Category: Career

Question of the Day: Can you name ONE of the three top reasons that start-up companies fail?

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Jan 15, 2019
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Question of the Day, Entrepreneurship, Career
Answer: No market need Ran out of cash Not the right team  Questions: Why do you think it is so hard for start-ups to figure out what the market needs? Think of a company in your town that has done well (i.e. has lots of customers, always busy, been in business a while). Name three factors that you think led to their success. You want to start a company and know the importance of having a great team. What skills/traits would you look for in potential employees? Here's...

Interactive Monday: Maternity Leave Policies

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Jan 13, 2019
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Interactive, Career, Employment, Policy
Hat tip to Jessica for pointing out this interactive that compares company maternity leave policies in a visual way: It took me a minute to orient myself to this bubble chart. This chart represents the maternity leave policies of over 1,800  U.S. companies with the size of the bubble representing the number of weeks of paid maternity leave provided. The 0's on the perimeter of the circle are all the organizations with 0 paid time maternity leave policies. As your scroll down the page, you...

Reading List for January 12-13

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Jan 11, 2019
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Advocacy, Investing, Paying for College, Career
 Financial Literacy Legislative Update A bill has been introduced in the South Carolina Senate to require a one-semester class in personal finance for all high school students. (WMBFNews) The state Treasurer of Rhode Island has also introduced legislation requiring public high school students to take a personal finance class before graduating. (WPRI) New Jersey passed legislation mandating financial literacy content be delivered in grades six to eight. (Forbes) The Massachusetts Education...

Question of the Day: What do 92% of adults fear most when it comes to looking for a new job?

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Jan 09, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: The Job Interview Questions: Have you ever had a job interview? If so, how did it go? If not, are you worried about going on a job interview? What would worry you about a job interview?  What questions do you think employers would ask during an interview for a specific job that you are interested in?  What steps do you think are important in preparing for a job interview?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...

Chart of the Week: More Jobs Then People

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Jan 08, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
History was recently made. As the chart above shows there are now more job openings than unemployed workers.  Questions: In what year was the gap widest in terms of the difference between the number of unemployed and the available jobs? What do you think happens to wages for workers in that year?  What has been the primary contributor to this situation in 2018 where job openings now exceed the number of unemployed? Has it been the growth in job openings or the decrease in the number...

Question of the Day: What is the most popular online service: purchasing used goods, using ride-hailing apps (e.g., Uber) or hiring someone for a task?

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Jan 08, 2019
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Question of the Day, Purchase Decisions, Budgeting, Career
Answer: Purchasing used goods Questions: Which of these online services are you familiar with?  Have you used them or know anyone who has?  Can you imagine having a "side hustle" involving any of these online services? Explain. What do you think will be the most popular online service in 5 years?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Pew Research): Some of these services...

Best of 2018...NGPF FinCap Fridays

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Jan 04, 2019
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Budgeting, FinCap Fridays, Financial Scams, Career, Current Events, Employment, Generosity
We added FinCap Fridays to our resources in mid-August. Teachers asked for a creative and engaging way to bring current events into their classroom and we listened. A 5-7 minute FinCap Friday kicks off with a 5 question Kahoot + Yanely's explanation of the current event and why it matters + a discussion prompt to keep the conversation going + additional activity ideas if you want your students to dig deeper. With over 50,000 student Kahoots played since its August launch, FinCap Fridays have...

Best of 2018...NGPF Questions of the Day

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Jan 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Employment, Current Events, Personal Finance
Questions of the day a.k.a. "bell-ringers" are a great way to get the conversation started about a money topic. What makes a good question of the day? It's relevant, timely and thought-provoking. Subscribe here and you will get a daily Question of the Day delivered to your inbox during the school year. See how many of these top 10 QoD from 2018 you can answer:) #`10: What 3 jobs are projected to be the fastest growing over the next decade? #9: What percent of 18 year old college students have...

Reading List for December 15-16

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Dec 14, 2018
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Personal Finance, Career, Investing, Paying for College
Personal Finance Are you finding yourself broke this time of year? Michelle Singletary gives you five reasons to give for NOT giving Christmas gifts this year (WAPO). Investing What can we learn (teach our students) about bubbles? Let’s take a closer look at bitcoin. (Bloomberg) Want more on Bitcoin? Did you know that “What is bitcoin?” was the number one search of that type on Google last year? (Morning Brew)  Another interesting piece from Morning Brew is a reflection...

Question of the Day: What is the most common pay frequency for workers at private companies?

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Dec 12, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Activity
Answer: Bi-weekly (every other week) Questions: How do you think the frequency of your pay will impact your budget plans?  Which pay frequency would be most beneficial to you as an employee? Why?  Some companies (e.g., Lyft and Uber) offer same-day pay for employees. Do you think that's a good idea? Why or why not?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Best Day for Payday (9 minute Indicator podcast): ...

Chart of the Week: State Minimum Wages

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Dec 11, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Math
Chart courtesy of Statista:  Questions: Why do you think there is such a difference in the minimum wage rates by state?  What is the minimum wage in your state? Is it different in your area?  What do you think determines minimum wage levels in a given market (city, town, county)?  Analyzing this chart, what would you guess the federal minimum wage is? Describe the typical worker that earns the minimum wage (education level, age, experience, type of job, industry)? What do...

Question of the Day: What was the most important consideration in choosing a college major for the Class of 2017?

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Dec 10, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Answer: Availability of jobs Questions: Why do you think that job availability is so important for recent college graduates?  As you consider education beyond high school, what are the factors you will consider in picking a course of study or major?  Do you think the expected career paths match up with the jobs of the future?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Visual Capitalist) For...

Videos (4): PBS NewsHour On The Future Of Work

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Dec 06, 2018
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Career, Video Resource, Employment
PBS NewsHour has been running an excellent series this week titled the Future of Work. These should be mandatory in high schools across America to help students grasp the changing world of work that they will be stepping into after high school, college or graduate school. For each of these 7-8 minute videos, we developed a set of questions to spark the conversation.   In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal?  Questions: Why is the need for improved medical care so...

Question of the Day; What is the preferred method of communication for 13-17 year olds? Social media, texting or in-person?

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Dec 05, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: Texting Questions: What is your preferred method of communication? Explain. How do you think these percentages will change by 2023?  What are situations where in-person communication might be more effective than texting or social media?  Do you think these preferences will impact communication patterns in the workplace in the future? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...

Question: How many times were baby boomers unemployed between the ages of 18-48?

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Dec 02, 2018
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Savings, Career, Question of the Day, Research
Answer: 5.6 periods A great question demonstrating the importance of having an emergency savings account.  Questions: What do you think are some of the reasons that people have periods of unemployment? Do you think it's easier to be out of work when you are in your 20s or 40s? Explain. How do people support themselves when they don't have a job?  What do you think are steps that you can take to reduce the odds that you are out of a job?  Here's the ready-to-go...