For each topic each week you are to post your original reply and then reply to four other postings for each topic. Total possible points available is 30 per week. Points will be determined based on content and correctness; this is your chance to develop professional writing skills so habits commonly found in the texting environment are not allowed and if used, will result in points being deducted. The total number of posts required per week to get full points is 15. Three topics, 5 posts per topic.

Week 7

Please answer the following questions:

Topic 1

Test your analytical skills; research on the web and find out which industries and job categories are forecast to experience the greatest growth and greatest demand for workers over the next 10 years and post your fiinding here.

 

Topic 2

More analytical tasks – assume you have an interview scheduled for next week for a job that is in your career path. One of the common interview questions is – what are your salary expectations. How would you answer that? How do you know how much to ask for? What is the going rate for someone that has your skills and abilities in the area that you are expecting to live?

 

Topic 3

Providing informational points to prospective online students.

Assume you have been asked by a fellow student that has never taken an online class; what would you highlight as the benefits of taking online classes and what would you highlight as the negatives of taking online classes?

 

 

Please reply for each classmates answer:

 

Topic 1

1.I see everyone posted about solar photovoltaic installers being #1 fastest growing, but this is probably because there are so few of them currently compared to the overall workforce. Going from .001% to .1% of the workforce would be a huge increase but I’m not really interested in this metric.

 

It tried to find a different twist on the same topic and found an interesting article with a different perspective. According to Andy Kiersz at Business Insider March 20, 2019, he thinks the best high-paying jobs of the future:

 

1.Registered nurses.

2.Applications software developers.

3.General and operations managers.

4.Financial managers.

5.Accountants and auditors.

6.Management analysts.

7.Physicians and surgeons, all other.

8.Market research analysts and marketing specialists.

9.Managers, others

10.Lawyers…..

 

The article says this list was composed using employment projection and salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They found 30 high-paying jobs that are poised to enjoy healthy employment growth over the next decade. So they weren’t just looking at volume of jobs but were also looking at jobs that are both growing AND high-paying.

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/best-jobs-future-growth-2019-3

 

2.According to my findings on https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm; Solar photo-voltaic installers, Wind turbine service technicians, Home health aides, Personal care aids, and Occupational therapy assistants forecast to experience the greatest growth and demand for workers over the next 10 years and in that order. While on the other end of these stats, some of the companies that are less-likely to experience growth are; Medical assistants, Physical therapy aides, Phlebotomists, Health specialty teachers, and Forest fire inspectors. Thought I’d offer a backwards approach as most of our findings are similar if not exact!

 

I was actually rather intrigued by my findings, I was expecting to see very different categories- these all seem to be so random to me!

 

3.https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm

 

This was the first website that I used and the top growing job over the next decade is solar photovoltaic installer. I guess it makes a lot of sense with all of the new solar power being implemented in the world. The site mentioned that you do not need any experience in the field and only a high school diploma is necessary which I found to be very interesting. The next job that was listed on this site was a wind turbine service technician. With job it says there is a lot of training for it but i does not say that much schooling is required to necessarily get the job.

 

 

This was the next site that I used and it pretty much had the same list as the first site that I did my research with. Renewable energy is such a fast growing thing that is happening right now so it makes sense why it is creating so many new jobs for us. I am definitely going to do more research on these jobs in the future because I am still very unsure of what I want my career to be so it is always great to have an options.

 

4.I had a pretty good understanding and theory of what industry and jobs will experience the biggest growth, and my web research confirmed it. Automation is basically the biggest factor to the job market, and it has already begun, and will continue to grow. Automation is the main driver. With automation, millions of jobs will be lost, with a large part of those jobs lost being simple task, general labor type jobs like manufacturing. While many jobs will become extinct, different jobs will be created. The future jobs created will probably lie within the STEM field. Newer technology-based careers are going to be the main source of work, for which job seekers will need to be highly educated.

 

I can also see the medical field having a lot of opportunity in the future as well. Its no secret that the population around the world continues to increase, and with that, comes much more need for medical workers. There is a large umbrella of jobs to be had in the medical arena, from nurses and doctors, to researchers and biologists.

 

Topic 2

1.Assuming that I scored an interview with a Realty company next week… I would not know how to address my salary expectations- as it is one of the more complicated aspects of real estate. As you know (probably), real estate agents make commission checks off of the houses that they sell… which means if you’re unsuccessful with sales, you’re not bringing in regular checks. I met with a company not too long ago about a potential position when I get my license and one of the first topics we covered was pay… they said in that position it can take you as long as eight months to see your first paycheck- sometimes even longer! Real estate has an uncomfortably high turn around rate- this topic being what blew the fuse, in most cases. Bummer to say, but a reality check for me as I continue down my hopefully successful real estate agent path!

 

2.If I was asked for salary expectations in a job interview there are many factors that would determine my answer. Such factors might include: 1) amount advertised in job posting, 2) size of business, 3) type of business , 4) type of work etc. It is a tough question to answer.

