Category: Career

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...

Question of the Day: What's the average age of founders of the highest growth start-ups?

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Sep 10, 2018
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Entrepreneurship, Question of the Day, Research, Career
Answer: 45 Questions: Why do you think most people assume founders of high growth companies are in their 20s? What advantages does a middle-aged entrepreneur have compared to a 22-year old founder?  What types of businesses do you think a 22-year old founder might be better starting compared to someone in their 40s?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Kellogg School of...

Financial Education Explained By Danielle: Reevaluating Your Side Hustle

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Sep 10, 2018
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Career, Current Events, Employment, Entrepreneurship
Motley Fool recently released this article that detailed why side hustles could actually be costing consumers. It reminded me of a Money article that was published a few months ago, which included the findings from an MIT study about the actual hourly income Lyft and Uber drivers make after taking into account expenses like gas and repairs (don't forget the mints, too). Interestingly enough, the Money article found that “30% of Uber and Lyft drivers are actually losing money once expenses...

Interactive Monday: Who's Been Working in America? A 50-Year Analysis

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Sep 09, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Employment, Research
While a bit dated (2011), this interactive demonstrates the tremendous changes that have taken place in American jobs over the past 50 years. It's also a really creative approach to displaying this data that econ, personal finance and math teacher alike will enjoy working into their lessons.  Here's what you see when you go to this visualization: Some orientation about how to utilize this interactive: You can toggle between SECTOR, GENDER and AGE (upper left of the chart) The slider bar...

Reading List for September 8-9

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Sep 07, 2018
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Paying for College, Economics, Investing, Credit Scores, Career, Current Events
We will start this week off with an interesting history of the evolution of Labor Day from the New York Times. Economics This story from MarketWatch discloses new data recently disclosed by the Urban Institute that suggests 40% of Americans struggle to pay for necessities like food and rent. Investing  This article from FORTUNE magazine discusses how socially responsible investing can yield good results and provide adequate diversification. Amazon joins Apple at the $1 Trillion market...

Question of the Day: What percent of employees get paid holidays as a benefit?

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Sep 03, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Research, Current Events
Answer: 76% Thanks to NGPF Fellow Brian Page (listen to his podcast here) for sending along this very timely idea on Labor Day.  Questions: Do you think paid holidays are a valuable employee benefit? Explain.  What types of jobs do you think offer paid holidays as a benefit? What do you think are the holidays that companies typically pay for?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Interactive Monday: What is the most common occupation by age?

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Aug 27, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Chart of the Week, Employment
This fun interactive from Flowing Data offers the chance to explore with your students how and why age affects occupation.  The first section offers a basic overview of the top 3 occupations for each age group, giving a nice opportunity for introductory discussion before digging deep into the infographic.  Before opening up the interactive or sharing the link, try brainstorming some of those top jobs with your students. What do you think are the most common jobs for those under...

Question of the Day: 82% of employees receive their paycheck via: a) Cash b) Direct Deposit c) Check

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Aug 21, 2018
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Checking Accounts, Career, Research, Question of the Day
Answer: Direct Deposit Questions:  In your own words, what do you think direct deposit is? What do you think might be a few advantages to receiving your paycheck this way? In order to receive a paycheck via direct deposit, what does an employee need to have?  Many employees use direct deposit to split their paycheck between their checking and savings accounts. What do you think is a good percentage to put into your savings account?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for...

Bringing An Outside Speaker To Your Class? Here's How To Make The Day A Success!

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Aug 07, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Career
First of all: Thank you. If you are reading this then you have brought or plan to bring an outside speaker to your classroom. There are so many benefits to your students that come from bringing outside voices to speak to your students. Let's name just a few: Deep domain expertise Can reiterate points that you have been making with (sometimes it helps to come from someone else) It can provide them with practice on talking to professionals in a given field It can get them interested in a specific...

Interactive: How Do Creative People Spend Their Time?

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Aug 01, 2018
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Career, Interactive, Employment, Research
I've been on a bit of an interactive binge recently since I know how popular these are in the classroom. Today, the focus is on life skills that we all could improve upon: time management. This interactive pulls back the curtain to analyze the daily routines of the most creative artists, composers and writers (e.g., Beethoven, Picasso, Maya Angelou). This interactive has an added dimension too as jobs of the future that require creativity will be "safer" from the threat of automation...

Interactive: What is the job opposite to the one that you are most interested in?

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Jul 29, 2018
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Career, Employment, Current Events, Interactive
NY Times interactive allows students to input a job they are interested in and then tells them what job is most opposite to that one.  Here's what happened when I input "Secondary teacher:" Why do I like this interactive?  Fun way to get students thinking about jobs/careers that they might be interested in (and careers they would NOT be interested in) Identifies the specific skills used in a given job so students can see how those skills might match their own skills/interests Gets...

Question: Should You Follow Your Passion?

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Jul 26, 2018
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Current Events, Career
This could make for a great classroom discussion as it pertains to college majors and careers. Thought provoking piece in the Atlantic, "Find Your Passion is Awful Advice" takes a contrarian view on this common advice: The term “Follow your passion” has increased ninefold in English books since 1990. “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” is another college-counseling standby of unknown provenance. But...

Interactive: Where Work Pays

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Jul 24, 2018
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Employment, Interactive, Career, Math
The Hamilton Project released another engaging interactive, Where Work Pays [Hat tip to Brian Page for pointing this out]. Here's how it works.... a) Students select an occupation b) Input an age group c) Adjust for Cost of living and/or Income Taxes (optional)  d) Toggle between Local or States which will affect the map view.   So, why do I love this interactive. It brings together so many concepts in one activity, including Career choice (what do you think you want...

Interactive: Generational Trends in Employment and Education

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Jul 15, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Employment
Pew has a fascinating interactive that compares generations (Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, Silent) and how their life experiences have changed as seen through data on educational attainment, labor rates, income and marriage rates. Here's one look at rates of female education: Here's an interesting activity to get students to engage with their parents or grandparents. Think of it as a data-driven opportunity to have one of those "When I was your age" conversations. Your students can ask...