How It Works: Overview
What: CareerVillage is an online platform where students ask career questions that are answered by real people sharing their experiences.
How: It starts in the classroom where we partner with educators who integrate CareerVillage into their curriculum to get students started asking questions. Students can continue asking questions anywhere, anytime, and questions are directed to professionals with relevant experience. All of the advice is indexed and searchable, so students not only get answers to their own questions but learn from their peers.
Why: Research shows that by empowering students with career information, students can make better-informed decisions about their future, through high school and college. We achieve impact by bringing personalized information, advice, and guidance to students.
How It Works: For Professionals
In one minute, you could change a student's life.
Professionals (you) share your real experiences directly with students on CareerVillage when your schedule permits—whether you're at home or on the road, whether it's day or evening, whether it's a weekday or the weekend.
All you need is a LinkedIn account. You sign up via LinkedIn, and when students ask questions related to your area of expertise, you are notified by email. You control what types of questions you want to answer, and how often you receive notifications of student questions. Whether your answer is one sentence or many paragraphs, information you share is helping students become better informed. Your answers are made available for all students to see, so more people can learn from your experiences.
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How It Works: For Educators
Bring personalized career information and guidance to your students for free!
CareerVillage is available to all high schools and colleges in North America.
We train teachers and guidance counselors (you) on how to use the site, and we provide you with sample lesson plans and related materials that you are free to tailor for your needs and curriculum. You introduce CareerVillage to students in class—if you have laptops in your classroom or access to a computer lab, that's great, but computer access is not required for the first lesson. After the first lesson, students can use the site anytime, anywhere, on computers or mobile, and you can easily track your students’ activity.
It's incredibly easy to start using CareerVillage with your students. We start with a 30min introductory call. We send you sample lesson plans and materials. You send us a list of students you want to register. You pick a launch date. And we're ready to go! We're happy to spend more time with you—reviewing lesson materials, brainstorming ways to integrate CareerVillage into your curriculum, helping you become familiar with the site, etc.—whatever you need to become comfortable using CareerVillage in class.
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How It Works: For Students
Get answers to your questions and see what other students are asking!
Students (you) can ask any question related to college and career that you’re interested in. You’ll get answers from people who have been in your shoes. You can also see and search questions everyone has asked and all the answers they have received. And everything is free!
If your school or teacher are not using the site, tell them about it! But you don’t have to wait for them to start using CareerVillage, all you need is an email address, and you can start asking questions today.
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Get Involved: Become a Mentor
Share your experiences directly with students on CareerVillage when your schedule permits—whether you're at home or on the road, whether it's day or evening, whether it's a weekday or the weekend. You control what types of questions you want to answer, and how often you are notified of student questions. Your answers can be one sentence or many paragraphs. All you need is a LinkedIn account to start helping students become better informed about the decision they are facing.
Sign up to become a mentor
Get Involved: Make a Donation
Help us bring personalized career information, guidance, and advice to more students and classrooms across America. Research shows that by empowering students with career information, students can make better-informed decisions about their future, through high school and college. Help us empower more students to think about their future and to obtain the information they need to achieve their aspirations.
Get Involved: Bring Us to Your Classroom
Bring personalized career information and guidance to your classroom for free. We train you on how to use the site and provide you with sample lesson plans and materials, making it incredibly easy to for your students to get answers related to college and career, and for you to follow their activity.
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Get Involved: Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter
We want to hear about your experiences, to get your ideas, and to engage with you. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on what we're up to, and so we can get to know each other better.
About Our Organization: Our Team
Jared Chung is a founder and Chief Village Elder at CareerVillage. Jared is the Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge and was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. before forming CareerVillage. He holds a B.S. in Finance from NYU Stern, where he first began working with education organizations on a pro-bono basis. When he isn't evangelizing for our cause, he's usually writing code or cooking up something tasty.
Jennifer Pan (founder) is PhD candidate at Harvard University. Her research focuses on social policy, and she was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. before founding CareerVillage. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University, where she got her first experience running a non-profit organization. She's kind of amazing.
Akshat is a startup founder and serial CTO. Akshat is a developer at ActBlue and the leader of the Boston Security Meetup. He was previously the CTO at Greenbean Recycle, and has held a variety of engineering, security, and analyst roles. When something really nasty breaks at CareerVillage he's usually the guy we call.
Mikia Manley is a senior at Harvard College, studying Human Evolutionary Biology. She is also currently Co-President of Harvard Students for Education Reform, as well as a Director for the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. Mikia is really really really passionate about education reform. It's basically her calling.
Britney is a student at Boston University studying International Relations and Journalism. In her free time she enjoys eating fruit, practicing yoga, and exploring. And when we say she enjoys eating fruit, we mean she REALLY enjoys eating fruit. Ask her anything about fruit -- we dare you :)
About Our Organization: Our Board of Directors
Michael Park is a Principal at McKinsey & Company, and a 2011-2012 David Rockefeller Fellow - Partnership for New York City program. He also serves on the board of Achievement First Endeavor School. Michael holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.
Jessica is the Founder and Executive Director of the Opportunity Network. She has worked with a number of community organizations focused on economic development including One to World, the "I Have a Dream" Foundation and Prep for Prep. Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale.