Category: Employment

Reading List for 4th of July Weekend

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Jul 04, 2019
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Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Investing, Credit Cards, Employment
Happy 4th of July!!  In case you aren't attending a cookout or don't like fireworks, you can get a jump on the weekend reading list! Personal Finance From Investopedia – how to “Declare you own Financial Independence.” Michelle Singletary offers some sage advice for how to handle a delicat situation—when a friend or loved one in financial dire straits asks to move in. (WAPO) Cincinnati’s Julie Heath compares Ohio to the National results from the 2018 Financial...

Reading List for June 21-23

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Jun 21, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies, Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Employment, Paying for College, Insurance
Happy Summer! It is officially here! And here is a list covering a wide range of topics for your reading pleasure this weekend.   Financial Literacy The US Treasury (specifically, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission) is calling for colleges and universities to require financial literacy classes. Looks like $1.5 trillion in student debt has some folks worried. (CNBC)  Here is the actual report. Does it help your students to hear about sports stars ultimately making better...

QoD: Can you name ONE of the top five highest paying summer jobs for teens?

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Jun 02, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer:  5. Landscaper (est. $2,200/month) 4. Delivery driver (est. $2,300/month) 3. Dog walker (est. $2,500/month) 2. Golf caddy (est. $2,500/month) 1. Lifeguard (est. $2,800/month) Questions: Do you have a summer job? If so, how did you get it? How would you describe the local job market for teens for this summer? What are the most popular jobs for teens?   What do you think are the benefits of having a summer job? If you have a summer job, do you have a savings goal for the...

Chart of the Week: Most Plentiful Well-Paying Jobs that Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree

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May 21, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Note: Opportunity jobs are those that don't require a bachelor's degree.  Questions: Are you surprised to see any of these jobs on the list as you assumed they required a bachelor's degree? There has been much talk of automation recently. Which jobs do you think are most at risk of being replaced through automation?  47% of Bookkeepers have a bachelor's degree while 53% do not. Who do you think has more job security and a higher wage: the bookkeeper with a bachelor's degree of the...

Chart of the Week: What Are The Top 10 Jobs Of the Future?

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Apr 30, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
From Visual Capitalist: Questions: Rank order these factors from most to least important when selecting a job/career: salary, workplace factors, stress and growth.   Does a list like this motivate you to research one of these jobs that you are less familiar with? If so, which one(s)? Is there a common theme or pattern to the jobs listed above? Explain.  More from Visual Capitalist: Comparison of careers along a 2X2 Matrix: ---------------------- Looking for more graphs/charts...

Chart of the Week: Summer Jobs

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Apr 16, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Employment, Career
Questions: What pattern do you see in this line graph?  Between what decade do you see the most significant drop in summer employment for 16-19 year olds?  How does summer employment in the 1970s and 1980s compare with 2017? Why do you think there has been such a sharp drop in summer employment for 16-19 year olds?  Behind the graph (Pew)  The decline of summer jobs is a specific instance of the longer-term decline in overall youth employment,...

Why We Do What We Do - April 2019

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Apr 07, 2019
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Employment, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Career
This email from a Delaware teacher greeted me yesterday. It came from a student of hers [Bold is mine]: I wanted to inform you that after we learned about pay cards in class I let my friend who was threatened with termination after being offered a pay card know that it was in his legal rights to decline that method of pay. He was extremely excited and wanted to let you know that he is very thankful. He says that Kansas City is not an easy place to find a teen job. After finding out that he is...

QoD: How much of a decline in performance (in percent) comes from sitting next to a low performer at work?

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Mar 26, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day, Employment, Research
Answer: 30% decline in performance Questions: Why do you think sitting next to a low performer reduces the performance of someone sitting next to them?  In an open office environment, what types of behaviors would you expect to see from a low performer? If you were assigned a desk next to a low performer what would you do now that you have this knowledge?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Outside)...

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...