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Speaking at a Career Day

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My friend, Dee, is a very dedicated middle school art teacher.  She approached me a few weeks ago about being a speaker at their upcoming “Career Day” in early March.  It sounds like a great idea, so now I have to come up with a 30 minute presentation about my career.  I’ve done something similar for #FinCon12, so hopefully I just won’t crack in front of middle schoolers.  Here’s what I need to cover.

Points I’ve Been Asked to Cover

  • My title.
  • Length of time in my position.
  • Training, education, or background needed for my job.
  • Three important duties of my job.
  • Whether or not I wear a uniform.
  • Talk about equipment or tools needed for my job.
  • What do I like most about what I do.
  • What kind of benefits I get (like insurance, traveling, etc.).
  • What’s one thing that I would like to change.
  • A funny or unusual story about my job.
  • What other job I could get with my training/experience.

My Presentation So Far

Side Hustle to Self-Employment

I am creating a PowerPoint presentation that includes the points above.  I’m also highlighting a few general pros and cons of self-employment.  For example, you have to find your own insurance, pay more in taxes, and deal with income instability.  But I also get to point out the flexibility, sense of empowerment, and working in your pajamas all day kicks butt.  As the personal finance geek that you all know, I’m also making sure to include a huge section about the importance of diversification and paying attention to their futures.

What else should I include?  From a kid’s point of view, what should I talk about?  From a parent’s point of view, what would you hope I highlight?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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8 thoughts on “Speaking at a Career Day

  1. Your job title is writer. One simple word that is the secret dream of so many and you have been able to make a living doing it.

    You are also a teacher. You love teaching about finance and helping others to find their path for saving, investing and making life secure for themselves.

    Sometimes you wear the cow suit. That is sort of a uniform and I always like to see a picture of you in the cow suit.

  2. This is awesome!

    From a kid’s perspective, I think I would be interested in “It frees me up to do fun things, like dress up in a cow suit (and get paid for it), travel (and write it off as business expenses), and write books about ways to make money (that I also get paid for).”

    As a parent, I try to emphasize to my kids purpose and passion. If you are passionate about something, how can it make you money? If you can turn what you love into a job that doesn’t feel like work (or like it’s suffocating your love for that passion), figure out how it can work for you and go for it! We all have to make money to get what we need and do what we want – why not have fun and enjoy what you do to get there?

    And here’s my bit of unsolicited (hopefully not annoying) advice: From a PPT perspective, remember to keep your slides simple, don’t overwhelm with bullet points, and they’re kids – use age appropriate photos to illustrate the point you’re making instead of lots of words. 🙂

    Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  3. I think from a parent’s perspective to make sure you’re clear that self-employment is hard work and not everyone has the discipline (or desire) to do it – even if it does sound fun. But not really make that sounds as negative as it is, just kind of managing expectations 🙂

  4. @jane, lol, everybody loves the cow suit. 😉 Thanks.

    @Mel, nice. I have a whole section on turning their passions into a job. I also emphasize that you are never too young to care – try everything to see what their passion is. Ah, simple slides. Got it. These will be 11-12 year olds, so I will make sure the clipart/photos are funny.

    @Mom, good point. Managing expectations is important.

  5. I love the idea of sharing this. Being entrepreneurial and motivated is half the battle of pursuing your dream job. I was very inspired by your blog and I have begun freelance writing and started a blog recently (which I am working on) since reading your blog. I think you are a very motivating person and I assume that will come through in your presentation. Also, all your interactions with your little brother will help you with your ability to relate with a bunch of middle-schoolers.

    From a parent’s point of view, I would suggest you highlight the commitment required to achieve your dreams, but the endless possibilities when you persevere. 😀

  6. I think the term “side hustle” is probably more common among financial bloggers than it is among middle schoolers. They may think you started out as an exotic dancer. 🙂 But otherwise that looks like a great outline. You should record your presentation! (I had originally typed “videotape” but then realized I was showing my age, LOL)

  7. @Dee, thanks for pointing that out. That is so sad though.

    @Chrissy, way to go! And thank you – being called motivating always makes my day. Commitment is a good word to concentrate on – got it.

    @Zendelle, LOL, good point. I’ll call it “hobby jobs”. I’ll see if the teacher wouldn’t mind recording me on my phone. That would be a great new video for the site. 🙂

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