As we move toward spring, most teachers are forced to concede that the 2020-21 school year was the greatest challenge ever in their professional lives. First of all, it was a challenge to teach. And second, this year proved to be a daunting obstacle to career progress. Suddenly, the possibilities of career advancement seemed to fade away – whether that progress meant choosing a teaching specialty, becoming a school principal, becoming head of a department, or finding a job in a different school or school system. 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
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.
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.
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
As I was taking my garbage cans to the curb yesterday, I asked my neighbor how he was doing in the midst of the current virus crisis.
“I’ve been doing lots of virtual meetings these days,” he said. Read more
Are you a high school student who is interested in preparing for a career in a STEM field after you start college? Or are you a parent or a teacher of students who are?
If so, it is worth knowing about an article, “Trends for STEM Careers in 2020: Space and Life Sciences” that Anna Powers published in Forbes on December 31, 2019. Ms. Powers, who writes about science for Forbes, highlights two areas that she predicts will see the greatest growth in STEM activity in the coming years. Read more