Brendan Cairney applied for the #JetFutureBusinessLeadersScholarship and he was selected as a finalist. Read Brendan's information and essay below. To vote for Brendan, click here.
HS Senior planning to attend Ferris State University
Major - Finance
What Do You Enjoy About Your Studies?
I enjoy learning the foundations of business and finance in order to prepare for a career as a financial advisor. I particularly enjoy my math and economics courses, as these classes are extremely beneficial as I strive towards achieving my future academic and career goals.
What hobbies/organizations/jobs are you included in?
I have been a part of Fraser High School's cross country and track teams all four years of high school. I have also competed in indoor track each of the four years. I will continue to run collegially as part of Ferris State University's cross country and track teams. I was also inducted into Fraser High school's National Honor Society my junior year, and am currently serving as treasurer. Outside of school, I have been a part of the percussion sections of both the Troy Metro Symphony Orchestra, as well as Cornerstone Baptist Church's Orchestra throughout my high school years. Finally, I have been a part of the youth group at Cornerstone Baptist Church all four years of high school, where I was able to participate in the student band and serve on a Mission's trip to Jamaica. I have also had a number of employment opportunities throughout high school. First, I worked over the summers of 2018 and 2019 at Summit Window Cleaning as a window/gutter cleaner. I also have been self-employed as a lawn care and snow removal specialist. Finally, I am currently working for Door Dash, a food delivery company.
Brendan's Essay. The gig economy is growing in the United States with more and more people relying on independent work for income. What role do you see the gig economy playing in the future of the American economy?
The gig economy has emerged as an increasingly important source of income for people looking to make money. Whether it is a stay at home mom looking to contribute to her household’s income or the typical 9-5 worker wanting to make some extra cash, the gig economy is suitable for a variety of people with different circumstances. While the gig economy is large now, it will become even bigger in the future through an increased number of deliveries, better incentives, and more stable employment options being offered to workers. In the future, the gig economy will grow as more companies begin offering delivery options for their customers. One specific area that this will effect is the food industry. While many popular restaurants already offer delivery options to customers, more local restaurants will offer this service in the coming years. Another sector in which deliveries will increase is in the package delivery industry. As web based retailers continue to grow, these companies will begin to rely on the gig economy to deliver packages as a supplement, or outright alternative, to traditional delivery methods such as UPS and FedEx. The gig economy will also grow in the future as incentives are added to attract and retain workers. There are currently many companies that offer gig economy jobs and this number will increase steadily over time. As a way to separate themselves from their competitors, these companies will offer perks, benefits, and increased pay as incentives to attract the employee base necessary to succeed. Benefits may even grow to include health care or retirement account options over time. This in turn will draw more employees into this industry, and the gig economy will continue to expand in size and importance. Currently, gig economy jobs are primarily filled by individuals looking for flexible part time employment. This includes people such as myself, as I work for a food delivery company part time due to my busy schedule. In the future, as the gig economy becomes larger, it will become a more stable full time employment option. The lucrative possibility of being your own boss, as well as the incentives that will come to the industry in the future, will entice many people to join the gig economy. Overall, I believe that the gig economy has a large role in the future of the American economy. Whether it is through the use of incentives and more package deliveries, or through more stable employment options, the gig economy has potential to grow exponentially. It is not often that an entire industry can be started from nothing and grow into a large part of the economic system, but the gig economy has found a way.