lots of choices. If you choose to go directly to work after graduation, chances are good that you won’t have to settle for a minimum wage job. If you decide to enter the military , you’ll be better able to get your first choice of job and branch of the military. And if you are interested in going to either a community college or a university, you will have taken all the courses that colleges and universities are looking for.
Let’s talk more about what life will be like after high school. In fact, let’s imagine that I am going to hire you for $28,000 ($538 a week) right after you graduate. Take my word for it, that’s an incredible salary for someone who has just finished high school and has little job experience. So let’s take a look at what you could do with that kind of money, the “whole pizza pie.”
Note: As you work through this imaginary budget, get the kids to tell you how much they think they’d need to spend for various categories. Have fun with it. You may want to reveal the budget slowly, line by line. The figures are conservative. Some figures may seem really low—such as gas, clothing, entertainment, personal items, etc. These are NOT actual average costs; they’re simply budget guesses based on how much discretionary money is left after paying for the essentials. $70 for gas & oil will work better for someone with an economy car and a 5-mile commute than a person with a large SUV and a 30-mile commute! Apartment rent - Average 1 bedroom, unfurnished apt. figure was supplied by the Houston Apartment Association in late 2007. Food budget is figured using what students think it costs to eat fast food three meals per day--usually $11/day multiplied by 30 days. Car payments are figured for a used car. Car insurance is mandatory—and this figure only applies to a good driver covered on parents’ insurance. Phone - land line, local service only (no long distance, cell phone, call-waiting). Utilities include gas, electricity, water. Sometimes these are included in the rent, but then rent is higher. Source: Houston Apartment Association Students may argue $30 for clothing is much too low. Tell them they can spend more for clothing, but must cut elsewhere. Entertainment - Movies, DVDs, video games, etc. How much do a movie ticket, popcorn and soda cost? Will $30 buy much entertainment for a month? Miscellaneous items - Shampoo, toothpaste, hair spray, deodorant, etc. Furniture- inherit cast-offs from family and friends? Otherwise, $50 for time payments leaves their apt. practically vacant. By the end, students will realize $28K will not go as far as they’d thought.
As you show this slide, ask students what kind of job can they get when they turn 16 . Many will say “fast food”. What would this pay? (Minimum wage) So what is the current minimum wage? (Federal minimum wage increased to $6.55 on July 24, 2008 and will increase to $7.25 on July 24, 2009 which will provide an annual salary of $15,080 ) Are these good jobs for teenagers? Yes, for two reasons: 1) gives you spending money and 2) gives you good job experience But what if you had to work a minimum wage job full time, working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, without vacation? Now show the “unskilled labor” part of the slide. In our example, (now click to the “skilled labor part of the slide) students saw that it’s hard to live well on $28,000 per year. So how well would they do on minimum wage? If no student speaks up, point out the fact that they could work two minimum wage jobs without reaching $28,000! Tell them there is no shame at working minimum wage; some families work really hard to provide for their families. But wouldn’t they rather work in a job that they enjoy that pays them a higher wage?
Point out that many good jobs in the economy do not require a four year degree . The jobs in this slide all require 1 to 2 years additional training beyond high school. Classes can be taken at community colleges or at a variety of technical colleges and institutes. Students can enter these occupations and earn money that will more easily support a family. But to train for these jobs, they will need a strong high school background with math, science and other courses; those courses that are part of the Texas Scholars Program. Several jobs listed here are related to health care and high tech industries . These will continue to be big growth areas in the future. In the Houston area the Texas Medical Center expects to grow to 100,000 workers over the next 6 years, and energy companies will be looking for thousands of people with certifications and 2 year degree. And some of the salaries are even higher than those you see here.
What about jobs for people with 4-year college degrees? Here you see average starting salaries in the Houston area in several fields. Depending on where you live in Texas, some salaries may be higher or lower. Engineering and medical positions will be in high demand as more Baby Boomers retire. These are definitely careers worth investigating! Note that the figures above are beginning salaries; with experience and good job performance can come substantial increases.
Today there are a number of career planning Web sites so take advantage of whatever your school offers. A particularly good site which connected with Achieve Texas and powered by the Kuder Career Planning System is tbecachievetexas.org. This site offers resources to help you make better informed decisions in planning your future. HISD has purchased licenses for secondary schools so all students in grades 6-12 have access to all of the many useful tools on the website, just ask your counselor to show you how to sign up on the site. Once you have created an account, you will have lifetime access to an education planner, résumé builder, and educational and occupational exploration options. A good starting point is the career interest inventory. Based on your answers, you’ll get a report with several different broad career fields that you can investigate. This is a site that could be helpful to you for many years in the future!
