App Based Employment: Career Counseling Strategies

As many refugees access flexible app-based employment opportunities, such as rideshare, labor, and delivery, how are you preparing clients?

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Planning

For clients interested in entering app-based or on-demand employment, it is important to offer career counseling that provides guidance as to how this intermediate path contributes or hinders their long-term career path. Uber, InstaCart, and other app-based positions may provide flexible, immediate income. However, these gigs are not necessarily sustainable in the long-term and are not appropriate for everyone. When clients inquire about this type of employment, it is important to assist them in exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each opportunity as well as other options that can support their career pathway.

Important Considerations

  • Flexibility in the schedule might allow more time for ESL, GED, or post-secondary education courses.
  • The employer may offer opportunities for employees to further their education and even helps offset some of the cost. For example, Lyft partnered with an education benefits company to provide education advancement programming, including Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, GED, vocational, and English language courses. For more information, click here.
  • All the app based employers require a strong command of the English language.
  • Rideshare apps such as Lyft and Uber or delivery apps such as Postmates and Grubhub require both a driver’s license and a car.
  • How much does the client need to make to be self-sufficient?
  • What is the actual pay per hour after expenses? How do you budget for tips?
  • As an independent contractor, what will the taxes amount to and how will they be paid?
  • Overall, do the pros outweigh the cons?
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