Career Success helps learners discover, develop, and demonstrate their best “professional selves” to get their targeted job, all while internalizing a process for ongoing personal and professional development that lasts beyond college. Institutions wishing to support their students’ career development more vigorously and improve their brand with employers will find it a helpful program to prepare and spotlight their students’ value to professional corporations and organizations.
Career Success helps learners discover, develop, and demonstrate their best “professional selves” to get their targeted job, all while internalizing a process for ongoing personal and professional development that lasts beyond college.
The Nine Milestones in the Career Pathway help students discover who they are and how that translates to their academic and career plan, develop a personal brand and the specific career-related skills they will need, and demonstrate their value to potential internships/employers.
Throughout the milestones, they’re guided through the “3D’s” working on GRIT™ mindset activities and digital credentials that strengthen students’ ability to persist in reaching goals; strategic LinkedIn profile development and networking activities; and career exploration through real-time Labor Market Insight data on jobs.
Career Success can be incorporated to any career planning and preparation initiative in programs (any discipline, internship prep), courses (Capstone, Career Development, Professionalism), services (Career Services, Student Services), and institution-wide opportunities.
Pearson is committed to helping colleges and workforce organizations close the skills gaps around the in-demand personal and social capabilities needed in their local and regional communities. Our work began with research by a global team at Pearson who identified and normalized a dozen “soft” skills systems and tools, including those from P21, NACE, and the AAC&U as well as others from around the world.
The end product of our work was a single framework of the most commonly referenced personal and social capabilities identified with career and college success. We then produced documents that defined each skill, along with rubrics to help measure and level learners according to their demonstrated proficiency. We are making this Personal and Social Capabilities (PSC) Framework available as an OER to provide leadership and tools to the post-secondary education and workforce development community.
Aligned to this framework, we built a curriculum (courseware) that helps to develop these skills in learners, based on research and sound instructional design and available as instructor-led materials or in self-paced formats. We have also created a series of aligned assessments that use a range of formative and summative, evidence-based assessment techniques to evaluate each learner's proficiency in each skill area.
Finally, we created a system of digital credentials (badges) related to each skill level that include a description of each skill and the specific criteria for demonstrating skills and learning outcomes. When learners complete the courseware and demonstrate proficiency through the assessments, they earn badges through which they can share their verified proficiencies with employers. Our current badges demonstrate mastery of either a particular skill within the PSC — such as Collaboration and Teamwork, Communication, or Leadership — or a hybrid configuration of skills, such as Professionalism.
Career Success content is embedded within Foliotek, an eportfolio platform that allows students to upload and showcase compelling examples and evidence of their knowledge and skills (as a result of working through Career Success’ nine milestones). The eportfolio gives employers a more complete picture of job candidates’ accomplishments and experience and allows students to vividly tell the story about what value they would bring as employees.
Career Success content is embedded within MyLab, an XL platform that allows students to work through a collection of online assessments and assignments. The MyLab is designed for results in a course-based setting, and provides the ability to capture performance in a robust gradebook.
Pearson has long sold courseware in the standard MyLab platform, and it works well for courses where instructors want robust classroom management tools like a gradebook and reporting. However, many schools will want Career Success to “travel” alongside a traditional course or to allow students to work on their own for longer than a single term or year.
For these institutions, Foliotek offers the same content and milestones as the MyLab version of Career Success, but it also allows students to archive compelling examples of their best work-related artifacts and projects to demonstrate this evidence of their competencies to employers in a visually appealing way.
Most institutions will want to implement Career Success-Foliotek. You’ll want to determine where and how you’d like to implement the program. In a non-course-based implementation (program or institution-wide), it’s important for the content to “travel” with the student through their college career so they can showcase real evidence of their skillset based on their work — Foliotek is perfect for this.
If you’re planning a course-based implementation, Foliotek works, too. It gives some traditional metrics through the Chapter Quizzes; if grades and heavy data pulls are important, you could consider MyLab as an alternate platform. (Both can be integrated with a Learning Management System).
It was designed with undergraduates in mind. However, its purpose is to help all learners develop a process for career preparation and planning that, once learned, can be replicated after college when learners are looking to upskill or change positions, companies, or industries.
Employers are not requiring eportfolios. They do want to see that the learning students are doing in college translates into the professional and social capabilities they want from new hires. Career Success-Foliotek provides the process for that translation.
When adopted in the traditional way (as with course materials), students bear the cost and buy access codes to the program from the bookstore or from Pearson directly.
