Category: Career

JACKPOT! The Data USA Interactive

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Apr 07, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Budgeting, Current Events, Student Loans, Paying for College
Data USA is the greatest interactive I have ever seen. Highlighted with orange boxes below are the primary categories you want to click on when exploring the site.     These data visualization tools can be used in countless ways. You can always go straight to the site yourself and think through ways you can use it. For those who wanted this work done for you, you’re in luck. Here’s what I’m going to share in this post: The Interactive: A 4 minute tutorial on how to...

Question of the Day: How many people use LinkedIn worldwide?

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Apr 06, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 783 million users worldwide Questions: What is LinkedIn and how can it help you with the job search? Why is it important to note how many professionals are online using LinkedIn? Networking and searching for a job have changed over time. How do you think technology will continue to affect your career journey? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Sprout Social): LinkedIn demographics and usage # of...

Question of the Day: What is the minimum age requirement to create a LinkedIn account?

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Mar 31, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Must be at least 16 years old Questions: What is LinkedIn and why might it be important for your career? What is one feature of LinkedIn that may be helpful for your future? Why?  Even if you are under 16 or do not have a LinkedIn profile, why is it important to be familiar with LinkedIn and how it's used? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (LinkedIn): “Minimum Age” means 16...

3 Handy Interactives to Differentiate

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Mar 23, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Employment, Internships
Lessons that focus on paying for college can be a bore for students who have no interest in a traditional four-year college path. The time we have with our students is precious and should be used to help them uncover their own paths after graduation. The following three interactives are ideal differentiation resources teachers can use to bring lessons to life for every student.  Lifestyle Calculator Budgeting worksheets left my students less than inspired when I taught. Students had a tough...

Reading List for March 19-21

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Mar 19, 2021
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Economics, Investing, Budgeting, Taxes, Career, Financial Literacy
  Economics Retail sales fell in February. Was it the cold? Or did folks run through their stimulus money in January. (CNN) Weekly unemployment were back up slightly from last week. Read about new and continuing claims from AP. Fed FOMC met this week and will likely keep rates at or near zero until 2023 and expects GDP growth to hit 6.5% this year. (AP, Yahoo Finance) Trying to remember how the Federal Reserve Bank handled the impending financial crisis a year ago? Here is a good recap....

Question of the Day: Can you name one of the top 10 best employers for women?

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Mar 09, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer:  Questions: What policies or benefits do you think make a company a "best employer" for women? What major advantages do companies with women-friendly policies have?  Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Forbes) Companies have made considerable progress in their quest for gender parity over the years, enacting strong hiring and retention practices that directly benefit female employees and...

Podcasts In The Classroom: Her Career Path

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Mar 08, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom, Career
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a ready-to-use activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when you click on the link) revolves around career paths and has incorporated 3-4 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Kathy Ng (Bonds Trader), Jennifer Carolan (Co-Founder of Reach Capital), and Dr. Ashley Whillans (Associate...

Question of the Day: What were the occupations that employed the most people in 2019?

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Mar 07, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Questions: This is the latest update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Which jobs do you think have seen the largest increases? largest decreases since May of 2019?  How many of these jobs require education beyond a high school degree?  What similarities/differences can you identify with this top 10 list?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.  Behind the numbers: Bureau of Labor Statistics...

Question of the Day: What percent of jobs are never advertised?

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Mar 02, 2021
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Career, Employment, Question of the Day
Answer: 70-80% Questions: If 70-80% of jobs are never advertised, how do you think that most people find jobs?  For those who have jobs/had jobs, what was your process to find work? What do you think are the skills needed to be an effective networker? Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Payscale) : “At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published, ” Matt Youngquist,...

3 Interactives: What Happens if Minimum Wage is Raised?

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Feb 09, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Policy
You may have seen headlines this week such as these:  Washington Post: Minimum wage hike to $15 an hour by 2025 would result in 1.4 million unemployed, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says  Detroit Press: ‘It is not a living wage’ say advocates for higher minimum pay in Michigan These headlines are particularly relevant to teens, as they are likely earning around the minimum wage. Here are a few interactives and ideas to capitalize on their interest. Interactive:...

Question of the Day: What state has the highest minimum wage? lowest minimum wage?

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Jan 31, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: Highest: District of Columbia at $15/hour, California at $14/hour Lowest: Georgia and Wyoming at $5.15/hour ** (only applies to some farm and seaonal workers) Questions: What types of jobs typically earn the minimum wage? The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 and was last raised in 2009. Why do you think that so many states have minimums higher than the current federal rate? If you start a job earning the minimum wage for your state, when do you think is the right time to ask...

Question of the Day: What percent of U.S. workers participate in the gig economy?

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Jan 25, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 36% Questions: What are examples of jobs within the gig economy?  Would you ever consider a gig economy job? Describe the type of role that you would be interested in.  Workers in the gig economy report higher economic anxiety that full-time workers. Why do you think this is the case?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Gallup): "In recent years much has been made about the...

Question of the Day (Updated): What are the highest paying jobs in America?

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Jan 19, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 1. Anesthesiologists $261,730 2. Surgeons $252,0403. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $237,570  View the rest of the list here!   Questions: What common characteristics do you notice about these jobs? What training/education is required for these positions? What jobs do you think didn’t exist 20 years ago that are on the list? What does this tell you about the nature of the job market? Are any of these jobs of interest to you? Are they any that you want to do further...

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....