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June 2012 the newsletter for young members of Alliant Credit Union
1 What do you want to be when
What do you want to be when you grow up?
OK, so what do you want to be when you grow up? Do you know what kind of job you’d like to have? That’s a question somebody probably has already asked you. Or you might have wondered about that question on your own. Do you have an answer? If you have an answer, that’s great. That could help you get a good start in life and be more likely to be successful. Even as kid, you can start preparing yourself for your chosen job by starting to learn what you’ll need to know to do the job well. You can read about the job. You can meet someone who has that kind of job and ask him or her what the job is really like and ask for advice, such as what skills you can work on to prepare yourself for the future. But, what if you haven’t chosen what kind of job you want? Don’t worry. If you’re like a lot of people, as you grow up and learn new things, you will get a better idea of what you want to do. You’ll find out what you’re good at doing, such as math, science, the arts or sports. And you’ll also learn about the type of things you really enjoy doing. This puts you in a better position to decide what kind of job will make you happy. And, as you grow up, you also can change your mind. Even adults who already have jobs sometimes think about changing the type of work they do. And they prepare themselves to get a new kind of job. Some kids dream about a job and their dream comes true. Take Shawn Green, for example. As a kid, he practiced batting a baseball for 20 minutes every day. This training paid off. Shawn became an all-star player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and hit more than 300 home runs. He even tied the record for most homers hit in a single game: four. On the other hand, there’s George Clooney, the movie star. He also really wanted to be a baseball player and he was good at it. Good enough to get a try out for the Cincinnati Reds when he was only 16. However, he didn’t make the team and changed his mind about what he wanted to do. He started to try out for acting jobs instead and the rest, as they say, is Hollywood history. Another kid who knew early on what he wanted to do is Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. He wanted to be elected to public office. So, as a kid, he prepared by reading a lot, especially biographies of American leaders. Then, in high school, he learned about politics by volunteering to work on political campaigns. He knocked on doors to talk to people and hand them literature for political candidates he liked. Other famous people knew what they wanted to do when they were young, but changed their minds as they got older. Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on cattle ranches in Arizona and New Mexico. She wanted to be a cattle rancher. Instead, as she grew older, she decided to study law and became the first woman Supreme Court Justice. Dominique Dawes wanted to be an undercover FBI agent, but became an Olympic gymnast instead. Before he became a successful actor, Ashton Kutcher studied biochemical engineering in college because he wanted to find a cure for his twin brother’s heart problem. And let’s not forget George Washington. As a kid, he never thought about becoming our president. He wanted to be a gentleman farmer.
Sources: doublex.com, famouspeoplelessons.com, weeklyreader.com, rd.com and voices.yahoo.com
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2 The jobs kids dream about
Seven ways (and more) to make money this summer Here’s a chance for you to win a computer gift card
July Savings Dividend DECLARED JUNE 21, 2012
The July 2012 Savings and IRA dividend, declared 06/21/12, provides a Compounded Annual Percentage Yield of
Dividends are paid on the last day of the month to accountholders who have maintained an average daily balance of $100 or more. Savings dividend is subject to change monthly.
July Checking Dividend DECLARED JUNE 21, 2012
The July 2012 High Rate Checking dividend, declared 06/21/12, provides a Compounded Annual Percentage Yield of
Checking dividends are paid on the last day of each month to accountholders who meet the requirements of the account. Checking dividend is subject to change monthly.
The jobs kids dream about
What do kids want to be when they grow up? A research company, shareranks.com, asked young kids this question. Below is a ranking of the jobs those kids want the most.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Astronaut1 Doctor Pop star Vet Super hero2 Car racer Pro athlete Secret agent Air force pilot 10. Firefighter 11. Zookeeper 12. President of the United States 13. Police officer 14. Actor 15. Inventor 16. Teacher 17. Ballerina 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. Biologist Scientist Interior designer Businessman Religious leader Lawyer Dog walker Fashion model Film director 27. Bus driver 28. Babysitter 29. Newspaper delivery person
1. Although the U.S. space shuttle program has ended, U.S. government astronauts today work on the International Space Station and travel there by Russian Soyuz spacecrafts. Meanwhile, private companies have started designing and launching manned spacecraft. 2. Even though super heroes are just made-up characters in movies, TV and books, they are the most popular career choice for kindergarteners, according to Forbes magazine. The super hero kids want to be the most is Spider Man. Sources: shareranks.com, calacademy.org and forbes.com
Seven ways (and more) to make money this summer
You don’t have to grow up and get a professional job to make money. You may be old enough to make money this summer. Consider these jobs for kids.
Here’s a chance for you to win a computer gift card
Alliant is pleased to announce our eighth annual National Education Program for students between the ages of 5 and 17. We will award nine computer gift certificates (three in each age category) ranging from $250 to $1,000. The age categories are 5 to 9, 10 to 13, and 14 to 17. TO APPLY, applicants may use any media (such as an essay, drawing, video, PowerPoint® or photograph) to describe what they want to be when they grow up and how a computer can enrich their education. TO QUALIFY, applicants must have an Alliant savings account in their own name. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: AUGUST 24, 2012 Visit our website, www.alliantcreditunion.org, for complete details, eligibility and to obtain an application.
1. Lemonade stand and/or bake sale 2. Washing cars 3. House sitting 4. Taking care of pets 5. House cleaning 6. Taking care of people’s yards 7. Babysitting
Put on your thinking cap. If you have a talent, such as repairing bikes, creating jewelry or building birdhouses, you might make money at this. Perhaps, you could also get paid to umpire little league baseball games or sell some cool stuff you have, but no longer want.
Sources: moneyinstructor.com, mmhabits.com and education.com
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