Jul 15, 2018
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...
Jul 09, 2018
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”...
Jun 26, 2018
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...
Jun 22, 2018
Current Events, Employment, Personal Finance, Taxes, Stocks, Insurance
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.
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...
Jun 06, 2018
Career, Question of the Day, Employment, Research
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...
May 28, 2018
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...
May 04, 2018
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.
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.
A MarketWatch article tries to put some perspective on what is going on in the markets and includes...
Apr 30, 2018
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...
Apr 27, 2018
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.
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...
Apr 19, 2018
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.
Are you an artist or an actor? You might consider applying your artistic skills in the engineering world.
Apr 11, 2018
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)
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...
Apr 05, 2018
Career, Question of the Day, Research, Employment, Behavioral Finance
General advice: Follow your passion (33%)
Specific advice: Enter a STEM-related field (34%)
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)?
Mar 27, 2018
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...
Mar 27, 2018
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...
Mar 21, 2018
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?...