“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
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
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
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
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
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.
You’re Taking Classes Remotely . . . Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online Too?
This has been a dream year for people who dislike standardized tests.
Across America, colleges and universities have dropped the requirement that applicants take the SAT or the ACT. They’ve become what was once called “test-optional.” The story is reflected in headlines like these: Read more
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?
Studies conducted by The Student Research Foundation before the Covid-19 epidemic struck showed that many CTE-oriented high school students were thinking about pursuing careers in engineering, computer science, the health sciences, and manufacturing.
We expect that those careers are still of interest to STEM-oriented high school students today. However, it doesn’t take extensive research to observe that the demand for certain professions has increased dramatically in response to the pandemic over the last few months. Read more