Category: Employment

What's Trending on NGPF Blog in October?

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Oct 29, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Checking Accounts, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Each day, the NGPF Blog delivers two new pieces of content including an engaging Question of the Day. Here's new posts that teachers are reading this month which shows the variety of content you will find there.  FinCap Friday: Human Vs. Machine  In this FinCap Friday, students will complete a 5 question Kahoot and then hear a five minute explainer from Yanely.  Interactive Monday: Wage and Employment Growth Across Occupations. Let your students interact with the data on...

Question of the Day; What percent of teens expect to work part-time while in college?

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Oct 28, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Employment, Research, Current Events
Answer: 58% Questions: Do you plan to work part-time while in college? If so, how many hours do you want to work?  If you don't plan to work part-time while in college, what jobs/internships do you want to pursue during the summer? How much do you want to save from your part-time job/internships? What do you think is the optimal number of hours for working a part-time job without impacting your studies?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the...

Interactive Monday - Where we came from and where we went

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Oct 28, 2018
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Interactive, Employment, Current Events, Research
Today’s Interactive Monday is all about migration. The New York Times uses census data to chart how Americans have moved between states since 1900. The data is sorted state by state with a button to switch between emigration and diaspora views.   In migration mode you can see where the people living in a particular state were born - this chart answers the question “where do the people living in California come from.” In diaspora mode you can see percentage of people...

Question of the Day: What's the median hourly wage for an UberX driver?

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Oct 15, 2018
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Entrepreneurship, Question of the Day, Career, Research, Employment
Answer: $14.73 Questions:  What are the factors that lead to such wide variations in median hourly wages between cities?  What costs would an Uber driver incur which would reduce their hourly income? Do you think these median figures have been increasing or decreasing compared to three years ago? Explain your answer. Uber now has over 2 million drivers globally. What do you think attracts them to drive for the company?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question...

FinCap Friday: Human vs. Machine

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Oct 04, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Career, Employment
Who hasn't seen a recent headline about artificial intelligence, robots and machine learning and how they are going to devour jobs. In this FinCap Friday, Yanely provides valuable tips to your students so they can position themselves well for the workplace of the future.  --------------- Looking for more FinCap Fridays? Check out our growing library of them here!  ...

Financial Education Explained By Danielle: Reevaluating Your Side Hustle

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Sep 10, 2018
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Career, Current Events, Employment, Entrepreneurship
Motley Fool recently released this article that detailed why side hustles could actually be costing consumers. It reminded me of a Money article that was published a few months ago, which included the findings from an MIT study about the actual hourly income Lyft and Uber drivers make after taking into account expenses like gas and repairs (don't forget the mints, too). Interestingly enough, the Money article found that “30% of Uber and Lyft drivers are actually losing money once expenses...

Interactive Monday: Who's Been Working in America? A 50-Year Analysis

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Sep 09, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Employment, Research
While a bit dated (2011), this interactive demonstrates the tremendous changes that have taken place in American jobs over the past 50 years. It's also a really creative approach to displaying this data that econ, personal finance and math teacher alike will enjoy working into their lessons.  Here's what you see when you go to this visualization: Some orientation about how to utilize this interactive: You can toggle between SECTOR, GENDER and AGE (upper left of the chart) The slider bar...

Interactive Monday: What is the most common occupation by age?

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Aug 27, 2018
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Interactive, Career, Chart of the Week, Employment
This fun interactive from Flowing Data offers the chance to explore with your students how and why age affects occupation.  The first section offers a basic overview of the top 3 occupations for each age group, giving a nice opportunity for introductory discussion before digging deep into the infographic.  Before opening up the interactive or sharing the link, try brainstorming some of those top jobs with your students. What do you think are the most common jobs for those under...

Interactive: How Do Creative People Spend Their Time?

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Aug 01, 2018
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Career, Interactive, Employment, Research
I've been on a bit of an interactive binge recently since I know how popular these are in the classroom. Today, the focus is on life skills that we all could improve upon: time management. This interactive pulls back the curtain to analyze the daily routines of the most creative artists, composers and writers (e.g., Beethoven, Picasso, Maya Angelou). This interactive has an added dimension too as jobs of the future that require creativity will be "safer" from the threat of automation...

Interactive: What is the job opposite to the one that you are most interested in?

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Jul 29, 2018
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Career, Employment, Current Events, Interactive
NY Times interactive allows students to input a job they are interested in and then tells them what job is most opposite to that one.  Here's what happened when I input "Secondary teacher:" Why do I like this interactive?  Fun way to get students thinking about jobs/careers that they might be interested in (and careers they would NOT be interested in) Identifies the specific skills used in a given job so students can see how those skills might match their own skills/interests Gets...

Interactive: Where Work Pays

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Jul 24, 2018
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Employment, Interactive, Career, Math
The Hamilton Project released another engaging interactive, Where Work Pays [Hat tip to Brian Page for pointing this out]. Here's how it works.... a) Students select an occupation b) Input an age group c) Adjust for Cost of living and/or Income Taxes (optional)  d) Toggle between Local or States which will affect the map view.   So, why do I love this interactive. It brings together so many concepts in one activity, including Career choice (what do you think you want...

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”...

Podcast Review: The Indicator from Planet Money

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Jun 26, 2018
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Podcasts, Employment, Investing, Professional Development
I had an hour long drive and wanted to try a new podcast: The Indicator. Here's what I liked about it: Duration: It's short at 10 minutes  Topical: Lots of content that would interest a personal finance teacher Format: The two podcasters (Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia) have great rapport and make it entertaining. I also like the data that they share to buttress their key points. It will help me come up with good Questions of Day.  Frequency: it's daily so you have lots of...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (June 23-24)

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Jun 22, 2018
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Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Taxes, Stocks, Insurance
Today’s Headlines: States cleared to charge sales tax on online sales and banks pass first phase of the Fed’s stress tests, wait to hear if they can buy back shares or increase dividends.  Demographics/Employment As baby boomers retire, there are fewer workers to take their places. Who will support them? This WSJ article includes some informative maps. The FRB of Atlanta published an article detailing its findings on industries facing a shortage of workers. One aspect of...