A place to turn
Find Your Calling attempted to help students really understand how their interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses align with career opportunities. And, according to CareerBuilder, the main difference between going to your school counselor and using this new resource, is that Find Your Calling has extensive data backing it up.
"Traditionally, students and parents are used to going through career type assessments, and people are kind of tired of assessments. You see them on Facebook, you see them in school. What we've seen is we do the assessment, but it's really more about the data, its more about getting insight into this occupation that matches your interest that you have no idea exists," says Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer at EMSI, a CareerBuilder Company.
The data CareerBuilder is using isn't random or just from its database. In fact, the site pulls real-time labor market data including job growth projections, salary ranges, college programs and businesses with current openings.
"The data we use comes from about 90 different state and federal sources, so we use things like the BLS ACS, the traditional standard what you call structural labor market data, and then we work with CareerBuilder data about job posting analytics. We combine these two to give people insight on a whole bunch of different economic and workforce parameters, but we try to simplify it and make it easy," says Sentz.
To the Quiz
Taking the quiz is simple, and it should only take a minute or so to answer the six basic questions, according to CareerBuilder. Each question features a sliding bar that lets you adjust how much time you think you would want to spend doing different tasks. For example, it asks how much of your time you'd want to spend "Working with data analysis, finance, planning and organizational tasks," and you can slide the bar anywhere from "none of my time," to "all of my time." You can even play around with the different variables to see how the matches change, and to get a sense of what each industry requires.
While six simple questions certainly can't predict the future, they can give students a general idea of what jobs exist in the marketplace, because, as Sentz points out, there is a disconnect between jobs that exist and the jobs students think they want after graduation. Find Your Calling hopes to minimize this confusion and expose students to opportunities they might have never known about until later in life.
"In the case of Find Your Calling -- we can tell you in depth things about hundreds and hundreds of occupations, and that's really what it comes down to," says Sentz.
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