1.) What is the minimum wage in your country?
It depends on the province you live in, but my province of Ontario has a minimum wage of $10.60.
2.) Do you feel the minimum wage in your country is fair and competitive?
I feel like it's enough to keep you afloat. However, it's not enough to get ahead.
3.) Do you recall your first job? What was your hourly wage?
I started working when I was 14. I got an hourly wage of $6.40.
4.) Have you ever had a job that paid sales commission?
No. Nowadays it's not common to get sales commission unless you work in real estate or automotive sales.
5.) Was your first job memorable or were you very dissatisfied with it?
I hated my first job, but it helped me realize the importance of a hard days work. I worked 30 hours a week at the age of 14 in a grocery store while juggling high school. It wasn't easy.
1.) What is the lowest amount of money per hour that people can legally earn in your native country?
(Beginner questions #1 reworded) By law the lowest wage payable to a legal worker is $10.60 an hour.
2.) Are "under the table" jobs common in your country?
While illegal they are still quite common in the service industry. Illegal immigrants take a fair share of under the counter jobs in Canada.
3.) In Canada single people can "get by" on minimum wage, but in other countries minimum wage barely allows people to survive. How about in your country?
It's definitely difficult to make ends meet.
4.) Does your country outsource work to other countries? How have blue-collar workers reacted?
Canada has started to outsource jobs to foreign countries like China. The only real outcry has been noticed in the automotive industry when middle class Canadians lost their jobs to oversea manufacturing plants.
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1.) How did you get your "foot in the door" at your current job?
I didn't need any assistance to get my current job as an English teacher. I just had to make sure I had all the prerequisites.
2.) Is you salary high and competitive enough for a disposable income? Are you saving for a "rainy day"?
My salary is definitely enough to get by and I am able to have somewhat of a disposable income. However, my occupation has no room for growth. I'm always saving for a rainy day.
3.) Is your current/future job secure from automation or outsourcing? What profession would you like to pursue if that is not the case?
My job is beginning to be replaced by cheaper online courses, along with translation technologies and a lesser need to learn English.
4.) Has your family climbed the social ladder in comparison to your grandparents or great grandparents? Is it hard to move up economically in your country?
I think climbing the social ladder in Canada is getting harder and harder. While there are a lot of resources available for new immigrants in the country from third world nations, much of the middle class is heavily taxed and has diminishing job opportunities.
Match the words from column 1 with the best-suited answer in column 2.
|Column 1||Column 2|
|1.) wage||a.) additional compensation for exceeding expectations|
|2.) "keep you afloat"||b.) a requirement for something else to happen next.|
|3.) commission||c.) transfer of work to outside suppliers.|
|4.) under the table||d.) monetary compensation|
|5.) outsource||e.) money left over after taxes and expenses are paid.|
|6.) prerequisite||f.) machines replacing workers|
|7.) disposable income||g.) the hierarchical structure of society|
|8.) automation||h.) cash paid illegally without being taxed.|
|9.) social ladder||i.) surviving financially|
1.) Does your current job provide room for growth?
2.) Do you want your children to have a part-time job or focus on school?
3.) What is the minimum age before being able to work in your country?
4.) How much are you taxed? Is it fair in your opinion?
5.) What professions are in high demand?
6.) Would you recommend your career to your children? Would you want them to follow in your footsteps?
7.) Do you think children need allowance?
8.) What was your first job? What were some of the perks?
9.) Will you work part-time or start a business after you retire from you profession?
1.) "monkey work": Work that is repetitive and not challenging.
"I love working for a big company but my boss makes me do monkey work all day; it can get depressing."