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Matching students with their dream career (before college)

Sarah K. White | Oct. 28, 2015
Can a quick personality test help match you with a career that will play to your strengths and interests? CareerBuilder says it can.

After choosing an industry, like IT, you can choose your location from a drop-down menu and show "career matches" in your state. It delivers up job titles, like computer programmer, multimedia artist and animator, and identifies how much the title matches your interests, and if the job is growing or not. It also tells you what the estimated yearly salary is for the job, and what level of education you'll need to find a job in that field.

Diving even deeper into the job title, you can get an idea of what the job requires and other similar job titles you might be interested in. It lets you find schools in any state that offer programs in that field and even lays out the day-to-day tasks you'd be responsible for. And if that isn't enough, you can also see what companies have posted job listings for that title in the last few years to get a sense of what companies you could work for.

Learning about education

Ultimately, the goal of Find Your Calling is to help both students and their parents wade through overwhelming career information. Rather than rely on old systems,or outdated job testing, students and parents can use Find Your Calling to learn more about industries they might not even know exist. And that's the main goal, according to Sentz, eliminating the disconnect and matching viable future -- or present -- candidates with the right career to cut down on unemployment and futile loan debts.

"In a complex large economy, which is really full of data and technology, even some parents really lack the right sort of insight, they lack the signal and the noise so to speak, that they can use to make a better decision," Sentz says." We have really high unemployment rates for recent college grads, and I think a lot of that is because people traditionally have not had access to information that they can use to make smart decisions quick. Our goal is to get that out there and give them the right signals so when they go to college, they are being way more intentional about it."


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