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2: Size Up Your Situation

What Do You Need in a Career?

When you think about your current job or one that you want in the future, what does is it provide you? Does it pique your interests, offer growth opportunities, fulfill your monetary needs, provide health care and other benefits, or ensure your financial future? In this section of the course, you will explore what your current job or career does for you and think about what needs and desires you hope your future career will fulfill.

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Rate Your Current Job or Career

Think about what your current work situation provides you, your family and your future. Rate your satisfaction and confidence in each topic below by clicking on your satisfaction/confidence level.

Regarding my current job...

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

According to the Pew Research Center, 49 percent of American workers say they are very satisfied with their current job.

Thinking about my work environment…

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

A Gallup poll reported that a large majority of American workers are satisfied with safety in their work environment and relationships with co-workers.

Considering how my income meets my current financial needs…

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, as of August 2017, the average American worker makes about $26.39 per hour.

Examining the benefits I currently receive…

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 49 percent of workers feel their benefits are not as generous as in previous years.

Concerning whether my income and benefits will meet my future financial needs and goals…

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

Use this worksheet to estimate what your salary will look like in the next five years (assuming a consistent rate of increases).

Relating to my ability to absorb financial shocks such as unplanned expenses, medical emergencies or temporary loss of income…

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

Research has shown that households with emergency savings below $500 are more prone to worry, loss of sleep and other ill effects than households with more savings.

Regarding my ability to meet changing work requirements, get additional training or professional development, and find help for career planning…

  • I am very satisfied/confident
  • I am somewhat satisfied/confident
  • I am not sure of my satisfaction/confidence
  • I am somewhat dissatisfied/not confident
  • I am very dissatisfied/not confident

In a Pew Research Center survey, 72 percent of respondents say that it is up to individual efforts to prepare for and succeed in the workforce.

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