Category: Employment

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...

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...

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...

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...

Question of the Day: What do 92% of adults fear most when it comes to looking for a new job?

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Jan 09, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: The Job Interview Questions: Have you ever had a job interview? If so, how did it go? If not, are you worried about going on a job interview? What would worry you about a job interview?  What questions do you think employers would ask during an interview for a specific job that you are interested in?  What steps do you think are important in preparing for a job interview?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...

Chart of the Week: More Jobs Then People

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Jan 08, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
History was recently made. As the chart above shows there are now more job openings than unemployed workers.  Questions: In what year was the gap widest in terms of the difference between the number of unemployed and the available jobs? What do you think happens to wages for workers in that year?  What has been the primary contributor to this situation in 2018 where job openings now exceed the number of unemployed? Has it been the growth in job openings or the decrease in the number...

Best of 2018...NGPF FinCap Fridays

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Jan 04, 2019
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Budgeting, FinCap Fridays, Financial Scams, Career, Current Events, Employment, Generosity
We added FinCap Fridays to our resources in mid-August. Teachers asked for a creative and engaging way to bring current events into their classroom and we listened. A 5-7 minute FinCap Friday kicks off with a 5 question Kahoot + Yanely's explanation of the current event and why it matters + a discussion prompt to keep the conversation going + additional activity ideas if you want your students to dig deeper. With over 50,000 student Kahoots played since its August launch, FinCap Fridays have...

Best of 2018...NGPF Questions of the Day

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Jan 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Employment, Current Events, Personal Finance
Questions of the day a.k.a. "bell-ringers" are a great way to get the conversation started about a money topic. What makes a good question of the day? It's relevant, timely and thought-provoking. Subscribe here and you will get a daily Question of the Day delivered to your inbox during the school year. See how many of these top 10 QoD from 2018 you can answer:) #`10: What 3 jobs are projected to be the fastest growing over the next decade? #9: What percent of 18 year old college students have...

Question of the Day: What is the most common pay frequency for workers at private companies?

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Dec 12, 2018
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Activity
Answer: Bi-weekly (every other week) Questions: How do you think the frequency of your pay will impact your budget plans?  Which pay frequency would be most beneficial to you as an employee? Why?  Some companies (e.g., Lyft and Uber) offer same-day pay for employees. Do you think that's a good idea? Why or why not?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Best Day for Payday (9 minute Indicator podcast): ...

Chart of the Week: State Minimum Wages

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Dec 11, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Math
Chart courtesy of Statista:  Questions: Why do you think there is such a difference in the minimum wage rates by state?  What is the minimum wage in your state? Is it different in your area?  What do you think determines minimum wage levels in a given market (city, town, county)?  Analyzing this chart, what would you guess the federal minimum wage is? Describe the typical worker that earns the minimum wage (education level, age, experience, type of job, industry)? What do...

Question of the Day: What was the most important consideration in choosing a college major for the Class of 2017?

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Dec 10, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Answer: Availability of jobs Questions: Why do you think that job availability is so important for recent college graduates?  As you consider education beyond high school, what are the factors you will consider in picking a course of study or major?  Do you think the expected career paths match up with the jobs of the future?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Visual Capitalist) For...

Videos (4): PBS NewsHour On The Future Of Work

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Dec 06, 2018
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Career, Video Resource, Employment
PBS NewsHour has been running an excellent series this week titled the Future of Work. These should be mandatory in high schools across America to help students grasp the changing world of work that they will be stepping into after high school, college or graduate school. For each of these 7-8 minute videos, we developed a set of questions to spark the conversation.   In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal?  Questions: Why is the need for improved medical care so...

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...