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.
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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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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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.
Sign up to start asking questions!
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.
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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.
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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Right now we're looking for a couple of new full-time team members and several high-energy interns. Here are some links to read more:
If you are interested in any of these roles, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to show us your personality, your exceptionally high energy, and what makes you awesome. Throw in something awesome that you've done recently outside of work. And a resume would be nice too. ProTip: Don't start your letter with "Dear sir/madam". Our names are Jared, Jen, and Lindsey :)
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.
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 a 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.
Lindsey Manning is the Educator Coordinator at CareerVillage. Lindsey attended the University of Oregon where she earned a B.A. in journalism and communications. She worked as a Project Coordinator in her hometown of Newport Beach post graduation, and after a few years moved to Boston to embrace her entrepreneurial spirit and pursue a career she is passionate about. Lindsey is a volunteer with the Big Sister Association of Boston, enjoys watching college football (Go Ducks!), obsessing over any and every dog, and playing soccer. She is thrilled to join the CareerVillage team and effort to provide students with a resource to be better informed about their career options in order to prepare for a more fulfilling and successful future. She believes we will change the world, one question at a time!
is a founding team member of CareerVillage and technical advisor. Akshat has previously served as CTO of Greenbean Recycle as well as held engineering roles at places like VeriSign. He's a physics alum of Clark University and is organizer of UX Boston, a large group discussing user experience and design. He is also the founder of Boston Security Meetup, another large group discussing cyber security and platform architecture.
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 Pliska 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.
Justin Pollack is a private equity investor based in New York. He was formerly a Managing Director of Newbury Partners LLC, an investment firm focused on the secondary market for private equity funds. He started his career in the Investment Banking Department of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Justin holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Suzanne Reisman is the Program Manager, National Bank On 2.0 Initiative at the CFE Fund. At CFE Fund, Suzanne is implementing and managing all aspects of the access to banking programs, including Bank On 2.0. Suzanne has over 15 years of experience in the fields of community and economic development, social services, and affordable housing. During this time, she worked for several local and national organizations including Enterprise Community Partners and Low Income Investment Fund, as well as consulted for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Supportive Housing Network of New York. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the Columbia University.
Rob Mancabelli is a speaker and author in the field of educational technology. He’s the co–author of the book Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, a medal winner for Education Book of the Year. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Rob describes in vivid detail how technology is dramatically changing the way teachers and students learn in the 21st Century, and he outlines specific ways educators can make these changes happen in their schools. Rob has fifteen years of experience working in schools, working as a teacher before accepting roles as a Chief Technology Officer. He sits on the Educational Advisory Boards of Dell Computer and Acer Corporation, and he is a columnist for leading education publications. Rob is also an education entrepreneur, and he has earned an MBA in innovation and global leadership from MIT.
Omar Wasow is an Assistant Professor in Princeton’s Department of Politics. His research focuses on race and politics. Before joining the academy, Omar was the co-founder of BlackPlanet.com. Under his leadership, BlackPlanet.com became the leading site for African Americans, reaching over three million active users a month. Omar also worked to demystify technology issues through regular TV and radio segments on programs like NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s American Morning and public radio’s Tavis Smiley show. Similarly, Omar tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series ‘Oprah Goes Online’. In 2003, Omar helped co-found a K-8 charter school in his hometown of Brooklyn. Most recently, the Aspen Institute selected him for the Henry Crown Fellowship. He received a BA from Stanford University and an MA in Government, an MA in Statistics, and a PhD in African American studies from Harvard University.
Ayesha Khana and the Points of Light advise CareerVillage.org as a member of the Civic Accelerator program. Ayesha Khanna is the president of the Civic Incubator, which puts people at the center of change by supporting social entrepreneurs and early stage civic ventures around the world through programs such as the Civic Accelerator, Ventures in Residence and Global Service. The Civic Incubator is a division of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, engaging and mobilizing more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.
Meg Ansara is a partner with 270 Strategies and served as National Regional Director for Obama for America where she was responsible for overseeing the 2012 programs in the Midwest and southern states. Meg has worked on a number of key political and issue advocacy campaigns in addition to her experience on the most recent presidential cycle, including the final campaign of Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002, and the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign of Robert Reich. Meg served 9 years at Stand for Children – a multi-state advocacy organization committed to improving public schools – where she held leadership positions including Chief of State Operations, Chief Operating Officer National Organizing Director, and Massachusetts State Director. Meg hails from a family of organizers and teachers and has long been passionate about education reform. In 2010, she worked with Governor Phil Bredesen in Tennessee to build grassroots support for a package of state legislative reforms called First to the Top. These changes in education policy – focused on improving outcomes for students and closing the achievement gap – paved the way for Tennessee to become in 2010 one of the two first-ever winners of the federal Race to the Top grant program.
Jeff Atwood is an American software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He is known for the programming blog Coding Horror, and as the co-founder of the question-and-answer website Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network. Since founding Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange, Jeff has gone on to found Discourse
Oren is President at Thursday Strategies and an expert on big data and security. He previously founded Sqrrl and worked within the Department of Defense at the National Security Agency where he held a number of positions focused on computer network operations and Big Data.
Kenneth Williams is a Management Consultant at Deloitte Consulting within their Strategy & Operations division. He primarily works with Deloitte’s Social Impact practice, where he helps foundations, NGOs and non-profits scale their interventions and increase their impact. Kenneth also serves on the Board of Directors for the Scholarship Academy and as a Special Advisor to the Gifted Education Foundation. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College where he majored in Economics.
Mikia Manley was a CareerVillage.org intern in 2013, while a senior at Harvard College, studying Human Evolutionary Biology. She was also 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 Herman was a CareerVillage.org intern in 2013, while 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 :)
Marina Watson is a student experience intern at CareerVillage.org. She is a senior at Harvard studying philosophy and enjoys breakfast foods, her home state of Oregon, and the great outdoors. She has several ties to education as a previous program director of South Boston Big Sibling mentoring program and a former education intern for MGH and Global Health Initiative in Rukungiri, Uganda. Marina plans to go to business school following her undergraduate studies and is thoroughly enjoying fostering those skills with CareerVillage as the company’s summer intern.
Gillian Shelley is a development intern at CareerVillage.org.