Aun M., CareerVillage Student on his experience learning about STEM career pathways.
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Why did you create this innovation?
Youth career readiness is at a critical juncture and every day millions of young people struggle with preparing for their future. In the United States alone there is a 500:1 high school student to counselor ratio. CareerVillage is working to reverse this and strives to improve access to better and more equitable career outcomes.
How does your innovation work in practice?
On CareerVillage.org students are able to ask any question about any career and receive prompt responses from one of our +90,000 real working professionals who volunteer their time on the site. Students complete an easy and quick sign up and then are able to ask questions, set career goals, and create to do lists to develop concrete action plans to achieve their goals - all from a desktop or phone.
Advice is high quality and personalized to each student. Each question is answered by 1 to 10 to 100s of professionals and is made public so that other students can benefit from the questions their peers are asking. There are over 8,000 career topics represented on CareerVillage and this number grows daily! All content is geotagged allowing students to receive both nuanced localized guidance and new perspectives from professionals around the world.
How has it been spreading?
In the past year CareerVillage celebrated a major milestone of having served over 5M unique online learns around the world. CareerVillage is in 190 countries and the content can be translated to any language. It's an incredible resource for English as a second language learners and youth without access to in person support.
CareerVillage.org is a community of advisors and encouragement to help youth on their career pathways. Additionally, over 2,000 educators take advantage of CareerVillage and bring career education directly to the classroom. Our Educator platform allows teachers or counselors to invite their students and assign activities - helping students make connections between their education and future careers. There's even a free curriculum!
If I want to try it, what should I do?
1. Sign up for free today at CareerVillage.org to start giving career advice to youth in your community and around the world!
2. Share CareerVillage.org with any youth, career changers, or adults you believe might benefit from this supportive community.
3. Share CareerVillage.org with your network of professionals as an accessible and flexible way to have a massive impact.
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