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Jobs: Did You Know

Thinking about jobs and careers takes time. Sometimes it is challenging to know what direction you should take and what questions you should ask to start a career or job search. To remedy such problems, this module has been designed to introduce you to basic information about jobs and careers and offers practical tips to help you obtain success and fulfillment. You will be offered guidance so you can find the job that will help highlight your strengths and abilities. If you are new to the job market or already have a job but want to learn more, you will find this module helpful.

This module also provides resources and tips to help you succeed in job interviews and land a job in the field that you want. You can learn about different issues surrounding jobs in regions around the world, and you can read the inspiring stories of people who have achieved success in their careers after facing hardships in their lives. These stories show how the impossible can happen if you work hard, continue to grow, and reach for your dreams.

Have you ever imagined how a job can transform you for the better? Jobs are an important part of life: they help people survive and pay for daily necessities for food, clothing, and shelter. It is very difficult to survive without a job, and so it is important to develop skills that can be transferred to jobs to help your family live a better life. If you are equipped with the proper skills, training, and education, you are more likely to succeed at a job. Once you become gainfully employed, it is important to keep improving your skills and learning new things related to your job and career field. By keeping up with developments and changes, you are more likely to be successful and revered as an expert in their field –and that’s a good thing! This module aims to provide you with tips and information so that you can find the job and career that is right for you. By utilizing the information in this module, you can increase your chances for success in your job and in the future. You can use this module to prepare your job search, explore career paths, and discover ways to cultivate your potential to obtain a job that will bring a fulfilling career and life.

Choosing a job or career path can be a difficult choice, so that is why this module is targeted to help in the process. You will be given resources, information, and tips for conducting your job search to enrich your career. Quite often searching for jobs can be discouraging, but if you keep on task and know that you can make a better life for your family, then it is easier to remain focused. If you choose a job or career that is new to your family, it may prove a bit challenging to uncover resources that can help you succeed. For example, the majority of African nations depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Because people are often born into a family career, it is natural that the African people work as farmers. If a parent is a farmer, the likelihood that their children will be farmers is very high. It is no surprise that professions and careers run in families since children learn from their parents and relatives. First generation graduates and professionals sometimes find it difficult to obtain information, support, and encouragement from their families so this module is designed to help those people start a job search. Remember, any goal can be achieved if you are given the tools to reach it.

Recent job trends center on technology, mobile phones, and social networking, so it might be helpful to think about how your career goals can match these trends. Can you take a course to improve your technology skills? By keeping your skills up-to-date with job trends, you can be sure that you have a higher chance for obtaining a job in these fields.

Most countries in the Western world have evolved from farming communities to manufacturing and financial centers. In areas where unemployment rates are high, people often live in poverty and suffer greatly. It is no doubt that educational opportunities and job training opportunities helped transform job markets. As people obtain more education and skills, their opportunities and career choices become greater. With more options, people can decide on what type of job fits their personalities and they can utilize their skills. Education brings people a better chance of earning more money and obtaining job satisfaction. Guidance and information help a lot too, so that’s why this module can be beneficial to you.

The two most important steps to a successful job and career include:

  1. Taking charge of your education and career. If you have an interest in a subject, try to learn all you can about it. Research your subject in depth, talk to people who know about it, and try to attend classes or trainings on it. The more you know about your subject and career field, the better. You can see how you could fit into the career and decide if it would be right for you. After researching and your career field and subject, find out what you need to enter into that profession or job. If you need to attend formal education or training programs, make a plan on how you are going to pay for the training if there is a cost, learn how long it will take to complete the program, and speak to others who are attending or have completed similar training programs. Speaking to others is a good way in which you can decide if a program is reputable and helpful for achieving your goals.
  2. Setting goals. If you do not set goals, you have nothing to accomplish. It is important to make long term and short term goals for yourself and keep to them. If you are making decisions that may deter you from reaching any of your goals, re-evaluate your actions and choices so they are leading you on a path for success. Imagine yourself in 5, 10, and 15 years from where you are in your life now and ask yourself what you would like to be doing at those times. Take note of your aspirations and dreams and do everything you can to reach them.

25 Lesser Known Facts about Jobs and Employment Around the World

  1. Zimbabwe has an unemployment rate of 95%, the highest in the world. (CIA Factbook)
  2. 70% of Nigeria’s labor force works in the agricultural industry (CIA Factbook).
  3. The minimum wage in Washington D.C. is $8.25 per hour.
  4. The minimum wage in South Africa is $57 per week ($1.43 per hour).
  5. In September 2005, the minimum wage in Argentina was raised from AR$ 350 to AR$ 450/month. (
  6. Egypt has not had a rise in minimum wage since 1984.The minimum wage in Egypt is 35 Egyptian pounds, or approximately US $6.50 a month (IPS News 2010).
  7. 132 million people living in Latin American and the Caribbean live on less than $2 a day.
  8. 20.3% of people (97 million) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia live on less than $2 a day.
  9. Africa has the highest rate of extreme poverty in the world.
  10. In 2008, asset based poverty in Mexico was over 47% (CIA Factbook)
  11. 23% of North Africans and Middle Easterners live on less than $2 a day.
  12. The average monthly household income in Brazil is US$570 per month (AP 2004l)
  13. Jobs in the health care industry are expected to grow in the next few years in India.
  14. In the Philippines, there is a high need for registered nurses to work in both governmental and private hospitals.
  15. Jobs in the Medical Field in Dubai are in high demand.
  16. Of the extremely poor people in Nigeria, 85% live in rural areas and more than two-thirds lived on farms.
  17. Indonesia’s unemployment rate is 13.3% (CIA Factbook).
  18. 32.9% of the population in the Philippines lives below the poverty line (CIA Factbook).
  19. 10.2 million youths throughout the world were unemployed in 2009 (ILO).
  20. The European unemployment rate is approximately 10% (
  21. 37.3% of the U.S. labor force has a managerial, professional, or technical occupation (CIA Factbook).
  22. Underemployment in Mexico may be as high as 25%.(CIA)
  23. Only 0.7% of Peruvians earn money through agricultural work. The majority work in the services industry (CIA).
  24. The lowest paid teachers in Kenya earn approximately $130 to $176 per month.
  25. Teachers in Zimbabwe earn a monthly salary of Z$29 trillion, which is less than $10 USD.


Learn about the different methods to choosing a career.
Your computer skills and knowledge can help you be a more desirable job candidate.
Your computer skills and knowledge can help you be a more desirable job candidate.
Medical professionals, such as nurses, are always in high demand.
Medical professionals, such as nurses, are always in high demand.
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