Category: Career

QoD: What percent of Americans got a raise in 2019?

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Jan 12, 2020
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Career, Question of the Day, Research
Answer: About 50% Marketplace audio (1:27):  Questions: According to the audio, the last decade was the first that didn't have a __________________. What was the average pay increase across all workers?  While 1/2 of workers may not have received a pay increase, what are other ways that companies may have helped their employees other than raising their pay? What can you do as a worker to increase the chances that you get a pay increase?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this...

Best of 2019: Most Visited Unit Pages

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Dec 30, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Career, Investing, Insurance
 Our Unit Pages are the most visited pages on the NGPF website. Why? It provides teachers with all of the NGPF resources available on a given topic (unit) on ONE page. So, whether you are looking for 45 minute lessons or just individual resources to supplement your existing lesson, you can find them on the unit page.  Here were the unit pages that received the most page views: Checking Budgeting Taxes Types of Credit Investing Career Paying For College Saving Insurance  Managing...

Chart of the Week: Manufacturing jobs require more skills!

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Dec 17, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Economics, Employment
From WSJ article:  Specialized job requirements have narrowed the path to the middle class that factory work once afforded. The new, more advanced manufacturing jobs pay more but don’t help workers who stopped schooling early. More than 40% of manufacturing workers have a college degree, up from 22% in 1991. “The workers that remain do much more cognitively demanding jobs,” said David Autor, an economics professor at MIT. Looking ahead, investments in automation will...

QoD: The number one job skill that very successful businesspeople attribute their success to is their __________ skills.

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Dec 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Sales  Questions: What does it take to be a successful salesperson?  How might these skills help someone be successful in other areas of business?  Raise your hand if you think you would consider going into sales? What sorts of sales-type jobs could you get at your age? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers: (Yahoo Finance) Two-thirds of the mega-wealthy individuals interviewed for this...

Reading List for November 22-24

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Nov 22, 2019
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Paying for College, Career, Financial Scams, Investing, Retirement
Financial Literacy and Advocacy ICYMI, Tim Ranzetta had two pieces hit Marketwatch this week. The first is an article explaining how excellent teachers will drive the financial literacy movement, and highlights several teachers you will recognize. The second is an opinion piece in which Tim quantifies the value of a high school personal finance class. Study Breaks’ Daniel Reed concurs with the need to make Personal Finance a high school graduation requirement.  Workers consistently...

Videos: Careers that don't require a 4-year degree

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Nov 05, 2019
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Video Resource, Career
Thanks to Brian Page for spending 20+ hours combing through and sharing this with the community!  He created a spreadsheet of careers that don’t require a 4 year degree, aren’t in a declining career field, and in most cases pay more than $30K. He did this for classes filled with non-college bound students and showed a 90 second career video to begin most of these classes and dubbed it "Career of the Day." He linked to the YouTube videos (click here) because the Career One...

QoD: Can you name ONE of the top 3 reasons students take a gap year after graduating from high school?

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Nov 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Paying for College
Answer (from Gap Year Association report): Gain life experience and personal growth Travel, see the world, experience other cultures Take a break from traditional academic track Questions: Would you ever consider taking a gap year after graduating high school? Why or why not? If you could take a year off after high school (“gap year”), what are some ideas on how you could use that time?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in...

QoD: What is most trusted profession in America: Bankers, Nurses or High School Teachers?

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Oct 27, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day, Employment
Thanks to Sonia for finding this chart! Answer: Nurse  Questions: Why do you think that people have such high trust in nurses?  Many of the lower trust professions are finance-related (bankers, real estate agents, car salespeople). What is it about those jobs that leads to this lack of trust?  How can you protect yourself in situations where you are buying a car or house and don't trust the car salesperson or real-estate agent?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this...

Reading List for October 25-27

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Oct 25, 2019
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Investing, Financial Literacy, Economics, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Career
Investing We will start this week’s list with this mind-blowing headline: “Tesla overtake GM as most valuable automaker.” (Reuters) Comparing today’s IPO environment (the “Not-Com Bubble?”) to the “dot-com” bubble of 2000. (The Atlantic)   Financial Literacy A look at programs that bring experiential, hands-on learning about money into the classroom. (Reuters) The New York Times reviews three of the most popular personal finance books....

Reading List for October 18-20

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Oct 18, 2019
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Current Events, Financial Literacy, Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Financial Scams, Career, Budgeting, Taxes
Financial Wellness Rather than focusing on life events, banks are now basing their products and marketing on everyday financial decisions, getting into the financial wellness business. (The Financial Brand) Is your credit card debt making you sick? A detailed study by CarefulCents.com finds the answer if “yes.” (PRNewswire)   Economics/ Crypto-Currency Here is an article from The Economist that discusses the demise of cash across the world’s economies. (For more detail...

Visualization of the Week: How does your state compare on various economic factors?

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Oct 15, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Insurance
Stumbled upon this visualization on the Census Bureau website which provides state level data on a variety of economic factors, including: Age (median) Commuting to work (mean travel time) Computer and internet access Education (percent of high school graduates) Employment status Health insurance coverage Household income Here's the map with commute times by state: Questions: Go through each of the economic factors listed for your state and list the data for your state (e.g., our state has a...

Interactive Monday: Find Your Career Path...Make More Money!

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Oct 13, 2019
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Interactive, Career
This Work Wise interactive from Bloomberg has students complete a brief questionnaire to find out... After you complete this survey, the interactive takes you through a series of steps: Shows how your income stacks up relative to your peers cuz we know that we all love to know information like this.  Provides tips on how you can increase your current salary Tells you what city you could move to in order to earn more money in your given profession (surprised to learn that personal...

Reading List for October 11-13

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Oct 11, 2019
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Behavioral Finance, Cryptocurrencies, Investing, Financial Scams, Career, Retirement
Behavioral Finance An interesting dive into gender and money: The Myth of the Frivolous Female Spender (NYT) FinTech A longer read from Knowledge@Wharton discussing how FinTech may be helping the underbanked and unbanked. The risk is that many of these services fly under any regulatory radar.   Crypto-currencies Mark Zuckerberg will face Congress to talk about Facebook’s proposed crypto-currency Libra. He will face a tough crowd, (Axios) and now several backers (Visa,...

QoD: At what age do you think most people would find it embarrassing to still be living with their parents/guardians?

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Sep 24, 2019
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Career
Answer: 28 Questions: At what age would YOU find it embarrassing to still be living at home with your parents/guardians? Explain. At what age do you hope to be out on your own and not living at home with your parents/guardians?    Can you name a few reasons why adult children are living at home? Do you think if you were to live at home after high school/college that you would  be expected to contribute to household expenses? Why or why not?  Click here for the...

Reading List for September 20-22

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Sep 20, 2019
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Career, Retirement
Financial Literacy/Advocacy Here is a snapshot of the state of financial education in the US by none other than NGPF Fellows, Courtney Poquette and Kayla Bousom, along with NGPF co-founder Tim Ranzetta. (MarketWatch) Arizona State Treasurer discusses the importance of financial education. (Personal Finance curriculum is part of the economics course Arizona high school students must pass to graduate.) (USA Today-AZ Central) Employers are now filling the financial literacy gap with twice as many...