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DON'T Try to Choose Between Marriage OR Career
Get Ready for BOTH Home AND Job
* Four out of Five Women Today Have Married
* One out of Three Women Now Are at Work
* Three out of Four Women Have Worked Outside
Their Homes at Some Time in Their Lives
In Your Planning, Work Out a Balance Among
No matter what your school or job plans are, are you now using
At School, at Home, and Elsewhere, to--
Lay the Ground Work for Success in Work and Marriage-
Good health habits, thorough work habits.
Good manners, careful grooming.
Consideration for others, seeing the other person's point of
view, cooperating with others in a common task.
Practice in doing everything you do as well as you can do it.
Completion of your high-school course.
* Learn Skills You Will Need at HOME-
Budgeting money and planning your time effectively.
Buying wisely, judging quality in comparison with price.
Plain cooking and sewing, housekeeping including care and
repair of equipment.
Caring for children.
Home care of the sick and first aid.
* Learn Skills Useful on Many JOBS-
Typing, correct use of telephone, keeping simple accounts.
Speaking clearly, writing plainly, spelling correctly.
* Find Out What Your School Subjects Mean to You, in-
Broadening your interests and understanding.
Preparing you for further schooling.
Helping you in your job planning.
* Learn Enough About Yourself-
Know your likes and dislikes, your strong points and weak
Do You Know What You Are Going To Do Immediately After
S Are you planning to-
Continue your education full-time? (At business
school, professional or technical school, junior
college, university.) About a third of the girls who
S- graduate from high school continue theireducation.
7 Get a job? More than half the girls 18 and 19
years old are working.
Marry and raise a family, or remain at home for
personal reasons? You may later be glad if you
have developed or maintained skills useful in
hunting a job, and if you have done volunteer
work with community groups, should you some
day be thrown suddenly on your own resources.
If you expect to take a job after graduation, do you know-
* Most girls 18 and 19 years of age have jobs as:
Typists, stenographers, secretaries
General office workers
Farm workers (mostly for their
Bookkeepers, accountants, cashiers
and ticket agents
Factory workers in-
Metals and machinery plants
Food processing (canning, candy
In many communities only a few girls are working in some of these jobs
* Very few girls under 20 Find jobs as:
Advertising copy writers
jobs That Have the Same Name May Differ Widely
A clerical job in a big insurance office provides an entirely
different environment from a clerical job in a hospital.
Assembly work in an aircraft factory is not the same as
assembly work in a toy factory.
A power sewing-machine operator would Find her work in a
dress factory different from a power sewing job in a tent-and-
Wrapping and packing in a candy factory differs from wrap-
ping and packing in a department store.
A telephone operator in a movie studio works in a different
atmosphere compared to that in a large newspaper office.
A waitress job in a large hotel restaurant is different from
that in a corner drug store.
A manicurist in the leading department-store beauty salon
has a variety of customers as compared with one in a
neighborhood beauty shop.
Find Out Everything You Can About the Job Offered You-
Working conditions, the people you work with, the place in
which you work, are important in liking your job, as well as
present salary and future opportunities for advancement.
Do You Think That You Can Get the Job You Want Where You
* Opportunities vary in different parts of the country and in
Even in stenography and other clerical work, in which shortages
are general, some communities have enough workers; others need
more of these workers.
* If you live in a county seat or the capital of your State, you
might obtain a government job; if you live in a large industrial
city, you may find a wide variety of factory jobs (as well as
many office and store jobs).
* If you live in a rural community, your opportunities will be
limited usually to farm, small-office, store, or restaurant work.
* If you plan to move to a different locality to take a job, be
sure to weigh differences in living costs and living arrangements.
Are You Looking Far Enough Ahead?
* Have you tried to picture yourself 5 or 10 years from now?
Planning ahead is important no matter what you do, but especially
important if you should work a long time, or if you must depend
mainly on yourself in emergencies.
* In general you take more of a chance when you choose a
rapidly changing field of employment rather than one of the
older, more established fields.
Demand is less predictable for fashion workers, jewelry-store clerks,
radio entertainers, and "seasonal" workers in resort hotels and in
industries like food canning and millinery.
Jobs are found in almost every community in occupations where
large numbers of women are employed, such as stenography,
typing, operating a switchboard, selling in stores, bookkeeping,
restaurant and cafeteria work, dressmaking, commercial laundry
work, practical nursing, and over the years there has been an in-
creasing number of jobs for girls and women in most of these fields.
Do you know that you qualify for the work you want-
* As to age:
Check with your school principal or your State labor
department to find out if you can lawfully be employed
to do the work.
* As to health:
Is your general health good, and do you have the specific
strength that may be required in the work of your choice?
* As to other personal characteristics:
Do you have the special characteristics for the kind of
work you are seeking? Are you relatively free from
characteristics that would be a handicap in this kind of
e As to specialized training:
Do you know about the specialized training that may be
required for the work you want, or may help you get the
job and later in getting promotions?
Well-qualified workers have more opportunity to choose where
they would like to work. Develop your talents and abilities to
the fullest extent. Continue learning.
Be ready to alter plans as job opportunities and your own interests
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Before you decide what you are going to do-
TALK OVER YOUR PLANS
Your family, friends,
pastor, and others
who know you well
People in different
and teachers qualified
to give vocational
Information and counseling services offered FREE to you
such as those at your
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OFFICE
Women's Bureau, U. S. Department of Labor. 1949
Washington 25, D. C.
For sale by Superintendent of Documents Washington 25, D. C. Price 5 cent
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