Will Your College Degree Pay For Itself? Wisechoice Debuts ‘Explore Careers’ Feature To Help Ensure That It Does

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Understanding the need for students and parents to maximize the value of a college education, WiseChoice, the online college guidance solution, today announced the debut of Explore Careers, a new feature that allows students to identify careers best suited to their interests and strengths as determined by a proprietary matching algorithm. The Explore Careers feature helps students understand what they might pursue career-wise to better determine the level of education they might need and the potential return on investment of their degree.

A recent New York Times article* explored the increasing focus of students and parents on what comes after college and the need to make a degree more immediately translatable into a career, particularly as college costs continue to soar. Responding to this pressure, and facing economic woes of their own, colleges have been forced to adapt curriculum to meet the changing needs of students and global business---seeing an increase in enrollment in Asian languages and disposing of majors like Philosophy (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), American Studies (Michigan State), Social Work (Arizona State University) and Foreign Languages (University of Southern California).

In response to this trend, and understanding the need for students and parents to maximize the value of a college education, WiseChoice (http://www.wisechoice.com), the online college guidance solution, today announced the debut of Explore Careers, a new feature that allows students to identify careers best suited to their interests and strengths as determined by a proprietary matching algorithm.    

“WiseChoice recognizes that with college costs continuing to rise, families are taking a more pragmatic approach to the role of higher education---making it less about ‘exploring new horizons’ and ‘finding yourself’ and more about if a particular degree will translate into a career upon graduation,” said WiseChoice president Richard Taylor. “Our Explore Careers feature helps students understand what they might pursue career-wise to better determine the level of education they might need and the potential return on investment of their degree.”

Following the completion of a 57 question, interactive career assessment, students utilizing the Explore Careers feature will receive:

  • Career Exploration Report: This customized analysis takes into account the student’s responses and outlines their strengths for a future occupation, their work values, and what types of careers might best fit them.
  • Your Careers List: WiseChoice will recommend a list of relevant occupations for the user. Each occupation will have a percentage match score and a recommendation on how strong of a possibility this job is for the student (Promising, Possible, Doubtful) based on the individual’s input.
  • Extensive Career Profiles: Each occupation will have a complete career profile with copious amounts of logically-organized information on what the job is like (e.g., actual responsibilities, typical daily tasks, skills you need, the technology used, average salary, etc.). Students and parents can also browse and search more than 800 careers options.

About WiseChoice

Launched in October, 2009, WiseChoice (http://www.wisechoice.com) is the most comprehensive online college guidance solution currently available and features expert advice, scholarship information, personalized financial aid scenarios, school statistics, academic outlook and reviews by more than 100,000 surveyed college students. By matching students with the “best-fit” college options across all facets, WiseChoice aims to help students have a successful college experience both in and out of the classroom.

Unlike other college search and selection sites that offer limited resources, WiseChoice helps parents and students figure out how to pay for college, identify scholarships and financial aid, and develop a payment plan. WiseChoice can even calculate the true overall cost of college – including tuition, room and board, fees, travel, personal expenses, books, etc. – before students even apply to schools to ensure that students and their families incur as little debt as possible at college graduation.

*Making College ‘Relevant’ by Kate Zernike, New York Times, January 3, 2010

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