Category: Employment

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...

Question of the Day: What percent of teens are expected to have a summer job in 2018?

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Jun 06, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Employment, Research
Answer: 31% Questions: What are your summer plans?  If you are getting a summer job... How did you get the job? How much will you be earning? How much do you hope to save? What skills do you hope to develop?  Do you think summer jobs are important? Why or why not?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the Numbers (from MarketWatch): "...predictions from researchers at the Drexel...

Digging Deeper: What’s Up With the Class of 2018?

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May 28, 2018
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Career, Employment
I heard several reports (here is the NBC version) over the last week or two claiming that only 25% of college graduates had a job lined up by graduation. This bothered me. So I dug a bit deeper, looked past the headline and found that this statistic was based on a Monster.com survey of 350 soon-to-be graduates. We need to be a little skeptical of surveys, but even if the survey is off by a factor of 100%, and half of all graduates had no job by graduation, the number is still puzzling given that...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (May 5-6)

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May 04, 2018
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Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Retirement
This week's list takes you from labor shortages to end of life, with some personal finance and self improvement inbetween. Employment News Low unemployment is the theme this week. In some areas of the country with extreme labor shortages, cities will pay you to move there. Fast food restaurants have boomed, but with no teenagers available, the fast food business has had to adjust. Markets A MarketWatch article tries to put some perspective on what is going on in the markets and includes...

Digging Deeper: Money and Gender Part I – the Pay Gap

Apr 30, 2018
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Research, Career, Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Policy
Two events in April brought the issue of gender pay gap into the headlines this past month.  The first was the April 4 deadline for all companies in the United Kingdom to report on pay by gender in their companies.  (Apparently, it is against the law to pay different rates/salaries by gender, but the government agency responsible for enforcing this is woefully short of staff and funding.)  For those reporting by the deadline, 80% in fact pay men more. This has brought the issue...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (April 28-29)

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Apr 27, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Employment, Behavioral Finance, Financial Literacy
What I’m Reading This Weekend (April 28-29) April has brought us Financial Literacy/Capability Month and "Equal Pay Day."  This week's list starts with the first and ends with the last, and we cover global economics, news for teachers, and Amazon was in the headlines so many times they get their own heading this week. Financial Capability  Do you live in one of the five states that received and A from the Champlain College Financial Literacy Center?  Here are the top ten...

What's New With..........Careers

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Apr 19, 2018
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Career, Employment, Paying for College
Alternatives to College This article highlights options that are mostly in the digital arena.  Jobs are lined up by “graduation." The economy is short on auto mechanics.  Car fanatics can turn their passion into a solid career.   There is also very  high demand for people with construction skills.  Employers will train and pay well. STEM Careers Are you an artist or an actor? You might consider applying your artistic skills in the engineering world. Ever...

Question of the Day: How much more per hour does a college grad earn compared to someone with some college?

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Apr 11, 2018
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Paying for College, Career, Employment, Economics, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week
Answer: About $13 per hour MORE (or over $26,000 per year) Questions: Why do you think that college grads earn so much more than those who start but don't complete? How has the wage premium changed over the last 40 years? Do you think this wage premium will increase or decrease in the future? Your friend says that spending $20,000/year to go to college isn't worth it when you can get a job now that pays $25,000. Agree or disagree with him based on the data in the chart.  Click here for...

Question of the Day: What is the most common career advice that adults give to current high school students?

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Apr 05, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Employment, Behavioral Finance
Answers: General advice: Follow your passion (33%) Specific advice: Enter a STEM-related field (34%) Questions: What career advice have you gotten from the adults in your life?  What advice has had the biggest impact on you as you think about your future? Do you agree with the career advice about "following your passion?" Explain your answer. Why do you think so many adults recommend that young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?  Click here...

NGPF Elite Eight (Game 3): It's Wednesday War Zone as #2 Uber Driver Takes on #10 Earnings By Major

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Mar 27, 2018
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Career, Current Events, Interactive, Paying for College, Employment
    FINAL: Uber Driver Advances to Final Four in Low Scoring Struggle With Earnings by College Major; Final Score: 45-26   Update at 2pm Wednesday: Uber Driver Leads Earnings by College Major 36-22 MAKE YOUR SELECTION FOR TODAY’S GAME HERE   Two teams have punched their ticket to Friday’s NGPF FINAL FOUR matchups. Who will join them in the semifinal round, and a case to be made for NGPF’s 2018 Resource of the Year? Players will play. Ballers will...

Top NGPF Blog Posts in March

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Mar 27, 2018
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Investing, Employment, Career, Video Resource, Checking Accounts, Chart of the Week
We are getting close to the end of the month, so I thought I would highlight most popular seven posts this month: Question of the Day: What Percent of 15 Year Olds Have Bank Accounts? Video Resources: How To Be A Better Team Member Interactive: How Many Years Do You Have Left to Live?; will make the discussion about retirement that much more engaging for young people. Chart of the Week: How Do People Spend Their Money? Question of the Day: What's the Average Number of Emails Received Daily By...

NGPF Sweet 16: #2 Make It As an Uber Driver? vs. #15 Five Stocks On Your Birthday; #7 Online Tools and Apps vs. #10 Earnings By Major

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Mar 21, 2018
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Personal Finance, Stocks, Paying for College, Current Events, Career, Activity, Activities, Interactive, Employment
  FINAL RESULTS Midnight Thursday Uber Driver advances to the next round with a convincing win scoring 62 vs. Five Stocks 43 Earnings by Major upsets Online Tools and Apps by a score of 56-48 Update 12 noon Thursday Uber Driver continues to maintain its lead over Five Stocks at 59-41 (actual vote totals)  Earnings by Major has expanded its lead to vs. Online Tools and Apps with the score of 54-46 (actual vote totals). Where's the social media support for Online Tools and Apps?...