Category: Career

Chart of the Week: What is this chart measuring?

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Mar 30, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Chart of the week now in presentation form with a chart, some questions and references. Enjoy!...

Question of the Day: What's the maximum unemployment benefit in your state?

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Mar 30, 2020
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Career, Question of the Day
Answer: See slides below for map with maximum benefits.  Questions: How does your state compare with neighboring states in terms of the maximum benefit offered? Unemployment benefits are typically calculated as about ½ of a workers’ salary but no greater than the statewide maximum benefit. Why do you think this benefit is typically below what a work typically makes? The recent stimulus bill will pay unemployed workers an extra $600/week beyond the state unemployment benefit...

Question of the Day [Updated]: What is the maximum number of cells in a Google spreadsheet?

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Mar 23, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 5 million (up from 400,000 when this question was answered 4 years ago) Questions: Why do you think companies consider spreadsheet skills so important for their employees?  What has been your experience with spreadsheets? What problems have you been able to solve using them?  What are the advantages of using spreadsheets for calculations? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Gsuite): ...

Reading List for March 13-15

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Mar 13, 2020
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Current Events, Investing, Career, Taxes
Coronavirus The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus is now a pandemic. This past week, we saw the worst day on Wall Street since 1987 on Thursday (NYT), and worst week since 2008. As I write this, markets are bouncing back, but the day isn't over yet.  Neil Irwin in his Upshot article explains the troubling phenomenon with this financial crisis: all asset classes are down.  Listen to him on MarketPlace Morning report recapping the crazy week. (listen to the 3/13/20...

Interactive Monday: Fastest Growing Jobs since 1970

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Mar 08, 2020
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Interactive, Career, Employment
From Flowing Data comes a chart showing trends in job growth and decline over the past 4 decades. As you move the cursor over the graph, you can see what jobs correspond to the lines on the graph.  Here's a snapshot (click to go to the interactive chart) Questions: Three fastest growing jobs since 1970? Three jobs that have seen greatest decline?  What jobs were most impacted by the Great Recession of 2008-09? Have they recovered to their pre-recession levels? Focus on the last...

Question of the Day: What percent of job seekers lie during the hiring process?

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Mar 01, 2020
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Ethics, Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: 78% Here were their five most common lies:  Mastery of skills they barely use (like Excel or a foreign language) - 60% Working at company longer than they did to omit another employer - 50% Having a higher GPA by 1/2 a point: 49% Title inflation: 41% Earning a degree from a prestigious university when they were a few credits short: 39% Questions: Do you think it's ok to lie about your skills if you really, really want a job? Does it depend on what you are lying about? What's the...

[Update] Question of the Day: What’s the current unemployment rate for 22-27 year-olds who graduated from a four-year college?

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Feb 24, 2020
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Career, Question of the Day, Economics, Employment
Answer: 3.9% Questions: What is the difference today in unemployment rates for those 22-27 year olds with a bachelor’s degree and those without?  What was this difference in 2010 following the Great Recession? Has the gap narrowed or widened between those with/without degrees? Why do you think that having a college degree impacts an individual’s probability of getting a job? Overall, what has been the trend in unemployment across all types of workers since 2010? Click here...

Interactive Monday: Career Outcomes by College Major

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Feb 23, 2020
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Career, Interactive, Employment, Paying for College
What are the employment prospects for the major that I am interested in?  How much can I expect to earn right after college based on my major? What earnings can I expect in the middle of my career? Will I need a graduate degree in the field I'm interested in?  These are just a few of the questions that students might ponder as they consider their college major. This interactive from the NY Fed provides this data and more on 70+ majors. Here's a sampling of the information provided...

Reading List for February 21-23

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Feb 21, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events, Investing, Career, Mortgages
Advocacy The West Virginia Senate considers two education bills: a financial education bill requiring a high school class, right alongside one reestablishing cursive writing in elementary school. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)   Personal Finance Ever wonder what files you should keep and for how long? Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post explains how she used “Homefile: Financial Planning Organizer,” by certified financial planners J. Michael Martin and his wife Mary E....

Question of the Day: What are the top five jobs that 15 year olds expect to be doing by the age of 30?

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Feb 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career, Research
Answer: Source: PISA study with responses from 600,000 15-year old students from 79 countries.  Questions: What job do you hope to be doing when you are 30 years old?  Which jobs listed above have the greatest difference between boys and girls?  Which do boys choose more girls?  Which do girls choose more than boys? Can you explain these differences?  Why do you think the top choices worldwide haven't changed much over the past 18 years since the last survey? ...

Interactive Monday: Visualizing salaries for hundreds of occupations

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Feb 09, 2020
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Interactive, Career, Employment
A series of interactives from Flowing Data will help your students visualize how salaries vary between and within occupation groups. Useful for your career unit and also will work with math as it includes concepts such as median, percentiles and distributions. The first interactive ranks occupations by median salary and provides a sense of the number of people within an occupation by the size of the bubble (click below to go directly to the interactive which allows you to scroll over each bubble...

Reading List for February 7-9

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Feb 07, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Career
It's Oscars weekend, and here is a documentary you should watch leading up to the event if you haven't yet!  NGPF released the documentary “The Most Important Class you Never Had” this week.   Financial Literacy CNBC covered the release of the CEE biannual Survey of the States on Wednesday. “Research shows that these requirements make a difference,” said Nan Morrison, the president and CEO of the Council for Economic Education, which released...

Reading List for January 24-26

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Jan 24, 2020
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Current Events, Credit Scores, Budgeting, Career, Investing, Retirement, Personal Finance
Current Events/Credit Scores One of the biggest stories hitting this week and running through social media is news of the new FICO scoring criteria. (USA Today) “Most consumers will see less than a 20-point swing in either direction,” David Shellenberger, FICO’s vice president, product management, scores, said in a statement on Thursday. “That’s roughly 110 million that will see only a modest change to scores, if at all.”   Budgeting Many of you shared...

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...