Category: Career

Chart of the Week: Most Plentiful Well-Paying Jobs that Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree

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May 21, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Note: Opportunity jobs are those that don't require a bachelor's degree.  Questions: Are you surprised to see any of these jobs on the list as you assumed they required a bachelor's degree? There has been much talk of automation recently. Which jobs do you think are most at risk of being replaced through automation?  47% of Bookkeepers have a bachelor's degree while 53% do not. Who do you think has more job security and a higher wage: the bookkeeper with a bachelor's degree of the...

QoD: Can you name one of the five highest paying jobs for the college Class of 2019?

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May 20, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day
Hat tip to Beth Tallman (via Big Picture blog) for this QoD. Answer: Questions: Do you see a pattern with the highest paying jobs for this year's college grads? What do you think are the factors that determine the salary of a recent college grad?  Does seeing information like this impact how you think about your college major? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (via Bloomberg): The Class of 2019 is getting...

Reading List for May 18-19

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May 17, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Parent Conversations, Career, Current Events
Financial Literacy New GFLEC study was released and teachers support mandated personal finance. (PRN Newswire) Tony Isola gives his take on the likely success (or lack of it) of mandated personal finance classes. The issue is not with the concept or the teachers…it is more about the structure of schools. Education/Higher Ed The Higher Ed headlines move from Varsity Blues to SATs new score. An “Adversity Score” being added to SAT scores. The student won’t know what...

QoD: What category of worker has doubled since the 1980s: Manufacturing, Service, or Knowledge?

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May 05, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: Knowledge Examples of various types of workers:  Routine cognitive workers = bookkeepers, filing clerks, bank tellers Routine manual workers = assembly line workers or workers in warehouse Nonroutine manual workers =  service occupations Questions:  In your own words, what is a knowledge worker? What are examples of the types of jobs that a knowledge worker has?  How do you prepare to become a knowledge worker? Which job types tend to be most affected by a...

Chart of the Week: What Are The Top 10 Jobs Of the Future?

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Apr 30, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
From Visual Capitalist: Questions: Rank order these factors from most to least important when selecting a job/career: salary, workplace factors, stress and growth.   Does a list like this motivate you to research one of these jobs that you are less familiar with? If so, which one(s)? Is there a common theme or pattern to the jobs listed above? Explain.  More from Visual Capitalist: Comparison of careers along a 2X2 Matrix: ---------------------- Looking for more graphs/charts...

Reading List for April 27-28

Apr 26, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Paying for College, Career, Payment Types, Investing, Economics
Financial literacy   Interesting data/graphs in this piece from pymnts.com on Americans’ inability to save money and how they manage their bills and debt. (Forbes) lists the six things high school graduates should have access before moving on in life….and yes, financial education is #1. Could early financial education lead to higher earning? (Benzinga) There are great anecdotes in this piece about not making your personal finance lessons (books, blogs, etc.) too...

Reading List for a holiday weekend (April 20-21)

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Apr 19, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Career, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Payment Types, Retirement, Current Events
Financial Literacy NGPF is in this list of quality free curriculum (and training) for personal finance teachers—no excuse for not being prepared!(Marketwatch) Need some inspiration this weekend? Read this Marketwatch piece about Troy Murphy’s pursuit of spreading financial literacy. NGPF fellow Kerri Herrild’s Giving Project and Daniel LaSalle’s Philly Financial Cooperative are the beneficiaries of Troy’s work. Then listen to the podcasts Tim has done with all...

Chart of the Week: Summer Jobs

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Apr 16, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Employment, Career
Questions: What pattern do you see in this line graph?  Between what decade do you see the most significant drop in summer employment for 16-19 year olds?  How does summer employment in the 1970s and 1980s compare with 2017? Why do you think there has been such a sharp drop in summer employment for 16-19 year olds?  Behind the graph (Pew)  The decline of summer jobs is a specific instance of the longer-term decline in overall youth employment,...

Student Resume Whine: “But I don’t have ANY experience…”

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Apr 15, 2019
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Career, NGPF Fellows
This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of NGPF Fellow Aric Weiker of Interlake High School (WA).  ______________________________ Student Resume Whine: “But I don’t have ANY experience…” Templates and checklists are great, but students still struggle to include examples of relevant work experience and leadership when crafting resumes. In a typical class, more than three quarters are starting resumes from scratch and these are the same students who need the most...

Reading List for April 13-14

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Apr 12, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Investing, Payment Types, Career, Cryptocurrencies, Current Events
Financial Literacy Our second list of Financial Literacy Month includes some extra articles on the topic. An interview with the CEO of Chase Consumer Banking highlights her passion for financial literacy. (NYT) Annamaria Lusardi presents data/research on why financial literacy matters. (CNBC) Along similar lines, the St. Louis Fed discusses what financial literacy is. (St. Louis Fed) MarketWatch republished one of Jonathan Clement’s Humble Dollar posts with the 45 steps to having a...

Question of the Day: What is most common summer job for 16-19 year olds?

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Apr 09, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Accommodation and Food Services (Establishments providing customers with lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption) Questions:  Which job has seen the most growth since 2000? the biggest decline?  Do you have plans to get a job this summer? If so, describe your plans.  What are some of the benefits of working over the summer?  Why do you think that the number of retail jobs for teens has been declining?  Here's the...

Why We Do What We Do - April 2019

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Apr 07, 2019
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Employment, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Career
This email from a Delaware teacher greeted me yesterday. It came from a student of hers [Bold is mine]: I wanted to inform you that after we learned about pay cards in class I let my friend who was threatened with termination after being offered a pay card know that it was in his legal rights to decline that method of pay. He was extremely excited and wanted to let you know that he is very thankful. He says that Kansas City is not an easy place to find a teen job. After finding out that he is...

QoD: What percent of 25-35 year olds are still living in their parent(s)' home?

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Mar 27, 2019
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Budgeting, Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 15%   Questions:  Do you know any 25-35 year olds that currently live at home? Why do you think this percentage is so much higher for millennials than for earlier generations?  What are the keys to being able to live independently in your 20s?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Pew Research): The increased prevalence of living with mom and/or dad is more prominent among...

QoD: How much of a decline in performance (in percent) comes from sitting next to a low performer at work?

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Mar 26, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day, Employment, Research
Answer: 30% decline in performance Questions: Why do you think sitting next to a low performer reduces the performance of someone sitting next to them?  In an open office environment, what types of behaviors would you expect to see from a low performer? If you were assigned a desk next to a low performer what would you do now that you have this knowledge?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Outside)...

Chart: Most common jobs by income level

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Mar 19, 2019
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Current Events, Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Background (from datavizblog.com): NPR has written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. In the past, however, they have written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work. Questions:  What is the most common job for the top earning professionals?  What is the most common job for the lowest earning workers? Is there any overlap where jobs show up in multiple income levels? Does it tend...