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Study Finds that Most Students Are Too Optimistic about Their Majors’ Earning Potential

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

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Career Opportunities for Students in Miami

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

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Great Ways to Integrate Career Planning into Your Classroom

The Student Research Foundation offers research reports on a variety of topics related to career planning. If you are a teacher, you and your students will want to explore them and use them as resources. They include the American Dream Infographic, the New Public Square Infographic, the Global Citizenship Infographic, and more. Be sure to explore them all and make use of them in your classroom. Read more

Union Station in Denver CO. The city is an Emerging Tech Center with Career Opportunities

Denver an Emerging Tech Center with Career Opportunities

An Educator’s Guide to Career Opportunities for Students in Denver

There are plenty of reasons young people want to make Denver their home. It is a youthful city that offers plenty of job opportunities. And all kinds of people love living in Denver. It is an area that attracts people who love the great outdoors, who want to live where alternative lifestyle choices don’t raise an eyebrow, and where there is a lively arts scene. And now, Denver is attracting young tech entrepreneurs too. All those factors make Denver, and Colorado as a whole, one of America’s most exciting places to teach young students.

Incidentally, about 600,000 people live in the Denver metro area, of whom almost exactly half are male and half are women. And according to SuburbanStats.com, the median age of Denver residents is 33 years; Denver is a very youthful city.

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Is It Time to Create a Career Research Center in Your Classroom?

In years past, the reference desks at high school libraries often were home to a small research center – a shelf or two of career-related books. There you’d find books like What Color Is Your Parachute? a popular bestseller about selecting a career. You would also find books about writing cover letters and resumes, about job hunting online, about taking interviews, and maybe even some books on how to dress for success. Read more

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An Educator’s Guide to Career Opportunities in San Jose, California

The emerging tech centers of America . . .  

If you don’t live in California, chances are you don’t understand San Jose. San Jose might not even be one of the first California cities to come to mind if somebody asked you to name the most influential or important cities in California.

If you live or teach in the San Jose area, however, you know the real story about what a powerhouse the city is. Read more

Charlotte, North Carolina an Emerging Tech Center - Student Research Foundation

This City is an Emerging Tech Center

The emerging tech centers of America . . .

An Educator’s Guide to Manufacturing Opportunities in Charlotte, North Carolina

A few decades ago, you might have found a typical high school student in the Charlotte area lying in a field on the family farm, thinking about owning it one day. If you happened upon a more academically ambitious youngster, she or he might have been thinking about going to Davidson or UNC, maybe planning to be a physician or a politician one day.

Today, you will still find youngsters like them, but you will find fewer of them. In their place, more and more young North Caroliners are thinking about becoming engineers, programmers, factory workers and general business people, for a very simple reason . . .

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Preparing for Online Career Assessment Tests - Student Research Foundation

Preparing for Online Career Assessment Tests

If you are a student and you have been logging time at home, now could be an excellent time to take an online career or aptitude test online.

Suggestion: Take a look at a list of online career tests that we published on this blog on August 24th, 2020, and try some of the self-assessment tests that interest you. Read more

Why Just Getting Students Back into Classrooms Is Not Enough - Student Research Foundation

Why Just Getting Students Back into Classrooms Is Not Enough

 . . . We Need to Inspire Them Too

Critical parents have been saying lots of things about their sons and daughters who have been attending classes at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. They’re bored. They’re unmotivated. They’re frightened. They’re angry.

And let’s face it. They have every right to be every one of those things. Wouldn’t you be too, if you were young and your entire world became unfamiliar and frightening? Wouldn’t your belief that the world is an inherently good place have been shaken?  We believe it would have, and that you would be entirely justified in feeling pessimistic. Read more

Now Is a Great Time to Take Online Career Aptitude Tests - Student Research Foundation

Now Is a Great Time to Take Online Career Aptitude Tests

Attention Students!

Are you spending a lot of time around the house this summer? Or have you just learned that your high school or college will be delivering courses remotely this fall?

If that is your current situation, we have a suggestion for you. Why not spend some time now taking online career tests to reevaluate your possible college major and your long-term career plans?

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