“Want to Get Ahead? Pick the Right Company,” an article by Lauren Weber and Theo Francis in The Wall Street Journal on October 14th, summarizes the findings of a five-year analysis of career mobility that was recently completed by the Burning Glass Institute, a Philadelphia-based think tank. Read more
“Apprenticeships, Not College, Can Help Reduce Unemployment,” an article that Paul Winfree and Rachel Greszler published in the Wall Street Journal on June 21, 2022, predicts that apprenticeships could soon be doing more to reduce unemployment than colleges are.
If so, the role that American higher education plays in sustaining the labor force could be changed dramatically. Read more
Brooke Kupcho is a student counselor in Helena Montana. In a recent video with the Student Research Foundation, she shared her insights on the process of helping students develop the self-efficacy that leads to better career choices.
You will want to watch the entire video. Here are some edited portions of what Brooke had to say.
Video to Watch . . .
We recently spoke with high school math teacher Esther Brunat about the critical role that math can play in preparing students for success.
Ms. Brunat, who teaches high school math, algebra II, and trigonometry in Texas, is impassioned about the role that math studies play in equipping her students for a variety of critically important careers that will help the world.
Daina Petronis, who teaches high school English in Toronto, recently offered some insightful observations on how student attitudes can affect their readiness to make good career decisions and lead better lives.
High school teacher Trevor Muir believes that soft skills that are developed in project-based learning could be even more vital to success in technology-intensive fields than hard skills like chemistry or mathematics.
After a year of remote learning during a year of Covid-19, it will come as no surprise that some students are going to find it difficult to go back into classrooms this year.
Some teachers have decided that one way to help students make that transition is to give them opportunities to process the experience of the last year by journaling, creating videos, and engaging in other forms of creative self-expression. Read more
How much money can you expect to earn after you complete the coursework for your major and graduate college? Do you really know what your earning potential will be?
According to “Labor Market Expectations and Major Choice for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: Evidence from an Information Experiment,” a study conducted in 2017 by Alexander I. Ruder (University of South Carolina and Rutgers) and Michelle Van Noy (Rutgers), many students, especially those who come from lower income backgrounds, are overly optimistic about how much they will earn. Ruder and Van Noy polled 2,965 students and determined that students who grew up in financially disadvantaged circumstances were especially prone to overestimate the potential earnings that their major and college degree would enable them to earn. Read more
Miami is known for its significant architecture, lively night life, and of course its magnificent Atlantic Ocean beach. But if you teach high school in the Miami metro area, you know that the young people of Miami could be the city’s greatest asset. They’re ethnically diverse, often multilingual, and excited because the area offers an unequalled variety of employment opportunities and careers.
Whether your students want to work in travel, high-tech, or in the arts, Miami offers an unusual array of opportunities. It’s an exciting place to be, and that makes it an unusually exciting place to be an educator. Read more