 

Glass door says that an Accountant/Bookkeeper Salary ranges from $28K-$56K annually. ZipRecruiter says $22K to 66K. Salary.com say $40K to $50K. While these predictions are helpful to get a rough idea, employers usually have set budget before posting a job. If I were a sassy and entitled job applicant and demanded more than the job posting, or what the local market can bear, or more than my previous salary history, then I am just wasting everyone’s time. I think my first inclination would be to ask what the job is paying and if this amount wasn’t satisfactory, then I wouldn’t apply in the first place. If I didn’t know what the salary was beforehand, I would just give a rough range that depending on the specific job requirements. If the employer decides that I was their first choice and I also feel I was a good fit for the position, then that’s when you can talk salary. I would ask them to let me know what their offer is because it is not my place to demand anything.

 

3.This is a great interview question. I used to asked this question when I was a chef looking for employees. As an employer it is important to gauge what your potential employee feels they should be paid. It helps to manage expectations of pay from both the employee and employers perspective. Generally speaking, I found that salaried employees know their range, whereas hourly employees always asked for more than the company was willing to pay.

 

I think the best way in general, to know how much to ask for, is to either have prior experience and pay history, to which you should always looking to make at least equal if not 10% more than you were in your last job. I would never start a new job making less than I was before unless that new job offered a type of experience that would profoundly increase possible future salary. If you don’t have any historic personal salary figures or work experience to go off, than doing your research and finding industry standards is your best bet.

 

4.Assuming that I have an interview tomorrow I would search what is the estimated salary for my career. According to salary.com an HR manager makes an average of 91k to 115K. I would not be embarrassed to ask for I should be paying for. I don’t care if I seem needy or demanding but reality is I won’t accept a job for a lower pay so why lie. I would want to be honest and straight forward that way I don’t waste my time or other people’s time. There are some exceptions to negotiate for example, being close to my family or I wouldn’t have to spend on commute or free food maybe. In order for me to get the pay that I want I would share with them the experience that I have and the school that I graduated from. I would explain to them why I am a great candidate and the years of experience that I have. Also, I would share with them how the economy is doing and why I need to be paid at a certain level rate in order to make ends meet.

 

Topic 3

1.The benefits of taking an online class are the following:

 

-Ease of scheduling. You can dictate your own schedule and do the work at whatever time works for you.

 

-Every test is an open book test. I am not all that great at remembering every little thing I learn, so having the ability to reference a book or online text during a test is incredibly helpful to me.

 

-Navigating course deadlines and work. I love being able to constantly check what is due and when, whenever I want. I find it is much easier to keep track of deadlines with online classes.

 

The negatives of online classes are:

 

-Weekly discussion boards. I’m sure some people enjoy the online dialogue part of online classes, but I am not one of those people. I feel they are not helpful in any way. They usually are a large part of your grade which forces you to participate. I think they would be better suited as an optional part of the course rather than mandated. I also feel that mandate of having to respond to multiple posts is negative as well.

 

-No human interaction. Being able to talk a professor face to face is really helpful, and with online classes that option is not as easy to access.

 

2.Taking classes online certainly does have its advantages and disadvantages. For me, the biggest advantage is the flexibility with schedules. I work in retail and often have varying work schedules each week, which makes it tough to schedule around. Being able to do my school work when it’s convenient for me is great. Another big advantage lies within the transportation aspect of school. For people who don’t have their own car, they have to walk or take public transportation. There’s nothing wrong with using these methods for transportation but they tend to take much longer, eating away at your day even more. Meanwhile online students can be at school while in the comfort of their own home. There are some disadvantages though, such as a possibility for lack of understanding. In my experience there are some subjects that I need to learn the traditional way. I’ve tried taking some of those classes online but I have trouble actually learning and understanding the information. Another possible disadvantage is the lack of accountability. In some ways just having class to go to is a form of accountability to participate and stay present in class, this is not the case in online classes. Online classes have do have ups and downs it’s just up to deciding whether it’s right for you.

 

3.The main benefit of online class is that you save an incredible amount of money on babysitter. An additional benefit of online classes is that you have access to the class anywhere and anytime. Well, as long as you have internet and a compatible device. Once you see what assignments and tasks need to be done for the week you can make your own schedule. You save money by not spending gas, bus ride, or any other commute. You don’t have to worry about being late or not showing up to class and missing any important work. You get to work from the comfort of your home while sipping on some coffee. You can multitask while doing your assignments or something else.

 

If you don’t read carefully you might missed any important deadlines. If you don’t understand something you can type a question but it will be delayed. If you still feel confused you will continue being confused unless you meet up in person for clarification. You might get too comfortable and believe me, run out of time! You might feel that you are not meeting people by having no human interaction. You might loose focus and start navigating the internet for something else.

 

4.Online classes are definitely different than classes taken on campus. The most obvious benefit is that you can do it from anywhere and at any time (assuming you are able to do it in the phone). In my opinion, online classes are also less heavy on work overall. This isn’t the same for every class, though.

there are definite negatives to taking online classes. The most prominent one (and one that I have not yet been able to fully overcome) is that they usually require lots of self-control. Due dates aren’t imposed on you by a professor actively and in person. When doing an online class, you might be tempted to switch off and do some other activity since the computer or phone is in your hand (I have succumbed to the temptation many many times). There is a definite difference between driving to campus, making the commitment and sitting in class – forcing yourself attention to the professor, than sitting nice and comedy at home next to your computer or other distractions.

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