Category: Career

Reading List for January 15-17

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Jan 15, 2021
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Cryptocurrencies, Economics, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Career
Cryptocurrency What goes up, must come down. Just last week we posted about bitcoin reaching a record high. This week it turned south. (CoinDesk) And many people are scrambling to find the password to their digital wallet to cash out! (NYT)   Economics Not a lot of good economic news this week:  New unemployment claims jumped back up to the million mark last week. (Yahoo Finance) (NYT) Lael Brainard estimates the unemployment rate for the lowest paid workers is likely north of 20%...

Question of the Day: What percent of businesses fail within the first five years?

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Dec 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Entrepreneurship
Hat tip to the group in the NGPF Virtual PD: 5 Career Resources in 50 Minutes who came up with this question. Answer: About 50% Questions:  Do you know anyone who has started a business?  What do you think are the reasons that businesses fail?  Resource to help answer that question.  Does research like this encourage or discourage you from wanting to start a business?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom....

My 15 ½ Favorite Career Unit Interactives

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Dec 08, 2020
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Interactive, Career
Why 15 ½?. I considered 17 ½, but decided not to include the games The Payoff and the Uber Game, that’s for a later post. Here are my favorite 15 ½ career unit interactives, ranked in reverse order.  #15: What Are Your Chances of Making It To The Executive Suite?: This is a great tool to help aspiring future CEOs understand what they need to do to live their dream. #14: Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School:   There are many possibilities...

Question of the Day: How much can a creator on TikTok make if their video receives 1 million views?

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Dec 02, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Hat tip to Brian Page for recommending this question: Answer: Between $20 and $40 (or 2-4 cents per 1,000 views) Questions: Have you or any of your friends built an audience on TikTok? How easy or difficult was it?  Are there other ways to make money from having a significant set of followers on TikTok?  Does this information change your opinion of whether you can make a living off of TikTok videos?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in...

Reading List for November 20-22

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Nov 20, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Career
  Financial Literacy Survey data suggest a pre-pandemic gap in financial knowledge of women that is especially concerning as they are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic’s financial strain. (Phys.org)   Economics The IMF director warns that the coronavirus could disrupt any global recovery during a meeting with G20. (APNews) Initial unemployment claims back on the upswing last week for the first time in 35 weeks. (AP News) Here is Morning Brew’s summary of the...

Question of the Day (Updated): What undergraduate college major provides graduates with the highest median mid-CAREER salary?

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Nov 17, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career, Paying for College
Answer: Petroleum Engineering with a mid-career median pay at $176,900   Questions: Have you given much thought to a college major? If so, do any of the majors in the chart interest you? How would you describe the majors that rank highest in terms of median career earnings? What similarities do they have? These mid-career salaries are based on a person’s bachelor’s degree. Do you think it is important to continue education before moving into a career? (ex. Graduate...

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

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Nov 10, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: about $1,282 - $2,136 The $2,564 - $4,273 in the calculator is before Youtube takes its cut of about 50%! (This number is not only dependent on views but also viewer engagement) Questions: Have you or any friends created a YouTube channel and built an audience? How do you decide what to watch on YouTube? How do you find out about popular videos that might be of interest to you? How would it make you feel if you earned 1.4 million monthly viewers and then Youtube took around 50% of your...

Question of the Day (Updated): What 3 jobs are projected to be the fastest growing over the next decade?

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Nov 09, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer (based on percentage growth in job category): Wind turbine service technicians Nurse Practitioners Solar photovoltaic installers Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Questions: Can you come up with any future trends or themes based on the jobs that are on this list (e.g. aging population will require more nurse practitioners)? Did any of the jobs appearing on this list surprise you? Which jobs on the list provide the highest salaries? What do you think are the educational qualifications...

Virtual Adaptation - FINE PRINT: Pay Stub

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Oct 12, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes, Career
In the activity FINE PRINT: Pay Stub, students will analyze a sample pay stub to understand its various components and answer a variety of questions. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and extension ideas for this activity that may work for your current classroom environment.     Synchronous Environment Ideas: First, take students on a tour of an example pay stub pointing out and...

Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of people age 65 and older are still working?

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Oct 05, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Over 20% From Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics:                                Questions: Why do you think an increasing number of older people are still working at that age? How do you think the number of older people still in the workforce will impact you when you look for a job? Do you think your generation will be more likely to work past 65, compared to the baby boomers? What...

Question of the Day: Which 5 MLB baseball teams have the highest team payroll in 2020?

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Sep 30, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Tomorrow is the beginning of October... That means playoff baseball is here! (and I am happy to say that my hometown San Diego Padres are in the postseason for the first time since 2006!)  Answer: New York Yankees: $254.19 million Los Angeles Dodgers: $227.83 million Houston Astros: $215.39 million Boston Red Sox: $191.05 million Chicago Cubs: $190.38 million Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Questions: What...

Reading List for September 25-27

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Sep 25, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Career, Retirement
Economics Housing Unlike 2008, housing is holding up the economy during this recession. (CNN) U.S. new home sales rise to near 14-year high last month (CNBC) But the pandemic has driven demand up and supply down in many markets, pushing home prices out of reach of many. (CNBC2) (WSJ-subscription)  Unemployment/Pandemic New unemployment claims last week were 870,000, still at historically high levels as states struggle with backlogs and identifying fraudulent claims. Continuing claims...

What's New With Careers 2020

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Aug 27, 2020
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Career
Alternatives to College   Inc. published an interesting article on a relatively new program run by Google that is a modern-day equivalent to vocational school or apprentice programs. They offer career certificates that Google considers the equivalent of a four-year degree for specific jobs that are very much in demand. Given the precarious state of higher education right now, this may prove to be exactly the “right thing at the right time” for many.   Google has received...

Reading List for June 26-28

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Jun 26, 2020
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Current Events, Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Career
Current Events-Stimulus Checks QOD: What are most people spending their stimulus checks on? Answer: Household expenses. According to a Census Bureau Household Pulse survey, 85.5% answered this way. Of those earning between $75,000and $99,000 who got a prorated check, checks were more likely be used to pay down debt or saved.  If you have a family member in a nursing home, you might want to be sure the nursing home didn’t try to pocket your loved one’s check. (WAPO-1). The...

Question of the Day: What are the most important job skills for which employers see the biggest gap in preparedness among college students?

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Jun 10, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Thank you for being regular users of NGPF's Question of the Day. This will be the final QoD for the 2019-20 school year. Please drop me a line at tim@ngpf.org to let me know your favorite question of the year or tell me about the creative ways that you use them. I hope that these questions launched thousands of great discussions in classrooms across the country. Thank you and enjoy your summer!  ---------------------- Answer: Top 6 skills that employers identified as having largest gap...