Category: Career

Question of the Day: What percent of Americans got a pay raise in the last 12 months?

Dec 06, 2017
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Career, Employment, Current Events, Research, Budgeting
Answer: 48% From Bankrate survey, reported in USA Today:  Thirty percent got a raise at their current job, 10% landed a better paying job and 8% scored both within the 12-month period. Thus, a total 48% of those surveyed saw their wages rise either at their current workplace or by switching jobs. The survey also demonstrated the importance of education as those with college education got bigger boosts as did those with higher salaries: Those with more skills are reaping bigger rewards. Only...

Schools in the News

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Dec 06, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Career, Teaching Strategies
Financial literacy course added to Arkansas graduation requirements (News Channel 3) Arkansas students won’t be able to graduate from high school without some understanding of financial planning, taxes and household budgeting. A new law approved by lawmakers this year mandates that students receive instruction on a range of standards related to financial literacy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The law, dubbed the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, will...

Question of the Day: How much do you need to earn to be considered middle class?

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Nov 30, 2017
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Budgeting, Career, Current Events
Answer; Between $39,556 and $118,078 From US Census Bureau American Community Survey (courtesy of Business Insider): Defined by Pew as those earning 67% to 200% of the median income — $39,560 to $118,080 in 2016 — only about half of Americans can call themselves middle class. Lower-income households account for 29%, while upper-income households make up the rest, according to Pew. Here's a great interactive map (need to go here to use the interactivity) showing how...

Question of the Day: Which company is the largest employer in the most states?

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Nov 26, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
Answer: Wal-Mart From Visual Capitalist:  ...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Enterprising Educator, Dan LaSalle of Olney High School (Philadelphia, PA)

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Nov 19, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Savings, Parent Conversations, Teaching Strategies, Career
Want a radical approach to teaching financial education? How about creating jobs for your students at school and paying them for their efforts...then standing back and watch how they manage THEIR money. Dan LaSalle, educator at Olney High School in Philadelphia came up with this idea, received a grant to fund it and shares his observations after one year of running the IF (Identity and Finance) Project. His belief: to teach kids about money they need to have money to manage. Listen to the...

Question of the Day: What percent of American workers use the internet daily for email and information search?

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Nov 13, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research
Answer: 42% From OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017: Questions: Were you surprised by the answer? Was your estimate higher or lower? Do you think jobs that require use of email and information search are higher paying jobs? Why or why not? What skills do you think are important to have if you are sending lots of email? searching for online information?  This data is from 2012. Do you think the answer to this question is higher or lower today as compared to 2012? --------------- Here's...

Case Study: Living In Poverty

Nov 09, 2017
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Case Study, Paying for College, Career, Budgeting, Research
Thanks to Brian Page of Reading High School in Reading, Ohio for this guest submission. Brian pointed out this "Cliff Effect" problem this summer and was determined to create a case that would demonstrate its impacts on financial decision-making and how it can trap people in poverty.  Here's Brian's description, with a link to this case study: In the United States, the poor are staying poor and the rich are staying rich at an alarming rate. A silver bullet solution does not exist, but many...

Question of the Day: What college major provides graduates with the highest median CAREER earnings?

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Nov 08, 2017
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Question of the Day, Career, Chart of the Week, Paying for College, Research
Answer: Chemical Engineering with median lifetime earnings of about $4 million From NY Times: Awesome article that dispels common myths about the college major. Here's one of my favorite myth-busters highlighting the variance in a given major: "It’s true that computer science and engineering top all the pay rankings, but salaries within specific majors vary greatly. “Students and parents have a pretty good idea of what majors pay the most, but they have a poor sense of the magnitude...

Question of the Day: What 3 jobs are projected to be the fastest growing over the next decade?

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Oct 27, 2017
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Career, Chart of the Week, Question of the Day, Research
Answer (based on percentage growth in job category): Solar photovoltaic installers Wind turbine service technicians Home health aides Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for sending along this insightful Atlantic article about jobs for the future. Here's the chart that shows both percentage growth leaders as well as how many new jobs will be created for those specific job titles (math teachers will love this one too): Questions: Which jobs on the list will see the largest increases in...

PAYBACK Rocks University of Maine (my Alma Mater)

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Oct 26, 2017
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Article, Career, Paying for College
This was my first time returning to the University of Maine since I graduated this past May, and things felt different. There were fresh, new faces that I didn’t recognize from my years in college, and my backpack was full of material from my job instead of binders full of homework and textbooks. I went into the presentation confident, coupled with a healthy dose of timidness. I had only ever presented in front of high school students and my peers in classes, but this time, at the age of...

Question of the Day: What’s the median number of years that workers spend at a job?

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Oct 22, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Current Events
From Economist (subscription): Questions: What age group has had the most dramatic change in years spent at job? Any theories on what may explain this trend? Why do you think that young people (25-34) tend to have the shortest number of years spent on the job?  Does this change the way you think about your working career?  How many jobs do you think that you will likely have over your career?  Want to use in your classroom? Here are ready-to-go slides! ______________________...

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...

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