Some schools may prefer to add it to the student’s fees, and some may pay for it with special grants earmarked to enhance the school’s performance on employability. There will be an option for schools to spread payment over an agreed-upon number of years; however, these cases would need to be set up for direct billing.
Career Success can be incorporated into any career planning and preparation initiative in programs (any discipline, internship prep), courses (Capstone, Career Development, Professionalism), services (Career Services, Student Services), and institution-wide opportunities.
It could be coordinated by a number of different members on your team, including program coordinators, internship-prep coordinators, lead faculty, career and student services directors, provosts, or vice presidents, depending on your level of implementation.
Texas Tech University moved from Career Success-MyLab (XL) to Foliotek (eportfolio). They’ve paired this curriculum with Intro to Business, with the goal to streamline grading time and improve the end result of students articulating their brand to potential employers. Students purchase access codes in the bookstore as part of their course materials.
University of North Texas is starting with Career Success-Foliotek in a custom version for all incoming freshman with plans for all of their 40,000 students to have access over the course of a 5-year period. This program is being coordinated by Career Services in an effort to provide a necessary but now missing service over students’ academic careers and to heighten UNT brand in general and across all students during and beyond graduation. The students’ cost is absorbed by a university grant.
You’ll want to consult with your Pearson rep to get agreement on what your goals are for the implementation and, most importantly, what data-based story you want to be able to tell as a result of students working through the program.
Required information includes: school name, department, course, enrollment, lead instructor name and email address, class start, whether it’s LMS Integration or Digital Direct Access, and any specifics about your needs. Following this initial discussion with your rep, we’ll communicate next steps for course set up, ordering, and training.
For January 2018, your Pearson rep will work with our product team for all such integrations, and begin by setting up a meeting with your LMS administrators/key faculty. The integration process takes about 3-4 weeks to set up.
Career Success is an online program, meaning that learners can access it in the privacy of their own homes, in a computer lab, etc. While there are minimum hardware and system requirements, there is no need to purchase additional hardware to administer the assessment.
Career Success was intentionally designed to be incorporated for any initiative that requires career planning and preparation. It can be integrated into FYE programs or orientation.
You can also use it for Summer Bridge programs, counseling and advising sessions, or with employees already on the job looking to upskill. A number of institutions are using it for entire academic departments or even entire professional colleges, unconnected to any specific course.
The GRIT Program on Mindset, developed in partnership with Paul G. Stoltz, PhD, of PEAK Learning, Inc., presents a validated, research-based model for teaching and growing the "GRIT mindset”: the capacity to expend maximum, sustained effort in pursuit of our most worthy and challenging goals. This solution brings together assessment and implementation services with a sequence of thoughtfully constructed activities and exercises that will enhance and grow the quality and quantity of any individual’s grit.
Yes. Dr. Stoltz’s GRIT Gauge Program began with GRIT-related research 35 years ago, expanding his efforts with the formation of PEAK Learning, Inc., in 1987. More than a million individuals from 63 countries have participated in PEAK's grit-related assessments and research. The GRIT Gauge instrument assesses a variety of factors using a self-reported scale: Quantitative: Growth (mindset), Resilience, Instinct, Tenacity; and Qualitative: Smart GRIT (aka Effective GRIT), Good GRIT, Robust GRIT. The GRIT Gauge predicts: goal completion, change in socio-economic status, degree of employment, level of employment, income, health, and quality of life. The GRIT Report provides scores on overall GRIT and individual scores for each factor. In addition, it provides personalized, specific strategies, exercises, and behavioral techniques that help individuals focus on growing the quantity of and improving the quality of their GRIT.
GRIT Gauge assessment tool: An easily-administered, validated assessment that generates immediate scores and guidance for improving one’s level of each GRIT component. (Schools often have learner cohorts take the GRIT Gauge two or more times so they may understand their initial baseline levels and then, after a program of targeted behavioral activities, evaluate growth in both their scores and the respective characteristics they measure.) It takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Application activities: A range of activities to help learners build and improve their GRIT through advice and practice in prioritizing goals, tackling greater challenges, thinking strategically and practically about how to pursue goals in the most effective ways, and guidelines for moving forward with sensitivity and respect for the goals of others.
Implementation services: Curricular materials for adapting instruction, professional development services for faculty, and data collection capabilities for measuring results.
GRIT is the defining element in what it takes for learners to realize their most important and rewarding ambitions. GRIT is about offense. It defines the degree, duration, and quality of effort learners invest to make good things happen.
