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Students choose careers based on future wages

By Joshua Bennett
On November 28, 2012

  • // where the blogger displays stats from the State Dept. of Education.)

    Students who are accepted - or selected - must comply with uniform and all other rules, maintain a high rate of attendance, and achieve certain grades or they are counseled out. Students who flounder are moved out of the school, back to their neighborhood schools. (CT State Dept of Ed stats show that the class of 2011 had a 35% attrition rate; ie 35% of the kids who entered the school in gr. 9 were sent away from Dr. Perry's school before the end of their senior year, they aren't counted in his stats as dropouts. But in actuality, his dropout rate was 35%.) Only the successful, diligent, non-truant students are allowed to continue.

    Therefore, the only accurate statement would be 100% of the students who make it to the end of senior year graduate. As many as 35% do not make it.

    The students who aren't a good fit go back to their home schools where teachers work hard to help them but are up against great odds considering they end up with the kids who have more disabilities, less ability with the English language, may not have supportive parents, are habitually truant, may be gang members, etc.

    Dr. Perry's school, as would be expected, does well, but he has a rather select population. It is unfair to compare, with incorrect and misleading figures and standards, the success of his school against other schools in the region.

    One additional point. This statement in the article is perplexing

For the love of money people will steal from their mother, people will rob their own brother as the O'jays said.
People would do anything for money including letting it factor in their choice of career.
For most students, college is the place to figure out what they want to do with their life. Choosing a career is usually the first step in achieving that goal.
Chase Gillian, a graduate architecture major and career services employee, helps a lot of students who ask for advice about choosing a career with money being the primary factor.
"Naturally, people will choose higher paying jobs over the lower salary ones, but students do not realize that a career is supposed to make you happy not rich," Gillian said.
However, some students disagree about what a career should offer. Some see a career as a way of becoming financially comfortable and some believe it is about being emotionally pleased.
Sophomore health major Crayton Johnson said, "People do not want to be in a career where the annual income is high, you do not want to do something that is not making any money. At the end of the day you want to have everything you want and sit comfortably instead of waking up everyday and feeling happy and having nothing."
Michael Gerald, a junior human performance major, is a students who does not agree with that evaluation.
"I would rather do something I love than something that makes me wake up and say dang, I have go to work. People want to get rich so they can become lazy and to me it is not worth having a lot of money. As long as I'm happy I'm fine," he said.
According to an MSNBC article by Bromley Kniveton, The Influences and Motivations on Which Students Base Their Choice of Career, the jobs that make people the happiest are the ones that have the lowest starting salaries. The report also states that any job can make a person financially comfortable when you factor in experience, education, and career specializations.
"Money is nothing and it should not determine what you want to do with the rest of your life," said junior psychology major Revon McGriff. "I chose psychology because I felt I would be effective in the world. I read that with a master's in psychology you could make as much money as a lawyer or engineer and every job is pretty much that way. Ambition and a proper education is what makes money."
Jamarcus Jallow, a senior electrical engineering major, believes as students transition from freshmen to seniors their career aspirations will change to choosing careers that make them fulfilled than those that do not.
He said: "I chose electrical engineering because I love it not because I heard I would make a lot of money. People begin to change toward their senior year when they decide that they are going to be doing this for the rest of their life and if it is going to be worth the headache just to get a paycheck."

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