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San Juan
Gold River K-8
2200 Roaring Camp Drive
Gold River, CA 95670
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(916) 867-2109
Fax: (916) 867-2040

San Juan Unified District Office
3738 Walnut Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 971-7700


Gold River Discovery Center » Intern Career Project

Intern Career Project

Our interns spend a portion of their time in the program taking interest inventories which reveal skills and talents that they can develop into potential careers. Below is a website that will help them hone their interests into possible career choices for the future:

Assignment # 1: GET A JOB
http://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip

This website will help you research your job interests, possible occupations, and then give you a job outlook and salary information.  

Please spend some time researching an occupation you like and then you can present a short overview to your fellow interns.

Another article that you may want to read about different careers:http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/09/02/highest-paying-jobs-with-most-time-off-read-more-highest-paying-jobs-with-most/?intcmp=obinsite


Assignment # 2: Explore Income Levels - What % Are You In?
The "Occupy" movement has made a statistical percentage the focus of their protests.  These people are typically those who have high incomes.  Irregardless of your beliefs about this population or the movement in general, it is interesting to statistically know where your occupation may fall given its income level.

Check out this weblink to find out what percentage an income would fall into for any given career - remember 50% means that half of the people are above or below you:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/15/business/one-percent-map.html
 
So this begs the question, what occupations make the most?  The following link provides a chart to show you what these wealthy individuals/families do for a living that make them wealthy:
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/newsgraphics/2012/0115-one-percent-occupations/index.html

Don't know how much money you will need to earn in the future? Don't know which occupation to choose? No problem!
Get a reality check on your expectations of life:
http://www.californiarealitycheck.com

Complete steps 1, 2, and 3.  This will help you begin to understand the complexities of choices that will determine your future.


Assignment # 3: How do you compare? Can you buy a house?

The US Census Data
The United States conducts a census every ten years to determine some facts about people who live in the U.S.A.  Since you are looking at future occupations, it is important to find out what level of annual income will afford you the type of lifestyle that you would like to enjoy.

This link will give you the census information on Gold River, CA
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0630345.html

Look for two meaningful stats:

1. Median household income (this is how much the average family makes in Gold River during the years listed - keep in mind it is a total for the whole household.  This may include both parents working full/part time or the family could only have one wage earner.) 

Ask yourself, how does this compare to the salary that was listed in your occupation?

2. Median value of owner-occupied housing units (this is how much the average home costs in Gold River)

Visit this website to determine what type of home you could afford based on your salary for the occupation you selected:
http://www.realtor.com/home-finance/financial-calculators/home-affordability-calculator.aspx

  
Gross Income = Insert your salary from the occupation you selected
Minimum Monthly Debt Payments = Credit card balances, Car loans or payments, etc (Stick with the default of $300)
Funds Available for Home Purchase = Your savings that you can put down towards the overall purchase price. (Remember this is your savings account money. If you wanted to see what it would be for just the salary then enter $0 for the value.)
Mortgage Rate = a percent the bank charges you to borrow the money for your home. Just go with the default.

Ask yourself, what type of home would this occupation afford me? Could I live in my present community with this occupation level?

Assignment # 4: Final Evaluation Assignment:  Due by End of Your Term

Please answer the following questions and submit them to Mr. Boster either on paper or by email:

1. What were the highlights of your internship?

2. What did you learn from your internship?


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