Category: Career

Chart: Most common jobs by income level

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Mar 19, 2019
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Current Events, Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Background (from datavizblog.com): NPR has written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. In the past, however, they have written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work. Questions:  What is the most common job for the top earning professionals?  What is the most common job for the lowest earning workers? Is there any overlap where jobs show up in multiple income levels? Does it tend...

Chart of the Week: Unemployment by Educational Attainment

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Mar 12, 2019
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Employment, Chart of the Week, Career
Note: Shaded regions indicate periods when the economy was in recession, a period of time when the economy is contracting instead of growing.  Questions: Finish the sentence based on the information in the graph: The ______ education you have the _______ the _____________________ rate.  During what periods is the gap in unemployment between the least educated and most educated the widest? the narrowest?  Your friend tells you that some college is better than none. Based on...

Reading List for March 9-10

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Mar 08, 2019
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Personal Finance, Investing, Financial Literacy, Economics, Employment, Career
Personal Finance Interesting news here: Philadelphia just banned “cashless” stores.   Will any other cities follow? This could spark an interesting discussion. The WSJ article includes graphical representation of who spends cash and when. (WSJ)(NPR) This blog summarizes highlights from this month’s WSJ Journal Report on Investing in Funds and ETFs. One key article answers the top six questions about 529 plans. (WSJ) Investing More about Lyft’s IPO and how...

QoD: According to LinkedIn, what was the top "soft skill" that employers were looking for in 2018?

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Mar 04, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Research
Answer: Creativity Questions: In your own words, what is creativity? What jobs do you think think require creativity? Explain what parts of those jobs require creative thinking.  What's an example of a time that you demonstrated creativity either in school or on the job?  Which of the five soft skills would you consider strengths? weaknesses?  What are examples of jobs that require persuasion (#2 on the list)? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day...

QoD: On average, how many people apply for a typical corporate job?

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Feb 26, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 250 Questions: What do you think are the key factors that recruiters look for in a resume in deciding who to interview?  Why do you think that companies like to interview candidates before hiring them? What do you think you can do to increase your odds of being hired in a role that you are interested in?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Glassdoor): On average, each corporate job...

Reading List for February 23-24

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Feb 22, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Career, Paying for College, Investing, Retirement, Taxes
  Financial Literacy “Five Things High Schoolers Need To Know More Than Computer Science” from (Forbes). We all know what one of those things is!!! Budgeting The costs of being a woman: Why women end up with less money. (Beth Kobliner) Investing An interesting series of charts from Visual Capitalist shows where the breakdown of investments in 2018 Lyft has not become a verb like “Uber” has, but it looks like they will beat Uber with its IPO. (CNBC) Paying for...

QoD: This week, the CEO of a major U.S. bank said tens of thousands of call center jobs could be replaced by ____________________.

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Feb 20, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Current Events, Checking Accounts
Answer: Machines Questions: What types of tasks do you think a bank call center employee handles (i.e. why do people call a bank's 800 number)?  If you were a call center employee at this bank or at other companies, would you be worried? What kind of tasks do you think machines will likely replace humans in the future?  What kind of jobs do you think are safe and will not be automated in the future? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the...

Reading List for February 9-10, 2019

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Feb 08, 2019
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Budgeting, Career, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Advocacy
Advocacy/Legislation New bill would require students in Texas to pass financial literacy class. (KXAN) Paying for College A NEFE study shows that mandating personal finance education DOES make a difference when it comes to borrowing for college. Did you know that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month? Look out for more on this subject this month! Credit Looks like the CFPB will not pursue any rules to crack down on payday lenders as proposed in 2016. (NPR) (NYT)  This is open for...

Chart of the Week: Who's the largest employer in your state?

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Feb 05, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Employment, Career
From Visual Capitalist comes a state-by-state analysis of the largest public and private employers. Can you guess which private sector employer dominates the grayed out section on this map? Click on the map to get the answer:  Questions (after watching 2:55 video): Who is the largest employer in your state?  The largest employers by state are typically in what industries? Of those industries, which do you think have the highest paying jobs?  Do you think the largest employers by...

Interactive Monday: What are the opportunity industries in your community?

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Jan 27, 2019
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Interactive, Career
This Brookings research provides students with information about the quality of job opportunities in the 100 largest metro areas. With this interactive, students select a metro area and immediately get a read on the job market in that area. When these interactives allow students to understand their community better, we know it will engage them.  Here's Durham-Chapel Hill, NC as an example: As you can see the chart is color-coded based on four job categories: Promising jobs defined as...

Reading List for January 26-27

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Jan 25, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Student Loans, Career, Parent Conversations
Financial Literacy In case you missed this broadcast Tuesday, NPR’s The 1A included a segment on financial literacy education featuring NGPF’s Jessica Endlich, John Pelletier of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, and Laura Levine of Jump$tart. Here is discussion of the increasing number of states requiring financial education, including a link to the Champlain College Financial Literacy Report Card. (Governing) Personal Finance Even doctors have a side...

Question of the Day: What is the #1 career that high schoolers are most interested in pursuing?

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Jan 22, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: Registered nurse Here's the top 10 list:  Questions: What is your desired career at this point? Why does that interest you?  What education/training do you need for this career?  Have you ever had a conversation with someone who does this job? What did you learn OR what would you ask them? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Exploring survey):  The survey, which was fielded...

Reading LIst for January 19-20

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Jan 18, 2019
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Personal Finance, Investing, Student Loans, Advocacy, Career
Advocacy Looks like Financial Literacy is on the minds of state legislatures as they start their new sessions. Florida is the latest to consider a required course. (WPTV) Personal Finance Here is the most straightforward explanation I have seen as to why using your ApplePay™ (or other version) is the safest way to pay for things, after using cash, that is.(Kobliner) This may not be news, but still worth mentioning that another survey has found most Americans could not handle a $1000...

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...