New mapping tool matches education with careers

Contributed by Arfhad Shaikh, Career Mapping Project Lead/Liaison — Student, Business Transformation Office in collaboration with Dave Pinton. 

The Centre for Experiential and Career Education (CECE) is launching a new tool for UFV students, faculty, and staff — the Career Mapping Tool. This robust resource and a one-of-a-kind tool is designed to help students explore and engage with future careers. The Career Mapping Tool is designed specifically for UFV and is tailored to the university’s diverse student population and academic programming.

What makes the mapping tool unique?

In CECE’s work with students and alumni they often hear, “What can I do with my UFV degree?”; “I know what career I want, but I don’t know what steps to take to get there”; and “I want to pivot my career, what else is possible for me?”

The Career Mapping Tool will help identify education-to-career gaps and remove the confusion students often face when thinking about their future. This tool can be used in career planning, in the classroom, and in day-to-day activities where staff and faculty are helping students connect their current studies to careers and opportunities after they graduate. A pilot group of faculty and advisors have been using this resource daily.

The launch and workshops

UFV faculty and staff are invited to two demonstration workshops on Tues, March 23 and Thurs, March 25. These workshops will demonstrate how to use the Career Mapping Tool to assist students in exploring possible career paths. Please RSVP for these workshops.

Watch the video to see how it works.

Benefit to the UFV community

“The tool raises students’ awareness of occupations they may not have previously considered,” says Liana Thompson, Director of CECE. “This is a big benefit to students who often cannot find that connection, and a benefit to future employers as it supports recruitment efforts and potentially increases the pool of qualified candidates.The Career Mapping Tool will be a unique service UFV provides to our students, upholding our mission of engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community.”

Stay tuned for updates as the pilot progresses. For more information please contact CECE at cece@ufv.ca .

UFV is grateful to RBC for the support of the Centre for Experiential and Career Education and the development of the Career Mapping Tool.

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