Category: Career

Interactive: Generational Trends in Employment and Education

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Jul 15, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Employment
Pew has a fascinating interactive that compares generations (Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, Silent) and how their life experiences have changed as seen through data on educational attainment, labor rates, income and marriage rates. Here's one look at rates of female education: Here's an interesting activity to get students to engage with their parents or grandparents. Think of it as a data-driven opportunity to have one of those "When I was your age" conversations. Your students can ask...

Digging Deeper: Teens and Summer Jobs

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Jul 09, 2018
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Employment, Career
Two years ago, Tim posted a chart and related QOD on teens and summer jobs that was among the top five most engaging posts on NGPF. So we thought we would take another look at the subject. What ever happened to the summer job? I remember (in ancient times), many of my high school friends worked at area restaurants, grocery stores at the community pool or at the mall in the summers, and sometimes throughout the year. I worked for a local caterer and babysat until I got my first “real”...

Question of the Day: What percent of teens are expected to have a summer job in 2018?

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Jun 06, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Employment, Research
Answer: 31% Questions: What are your summer plans?  If you are getting a summer job... How did you get the job? How much will you be earning? How much do you hope to save? What skills do you hope to develop?  Do you think summer jobs are important? Why or why not?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the Numbers (from MarketWatch): "...predictions from researchers at the Drexel...

Digging Deeper: What’s Up With the Class of 2018?

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May 28, 2018
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Career, Employment
I heard several reports (here is the NBC version) over the last week or two claiming that only 25% of college graduates had a job lined up by graduation. This bothered me. So I dug a bit deeper, looked past the headline and found that this statistic was based on a Monster.com survey of 350 soon-to-be graduates. We need to be a little skeptical of surveys, but even if the survey is off by a factor of 100%, and half of all graduates had no job by graduation, the number is still puzzling given that...

Question of the Day: What's the average hourly wage for young college graduates?

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May 23, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
Answer: $20.37 or about $42,000 per year Questions: What has been the trend in hourly wages over the past 6 years?  How much do you think hourly wages vary for young college graduates? What might influence these differences in wages?  Your friend says that wages for young college grads are a sure thing and will always increase in the future. Agree or disagree with your friend by analyzing the data from the past 30 years.   Click here for the ready-to-go slides for...

Question of the Day: What state has the highest percentage of jobs earning more than $15/hour?

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May 16, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: North Dakota Question:  Any guesses on why North Dakota has so many $15/hour jobs? [Hint: It comes out of the ground and rhymes with fail spoil]? Would you consider moving to an area based on the availability of high paying jobs? Why or why not?  Do you think there is a relationship between the unemployment rate and average wages in a given state? Explain.  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...

Digging Deeper: Two Cents Part II

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May 14, 2018
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Video Resource, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Index Funds, Career
Since posting the first Digging Deeper on the PBS Series, a few new videos have been released.  That post seemed to be well received, so I thought I would review the new videos and post suggested questions and NGPF related links to save you a little time at the end of the school year!!!  As I mentioned before, there is a place on the Facebook page for the Two Cents video series for you to give feedback to Julia and Philip if you have big questions that you would like for them to...

Question of the Day: What percent of 16-19 year olds go to summer school?

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May 10, 2018
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Current Events, Career
Answer: About 41% Questions: Have you ever attended summer school? Explain your reasons for attending/not attending.  What are some reasons you think that so many students are going to summer school?  You are trying to decide between getting a job or going to summer school. List the pros/cons of each.  How might summer school lower your cost of attending college?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in...

Question of the Day: What is the most overused profile word on LinkedIn, a top site for job seekers?

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May 07, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Specialize Here's the top 5 (from LInkedIn blog): Specialize Experienced Skilled Leadership  Passionate Questions: What words would you include in a job application if an employer asked you to describe yourself? (You can't use any of the top 5:) What is the danger of using one of these overused terms?  Can you come up with substitute words that are similar in meaning to the terms described above that might be more memorable?  How important do you think word choice is...

Digging Deeper: Money and Gender Part I – the Pay Gap

Apr 30, 2018
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Research, Career, Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Policy
Two events in April brought the issue of gender pay gap into the headlines this past month.  The first was the April 4 deadline for all companies in the United Kingdom to report on pay by gender in their companies.  (Apparently, it is against the law to pay different rates/salaries by gender, but the government agency responsible for enforcing this is woefully short of staff and funding.)  For those reporting by the deadline, 80% in fact pay men more. This has brought the issue...

Question of the Day: What percent of high school students are interested in careers in the skilled trades (e.g., construction, plumbing)?

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Apr 25, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 20% Questions: Have you ever considered taking a CTE (career and technical education) or occupational education class? Why or why not?  Demand for skilled trade jobs current exceeds the supply of workers to fill them. Why do you think that is the case?  You are hired by a local company that needs more electricians in their business. They want to recruit students from your high school and want you to answer this question: "What do you think it will take to make these skilled...

What's New With..........Careers

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Apr 19, 2018
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Career, Employment, Paying for College
Alternatives to College This article highlights options that are mostly in the digital arena.  Jobs are lined up by “graduation." The economy is short on auto mechanics.  Car fanatics can turn their passion into a solid career.   There is also very  high demand for people with construction skills.  Employers will train and pay well. STEM Careers Are you an artist or an actor? You might consider applying your artistic skills in the engineering world. Ever...

Question of the Day: How much more per hour does a college grad earn compared to someone with some college?

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Apr 11, 2018
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Paying for College, Career, Employment, Economics, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week
Answer: About $13 per hour MORE (or over $26,000 per year) Questions: Why do you think that college grads earn so much more than those who start but don't complete? How has the wage premium changed over the last 40 years? Do you think this wage premium will increase or decrease in the future? Your friend says that spending $20,000/year to go to college isn't worth it when you can get a job now that pays $25,000. Agree or disagree with him based on the data in the chart.  Click here for...

Digging Deeper: Is There a Better Way to Handle Higher Education?

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Apr 09, 2018
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Paying for College, Student Loans, Career, Economics
We just watched the Final Four (congrats to Villanova!), and it is now College Decision Month.  My news feed is filled with college acceptance statistics and my college email filled with reminders of all of the activity on campus as admitted students come to visit.  If we teach seniors, we are well aware of their stress as they compare programs, negotiate financial aid and make what is probably the biggest decision of their young lives so far. A New York Times Upshot article entitled...

Question of the Day: What is the most common career advice that adults give to current high school students?

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Apr 05, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Employment, Behavioral Finance
Answers: General advice: Follow your passion (33%) Specific advice: Enter a STEM-related field (34%) Questions: What career advice have you gotten from the adults in your life?  What advice has had the biggest impact on you as you think about your future? Do you agree with the career advice about "following your passion?" Explain your answer. Why do you think so many adults recommend that young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?  Click here...