High School Drop Out Jobs

While there may be thousands of reasons, many of them noble and admirable, to drop out of high school before completing this phase of public education, there may also be job-related difficulties in the future for those who choose to do so.

In a recent announcement by current US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, it was revealed that more than 90% of all jobs in the fastest-growing industries now require more than a high school education for even entry-level positions. Fortunately, students who've dropped out of high school can fall back on the General Educational Development (GED) program to earn certification that is, in most cases, equivalent to that of a high school diploma.

Nevertheless, many high school drop out jobs are described by the term "McJob," meaning a job that provides little if any job satisfaction on a daily basis and even less opportunity for advancement or career development for the future. The full scope of these McJobs is often described as flipping burgers.

The term McJob wasn't coined with high school drop out jobs in mind specifically. In fact, it was the McDonald's hamburger franchise giant that trademarked the word McJOBS way back in 1984. The term designated a well-intentioned program developed to train handicapped persons to be restaurant employees.

The general public made the term one of derision and high school students referred to high school drop out jobs as McJobs, meaning the low-pay, low-satisfaction jobs that required little skill and offered little chance of a future that were just about the only job opportunities that would be available to a high school drop out. Oftentimes, the mere expression of unhappiness with high school studies will bring taunts from fellow students of a lifetime doomed to an endless series of McJobs and constant frustration.

The word was added to the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary in 1986, not to refer to high school drop out jobs specifically but, as defined, "An unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the expansion of the service sector." McJobs usually come with no hint of career advancement whatsoever.

McDonald's wasn't pleased with this definitive inclusion to the dictionary and threatened to sue the dictionary for copyright infringement. They let their trademark on the name lapse in 1992 and the US Patent and Trademark Office declared the trademark canceled.

There are other, more promising, high school drop out jobs available out there on the job market somewhere but they are few and hard to find. They're not all McJobs but they more than likely require a great deal of cunning, hard work, and dedication.