The GRIT Program is designed to measure learners’ capacity to dig deep and do whatever it take — sacrifice, struggle, and suffer — to achieve their most worthy goals in the best ways. Therefore, it can be used at any time in a curriculum for first-year learners, as well as, target special programs or learners on the job looking to further their skill set and improve on the strengths and weaknesses identified, and more.
Yes, the GRIT Program can inform learners about their quality and quantity of GRIT at any age or stage, including learners engaged in self-directed learning and those who work in a digital environment, especially adult learners and those with multiple roles and responsibilities.
Accessibility and achievement go hand in hand. We need to eliminate any barriers that hinder a student's opportunity to learn or opportunity to demonstrate that learning. We are committed to access for persons with disabilities as part of the fabric of our learning materials, our development processes, our innovation efforts, and our employee culture. We are also committed to providing clear and straightforward statements on the accessibility of our products, so that our customers can plan appropriately.
The GRIT Program pre-assessment is designed to be administered at any time in a learner’s academic or professional career. It can be given as part of orientation or enrollment, during first-year experience (FYE) courses or in combination with entrance exams. Learners can also take the assessment after registration and before classes. The GRIT Program post-assessment could be administered at the end of a course, semester, school year, or program.
The GRIT Program is an online assessment, meaning that learners can take it in the privacy of their own homes, in a computer lab, on the job, etc. While there are minimum hardware and system requirements, there is no need to purchase additional hardware to administer the assessment.
The GRIT Program was intentionally designed to be incorporated as a diagnostic tool for any initiative that requires self-assessment and growth of GRIT. It can be integrated into FYE programs or orientation. You can also use it for Summer Bridge programs, counseling and advising sessions, or with employees already on the job looking to upskill. A number of institutions are using it for entire academic departments or even entire professional colleges, unconnected to any specific course.
The GRIT Program can be used as part of any initiative, educational or corporate, that evaluates the components of GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Instinct, Tenacity, and Robustness). See a list of Peak Learning’s corporate clients.
Yes, Dr. Conley’s Conley Readiness Index research methods included comprehensive surveys, interviews, focus groups, longitudinal studies, statistical analyses, meta-analyses, correlations of GPAs with SAT scores and college acceptance rates, and exhaustive literature reviews from a range of social science disciplines. From this base of data, the Conley Model describes 41 actionable “aspects” (also known as objectives/outcomes/skills) upon which educators and learners can focus to improve readiness and prepare for college and career success. These “aspects” are organized into the “Four Keys to College and Career Readiness” (Think, Know, Act, Go) that has been used by national organizations such as The College Board and the International Baccalaureate®, and by numerous states and school districts. CRI offers Pre- and Post-Assessment.
Knowing whether a learner will succeed in college requires requires a holistic understanding of strengths and weaknesses. Conley Readiness Index puts the learner at the center in measuring four key skill areas. It provides a holistic picture so faculty, advisors, etc., can identify which learners need support and increase the likelihood that those learners persist. The reporting and recommendations are provided in Student and Educator Reports.
Yes, Conley Readiness Index helps inform readiness for learning by assessing specific behavioral qualities such as Key Cognitive Strategies, Key Content Knowledge, Key Learning Skills and Techniques, and Key Transition Knowledge and Skills (ie. communication, problem formulation, teamwork, and more). These factors are important predicting the success of learners engaged in self-directed learning and those who work in a digital environment, especially adult learners and those with multiple roles and responsibilities.
Accessibility and achievement go hand in hand. We need to eliminate any barriers that hinder a learner’s opportunity to learn or opportunity to demonstrate that learning. We are committed to access for persons with disabilities as part of the fabric of our learning materials, our development processes, our innovation efforts, and our employee culture. We are also committed to providing clear and straightforward statements on the accessibility of our products, so that our customers can plan appropriately.
Learn more about Pearson's commitment to access for persons with disabilities.
Conley Readiness Index is an online assessment, meaning that learners can take it in the privacy of their own homes, in a computer lab, etc. While there are minimum hardware and system requirements, there is no need to purchase additional hardware to administer the assessment.
Conley Readiness Index was intentionally designed to be incorporated as a diagnostic tool for any initiative that requires self-assessment of college and career readiness.It can be integrated into FYE programs or orientation. You can also use it for Summer Bridge programs, counseling and advising sessions, or with employees already on the job looking to upskill.
Conley Readiness Index can be used as part of test administration, course placement and institutional research that evaluates antecedents of student success. You will receive highly specified data files designed for institutional download and manipulation which include learner aspirations you may not otherwise collect. This will allow you to conduct your own research.