There are great jobs waiting for people who are prepared! It’s not too soon to begin thinking about your future, investigating possible careers and finding out about the education/training that would be needed. You can begin by talking to your counselors and other adults and by researching on the Web. I recommend the tbecshievetexas.org site as a starting point. You can find information to help you prepare for a lifetime of success. You can download college and career planning guides for all 16 of the U.S. Government’s career clusters . They’re loaded with helpful information for you and your family. So what do we mean by “career cluster”? It’s a group of occupations or broad industries that share certain things in common. The health science cluster, for example, includes doctors, dentists, healthcare administrators, clinical laboratory scientists, X-ray technicians, physical therapists, registered nurses, pharmacy technicians—and this is just a small sampling. A wide range of education and training is represented here, from high school to advanced degrees. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of America’s 20 fastest-growing occupations are in health services. So you may want to check out the Health Science career planning guide, as well as many of the other 15 booklets. In each booklet you’ll find a list of 25 careers related to that cluster , job descriptions, education levels required, salaries, number of job openings each year. You’ll also find lots of practical advice on high school courses that will help prepare you for that career cluster, extended learning opportunities and post-secondary study . Each booklet includes information about college admissions, financial aid, and additional tools to help you in your career and education research.
As I’ve said, most of the good-paying jobs of the future will require some level of education beyond high school. So let me tell you another reason to complete the TX Scholars curriculum. Many students need financial help in order to go to college . $4 billion is made available to assist Texas students every year, but in most cases a student must complete at least the Recommended High School Program in order to be eligible for financial assistance. Financial aid comes in many forms . . . Academic, athletic or ROTC scholarships , for example. Grants --such as the TEXAS Grant, which provides money for college tuition & fees to thousands of students who complete the RHSP and demonstrate financial need. Low-interest loans- -some have to be repaid, but others may be forgiven if you maintain a certain grade point average or meet other criteria. Work-study programs- -Jobs that are offered by the college to help students pay for tuition or other college costs. Some colleges also offer Co-op programs where you alternate semesters between college classes and work in a field related to your course of study. As you go through high school, remember that there are many sources of financial aid to help you achieve your dreams. Your counselors have lots of information, so don’t be shy about asking questions! College can be affordable for everyone--if you’re willing to work and to seek help.
But in order to take advantage of the many opportunities that will be available to you, you will need to start preparing now. Become a Texas Scholar by taking at least the Recommended High School Program. Challenge yourself by taking additional academic courses—even if you can’t make A’s and B’s. Begin investigating career possibilities—it’s not too early. Take a career interest assessment and explore careers in fields of the most interest to you. Check out job predictions for the future, salaries, and the education needed for various careers. You can even start looking to see which technical institutes, colleges and universities offer programs of interest to you. Develop a plan for high school and at least 2-4 years beyond high school. Plan to take courses for college credit while you’re still in high school. You’ll save money and get a head start on your future!
Global competition, technological advances—these will have a major impact on jobs of the future. While you might not have thought about competing for jobs with other people around the world, you’re certainly familiar with the idea of “competition”. In one way or another, you’re competing in school everyday—even if it’s only competing with yourself, striving to do your personal best. Be honest with yourself. How do you compare with the competition today? And what do you need to do during high school to position yourself for future success? Competition shouldn’t be feared. We can’t all be equally good in everything, but each of us has unique skills and abilities that make us who we are. If you really apply yourself—and aren’t afraid to ask for help—you can succeed.
So . . . Four years from now, will you be part of the select group of Seniors being honored as Texas Scholars? I certainly hope so, and I would be honored to be there to see each one of you receive this prized recognition. It will be a wonderful first step toward a bright future. Thank you. Questions?
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<ul><li>High school will be the most critical period in your life! </li></ul>0–14 70–90 Prepare Now! HIGH SCHOOL 14–18 For Lifelong Learning Prepare Now for Life! 18 – 22 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Why? <ul><li>Keep up to date in current job/vocation </li></ul><ul><li>Retrain for newly created jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Have flexibility to switch careers </li></ul>WORKING LIFE OF 48 YEARS 22–70
Our Changing World <ul><li>In the next 6 minutes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60 babies will be born in the U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>244 babies will be born in China. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>351 babies will be born in India. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is increasing at incredibly rapid rates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than an average person in the 18 th century would have encountered in a lifetime. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The amount of technical information doubles every 2 years. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>China will soon become the #1 English-speaking country in the world. </li></ul>Did you know?
