Pathway, a new online career planning tool – developed by Irish consulting firm Ingenium – for high school students to help them with the decision-making process when choosing continuing education options and potential future careers, was launched on the Irish market. T
he new Pathway survey is an academically validated tool that will help Leaving Certificate students choose the best options for their OAC application, as well as TY students select subjects that match their ideal career path. The service was tested in a pilot program between 2018 and 2020 with 412 participants, with 98% of the students involved finding the platform to be extremely useful.
The service involves a full survey, which can be completed by the student in less than 15 minutes. Designed around what the student likes, Pathway’s algorithm takes into account several key variables unique to each person, including the student’s favorite subjects in school, hobbies, interests, passions, and his personality, assessed through his unique decision-making style.
Based on their survey responses, students receive a detailed report with an analysis of their unique decision-making style and personality traits relevant to their career path, as well as a ranked list of twelve. suggested courses that would suit them best for third level education. From there, students can search for relevant courses at Irish and international universities using the suggested career paths provided in the report.
Pathway also provides college-level students with assistance and support to better guide their academic decisions and help them become future professionals who are passionate about their careers.
Janna Gasanova, one of Ingenium’s head of organizational psychology and a member of the research development team for Pathway, said: “Preparing for the graduation certificate, when students start thinking about the next way forward, can be an incredibly uncertain and anxious time. Our ambition with the launch of Pathway is to provide a resource to make this difficult time of decision making easier, less stressful and more exciting. We also wanted to create an engaging rapport that facilitates new conversations, between students, parents and career counselors.
I believe that students, universities and society at large can also benefit from having students choose the path that is best for them on their first try. Our goal is for Pathway to help minimize dropout rates and maximize the student experience. Courses requested through Access Programs as well as STEM courses have higher than average dropout rates, and we sincerely believe that Pathway will help address this issue, ensuring that students take courses they will enjoy. and will find fulfilling ”.
Pathway is designed to assist 4th, 5th and 6th year students, as well as to offer a specialized toolkit that guidance counselors can use in their work with students. Pathway is also an opportunity for businesses and universities to engage with their communities by providing employees and community groups the opportunity to introduce Pathway to their families and community members, encouraging more informed discussions and opportunities. for higher education in households.
Pathway offers a free and premium version of its survey and report, both available on its website. Pathway also provides a number of additional resources, including free articles and webinars, available at: https://mypathwayjourney.com/