Providing a bird’s-eye view of the current and future job market, including all available career pathways based on interests, skills, past training, and work experience, can set learners on a path to success before they begin. Through human and technical support, navigation provides the information they need to plot a course through complex education and training systems, with improved assessments to recognize their skills and work experience and understand how to transfer those capabilities into better jobs.
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Many people faced with a job transition today don’t know where to start. They enter a job search, often involuntarily, without clear information and little guidance. If they decide to pursue additional education or training on their path to a new job, they may find hundreds of options, but little to help them choose the best fit.
Before starting down their education pathway, learners can work with technical and human supports to gain a view of the current and future job market and all their available options based on their interests, learning needs, strengths, experiences, and goals. Like a universally understood map and GPS, navigation supports help learners decide where they want to go, and chart a path to their desired destination.
Education is a critical step on the path toward new career opportunities. But without access to an institution’s completion and career outcomes, learners don’t have enough information to select the right program and avoid a career misstep.
Through education, life, and work experience, adults acquire a wealth of transferable skills that may not always show up on a resume. Uncovering and communicating those skills to prospective employers opens the door to better career opportunities.
How can job seekers pivot from one industry into another? Studying unusual career trajectories highlights how workers have layered complementary or adjacent skills on their existing skill sets to move into a higher-paying role.
The skills required by a certain role are rapidly shifting, and can vary widely from one location to another. By understanding the exact skills required by specific employers—and skills gaps left unfilled by the local talent supply—job seekers can identify the best education and career path forward.