Career Videos: The Job Shadow

I was stumped by a teacher at the recent JumpStart conference who asked if we had a video that could help prepare students for their job shadow experience. For those not familiar with a job shadow, here’s a brief description (from

Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student.”

For those who organize job shadows, they know what amazing experiences these are for students! I had my first taste of job shadowing when I was a senior….in college. I had worked summers as a golf caddy (no better paying job in those days and I had to pay for college after all). I dressed in a suit, drove 30 minutes south to Newark, NJ and spent a week at Prudential Reinsurance. The only task I remember from that week almost 30 years ago was inputting foreign currency rates into a spreadsheet. Oh, and I also decided I didn’t want to work in reinsurance or be a desk jockey:) Warren Buffett may love reinsurance as a business (he owns a few) but I didn’t enjoy it as an employee!

Here are a few videos that might be helpful to introduce the concept:

By |November 9th, 2016|Career, Current Events, Internships, Research, Video Resource|

Question: What Are The Top Job Skills in 2016?

From LinkedIn (hat tip to EdSurge):


Questions for students:

By |October 26th, 2016|Career, Employment, Internships, Question of the Day, Research|

Chart: What Percentage of Teens Have Summer Jobs?

Answer: About 30% of 16-19 year olds are working during the summer.

From Nate Silver’s blog 528:


Questions for your students:

Question: How Do You Define A “Good Job?”

Have your students answer the question before watching the video below (from


By |June 20th, 2016|Career, Employment, Internships, Question of the Day, Video Resource|

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Ren Makino and Sid Sharma, NGPF Interns and Palo Alto High School (CA) Scholars

It’s Tuesday, so time for another NGPF Podcast.

Thanks to Ren Makino and Sid Sharma for participating in the recent NGPF podcast show. Ren and Sid have interned at NGPF for over a year and have done great work supporting our mission. They are currently students at Palo Alto High School, where financial literacy is not taught as a standalone course but is incorporated into some economics courses in a limited fashion.  I wanted to get their take on the biggest money issues they encounter as well as what their peers are dealing with in this affluent suburban community.

Question: What Should You Do Over The Summer?


With the calendar inching closer to August, which means back to school for many, it’s not too early to think about how your high school students should be spending their future summers.  You might want to file this one away for spring of next year. Based on this NY Times article, there are quite a few benefits to summer employment as a bank teller:

It’s a rare summer job that combines the acquisition of intensely practical knowledge and the opportunity to have conversations about important and personal topics with people two or three times your age.

Interesting to see this research buried in this article about what admissions directors at college look for when it comes to summer experiences:

Jill Tipograph, founder of Everything Summer, a consulting service for families trying to pick the right camp, grew curious about college admissions officers’ view of teenagers’ summer plans, so she and a colleague, Paul Kaser, conducted a straw poll last summer of the gatekeepers at top colleges.

While plenty of parents assume that foreign travel or community service will appeal to admissions officers, the respondents did not rank those

Choose a Major, Choose a Career

Here at NGPF, we use a lot of resources from Forbes, the NY Times, and NerdWallet. We not infrequently use videos from MSN Money and Bank of America, and we generate all of our own activities and performance tasks. But then, there are resources that we cull from all corners of the internet. Here’s one of them out of Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina…

Things to Consider in Choosing a Major & Career

What is it? This is a reference material produced by the community college for its students, but it’s actually a great universal resource on really important practical things that high school students should consider before they enroll in college.

Why is it cool? First, it doesn’t take a heavy-handed, “YOU MUST ATTEND A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE AUTOMATICALLY, WITHOUT GIVING YOUR LIFE ANY THOUGHT” tone. That stance may or may not jive with your high school’s teachings about post-graduation, but I like it. It also perfectly melds the practical (what does the economy support? how quickly do you need to be employed?) with the personal (what are you passionate about? how important is career advancement to you?). Finally, this isn’t strictly a personal finance resource: Use it for advisory, senior

By |March 11th, 2015|Article, Career, Internships, Paying for College, Personal Finance|

Question of the Day: How Do I Network?

This might be a good question of they day for your Careers Unit.  Being an effective networker helps not only in the an initial job search but is a skill that pays dividends throughout a career.

The article from the Economist highlights the skills needed to be a consummate networker:

Networking is not just for the elites. A study of staff at a range of German workplaces, carried out over three years by Hans-Georg Wolff and Klaus Moser of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, found a positive correlation between the amount of effort the workers said they put into building contacts—inside and outside their offices—and their pay rises and career satisfaction. “Networking can be considered an investment that pays off in the future,” it concludes. Indeed, Reid Hoffman has become a billionaire by investing in a series of companies that have brought networking to the masses—Friendster, SocialNet and LinkedIn.

So, what are the three skills that this columnist describes:

  • Abandon all shame: “The first principle for would-be networkers is to abandon all shame. Be flagrant in your pursuit of the powerful and the soon-to-be-powerful, and when you have their attention, praise them to the skies.”
  • A well-stocked mind:  “The second principle is that
By |January 20th, 2015|Activity, Career, Current Events, Internships, Question of the Day|