Category: Employment

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Alexis Poggio, a Hollywood High School Student

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Dec 10, 2017
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Podcasts, Student Loans, Checking Accounts, Parent Conversations, Employment
Alexis reached out to me via email a few weeks back and wanted to talk money. She had a high school research project that she was working on and had a few questions for me about financial education. Based on the depth of her questions and her resourcefulness in getting sources for her report (this was a first!), I had my own questions. Listen to the podcast to get answers to these and more: Why is she interested in personal finance? How did a personal finance course that she took her junior...

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...

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...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Entrepreneur Michael Lyons

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Oct 16, 2017
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Podcasts, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Steve Penley reached out to me a few weeks back and said, "I have this former student you need to have on your podcast because he has a great entrepreneurial journey to share with you." So, I reached out to Michael Lyons and this engaging conversation ensued. Michael shares how he came up with the idea for a business he started out of his dorm room, how he had to make a decision to turn down business in order to preserve his company's reputation for quality and how Steve's...

Schools in the News

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Oct 12, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Employment, Teaching Strategies, Financial Literacy
New financial literacy standards for Illinois schools (Fox Illinois) Schools around Illinois are teaching students the ins and outs of spending and saving money. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, these standards are meant to better prepare students for college and careers. The new standards were required to be implemented this school year. High schools host rock concert/financial literacy events (Nebraska Radio Network) A touring Midwestern rock band will play concerts...

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...

Developing Future Mindedness in Students

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Oct 06, 2017
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Employment, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, NGPF Fellows
Credit to NGPF Fellow, Barbara O'Neill for the following post: According to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy. In other words, time orientation is a key factor in financial...

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...

Have You Ever Been Influenced By A Social Media Influencer?

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Sep 12, 2017
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Article, Employment, Advertising
You know ‘em, you love ‘em, and you might very well know the brands and products that they advertise. Social media “Influencers” like beauty guru Zoella, socialite Kim Kardashian, and YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley have taken over social media advertising by storm. New age media has given these internet stars the platform necessary in order to promote the product that a brand or company wants them to, but did you know that this also happens on a smaller scale? The person...

Schools in the News

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Aug 31, 2017
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Schools In News, Retirement, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Lesson Idea
From bike socks to clinical trials, Centennial students are solving real-world problems (philly.com) Making socks on a sewing machine was probably the last thing 17-year-old Shaina Gatton thought she would be doing when she signed up for CentennialX,  Centennial School District’s innovative summer program that promised to pair students with high-tech industry mentors to solve real-world problems. For Saint Andrew graduate, school experience adds up to a job with The First...

Interactive: Is The Career That You Are Interested In Likely to Disappear?

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Jun 28, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Employment
Lots of insightful and sobering interactive resources on this topic of job automation (see here, here and here for additional NGPF resources on this topic). Here’s another from Bloomberg (hat tip to Hari of NGPF and Big Picture Blog): Quick orientation:  This chart is static, click on the Bloomberg link to use its interactive features X axis is the probability that job will be automated in the future Y axis is the average annual salary for a given job Size of bubble is number...

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