Evolving Technology 1973 - First cell phone Weight: 1 lb, 14 oz. 1964 IBM Mainframe 8MB Memory Today’s laptops and iPods: Thousands of times more memory than the original computers Today’s cell phone: Weight < 3 oz.
The Last 25 Years <ul><li>A few of our technological advances . . . </li></ul><ul><li>DVDs </li></ul><ul><li>Digital cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Automotive navigation systems utilizing GPS technology </li></ul><ul><li>PDA’s </li></ul><ul><li>Grocery store self-checkout lanes </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite TV </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>. . . What will the next 25 years bring? </li></ul>
The next 25 years? <ul><li>Low skill jobs will continue to be eliminated. Today we see: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grocery store checkers replaced by self-checkouts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receptionists replaced by voicemail systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bank tellers replaced by ATM machines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toll takers replaced by EZ tags </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At the same time, technological advances create more jobs requiring higher skill levels. </li></ul>
<ul><li>You will need to know more—no matter what you plan to do beyond high school </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the jobs available when you are ready to enter the workplace will require some form of education or training beyond high school. </li></ul>What will this mean for you?
<ul><li>4 years of English Language Arts </li></ul><ul><li>2 years of a foreign language </li></ul><ul><li>4 years of social studies </li></ul><ul><li>4 years of math </li></ul><ul><li>4 years of science </li></ul><ul><li>Speech, fine arts, and computer classes </li></ul>What will you need in high school? Research shows that a specific set of courses will help ensure that you have the greatest chance of success after high school:
Become a Texas Scholar <ul><li>Complete either the Recommended High </li></ul><ul><li>School Program ( RHSP ) or </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguished Achievement Program ( DAP ) </li></ul><ul><li>Complete at least 2 courses eligible for </li></ul><ul><li>college credit while in high school </li></ul>
The Texas Scholars: High School and Beyond Program is all about options World of Work Military Service 2-Year Program (i.e. Associate’s Degree) College High School
Imagine . . . $28,000 Annual Salary $2,333 monthly budget Item Payment Amount left Federal Income Tax (10%) $233 $2,100 Social Security Tax (7.65%) 178 1,922 Medical/dental insurance + out-of-pocket 150 1,772 Housing (Rent - 1 Bdrm, Unfurn) 600 1,172 Food 330 842 Car Payments 300 542 Car Insurance 167 375 Gas, Oil, etc. 70 305 Telephone 30 275 Utilities 105 170 Clothing 30 140 Entertainment 30 110 Personal Items 25 85 Furniture, TV, appliances 50 35 Savings 25 10 Miscellaneous 10 0
Minimum Wage vs. Skilled Job You Choose! $6.55 x 40 hrs/wk $262.00 x 52 wks/yr $13,624 Unskilled Labor $13.50 x 40 hrs/wk $540.00 x 52 wks/yr $28,080 Skilled Labor
World-Class Jobs for Texas Scholars <ul><ul><li>Licensed Vocational Nurse $31,544 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounting Clerk $29,323 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radiologic Technologist $37,913 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electrician $29,037 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Therapy Assistant $32,928 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical Technician $37,758 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAD Drafter $40,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Technician $39,273 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forensic Science Tech $33,848 </li></ul></ul>Starting salaries with Certificates and 2-year Associate Degrees Update per Texas Workforce Commission—Wage Information Network, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA
World-Class Jobs for Texas Scholars Starting salaries with 4-year college degrees <ul><ul><li>Chemical Engineer $62,124 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial manager $48,150 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registered Nurse $47,706 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountant $38,757 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Administrator $36,200 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher-Houston area $38,815 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physician’s Assistant $56,404 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statisticians $50,025 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Software Engineer $47,868 </li></ul></ul>Update per Texas Workforce Commission—Wage Information Network, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA
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College is Affordable <ul><li>Scholarships and Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Work-study programs </li></ul><ul><li>Tax credits </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of the Recommended High School Program is CRITICAL to your being eligible for financial aid. </li></ul>
Prepare Now . . . By making choices that will give you good options later on in your life!
. . .For An Exciting Future <ul><li>Technological advances will mean exciting new opportunities for those who are prepared. </li></ul><ul><li>Competition will be fierce—so strive to do your best . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Look to Texas Scholars – High School and Beyond </li></ul>What will the next 25 years bring?