Category: Career

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...

Question of the Day: What percent of workers with a college degrees have jobs that could be done from home?

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May 20, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career, Research
With lots of talk about how the coronavirus may have long-lasting effects on the workplace (for more check out last week's FinCap Friday), the answer to this question highlights how workers with a college education have more options when it comes to where their work gets done.  Answer: 62% Questions: What types of jobs can be done from home?  Do you think that the workplace changes that came about due to the coronavirus will persist enabling more people to work from home? What do you...

Question of the Day: Does a worker's level of education become MORE or LESS important during an economic slowdown (recession)?

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May 13, 2020
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Question of the Day, Employment, Research, Career
This sharp and sudden economic downturn demonstrates how impacts on employment are felt differently based on the level of education.  Answer: More important In just two months between February and April 2020, watch how unemployment rates varied dramatically based on level of education: Unemployment analysis (source: FRED) Questions What is the relationship between level of education and unemployment rates?  Why do you think this relationship exists? Why does more education tend to...

Chart of the Week: What industries are most impacted by the economic shutdown due to coronavirus?

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May 12, 2020
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Career, Chart of the Week, Employment, Research, Current Events
Questions: What 3 industries had the largest NUMBER of unemployed persons in April?  What 3 industries have the LOWEST unemployment rates in April? Why do you think those industries were least impacted by the coronavirus?   In analyzing the change in unemployment rates between March and April, do you think this pandemic has impacted narrow sectors of the economy or had more widespread impact?  The report indicates that about 80% have identified themselves as being...

Question of the Day: In the 1950s and 60s about ____ in 10 Americans moved to new places while in 2019, ____ in 10 Americans moved.

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May 05, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Career, Research
Answer: In the 1950s and 60s, about 2 in 10 Americans moved to new places while in 2019, 1 in 10 Americans moved. Questions: Has your family moved at all since you were born? If yes, how many times?  Why do you think that people move so much less than they did 60-70 years ago?  Given the current economic challenges, do you think that people will be more willing to move to find work? Do you think that young people (18-24) move at higher or lower rates than this national...

Virtual Adaptation - Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?

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Apr 22, 2020
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Career, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.   Synchronous Learning Environment Interview Challenge via Verbal Response Pre Work:  Use a Google Form to have students identify which general field of employment they are most...

Chart of the Week: What jobs will be most impacted by the coronavirus?

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Apr 20, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
From McKinsey:  Questions: Thinking about the companies/industries in your community, how much of an impact will COVID-19 have on your local economy? There were about 159 million jobs in the U.S. economy in February. McKinsey has provided a range of overall jobs that are vulnerable at the top of the chart. What percent of overall jobs in the economy are considered vulnerable? McKinsey indicates that 2-3 million new jobs will be created in the short-term. What types of jobs do you think...

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...