A new online career planning tool – developed by the Limerick-based consultancy firm Ingenium – for secondary school students to aid them in the decision-making process when choosing further education options and potential future careers, has launched in the Irish market.

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The new Pathway survey is an academically validated tool that will assist Leaving Certificate students in choosing the best options for their CAO application, as well as assisting TY students to select subjects that align with their ideal career path.

The service was trialled in a pilot programme between 2018 and 2020 with 412 participants, with 98% of the students involved rating the platform as extremely useful. The service involves a comprehensive survey, which can be completed by the student in less than 15 minutes.

Designed around what the student enjoys, Pathway’s algorithm considers several key variables unique to each person, including the student’s favourite subjects in school, their hobbies, interests, passions and personality, assessed through their unique decision-making style.

Based on their survey answers, students are provided with a detailed report with an analysis of their unique decision-making style and personality traits as they relate to their career path, as well as a ranked list of twelve suggested courses that would best suit them at third level education.

From there, students can research relevant courses in Irish and international universities using the suggested career paths provided in the report.

Pathway also provides students at graduate-level with assistance and support, to better focus their academic decisions and help set them up as future professionals passionate about their careers.

Janna Gasanova, one of Ingenium’s organisational psychology leads and part of the research development team for Pathway, said “The lead up to the Leaving Certificate, when students begin considering what path to take next, can be an incredibly uncertain and anxious time.

“Our ambition with launching Pathway is to provide a resource to make this difficult decision-making period easier, less stressful and more exciting. We also wanted to create an engaging report that facilitated new conversations, between students, parents and career guidance counsellors.”

Pathway has a free and premium version of their survey and report, both available through their website.

Pathway also provides a number of additional resources including free articles and webinars, which are available here.

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