Shmoop Launches ‘Shmoop Careers’

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Shmoop releases their take on the working world with a section of guides for students on careers.

At some point in each young person's life, a student 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 bills – well, okay, maybe just one bill– but fortunately there is something even better than a job. A career. And moose tracks ice cream. But Shmoop will 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. Students can use this guide to glean more information about career paths they may be considering, or to open their mind up to new avenues that perhaps they never knew existed. (Actuary? What in tarnation is that?)

For each career, Shmoop breaks down what a student can expect if he or she decides to make it his/her livelihood. They’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. Students will know so much about these careers they’ll feel as if they lived them. Especially “fire fighter.” It’s pretty intense.

Through Shmoop Careers, students 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 held in the hands of this career.
  •     Which career professional would use embalming fluid. No connection to lip balm. Shmoop hopes.
  •     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 the chances are of making it as an actor. When Shmoop says, “actor,” they mean someone who actually earns money from his or her craft. And when Shmoop says, “making it,” they 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. Students may find some treasures down there, but Shmoop can assure students that they will have very little pawn value.
  •     What exactly a meteorologist does. Students want a career you can sink their 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 the Shmoop guide, students will live long and prosper. Mainly prosper, although the long life thing would be nice too.

About Shmoop

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, AP exam 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.

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