Category: Career

Interactive: Salary Inflation Calculator

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Aug 18, 2021
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Interactive, Career
A strong economy brings with it an uptick in demand-pull inflation, and eventually, cost-push inflation. The benefits and consequences of inflation could be a blog post series in itself (Look for a new On-Demand next week focused on inflation). As inflation pertains to our students, it is important to bring up the concept of earning a cost of living increase. Simply put, if inflation is 3%, and our students receive a 3% raise, they are earning 3% more nominal dollars but in "real" terms, they...

What's New With Careers (2021)

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Jul 21, 2021
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Career
It will be hard to talk about careers in the coming year without talking about the pandemic, and what it has done to alter the labor market and shift the entire dynamic between employers and employees.   The phenomenon occurring now is that unemployment numbers are still high (over 9 million), but employers are having trouble filling jobs.  For example, retail and hospitality jobs are offering much higher starting wage rates (>$15) and even signing bonuses, and it isn’t enough...

Interactive: Wage Growth Tracker

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Jul 21, 2021
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Economics, Career, Interactive
? For more Economics related resources, check out our Econ Directory!   If you’ve seen headlines or social media posts complaining that they can’t find workers, you’re not alone. It’s likely this trend will continue into the ‘21/’22 school year so students will likely have questions. This is a good time to expose students to labor market basics (Video Alternative) so they understand that what employers in some sectors will end up doing is raising...

Interactive: Investments, Careers, and Locations -- Oh My!

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Jul 14, 2021
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Interactive, Investing, Career
The linked interactive tool above allows students to explore the nation’s largest publicly traded companies and career opportunities with each of them. The S&P 500 or QQQ and Market Cap are the primary filters to use when exploring. The tutorial below is less than 3 minutes and illustrates how to use the tool. Here are some ideas for classroom discussion questions and NGPF ready-made resources you can use to follow up:  What is the S&P 500? [NGPF S&P 500 Interactive...

Interactive: Jobs Charted by State and Salary

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Jun 30, 2021
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Career, Interactive
I love this Jobs Charted by State and Salary interactive for a quick classroom hook. It’s simple and intuitive for students to use and is an illustrative first look at employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Students can see how career sectors vary from state to state and how salaries vary from one career to the next.  Here are some discussion starters and activities you can use to follow up using the interactive:  Which careers do you think are growing the...

Reading List for June 25-28

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Jun 25, 2021
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Economics, Investing, Career, Paying for College
  Economics This week’s new jobless claims remained virtually unchanged at 411,000. At this point, it is probably helpful to look at 2019 numbers, which averaged 200,000, to measure progress of the recovery. Yahoo Finance What is going on with these persistent unemployment claims? The Bonddad explains. The Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, the PCE, rose to its highest level since 2008 in May, but it is largely “noise. (NYT) A top economist explains just how...

Interactive: Social Salaries Calculator

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Jun 09, 2021
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Interactive, Career
  A big thanks to Derek D’Angelo for sharing this resource! From what we’re hearing, more and more kids want to grow up and become social media influencers. Using various industry estimates, LICKD has created a social salary calculator to uncover how many social media engagements are needed to earn the desired salary entered into the calculator.    Before setting students free to use the calculator, you can take note of some classroom guesses and see how close they...

Question of the Day: Which age group has seen the greatest increase in jobs in 2021?

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May 31, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Economics
Questions: Do you plan on working this summer? Your friends? Are jobs as plentiful for teenagers as this article suggests? What do you think are the factors causing this? Are you finding that jobs that are available to teens are also paying more per hour than they were before the pandemic? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (NY Times; sub required): As companies try to go from hardly...

Question of the Day [AAPI Heritage Month]: Who is the cofounder of the streaming data technology company currently valued at $4.5 billion that hosts Netflix?

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May 17, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Neha Narkhede Questions: As the technology that makes streaming possible, what are some of the ways that Neha Narkhede's work has impacted the world? How has it impacted you personally? Neha started as a software engineer at LinkedIn and progressed through her career until she co-founded her own multi-billion dollar company. How are you inspired by her work and story? What are ways that you have persevered in your own life to achieve your goals? Click here for the ready-to-go...

NGPF Podcast: Dr. David Weill on restoring work-life balance after a career in transplant medicine

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May 14, 2021
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Podcasts, Career
I know that you will enjoy this conversation with Dr. David Weill who recently penned his memoir, Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant, about his experiences as a transplant doctor. This one was extra special for me since I know Dr. Weill as a former neighbor, as someone who entertained me for hours while cycling on Saturday mornings and as my go-to trusted medical advisor when family health issues arose (and an NGPF Board member too). I found this conversation and his memoir to be...

Question of the Day: What is the highest paid profession in your state?

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May 11, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Questions: What common characteristics do you notice about these jobs? What training/education is required for these positions? What jobs do you think can be done by robots in the future? Are any of these jobs of interest to you? Are they any that you want to do further research on? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (howmuch): "We found data on the highest-paid...

Question of the Day: At which point, if ever, do you feel people should have a concrete decision made on their career path?

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May 09, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: 44% of HS Juniors and 37% of HS Seniors responded "Before graduating high school."  Question: Do you have an idea of a career path to pursue? If so, what career interests you? What do you think influences people's decisions about career paths? For your teacher: when did they decide they wanted to be a teacher? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Junior Achievement): Committing to a specific...

Question of the Day [AAPI Heritage Month]: Eric Yuan (who is worth over $13 billion) is founder and CEO of what company?

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May 05, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Zoom, the video conferencing platform Questions: What elements have made Zoom such a successful company over the last few years? What are some important characteristics that Eric Yuan may have shown throughout his time founding and running Zoom? Have you ever had an idea "before its time" that eventually became an important part of everyday life? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind...

NGPF On-Demand: $7.25 - The Minimum Wage

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Apr 29, 2021
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Professional Development, Career
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 26 modules available is “$7.25 - The Minimum Wage”. With a recent push for $15, this module will review the current minimum wage federally and in your own state, take a look at who’s living on minimum wage and what that means, as well as the potential pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.   Here...

Question of the Day: What careers is Gen Z most interested in?

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Apr 28, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Questions: What is your desired career at this point? Why does that interest you? What education/training do you need for this career? Have you ever had a conversation with someone who does this job? What did you learn OR what would you ask them? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Indeed): "Almost half of our list of popular jobs for Gen Z is made up of tech-related jobs, including the top...