MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (May 7, 2012) – At some point in our lives, each of us is inevitably faced with the prospect of having to go out and get one of those “job” things. A job can be filling gordita shells at Taco Bell, or it can be answering the main switchboard at a direct mail marketing company. Both will pay your bills – well, okay, maybe just one of your bills – but fortunately there is something even better than a job. A career. And moose tracks ice cream. But let’s deal with one thing at a time.
Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, proudly announces the launch of the new Shmoop Careers section. You can use this guide to glean more information about career paths you may be considering, or to open your mind up to new avenues that perhaps you never knew existed. (Actuary? What in tarnation is that?)
For each career, Shmoop breaks down what you can expect if you decide to make it your livelihood. You’ll get a snapshot of what the gig entails, a glimpse into a typical day in the life, a run-down on salary, power, fame, glory, stress, qualifications and more. You will know so much about these careers you’ll feel as if you lived them. Especially “fire fighter.” It’s pretty intense.
Through Shmoop Careers, you will learn:
- Why being an air traffic controller is considered one of the most stressful careers you can have. Wonder if it has anything to do with those planes whizzing around and all of those lives you hold in your hands.
- Which career professional would use embalming fluid. No connection to lip balm. We hope.
- How landscapers attempt to recreate the Garden of Eden. Minus the naked people, evil serpents, visits from the Almighty and the multitude of animal species. So, really, just a regular garden.
- What your chances are of making it as an actor. When we say, “actor,” we mean someone who actually earns money from his or her craft. And when we say, “making it,” we mean going at least three months without being fired from a job at Olive Garden.
- How a plumber can make more money than most lawyers. Hint: It doesn’t involve panning for gold in a septic tank. You may find some treasures down there, but we can assure you that they will have very little pawn value.
- What exactly a meteorologist does. You want a career you can sink your teeth into? It doesn’t get any meteor than this.
More careers will be added each month, so take a gander at Shmoop Careers and check back often for updates! With our guide, we will help you live long and prosper. Mainly prosper, although the long life thing would be nice too.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator Magazine. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.
• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, firstname.lastname@example.org