Category: Career

Reading List for November 17-18

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Nov 16, 2018
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Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance, Career, Paying for College, Investing
Personal Finance-credit and borrowing Don’t get carried away with Black Friday shopping and fall for those store credit cards. They are NOT a good deal. (Washington Post) Will mid-term election results have any impact on student loans? (Forbes) We are always warning students about borrowing too much for college, but here are two pieces on a paper coming out in the journal Education Next that suggests some borrowing may help some students succeed. (WSJ and NPR) Computer algorithms are less...

10 Money Milestones For Parents Who Want to Teach Their Kids About Money

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Nov 14, 2018
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Parent Conversations, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Career, Checking Accounts, Stocks
I often hear this question from friends and family, "How can I teach my kids about money?" While we developed our website and resources with a classroom teacher in mind, they work well at home too. I think milestones present great opportunities for this learning to take place between parent/guardian and child.  Here are ten money milestones in the life of a teenager with a link to a favorite NGPF resource (or two) that can help kids "learn by doing."  Opening a bank account Fine...

What have been the top 10 NGPF Questions of the Day?

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Nov 12, 2018
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Question of the Day, Insurance, Budgeting, Career, Credit Cards, Paying for College
A little over a year ago, we made the fateful decision to produce a new Question of the Day for every day during the school year. Over 250 questions later, we're still going strong. I thought it would be fun to go back and see what questions garnered the most pageviews to try and tease out some themes. Announcing NGPF's top 10 Questions of the Day since October 15, 2017: 10. What's the average lifespan of a toy fad? 9, What color car is more costly to insure: red or black? 8. What are teens...

Interactive Monday: Gender Pay Gap

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Nov 04, 2018
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Interactive, Career
Information is Beautiful has an interactive act that shows gender pay gap by job for the U.S. and U.K. Here's a sample of the data: Questions for your students: Which jobs have the largest pay gap? The smallest?  Do you have ideas on why this gap might be wider for some and narrower for others? Toggle between the U.S. and U.K. data. Which country appears to have the wider pay gap?  What are actions that companies can take to narrow the gap?  ------------ Looking for more...

What's Trending on NGPF Blog in October?

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Oct 29, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Checking Accounts, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Each day, the NGPF Blog delivers two new pieces of content including an engaging Question of the Day. Here's new posts that teachers are reading this month which shows the variety of content you will find there.  FinCap Friday: Human Vs. Machine  In this FinCap Friday, students will complete a 5 question Kahoot and then hear a five minute explainer from Yanely.  Interactive Monday: Wage and Employment Growth Across Occupations. Let your students interact with the data on...

Interactive Monday: How Do Age and Gender Affect How We Spend Our Time?

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Oct 21, 2018
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Interactive, Chart of the Week, Article, Career
Last week we looked at how Americans spend their time in the typical day using Flow Data’s article Counting the Hours. This week we’re looking at their follow up article using the same data but exploring how age, sex, and time of day influence our activities.   Before diving deep into the infographic take some time to make some predictions with your students.  For each group below try to identify which group might spend the most time (1) working, (2) socializing, or (3)...

Question of the Day: A YouTuber with over 1.4 million views a month can expect to earn about _____________ in monthly income.

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Oct 17, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Research, Current Events
Answer: $1,400  Questions: Have you or any friends created a YouTube channel and built an audience? 3% of YouTubers get 90% of YouTube views. What do you think demonstrates about popularity on the internet? How do you decide what to watch on YouTube? How do you find about popular videos that might be of interest to you? Do you think $1,400 a month is enough for an independent adult to live on? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...

Question of the Day: What's the median hourly wage for an UberX driver?

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Oct 15, 2018
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Entrepreneurship, Question of the Day, Career, Research, Employment
Answer: $14.73 Questions:  What are the factors that lead to such wide variations in median hourly wages between cities?  What costs would an Uber driver incur which would reduce their hourly income? Do you think these median figures have been increasing or decreasing compared to three years ago? Explain your answer. Uber now has over 2 million drivers globally. What do you think attracts them to drive for the company?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question...

Reading List for October 5-6

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Oct 05, 2018
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Personal Finance, Current Events, Financial Literacy, Investing, Identity Theft, Career, Taxes
Personal Finance  FinTech: Automating finances tops the popularity ranking of apps, but people still want access to people when it comes to financial planning. (BusinessWire) Taxes: The IRS’ budget has been cut. That means fewer tax fraud cases and audits. (New York Times) Careers: Here are fourteen things you should not say during a job interview. (Time Magazine) Credit: Here is some helpful information on freezing and thawing your credit. (Cleveland.com) Emergency Savings: Need to...

FinCap Friday: Human vs. Machine

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Oct 04, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Career, Employment
Who hasn't seen a recent headline about artificial intelligence, robots and machine learning and how they are going to devour jobs. In this FinCap Friday, Yanely provides valuable tips to your students so they can position themselves well for the workplace of the future.  --------------- Looking for more FinCap Fridays? Check out our growing library of them here!  ...

Interactive Monday: Wage and Employment Growth Across Occupations

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Sep 30, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Research
This week’s interactive comes to us from Axios and shows the relationship between wages and employment growth over time and across occupations.  The chart is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and compares data from the years 2009 and 2017.  A few notes about the chart: Each bubble shows a different occupation.  Hovering over the bubble brings up the details for the occupation.  The size of the bubble represents the number of workers in that occupation...

Reading List for September 29-30

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Sep 28, 2018
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Career, Insurance, Paying for College, Personal Finance, Current Events
Career advice The New York Times discusses the importance of mentors (especially for women) to your careers and talks about how to find them. Recode brings us data on the realities of the gig economy – more people working it but their earnings are down from five years ago. Insurance Life insurance companies are offering premium discounts for healthy behavior, applying behavioral finance concepts. (NYT Your Money column) Recent growth in health club industry has been attributed to the...

What's Trending on The Blog?

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Sep 28, 2018
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Budgeting, FinCap Fridays, Checking Accounts, Career, Paying for College
Here's the new posts that have been trending on the NGPF Blog over the past month: FinCap Friday: Famous and Frugal Question of the Day: What percent of 18-24 year old anticipate using a bank branch over the next 10 years?  Interactive Monday: What's the Level of Education In Your County?  Interactive Monday: Who's Been Working in America?  Chart of the Week: What is the Most Popular College Major?  ----------------- Want two posts a day delivered to your inbox? Subscribe...

Just One Resource - ANALYZE: A High School Resume and Cover Letter

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Sep 17, 2018
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Just One Resource, Career
        In this new weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  ANALYZE: A High School Resume and Cover Letter The Gist: Are your students looking for part-time jobs but don’t know where to start? This activity gets students to start thinking about what elements make strong high school...

Question of the Day: What's the #1 predictor of career success?

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Sep 11, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Research
Answer: Having an open network The more open your network the higher your relative performance.  Describe the networks that you are currently part of. Do you think of yourself as open or closed when it comes to your various networks? Explain.  The writer describes Steve Jobs (founder of Apple) as an example of how an open network can lead to incredible success. How is the iPhone an example of a product that benefited from Job's open network and his ability to draw from different...