Why bother with data in your careers program?
Here at CareerHQ we are passionate about data! Our aim is to simultaneously support student career exploration and decision making, while sharing data with you on the career interests of your group. After individuals complete the CareerHQ Compass all of their results are collated into one spot so that you can get access to both their individual reports and collective data on the groups:
- top skills
- desired skills
- jobs of choice
- industries of choice.
We collate your data on our cloud-based Career Options Management System (COMS) which is where you get access to the individual and group data. This system is designed to help you to understand and respond to the real-time career interests and aspirations of your group. To help you to get a feel for how the data on this platform can be used to help you here is a list of 11 ways that our career interests data can be used to shape your careers program.
1. Find the professionals your students really want to meet
You can identify which industry professionals your students are the most eager to meet. Using your aggregated list of the top chosen jobs and industries you can deliberately approach professionals in your community knowing that their jobs are relevant to your students.
2. Create more meaningful work experience matches
Instead of attending work experience at any old place the CareerHQ Compass can help to inform student decisions around where to source relevant work experience opportunities.
3. Instant access to students interested in jobs
With the click of a button you will now be able to access the names and emails of students interested in certain jobs or industries. For example if a specific apprenticeship opportunity comes across your desk you will now have the power to isolate the exact students who are interested in that job! We make finding the needle in the haystack easy.
4. You’re prepared for the unexpected office drop-in
You will now have career information on hand even for the informal career conversation. When you have a student drop-in informally, you will be able to access the individual student’s Report instantly to give you an indication of their skills, interests, career aspirations and lifestyle considerations.
5. Tailor your careers fair
You can create or attend a careers fair that is relevant to the immediate career interests of your group. Using your groups career and industry interests summary you will now know which are the most relevant and popular employment partners and education providers to source. You may also be able to find specialised careers fairs for different industries and sectors to suit different students.
6. Create career interest workshops
Create a single or ongoing student workshop series where you bring together students who have similar career interests to collaboratively build their knowledge of the industry or job. Collectively students can research which are the top courses, where to access relevant entry level jobs and who are the key influencers in the industry.
7. Tailor your careers website or noticeboard
Don’t swamp your careers website or noticeboard with irrelevant content. Use the data to help you shape the content you search for and share.
8. Tailor your careers calendar to industry specific events
Using the top 10 career aspirations of your year group you can quickly create notifications for education and industry-related information directly relevant to your student group. You can be more specific about the events and experiences you are searching for, whether it is finding relevant work experience options or interesting local industry events and partners.
9. Target your university exploration days
Using the jobs, industries and desired skills of choice you can research in advance the faculties that your students are the most interested in exploring.
10. Facilitate early career mentoring opportunities
Using the spread of career interests across your entire year group you can target a range of relevant early career mentors to help your students to get ready for life after school.
11. Focus your careers research
It is difficult to learn about every industry! Using the data you can get a head start on which education and occupational pathways your year groups are the most interested in learning about saving you time and energy.