As an entrepreneur, I’m always looking for ways to generate supplemental income. I’m not writing for pity points, but I have a low income level and, because I’m self-employed, a relatively high tax burden. So, I do what I have to do, knowing full well that my involvement with my business is entirely voluntary. Since Franktuary has opened I’ve recycled tens of tons of newspaper using only a minivan. I’ve painted Steelers logos on the faces of heavily inebriated people. I’ve even served as the official bodyguard of a larger than life PJ Sparkles. And I’ve had A LOT of roommates, primarily to cut down on living expenses.
Over the past few months I’ve looked into the world of tutoring for standardized tests. In a depressed employment market it seems that well-paid tutoring jobs are there for the taking if you have the right skill-set. The system works like this:
Tutors are hired through a selection criteria that places most of its emphasis on an applicant’s testing ability. Virtually all applicants are highly-educated. Multiple degrees are not uncommon.
Students hire a tutor so as to do well on a certain standardized test because it will help them get into a “better” program, which will help them get a “better” job. Yet many people don’t want the job they seek so much as the money they anticipate will come with the career.
In fact, a significant number of people dislike their work, but cannot justify the abandonment of their post because of the income they associate with it. All the while, if you look at the path the tutors have taken college appears to have been an entirely unnecessary (and expensive) step… if you can score well enough on your college entrance exam. Irony, anyone?
Of course, had I not gone to college I would have never met my fabulous business partner. Overall, I approve of college, just not the motivation many people seem to have for attending.