Category: Career

Schools in the News

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Aug 16, 2017
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Behavioral Finance, Personal Finance, Career
Showing Students it’s OK to Not to Have it All (Jump$tart) For MaryBeth, personal finance is – personal. She began her career as a credit union teller and saw that some of her customers lacked basic financial knowledge. To help, she worked to build relationships with her customers and help them be more financially secure. She did this by explaining the difference between debit and credit, helping customers with checkbook reconciliation and loan counseling. Innovative Educator...

Interactive: Taking A Skills-Based Approach To Careers

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Aug 01, 2017
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Career, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Interactive
Ask a student what they would like to be when they grow up and you often get a quizzical look along the lines of “How should I know since I have never had a job?” The interactive tools below help you circumvent this by having students identify their skill preferences in jobs which will lead to a list of jobs that match these preferences. A second step in this activity helps students identify jobs that require skills similar to the ones they selected in step one. Taking this...

Videos, Videos, Videos

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Jul 23, 2017
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Cryptocurrencies, Career, Stocks, Current Events, Video Resource, Entrepreneurship, Retirement
Stumbled upon this video trove on Ozy this morning that had some short, relevant and engaging videos that I thought your students might enjoy. Many of them ask provocative questions that can be good entry points for a class discussion: Future of Money (3:03) In your own words, what is bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? Why is it popular? What is an example of an “intermediary” in the money business that bitcoin is trying to eliminate? Where do you think that you will keep your...

NGPF FAVORITES: Our Best OFF TO COLLEGE Resources

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Jul 07, 2017
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Activities, Credit Scores, Activity, Behavioral Finance, Career, Paying for College, Budgeting, Savings, Student Loans, Stocks, Current Events, Interactive
This month’s NGPF Favorites List comes from Sid Sharma – one of NGPF’s veteran “Power Interns” who has been with us for 3 years. Sadly, we will wish him well as he heads off to college this fall! We wanted Sid to reflect on his NGPF experience (he has literally “touched” every element in the NGPF curriculum) and highlight the resources that have enabled him to become the knowledgeable, action-oriented, process-innovator that he is today!...

Interactive: Is The Career That You Are Interested In Likely to Disappear?

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Jun 28, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Employment
Lots of insightful and sobering interactive resources on this topic of job automation (see here, here and here for additional NGPF resources on this topic). Here’s another from Bloomberg (hat tip to Hari of NGPF and Big Picture Blog): Quick orientation:  This chart is static, click on the Bloomberg link to use its interactive features X axis is the probability that job will be automated in the future Y axis is the average annual salary for a given job Size of bubble is number...

Interactive: What Are The Wages For Jobs In Your State?

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Jun 20, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Math, Entrepreneurship
Another great interactive from Flowing Data allows users to see top jobs and salaries by state (and for the entire U.S. of A. also). This static chart that I copied from the site displays job and salary information for the U.S. The green areas in the chart are jobs where the Median Annual Salary is $60,000 or more. What’s cool is that you can set the Median Annual Salary slider (see above) to a certain Median Salary level and you will see what job categories have most of those jobs....

The Retail Industry Changed Last Week...NGPF Has Resources Aligned To These Current Events

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Jun 18, 2017
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Current Events, Career, Index Funds, Investing, Financial Literacy, Stocks, Purchase Decisions, Economics
This has been a big week of news related to the Retail Industry in the U.S., with implications for the economy, jobs, shoppers, and investors. This post will explain the big events for the week, their implications for you and your students while also providing activities and lessons that are aligned to these current events. What’s Happening? US Retail Sales declined month-over-month in May, suffering its biggest decline in 16 months.  Coupled with lower inflation, this data suggests...

What I'm Reading This Week (ending June 9th)

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Jun 09, 2017
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Current Events, Behavioral Finance, Career, Paying for College, Research, Credit Cards, Article
What are the ramifications of an aging population around the world (Visual Capitalist infographic)? Among other elements, it has neat map showing percentage of population in each state over the age of 65:  Hat tip to Hari (newest NGPF team member) for pointing out this article and interactive about robots taking over the workplace (Daily Mail): Researchers have warned that millions of human workers will be replaced by robots over the next few...

Econ Roundup: Latest Jobs Report Indicates a Healthy Economy, But Are There Warning Signs?

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Jun 05, 2017
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Career, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Employment, Math, Economics
The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Situation Summary report, commonly referred to as the “non-farm Payrolls report”, was released this past Friday, June 2.  138,000 new non-farm jobs were created in the month of May,  which was 47,000 jobs lower than the forecast for 185,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.3% from 4.4% the previous month (BLS, June 2017).  What indication does this data provide about the health of the US economy (MarketWatch,...

Chart of the Week: What Is The Future Of Employment?

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Jun 04, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Employment, Interactive, Entrepreneurship
From Visual Capitalist: Questions for students: Describe how the chart is organized. How did they decide how to arrange the various jobs? How would you describe the types of jobs that are likely to be automated? If the researchers are correct, which jobs are likely to be the most common in our automated future? Which jobs are least likely to be automated? What are the attributes of those jobs that make the less likely to be automated? Are there any surprises in this chart? What jobs do you...

Question: What Careers Are High School Students Interested In?

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Jun 01, 2017
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Audio Resource, Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
From Marketplace.org (1:32 audio): Here are the top 10 results from the survey conducted in 2016 with 150,000 high school students: Four of the 10 most popular career options cited by survey respondents were in the health care field, an area that is expected to grow in the coming years as the U.S. population grows older. Other science and engineering fields drew interest from 18 percent of respondents, with mechanical engineer rounding out the top 10 fields garnering the most student interest....

Careers of the Future! A Guest Post from Andrea Stemper

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May 21, 2017
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Career, Lesson Idea, Employment, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Andrea Stemper’s one of our NGPF Fellows who integrates personal finance into her economics classes (but not for long — she’s also advocating at her district to make personal finance its own elective course, which we’d LOVE to see happen). Adept at integrating financial capability into econ, Andrea’s written in with this suggestion for a lesson on job prospects and supply & demand: When we think about our jobs, it is important to consider what might be in...

Question: What Impact Has Education Had On Wages of Young People Over Past 50 Years?

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May 18, 2017
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Chart of the Week, Career, Research, Current Events, Math
Neat interactive from Flowing Data demonstrating the importance of education when it comes to income for young people (18-34): Students can toggle between 1966 and 2016 to see how the median as well as the dispersion of wages changes over this fifty year period. Questions: What is the income gap in 1966 for those that have a bachelor’s degree compared to those who don’t have one? Given that there are 100 data points for each of the two graphs, what percentage of those WITHOUT a...

Question: Who Are The Top Earners From The Class of 2017?

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May 17, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Current Events, Employment
From Korn Ferry International, the highest paying fields among the 25 they analyzed were: As in years past, those entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers can expect to garner the best starting salaries. The five highest-paying fields of the 25 jobs in the analysis include: Software Developer $65,232 (31 percent above average) Engineer $63,036 (27 percent above average) Actuary $59,212 (19 percent above average) Scientist/researcher $58,733 (18 percent above average)...

Chart: How Has The Job Market Changed Over the Past 100 Years?

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May 16, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week
From Quartz: Questions (Note: Students should also read the Quartz article which will help in answering the questions): Analyze the chart and come up with a headline that captures the major trend that you see. Agriculture jobs have declined precipitously over the past 100 years and yet farm output is so much greater than it was in 1900. What happened? Starting in 1980, what is the number jobs lost in the manufacturing sector? Have retail jobs and healthcare jobs made up for these losses?...

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