Category: Career

Financial Education Explained by Danielle: My First Job

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Oct 19, 2017
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Article, Employment, Career
Following my junior year in high school, I was looking to add to my extracurriculars since I knew my summer vacation would mainly involve going out with friends, spending time with family, and honing in on my tennis skills. As my parents didn’t want me working during the school year—they saw it as a distraction from my studies—I took it upon myself to apply to jobs to get some "real-world" experience. Personally, I believe that every young person should get a job while...

What's Trending On the NGPF Blog?

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Oct 12, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Parent Conversations, Career, Credit Reports, Paying for College
Here are some NGPF Blog posts (both old and new) that are trending based on pageviews: How Can My Students/Children Under the Age of 18 Check Their Credit Report? Why Are Soft Skills So Important in the Workplace? Let's Pick A Side Hustle One Strategy To Keep College Costs Down: Graduate in 4 Years! Blog posts categorized as "Parent Conversations" ...

Question; What Are People Searching For on Google When It Comes To Money and Career?

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Oct 09, 2017
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Checking Accounts, Career, Savings, Employment
Fascinating set of interactives (go here to see what else people are searching for and to use the interactive features) that show what people are searching for on Google in different categories (fixing stuff around the house, cooking, etc.). Here is that they found when it comes to "grown-up stuff." The size of the boxes indicate the number of searches for that question. Anyone surprised to see "write a check" on that list?  ----------------- Check out the NGPF Resources that correspond to...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Jenny Nicholson, Creator of College Simulation Game, PAYBACK

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Sep 30, 2017
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Paying for College, Student Loans, Career, Podcasts, Parent Conversations, Interactive
I am excited to welcome Jenny Nicholson, Creative Director at McKinney, back to the NGPF podcast (here was our earlier discussion about the game Spent). I have gotten to know Jenny quite well over the past six months as we collaborated on a game called PAYBACK (check out the NY Times article about the game here). The goal of this online simulation is to immerse students into the college experience so they can hone their decision making skills to successfully navigate the...

Schools in the News

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Sep 27, 2017
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Schools In News, This Week In Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea, Career
Schools, colleges partner to get students ready for careers, life (Green Bay Press-Gazette) When Eric Cardona graduates from high school next year, he will leave with more than a diploma. Cardona will also take with him a full year's worth of credits toward an automotive technician diploma from Northeast. He did it by taking courses through City Stadium Automotive at Green Bay East High School in conjunction with an apprenticeship with an area mechanic. Ohio Official...

Question: Why Are Soft Skills So Important in the Workplace?

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Sep 22, 2017
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Career, Current Events, Employment, Question of the Day
Tim: In the course of two days, I had three educators approach me to ask whether we had any activities or ideas to help their students develop the "soft skills" to thrive in today's workplace. So, we did what we always do and developed a game plan to create one. In the meantime, Danielle took the initiative (a "soft skill") to write a blog post with useful resources for educators ------------------ Danielle's post: More and more, employers are seeking to hire those who have “soft...

Question: What Are Workers Most Satisfied About Their Work?

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Sep 18, 2017
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Career, Employment, Question of the Day
Before throwing this chart up on the screen, you might ask students who work what they are most and least satisfied about when it comes to their jobs. Then they will have a comparison set to compare with the chart below.  Interesting survey data from the Conference Board (hat tip to the Big Picture Blog):     Questions: How did your answers compare to this survey data? Are there any topics you had on your answer that didn't appear on the survey (e.g., compensation)? Overall,...

Top 5 on NGPF Blog

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Sep 18, 2017
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Generosity, Identity Theft, Career, Economics, Employment, Compound Interest, Entrepreneurship
Here are the recent posts that have been attracting the most eyeballs: Steal of the Century: Equifax Hacked Looking for more on this event? Check out this list of links I came across today. Let's Pick A Side Hustle Infographic listing 25 "side hustles" which can make for an interesting classroom discussion How to Set Up A Mock Career Fair in Your School The NGPF team participated in this event at Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA. Thanks for John Rowe for inviting us into the...

Career Advice: Why Is It Important to Treat Every Customer With Respect?

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Sep 15, 2017
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Career, Employment
Guest post from NGPF Fellow, Brian Johnson It was the middle of the Christmas shopping season.  I was the warehouse supervisor at Best Buy.  At the time we were a new store to the market and the “Grab-and-Go” philosophy was a fresh approach to providing consumer electronics.  But our success was also a curse.  The distribution centers were shipping product to us daily and we still struggled with out of stock issues.  As a warehouse supervisor, I didn’t...

Schools in the News

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Sep 13, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Professional Development, Career
Illinois Financial Literacy Standards Take Effect (Peoria Public Radio) Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year. The Illinois State Board of Education adopted revised social science standards in 2015. Catoosa County developing career academy to prepare students for jobs (Times Free Press) Catoosa County education officials are developing a new, specialized high school,...

Let's Pick A Side Hustle!

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Sep 06, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Current Events, Career
A great infographic from Quid Corner listing 25 "side hustles" that your entrepreneurial minded students might want to consider. Since the infographic is so ginormous, I'll put the questions ahead of it: Questions: In your own words, what is a "side hustle?" Have you ever had a "side hustle?" What was it and was it a positive experience?  Can you identify one "side hustle" from each of the five categories in the infographic below that you could do succesfully? Pick one of the five that you...

All Rise! Invest In The Judge?

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Aug 29, 2017
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Investing, Current Events, Career
Thanks to NGPF Fellow, Brian Johnson, for this entertaining post about collectibles and how the value of one baseball card has risen in light of an outstanding rookie season.  ------------------------------- Building an investment portfolio should be made up of a good diversified stock index fund (e.g., S&P 500), perhaps a tech focused fund and maybe some international flavor.  But what about collectibles?  People have been investing in coins and stamps for years.  What...

Interactive: What's the Median Income in Your County?

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Aug 27, 2017
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Interactive, Budgeting, Chart of the Week, Question of the Day, Career, Current Events
Another great interactive from Visual Capitalist here:   Note: This is a static chart; go directly to the website to be take advantage of interactive features.  Question for students: What are the sources of household income?  Work will be the obvious answer, capital (dividends, capital gains from investments) will be a less obvious one Many students will also be familiar with the gig economy and know that there might be multiple income streams What do you think determines how...

Schools in the News

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Aug 16, 2017
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Behavioral Finance, Personal Finance, Career
Showing Students it’s OK to Not to Have it All (Jump$tart) For MaryBeth, personal finance is – personal. She began her career as a credit union teller and saw that some of her customers lacked basic financial knowledge. To help, she worked to build relationships with her customers and help them be more financially secure. She did this by explaining the difference between debit and credit, helping customers with checkbook reconciliation and loan counseling. Innovative Educator...

Interactive: Taking A Skills-Based Approach To Careers

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Aug 01, 2017
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Career, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Interactive
Ask a student what they would like to be when they grow up and you often get a quizzical look along the lines of “How should I know since I have never had a job?” The interactive tools below help you circumvent this by having students identify their skill preferences in jobs which will lead to a list of jobs that match these preferences. A second step in this activity helps students identify jobs that require skills similar to the ones they selected in step one. Taking this...

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