At LISTedTECH, our database abounds in career management information systems. It gathers more than 80 different systems that are implemented in more than 2,800 HigherEd institutions.
Career management is a product group that is very segmented. This category includes software in the following subcategories:
Career Services Management
Job Exploration & Events
Job Search & Career Fair
Labor Market Info
Mentoring & Networking
Student Organizations & Events and Activities
We decided to focus this week’s post on three of these subcategories: assessment, career exploration, and career services management. They represent almost 40 companies. Please note that The Career Ed Tech Stack E-Book, written by Dr. Sheetal Patel and David Kozhuk, was very helpful to define the categories.
“Assessments are used to analyze certain qualities of an individual, such as student’s strengths and preferences, to help inform both academic and career pathways.” (Patel & Kozhuk, p. 14) This important step usually happens before the selection of a program of study or career re-orientation.
When it comes to Career Exploration, these systems are designed to answer the question: “What can I do with my studies?”. Once students have selected their specialization and most often have started their studies, they want to know what kind of jobs is linked to it. Systems in this category are oriented towards identifying actual jobs, not university disciplines.
We could define Career Services Management as “systems [that] typically take on the core operational functions for the career center staff and increasingly offer student-facing portions as well, e.g., advising appointments, on-campus interviewing, job boards, application systems, and data management.” (Patel & Kozhuk, p. 12) These systems could also serve for event management, marketing, and communications to help graduates better position themselves for their careers.
My objective with this graph is to show the most common combination of products over the three categories. This is to answer the hypothetic question: If System A is used at one institution, what would be the other systems in the two remaining categories? To explore the question, you need to look at the thickness of each line between two systems. For example: coming from CareerLeader Assessment in the first column, we can notice that there is a thick link between this product and GoinGlobal career exploration, CareerSpots Career Readiness, and Beyond B-School exploration trainings. See the First table below for more details.
Using the data available in the graph, here are some usage relationship links between products for the three categories. Please note that this table does not contain all possible relationships; it only shows the strongest possibilities. The “Number” shows the number of institutions in our database that have a link between the two tables.
|CareerLeader Assessment||Beyond B-School exploration trainings||120|
|CareerLeader Assessment||CandidCareer exploration||109|
|CareerLeader Assessment||CareerShift platform||110|
|CareerLeader Assessment||CareerSpots Career Readiness||146|
|CareerLeader Assessment||GoinGlobal career exploration||205|
|CareerLeader Assessment||O*NET OnLine career exploration||99|
|CareerLeader Assessment||What Can I Do With This Major||96|
|FOCUS 2||CandidCareer exploration||115|
|FOCUS 2||CareerSpots Career Readiness||118|
|FOCUS 2||GoinGlobal career exploration||114|
|FOCUS 2||O*NET OnLine career exploration||113|
|FOCUS 2||What Can I Do With This Major||97|
|Strong Interest Inventory||CandidCareer exploration||81|
|Strong Interest Inventory||GoinGlobal career exploration||89|
|Strong Interest Inventory||O*NET OnLine career exploration||89|
|Career Exploration||Career Services Management||Number|
|Beyond B-School exploration trainings||WayUp Platform||86|
|CandidCareer exploration||WayUp Platform||153|
|CareerShift platform||WayUp Platform||127|
|CareerSpots Career Readiness||WayUp Platform||177|
|CareerSpots Career Readiness||SkillSurvey Career Readiness||93|
|GoinGlobal career exploration||WayUp Platform||199|
|GoinGlobal career exploration||SkillSurvey Career Readiness||91|
|My Next Move||WayUp Platform||85|
|O*NET OnLine career exploration||WayUp Platform||145|
|What Can I Do With This Major||WayUp Platform||141|
|Assessment||Career Services Management||Number|
|Birkmen Assessment||WayUp Platform||91|
|CareerLeader Assessment||12Twenty Career Services||198|
|CareerLeader Assessment||GradLeaders platform||152|
|CareerLeader Assessment||SkillSurvey Career Readiness||180|
|CareerLeader Assessment||UConnect Career Services||106|
|CareerLeader Assessment||WayUp Platform||438|
|FOCUS 2||Credly Platform||103|
|FOCUS 2||SkillSurvey Career Readiness||140|
|FOCUS 2||WayUp Platform||328|
|Strong Interest Inventory||12Twenty Career Services||90|
|Strong Interest Inventory||SkillSurvey Career Readiness||98|
|Strong Interest Inventory||WayUp Platform||253|
I only kept the institutions that had products in at least two of the three categories.
If I only had institutional data for one category, I removed it from the graph.
The graph showcases more than 2,100 institutions.