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New career guidance system simplifies job planning

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Want to explore new career options, but not sure where to begin? The Phoenix Career Guidance System™ can come in handy.

“We developed this new system to help people identify their career interests and educate them on the current labor market in their area,” explains Mary Osadzinski, senior manager of Phoenix Career Services™.

Whether you’re considering college for the first time, seeking a midcareer switch, returning to the civilian workforce after a stint in the military or wanting to take your career to the next level, the Phoenix Career Guidance System offers different user experiences tailored to each of those scenarios.

The system presents four profiles of prospective students in which they describe their current career goals. You can select the one that best reflects your situation, and then the system will recommend the appropriate research tool for you. “This ensures you receive the most personalized career information,” Osadzinski points out.

A career interest assessment is available that, once completed, describes possible areas matching your personal interests. It then is blended with detailed information about the education and professional experience required to help you pursue your desired career.

Almost like a puzzle, the interest assessment helps you rank different types of activities associated with six interest areas: investigative, enterprising, social, realistic, artistic and conventional.
“Your interest results help you gain clarity on what types of careers you might be interested in pursuing, or validate your current career trajectory,” Osadzinksi notes.

The interest assessment helps you rank different types of activities associated with six interest areas.

Current labor market data culled from actual job postings on company websites and job boards is then embedded into your customized career results — including relevant job titles and salary ranges posted in your geographic area.

“The job titles associated with a particular field are ranked by [local] hiring demand,” Osadzinski says, “and required skills, education and salary ranges are updated daily.”

The system offers an additional function for prospective students with military experience in which they can enter their current Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code, Osadzinski says, and receive a list of corresponding civilian careers, along with required education options and job market conditions.

She also points out that your search results will include related degree programs that may support those positions — with links to relevant University of Phoenix programs when applicable, as well as general education information.

The system’s main goal, she says, is to offer prospective students and the general public an easier way to navigate today’s complex, knowledge-driven job market. “We want to help prospective students become more self-aware and hopefully better informed about their career and educational options,” Osadzinski emphasizes, “whether at University of Phoenix or elsewhere.”

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